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 2 Trailer Teases New Mystery, Same Thrills
In case it wasn’t made clear on Nancy Drew Season 1, Maine has a bit of a ghost problem.
That ghost problem continues into season 2 on as Nancy and her Scooby Gang (Drew Crew) embark on a brand new mystery.
The series returns Wednesday, January 20 — finally! — following a COVID-19 production hiatus.
In the first trailer promoting the return, Nancy finds herself smack-dab in the middle of the mystery because as the saying goes, “where there’s smoke…”
The Drew Crew’s latest case involves a woman who uttered Nancy Drew’s name before she was attacked and lost consciousness.
“How do you have the bandwidth for another mystery?” George (Leah Lewis) asks Nancy, but that’s clearly rhetorical… has she even met Nancy?!
But they obviously haven’t forgotten all about the Aglaeca curse (which claimed the life of Nancy’s bae, Owen) as Bess (Maddison Jaizani) exclaims: “Death can come to us at any moment.”
Their adventures bring the Drew Crew to a deserted school bus where Nancy warns them to “stay calm,” adding, “It cannot find us if we’re not afraid.” But surely, that’s easier said than done as “it” is right on their trail.
And don’t worry — the season continues to amp up the scares with terrifying ghosts and monsters appearances that’ll scare the bejeezus out of you.
Watch the trailer below:
Catch the return of Nancy and crew on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9/8c.
Scariest Horror TV Shows to Watch for Friday the 13th
Happy Friday the 13th.
If you’re in the mood to get your mind off of reality (we can’t blame you, we’re all tired of hearing about coronavirus) and watch some scary TV shows, we have just the thing.
While horror used to be a big-screen format, it has found a home on small-screens with shows eager to push forward complex and psychological mysteries, apocalyptic themed-themes, classic slasher tropes, and, for good measure, old fashioned jump scares.
Check out our list of Friday the 13 TV shows to watch!
Forget Freddie, Jason, and Michael, Riverdale has the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Edgar Evernever. Riverdale, a town best known by its nickname “murder capital of the world,” is filled with murder mysteries and serial killers, and you never know if what you’re watching is what’s really happening.
Haunting of House Hill – Netflix
There’s nothing scarier than moving into a creaky, old house with your five children. Add in that the house begins to have paranormal experiences that haunt the family simply looking to make a quick buck from a house-flip and you have one of the scariest shows on Netflix. Keep the lights on, you’ll need ‘em.
We hope you remember Ghostface because he’s back this time in a TV series adaptation of the horror film franchise. The MTV series centered around a brutal murder in Lakewood that stirs up memories of a crime spree from the past. The masked killer is out for blood and revenge and leads you on a fun and twisted game of whodunnit.
Your favorite sleuthing book detective has made her way to the small screen. Horseshoe Bay is a town plagued by unsettled and ghostly spirits, but one reigns supreme: Lucy Sable. The Seaqueen was murdered in 2000 and has become somewhat of an urban legend until Nancy and her friends, the Drew Crew, decided to solve her mysterious death when it intertwined with another, connected murder.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Netflix
The series will leave you praising Satan! Sabrina Spellman lives on the other side of the Sweetwater River in Greendale, the neighboring town of Riverdale. Sabrina is a half-watch, half-mortal who finds herself fighting against dark forces from the occult that threatens her human world.
The Exorcist – FOX
If the film scared you, the series will give you nightmares. Angela Rance turns to Father Tomas Ortego, a church leader in Chicago, for help battling the evil emitting from inside their house and causing nightmares and psychotic breaks.
American Horror Story – FOX
The anthology series from Ryan Murphy finds each season diving into a new disturbing and gruesome storyline though the actors appear in multiple episodes as new characters. Many elements of the plot are pulled loosely from real events, which makes it even more terrifying. To help you get a general idea, “Murder House,” “Asylum,” “Coven,” “Freakshow,” and “Hotel” are all different seasons to indulge in… if you dare.
Black Mirror – Netflix
When I was a little girl, the Twilight Zone series terrified me, but Black Mirror amplifies the genre by “tapping into the collective unease about the modern world.” In short, it examines modern society through the lens of technology, and there’s nothing scarier than being hit with a dose of realism. Each episode is a stand-alone drama, so you don’t have to watch it all at once.
Tell Me A Story – CBS All Access
These aren’t the fairy tales you’re used to. The anthology series, hailing from The Vampire Diaries’ Kevin Williamson, is a dark and twisted take on your favorite fairy tales as they emphasize qualities like greed, lust, murder, and revenge. Season 1 digs into “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and “Hansel and Gretel,” while season 2 taps into “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella.”
The Purge – FX
Based off a film of the same name, the TV series explores what happens to a society when murder and all crime becomes legal for a 12-hour period. Seemingly unconnected characters cross paths, but can they be trusted on Purge Night or are they all just playing the game?
Les Revenants (The Returned) – A&E Network
When a group of men, women, and children return home to their village, they’re met with confusion as they’ve been dead for several years. A series of murder coincide with their return that seem connected to a serial killer from the past.
Best ‘Nancy Drew’ Season 1 Twists
Nancy Drew was an intriguing addition in 2019.
Many of us were familiar with the teen detective from the books, but The CW’s character took on a life of her own mainly due to Kennedy McMann’s fresh take on the character.
She’s clever, witty, outspoken, independent, and ready to solve any mystery that arises. Plus, the Drew Crew is always ready to follow her wherever the spirt world may take her.
With plenty of calculated mysteries, jump-out-of-your-seat scares, and jaw-dropping twists, the series rapidly rose the ranks from newcomer to must-watch. It’s hands-down one of The CW’s best shows!
As we await the coronavirus-delayed second season, let’s take a look at some of the biggest twists of Nancy Drew Season 1.
*Beware – spoilers ahead*
Owen Marvin is Dead
Just as Nancy Drew gave in to her feelings and found love, Owen Marvin was brutally murdered. Initially, fans assumed Owen’s death was the result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll. Yes, 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. The real killer was, surprisingly, of the human form — Lucy Sable’s brother Joshua. Owen died protecting his girlfriend. Their romance deserved a chance and this is a major loss to the series.
The Truth About Lucy Sable’s Death
The mystery of Lucy Sable’s death turned out to be something no one expected. Hoping to clear her father of murder charges, Nancy went to Lucy’s old house with Ryan Hudson and dug up her diary where she learned that Lucy wasn’t killed. In the entry, she confessed to stealing a knife from the Drew household and detailed her plan to end her own life because she was pregnant with a baby she couldn’t keep. She was also threatened by Everett Hudson. Nancy suspected her mother, Katherine, of killing Lucy and ordered a DNA test that revealed the mother of all secrets: Lucy was Nancy’s mother. This explains why she was haunting her the whole time! Right before jumping off the cliff, Lucy handed the baby (Nancy) to Katherine and Carson Drew who took her in and skipped town only to return when she was a teenager to avoid raising any suspicion.
Nancy is Ryan Hudson’s Daughter
Now, if you were blown by the fact that Lucy was Nancy’s mother, it’s about to get even crazier. Since Katherine wasn’t Nancy’s biological mother, Carson wasn’t Nancy’s biological father either. That title went to none other than Ryan Hudson. Yes, the same Ryan who was having an affair with Nancy’s best friend George. Twisted!
Lucy and Ryan had a torrid love affair that his parents were desperate to break up. Nancy was the first to realize it and spent the whole day with Ryan sleuthing. He eventually figured it out after finding her locket that contained her baby photo which looked eerily similar to Lucy’s baby picture. Let’s just say it led to a pretty awkward encounter with Carson.
Nancy’s Dad is Arrested
Carson Drew arrested for the murder of Lucy Sable. It was a theory Nancy was mulling over, but she never planned for it to see the light of day. Unfortunately, she left her diary wide open and Carson’s now-ex-girlfriend, Detective Karen, stumbled upon it and arrested him. Yep, the ultimate betrayal. For a while, it was unclear if Carson was actually a good guy or not, but all of that was cleared up in the finale. He may have lied to Nancy about her parentage, but he was doing it for a good reason. He definitely wasn’t a murder. Well, for now.
Tiffany’s Murder Solved
Aside from Lucy Sable’s murder mystery, Tiffany’s death was one of the core mysteries on the series. And as with most great mysteries, the answer was staring us right in the face. Ryan Hudson was considered a suspect in Tiffany’s death since he was the common denominator in both Tiffany and Lucy’s demise, but the twist came when it was revealed that he was the intended target rather than Tiffany.
After retracing the steps of the fateful night at The Claw, Nancy realized that Josh, Lucy’s vengeful brother, was hoping to get his revenge on Ryan for his sister’s untimely death. He snuck into the restaurant and poisoned a salad he knew Ryan would order. However, Ryan sent the salad back and instead of tossing it, Ace, Bess, and George accidentally served it to Tiffany. Tiffany’s death was a complete accident and if one of the events had gone differently — Ryan didn’t show up, Bess dropped the salad, etc. — she would’ve been alive!
Bess is a Marvin
In the fourth episode of the series, we learn that Bess isn’t who she said she is! Her name is Bess Turani, she has a British accent, and she believes she’s a descendant of the Marvin clan. This is the moment when fans truly start to question if anyone is actually telling the truth in this series. Later episodes prove that she is a Marvin, after all, but that might not be all that’s it’s cracked up to be. In the finale, she accepted Aunt Diana’s invite to live at the mansion, but with the Marvin’s, everything comes with a price. Is Bess ready to pay?
Lisbeth is an Undercover Agent
There was something suspicious about Lisbeth from the get-go, but who would’ve thought she would be revealed as undercover state police who was pretending to be a driver for the Hudsons because she was investigating them! Lisbeth was worried that her cover would be blown, but the Drew Crew promised to help her keep her identity a secret. Bess and Lisbeth even broke up so that she can show the Hudsons her loyalty. By episode 11, Lisbeth helped Nancy trap Mr. Hudson in a confession that led to his arrest at a Marvin-Hudson dinner party. Don’t mess with Nancy!
What other big twists would you add to the list?
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