When Nancy Drew kicks off an episode celebrating some townie holiday dedicated to an urban legend, you know it’s about to go down.
And Harbor Day did not disappoint as the Drew Crew rallied together to call upon a new spirit, the Aglaeca, to get some answers about Lucy Sable’s death.
Many shows don’t understand the power of poking fun of themselves, but it’s a good thing Nancy Drew does because that light-hearted humor allows the darkness of the series not to consume it. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which becomes a strength when a series relies so heavily on the audience suspending their belief.
George and Bess both made tongue-in-cheek comments about what happened the “last time” they called upon a spirit, and it’s those moments that echo the audience’s thoughts exactly.
Earlier on in the episode, Nancy’s reply to her father, who was insisting she stay home because of her near-death experience, was that “almost dying is my new normal.”
And it’s true. While the amount of times Nancy’s come close to death is slightly worrisome, it’s hard to imagine what Horseshoe Bay would be like without its bravest little sleuth.
Nancy didn’t have time to waste because she was on a mission to exonerate her father. And in order to do that, she needed to prove that he didn’t kill Lucy Sable. And in order to do that, she needed to get her hands dirty and meddle with some spirits.
Her first order of business was trying to poke a hole in Ryan’s alibi. He claimed to have been at boarding school the night of Lucy’s murder, but those emails would prove otherwise. After all, it’s the reason poor Tiffany is dead and Lucy’s brother, Josh, is scorched like a little raisin and on the run probably plotting Nancy’s murder.
Also, how did Josh just get up and walk out after that? Was he a ghost?
There’s no way a human could have survived that let alone just walked out as if nothing happened.
Nancy’s quest for answers takes her on a trip out of town with Owen, who offered because he wants to be supportive, gave her some insight into Ryan and Lucy’s relationship prior to her death and his whereabouts the night of.
However, all of that was quickly overshadowed by Nancy’s visions, if you can even call them that. I’m getting the sense that the Nancy Drew crew has way too much fun inserting dead Lucy into moments that literally scare the living crap out of me. I don’t even know how many times I screamed “whyyyyy.”
Anyway, to me it seems like Lucy is trying to scare Nancy away from looking into the case more because much like with Tiffany, she doesn’t want her to learn the truth. My working theory is that the email that called Lucy a whore either wasn’t sent by Ryan or it was after he found out she was pregnant with his father or something. It could’ve been an affair or it’s possible that Lucy was a victim of rape. It would explain why her soul hasn’t been able to find peace.
Unfortunately for her, Nancy isn’t easily scared (unlike me). She may have been spooked, but she deduced that Lucy wanted her to find her bones and get the answers that way, which is when they decided to summon the Aglaeca.
But before they could do that, Owen, Bess, and George needed some more information on how to do it properly, while Nancy needed to make a pitstop at the police station to help Max and Nick with their findings.
The duo set out the answer one question that was bugging them following the reveal that Josh killed Tiffany Hudson on accident: where did he get the poison?
Nick figured that at some point, Joshua and Claire (remember the crazy serial killer who tried to poison Nancy one of the times she almost died?) crossed paths at some point. But upon further investigation, it was revealed that they never did.
I shouldn’t even have to bring up how ridiculous it is that three teenagers are just hanging around the precinct and attempting to solve the town’s crimes, but it’s happening, and they’re actually doing a great job. Someone needs to put them on payroll because they’re doing free labor at this point.
Nick discovered that at some point, Claire’s poison was checked into the station as evidence, and they realized that there was a perfect opportunity to swipe it when it was temporarily moved because the fridge broke.
Nancy’s science skills came in handy here as she realized that the vial didn’t have poison in it but water. Furthermore, the person who signed off on the repairs was none other than Detective Karen.
I love the energy Nancy gets when she realizes she’s onto something!
Ace, our incredibly lovable friend, stupidly drank the contents of the vial to prove her point, and thankfully, it was just water. It would have ended pretty badly for him if it wasn’t, but then again, his decision to just go for it shows how much faith he has in Nancy. The whole team does. They’ll do anything for her because they trust her and know she’s never going to let them down or leave them behind. When it comes to shows with friendships at the core of the series, Nancy Drew takes the cake. They will literally follow her anywhere, even into a lake to conjure up the Aglaeca.
We’re getting there, I promise, but first, we have to deal with Karen. Oh, Karen.
When she realized there was no way out of this for her, she came clean and basically said she helped Joshua because she saw the emails that proved it was Ryan Hudson. Her anger at losing her best friend to a man who avoids punishment at all costs simply because he comes from a rich family got the best of her, so she helped Joshua get the poison to use it on Ryan.
As we all know, however, it was accidentally sprinkled on Tiffany Hudson’s salad and thus, Karen assisted in the homicide.
What’s worse is that Karen has been responsible this whole time but she put up a holier than thou attitude and pretended like Carons’s arrest for Lucy’s death was warranted. How could she believe that when she thought it was Ryan?
She knew damn well he was innocent and yet, if it hadn’t been for Ace, Carson would have been attacked and killed in prison!
And don’t even get me started on the fact that she put him in this mess in the first place by sneaking around and reading Nancy’s diary.
If you didn’t hate Karen before, you should probably move her over to your “hate” column now.
Okay, nooooow we get to the part where they summon that spirit and realize it was probably a really bad idea. Like, really bad. Couldn’t they just dig up Lucy Sable’s bones instead?
If the terrifying riddle that they had to recite wasn’t warning enough, calling up the spirit of the Aglaeca required a toll to be paid.
Owen offered to be the sixth person representing the six women despite Nancy’s insistence that he stay out of it. And he probably should have listened.
Instead, they all linked up, walked into the water, dropped some of their blood into the water (again the commentary here echoed our thoughts because no, that wasn’t sanitary at all but at least they all used their own knives), and then recited the chant.
Suddenly, bones appeared at their feet, which was weird but you know, it worked.
And for the toll, Owen got cemented into the ocean and his arm began to get deep cuts. Nancy wasn’t going to let anything happen to him, so they destroyed the wreath and hoped that severing the link was enough to shoo the spirit away.
Except, we all know it wasn’t. After Nancy drove Owen home, the two finally gave into the passion and slept together.
When she got home the next morning, Nancy had what I’d like to call the worst walk of shame in her life because she pulled out the whole ass wreath from her mouth.
I mean, it was probably the most vomit-inducing thing I’ve ever seen, so I’ll let you re-live it.
edit: this is my new favorite GIF no questions at this time
— Kennedy McMann (@kennedymcmann) March 5, 2020
You’re welcome for that.
Clearly, the Drew Crew did not sufficiently pay the toll, but how can they make amends? Cause there’s no way Nancy is giving up that good looking man to no spirit!
Nancy Drew keeps getting better with each episode, and that’s a fact.
The ghost mysteries may fuel this show, but the friendship between the cast is the glue that holds it all together.
Will Nancy find a way to exonerate her dad? Find out next week, Cravers!
Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – Who Killed Owen Marvin? (1×18)
And that’s a wrap on an incredible first season of Nancy Drew.
Mystery by mystery, the series has slowly inched its way into becoming my favorite CW series.
“The Clue in the Captain’s Painting” was a full-on murder investigation as the Drew Crew, the Marvin’s, and the Horseshoe Bay police department were all determined to find out who killed Owen Marvin.
However, they were three very different investigations that blended into one led by the town’s sleuthing heroine, Nancy Drew.
If anyone were to figure out who killed Owen, it would be his grieving yet mystery-solving girlfriend.
In a surprising twist, Owen Marvin’s murderer was not the Aglaeca, so his death was not a payment of the blood toll brought on by summoning the sea ritual.
It was the obvious go-to, but it would have put way too much guilt on our Nancy, who was already dealing with quite a lot.
Owen’s killer was of the human form, and I couldn’t help but chuckle when Nancy quipped that things have gotten so crazy none of us considered that it may have been an actual human murderer. We were all so quick to blame the poor spirits!
From there, there were only a handful of people who had the motive and thus, it wasn’t nearly as delicious and shocking of a twist than the Lucy Sable reveal!
The only person that would ever gain anything from Owen’s death is Ryan Hudson, but considering he was just revealed as Nancy’s biological father, the series couldn’t tarnish his name or character like that. He may lead with ego, but he’s not a killer.
And really, that left us with Joshua, the brother of Lucy Sable, who escaped after a near-death encounter with Nancy.
He didn’t have a motive to kill Owen, but he did have a motive to get revenge on Nancy, and the quickest way to get to her was through Owen, who refused to send a text and draw Nancy out.
Owen died protecting her and that honestly makes his death ions more painful.
He was such a good guy — he cared about Nancy in a way no one else has, he accepted her for who she is, he supported her, and he died for her.
It was a premature death that had absolutely no merit. And yes, Nancy did everything to solve his death, but we never even got to see her mourn or grieve him.
Owen didn’t get the goodbye he deserved and it’s upsetting and unfortunate. What a terrible decision by The CW to kill him off when he would have been more useful alive.
And the way they killed him off was so pathetic as it didn’t contribute anything to the plot.
If it was a result of the Aglaeca, I could at least accept that it was a lesson for Nancy and the Drew Crew that there are life or death repercussions to their investigations, seances, rituals, etc, but having him be an innocent victim killed by Joshua was a disappointing turn of events.
My only hope is that the fact that this is a supernatural show somehow brings him back to life, but that seems like wishful thinking.
Making a protagonist suffer tends to be how a show encourages, but in this case, it hinders Nancy’s growth and upsets a dedicated fandom.
On her mission to solve the murder, Nancy managed to tell Lucy’s mother the truth and thus, established a relationship with her grandmother.
She also came face-to-face with Joshua and saved his life so that he could rot in jail.
And again, Owen died for nothing.
As Bess investigated Owen’s murder, she too got to know her family on a deeper level and realized that they’re all mean-spirited, narcissist, which honestly, is not someone I’d ever want to be around. Why is she still so desperate to become a Marvin?
Aunt Diana encouraged her to leverage her relationship with Lisbeth to find out what she knows about Owen’s death, and this is the second time that Bess has been put in a compromising position when it comes to her relationship.
Even Lisbeth informed her that she’s going to have to choose between the relationship and being a Marvin at some point. She can’t have both.
Still, Bess is choosing to embrace her family by accepting Aunt Diana’s invitation to live at the mansion.
Of course, one is to assume such an invite comes at a price… but what is it?
The only good thing that came from Bess embracing her Marvin side is that she got a brief history lesson into her great, great, great (a lot of great’s) grandfather Douglas Marvin who painted all the paintings in the hall of tragedies (apparently, rich people have these) and in one of them, she saw the Aglaeca.
What did good ‘ole Douglas know about the creature that’s trying to destroy them all? Was the Aglaeca a Marvin?
Hopefully, Bess finds out fast because the portents are only intensifying and the latest one showed them all visions of their own death.
Bess died by being burned alive, Ace was hooked and hung, George and Nick drowned inside their car, and Nancy Drew met a fate similar to Lucy Sable’s — she fell off a cliff.
Talk about things coming full circle. How can they get the Aglaeca off their backs?
Other Horsehoe Bay Musings
- George figured out why she’s so emotionally unavailable and it all boils down to how she was treated by Ryan Hudson. He preyed on a 17-year-old girl with a crush who didn’t know any better and made her think that being a “secret” was normal. It was incredibly sad to see George break down and finally realize the damage Ryan caused her, but it was necessary for her to confront him, make him realize that his actions have consequences, hold him accountable, and move on. I like her and Nick together.
- I initially thought George was keeping her relationship with Nick under wraps out of respect for Nancy.
- There’s definitely something happening between Ace and Nancy, and while it’s too soon right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the series went there. I love the way he cares about her. I think he’s been harboring feelings for her but realizes that the timing simply isn’t right.
- I wondered how Nancy Drew would keep up the scare factor, but guess what, they managed to make the Aglaeca even scarier than Dead Lucy. I didn’t think that was possible, but here we are.
What did you think of the Nancy Drew season 1 finale?
Are you happy Owen’s murder was solved? How will the Drew Crew fend off the Aglaeca?
QUIZ: Which ‘Nancy Drew’ Character Are You?
Is Owen Marvin Really Dead on ‘Nancy Drew’?
In the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has thrown some wild twists at the Drew Crew, and it has left the audience in a state of constant shock.
*SPOILER ALERT — the post contains spoilers. We advise you to stop reading if you’re not caught up with episodes*
One of the show’s biggest twists was the reveal that Nancy Drew is not Carson and Kate Drew’s biological daughter.
Nancy has been haunted by the ghost of Lucy Sable, and initially, it seemed like she wanted Nancy to solve the mystery of her death before an unlikely connection revealed that Lucy was Nancy’s biological mother.
And that means that Ryan Hudson is her father! It’s been a few weeks since the reveal and it still has my mind spiraling in all different directions.
The series didn’t even give us (or poor Nancy) any time to recover from the twist because the following episode resulted in the tragic death of Owen Marvin, Nancy’s love interest.
Owen’s death was a result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll.
The Aglaeca latched onto Owen during the spell, but Nancy and the Drew Crew were able to pull him back without losing too much blood.
Nancy hoped it was enough, but it wasn’t as the portents began shortly after they conducted the spell.
Nancy and the Drew Crew then opted to perform a ritual to mask Nancy so that the “spirit” couldn’t find her and she could cheat fate and continue on without paying the toll, but the portents only intensified.
That’s when it dawned on Nancy that the Aglaeca must have been a human entity and thus, the ritual only infuriated it.
As a result, they found poor Owen dead in the bathtub with a bloody, gaping hole in his stomach likely from the fisherman hooks.
Of course, upon seeing such a gruesome sight, everyone’s first reaction is that “Owen Marvin is dead.” And I’m not arguing with it, but I’m also not 100% convinced.
Many shows rooted in the supernatural have a penchant for bringing people back from the dead, and that goes double for any CW series.
Nancy and the Drew Crew dabble in all kinds of seances, spells, and rituals, so there’s a huge likelihood that they can find a way to bring Owen back.
Maybe the can make a deal with the Aglaeca? We’ve only scratched the surface of fully knowing what it wants and how it operates.
There’s also a chance we see Owen Marvin in the spirit world since Nancy has a way of reconnecting with the dead and/or being haunted by them.
What I’m saying is that dead doesn’t really mean dead on television.
However, Miles Gaston Villaneuva’s Instagram suggests that his character, Owen Marvin, is dead dead.
In a post from three days ago he wrote, “RIP Owen. so sad & disappointing. definitely not my choice. definitely blindsided. no one told me why.”
Miles seems very triggered and upset by the death (as he should be) as he alludes to the fact that it was a decision he was not forewarned or consulted about.
After thanking friends for their support on this “short run,” he goes on to encourage people to be better and to stand up against those in your “inner-circle” badmouthing others.
Is he alluding to some tension on the set as the reason he was written off? Was there some drama between the cast behind closed doors?
While he seems to be coming from a real place of hurt and anger, there’s a slight chance Gaston Villanueva is trying to make us believe his death is permanent.
Is he throwing us off?
On one hand, it would be foolish of The CW and Nancy Drew to kill off a promising character. Nancy just found out her father and her boyfriend are rivals, which would undoubtedly make for compelling television.
There were so many story avenues to explore with Owen’s ties to the Marvin’s and his relationships with Nancy and Ryan.
His death seems premature and foolish.
However, on the other hand, as an audience, we’ve grown so accustomed to death on shows never being final. It’s the very reason why this article exists.
While I’m an Owen Marvin fan and hope his death is reversible, there’s something to be said about a series upping the stakes in a permanent fashion that’s refreshing and keeps audiences on their toes.
Horseshoe Bay is a town filled with uneasy spirits. Nancy’s decision and actions to wake the dead and follow mysteries must have repercussions not only for herself but for her friends as well.
Killing off someone that had the potential of becoming a main character pushes the boundaries, it changes the narrative, and it forces characters into uncomfortable and painful situations that inspire character growth.
It’s a stark realization that what they do matters and has permanent consequences.
And for the audience, it means that we’ll never see what’s coming next.
Update: Gaston Villanueva tweeted us after we published this article and yep, he’s a ghost.
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