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Nancy Drew Review – Find Your Way Home (1×13)

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Nancy Drew calls the CW home and thus, it’s obligated to deliver one alternate reality episode per season. I’m convinced that it some kind of unspoken yet mandatory rule for all of the network’s shows.

In the real world, our girl was dying, but in the dream world, she was thriving in a place that exceeded her expectations.

It was perfect — her mother was alive, her parents were together, her dad wasn’t in jail, she was in college, George was her bestie, Bess was content living out of a van, Ryan was a “great guy” (we’ve heard that one on Supergirl about Lex Luthor, too) and married to Tiffany, who was still alive also, Ace was, well, Ace (he’s been living the dream this whole time), and she still had a shot with Nick because they never met in this reality, which means she never botched things with him.

Also, let me point out that this is the second episode without Owen and his presence has been missed. How did he not even make the cut in a fake world?

Nancy had every reason to stay behind in this dream world and allow her to be happy, so it says a lot about her willpower to not only realize that this wasn’t reality but also to fight that urge to give in to the forces trying to convince her to stay.

And trust me, they tried. From her “friends,” aka the figments of her subconscious, urging her to leave her worries behind and hang out with them for eternity to her mother trying to keep her around, the temptation was there and yet, Nancy knew that regardless of how messy and heartbreaking reality truly was, it was real.

So, the wish box didn’t get what it wanted, but the audience, on the other hand, got an exciting mystery that found Nancy working with the fake Drew Crew to find the key back home.

If you were surprised that the 3 clues left behind were a riddle, you really shouldn’t be — this is Nancy Drew, solving riddles and mysteries via clues is her thing!

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What’s best about “alternate reality” tropes is they allow writers and characters to play with “what if.”

They’re all the same characters, but the experiences they had have made them much different than what we’re used to seeing.

Those interactions really carried the episode from just another mystery to Nancy evolving and recognizing some of her earthly mistakes.

Nick never went to prison in this alternate world, he bought a home (which was the sanatorium in Nancy’s world), and their chemistry was way stronger than it’s ever been in her world also. Her time spent with Nick made her realize that she let go of a guy who truly loved and accepted her because she was too scared to fight for him and pursue those feelings.

In both scenarios, the real world and the alternate reality, however, Nick was by her side making sure she was okay, which says a lot about him as a man and friend.

Unfortunately, in the real world, telling Nick how she feels isn’t that easy because it means Nancy has to commit to changing her ways, which I don’t think she’s truly ready for.

Nick’s also managing a new business now and whatever is happening with George is also valid and cannot be ignored even if Nancy had him first.

She also hasn’t explored her feelings for Owen but rather tried to shoot them down and pretend they aren’t there. It’s fine for now since “out of sight, out of mind” is working as she’s too preoccupied with the spiritual world, but she can’t repress those feelings forever.

Nancy also got to spend some time with her mother and say her goodbye, which is something she didn’t get to do on Earth.

She’s been haunted by her mother’s death this whole time because she felt so guilty about it, but in reality, her mother set her up for success before she passed.

Still, it was nice for Nancy to get that closure and to experience a few stolen moments with her mother one last time.

At times, it felt like the wish box was heaven because and her mother was there to guide her out of it and back to reality.

In the real world, Nancy was so close to death that it would have been possible for her to die and crossover, and yet, her mother continuously gave her all the clues to finding the key that allowed her to wake up.

Her mother left her a map before her death, so she quite literally gave her the answer.

Everyone was relieved when Nancy opened her eyes and returned to the land of the living, and she was back to figuring out the next piece of the puzzle in no time.

During her stay in the alternate reality, she kept getting haunted by some woman, whom she later found at the Historical Society, a suggestion that came from her mother also.

The woman, a self-proclaimed “keeper” of sorts, unlocked Tiffany Hudson’s safety deposit box and showed Nancy the video that was taken shortly before her death.

Turns out, Nancy is in more danger than she previously assumed because Tiffany may have been murdered for getting too close to finding out who murdered Lucy Sable.

Much like Nancy, Tiffany said she “found” something and was being haunted by Lucy.

If all this checks out, what does this mean for Nancy? Up until now, it seemed like Nancy was leading her down the “right” path, but what if she was showing her misleading clues purposefully?

Did Lucy kill Tiffany?

And why doesn’t Lucy want anyone to know the truth?

The series is leaving us on a bit of a cliffhanger as Nancy Drew Season 1 Episode 14 returns in 2 weeks on February 26, and the promo is teasing a classic “who-dun-it” mystery.

The Tiffany/Lucy murder mystery has spanned a good chunk of the first season, and while it’s been intriguing, I’m also ready for it to end and for the Drew Crew to move onto something new that utilizes all their skills.

Hopefully, the murder reveal is executed in a brilliant way (with a few carefully crafted scares) because this episode may go down as one of the strongest this season.

There was a clear purpose, everyone worked towards a common goal, and it gave us some new information that lends itself to another episode down the line.

What did you think of Nancy Drew?

Are you impressed that she was able to push through the noise and pull herself back into reality?


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Nancy Drew Review – Haunted Corpse (2×06)

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We’ve dealt with plenty of ghosts and unsettled spirits in Horsehoe Bay, but Nancy has opened up a whole new can of… demonic spirits. 

I thought that there couldn’t be anything scarier than Lucy Sable’s spirit, but I was dead wrong. The Lamia (don’t hold me accountable for the spelling on this one) was ten times more terrifying, and I think that has to do with the simple fact that he reminded me of the boy from The Grudge

It’s safe to say, I’ll be having plenty of nightmares of him popping out of Nancy’s kitchen cupboard. We knew they were building up to the moment, and yet, it still made me jump several feet in the air.

The Lamia was a direct-result of Nancy’s ambush on the Historical Society, in which she opened up all the vaults to find a way to save George and inadvertently released the most dangerous of spirits into town. 

The Lamia was the first, but absolutely not the last of the terrors coming their way. And if this is the first, I shudder to think what else is in store for our Drew Crew.

Thankfully, it looks they’re up for the challenge.  

When the episode picks up, it’s been two weeks since their battle with the Aglaeca where they declared victory and beat the curse. Everyone is kind of thriving in their post-survival reality, but looks can be deceiving. 

The moments of bliss and joy are short-lived, and the moment an opportunity presents itself to get involved in yet another supernatural mystery, everyone is game. Well, everyone except for Nick — he’s clearly the only sensible one. 

They were like “are we really ready to invite all this back into our lives?” and everyone was like “let’s do it!” No hesitation. 

It’s a much different tone than the one they had prior to facing the Aglaeca where they blamed Nancy for all their problems and for dragging them into the mess in the first place.

The demonic spirits inhabiting town may be Nancy’s fault, but  they all willingly decided to perform an autopsy on a haunted corpse as it gave them a “sense of purpose.”

Personally, I’d run the opposite way and let Nancy deal with the mess. I don’t have the stomach for cutting open aged corpses filled with occult symbols that randomly start to bleed fresh blood, but that’s precisely why I’m not part of the Drew Crew.

Nancy’s lucky to have a group that will get down and dirty with her… literally.  

Nancy was the only one who seemingly didn’t catch a break during the two spiritless weeks as she was arraigned for breaking into the morgue and punished with serving community hours in said morgue. That’s the true meaning of “ironic,” Alanis Morisette.

 And yet, there doesn’t seem to be a more fitting place for Nancy than the morgue. 

In case anyone was wondering why they were ever terrified of morgues, the clanking from one of the steel body fridges was a clear reminder. 

Again, a normal person would bolt upon hearing a knocking while alone with several dead bodies, but not Nancy. She opened up the body bag and pulled out the insects from the corpses’ mouth like it was no big deal!

The corpse ended up being an evil entity masquerading as a human (though, who really looked at that corpse and thought it was a human?!) that sought out children.

It was a nice addition to include to coroner’s son, Leo, as the child who was being protected by the spirit of the Lamia’s victim.

We haven’t seen children get sucked into the supernatural world, but realistically, children are more in-tune with these kinds of things and we usually just shrug them and their “imaginary friends” off the way Connor and Nancy did at first.

But in this case, Leo was actually talking to his action figure (not a doll!) and was trying to inform them about the dangers looming large. 

With Leo protected, the Lamia set its sights on George’s sisters, but Nancy followed through, as always, to save them from the monster’s grasp.

Nancy Drew The Riddle of the Broken Doll Season 2 Episode 6 Review

Nancy Drew — “The Riddle of the Broken Doll” — Image Number: NCD206c_0335r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tunji Kasim as Nick and Leah Lewis as George — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Honestly, all of the occurrences leading up to the Lamia’s attack were far more interesting than the attack itself, but that probably because we knew it would never actually do any harm to Ted and Charlie. 

It was fitting that they relied on the souls of the dead children for help while Horeshoe Bay was celebrating All Hallow Tide, a holiday that honored the dead.

By defeating the Lamia, they were able to honor and help 13 young souls finally find peace.

Maybe Nancy’s “accidental” act of releasing malevolent spirits from the Historical Society will pay off if they manage to vanquish them and help all trapped spirits move on.

The episode struck a good tone between comedic and creepy/gruesome. The series has managed to figure out how to not take itself so seriously while scaring the crap out of us simultaneously. It’s admirable. 

Everyone’s comedic timing was on-point, but per usual, Bess and Ace were the stars. 

Between Ace’s game night jokes and asking if the corpse followed Nany home, to Bess saying they should do the autopsy in the living room cause it’s more spacious than the kitchen and channeling Boxy to communicate with the kid — it was all so great.

Also, Nick has a terrible English accent. 

While it initially seemed like they put all of the Aglaeca drama behind them that wasn’t entirely the case. 

The Lamia was connected to a group of women who first called upon the Aglaeca, while George also had an encounter with her body-snatcher.  

Throughout the episode, George was also experiencing head rushes and lapses in memory, which audiences knew had to be related to the shroud that brought her back to life. 

I was right when I said the ghost staring back at her in the mirror after she was revived looked just like Odette. 

George came face-to-face with her in the bathroom, and it’s clear that she’s sharing a body with the ghostly spirit. But why?

Does Odette want to take over permanently? Does she want another chance at life? Why didn’t she just disappear peacefully into the night?

Will George remember this encounter?

At this point, supernatural cases seek Nancy out. She doesn’t even need to leave her house for a corpse to land at her feet! 

And that’s going to be even more true when she starts her part-time gig with Carson Drew. 

Finally, someone outside of the Drew Crew is acknowledging Nancy’s detective talents rather than shrugging them off as an annoyance. Carson is right to think that Nancy could be his secret weapon to winning cases as she’s the most clued-in person in town. 

Just imagine how much Det. Tamora could have benefitted from working with Nancy instead of forming a hostile relationship.

Connor experienced the supernatural occurrence first-hand, which strengthened his relationship with Nancy (and you know it’ll be helpful to have a friend at the morgue that she can ask for favors). I imagine if Tamora also witnessed something unexplainable, he’d be forced to believe Nancy’s involvement is more crucial than he’d like to admit. 

Are you ready to see the Drew dream team in action? Do you think Carson is ready to be exposed to the supernatural world?

What do you think their next threat is? And what’s going on with George?

Sound off in the comments below! 


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Nancy Drew Review – Did the Drew Crew Defeat the Aglaeca? (2×05)

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Death day is upon the Drew Crew on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 5.

With time running out, the group has one day left to come up with a promising plan to defeat the Aglaeca, but instead, they find themselves turning on each other.

It was bound to happen. When death is knocking on your door, you start looking for people to blame. In this case, all the blame fell on Nancy as everyone felt that she used them as tools in her missions. 

Of course, that was partially true. Nancy was the reason they were involved, but she didn’t force anyone; they all knew the risks of meddling with the spirit world and willingly participated. 

Nancy decided that since she was responsible for bringing the curse upon them, she was going to find a way to break it.

Finding the sand from the portent wasn’t easy, but thankfully, Ryan Hudson conveniently kept a vacuum in his trunk that had some leftover sand stashed away. 

What a relief, right? Wrong.

The series is incredible at building up the anticipation and anxiety, which made those “death” scenes so thrilling. 

As everyone waited to see who the Aglaeca would come for first, they spent their final moments on a five-way call sharing some last-minute confessions. 

Nancy Drew The Drowned Woman Review Season 2 Episode 5

Nancy Drew — “The Drowned Woman” — Image Number: NCD205a_0265r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Kennedy McMann as Nancy, Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Tunji Kasim as Nick, Leah Lewis as George and Alex Saxon as Ace — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Ace explained that he hacked into the federal system to retrieve a number for someone in witness protection, but he wasn’t brave enough to call it. 

Bess finally admitted what everyone already knew — she’s a klepto! 

Nick explained that he never finished Tiffany’s mission of exposing the Hudson’s with a USB drive filled with evidence simply because he wanted to move on and rebuild his life. 

George had no regrets, and really, we should all follow her example and live life that way. 

And Nancy, well, she simply regretted dragging all of them into this mess. 

In those moments, you could truly see just how much everyone meant to each other and how they were forever bonded by their shared experiences. They were in this together for better or for worse. 

Then, Odette’s creepy and mesmerizing French singing began as their curses triggered: Nancy fell off the cliff, Ace got locked in the freezer with a sharp hook hoping to land a blow somewhere on his body, a fire erupted at Bess’ house, and water began filling George and Ned’s truck. 

Did anyone else think that Ryan and Carson would come to Nancy’s aide as she was dangling from the cliff? They spent the whole day stalking her, so it would have been fitting to have both of her dad’s come to her rescue, especially since it mimicked Lucy Sable’s death Neither of them were able to save her, but this could have been like their second chance.

Then again, Nancy isn’t the type of girl that needs to be rescued and she did just fine pulling herself to safety. Her dads didn’t even know the full extent of the danger she was in. 

George and Ned faced the Aglaeca head-on and were able to successfully throw the sand at her and escape the car as she “drowned” instead.

But it couldn’t be that easy, right? A post-death survival celebration at the Claw revealed that the Aglaeca wasn’t’ done with them at all. And those visions of their group’s death at the restaurant a few hours later were enough to terrify and discourage anyone. 

At this point, it truly seemed like they were out of options. The look on Nancy’s face and the fact that she went to Carson’s to make amends and eat pizza like the “good old days” made it clear that she was defeated.

They seemingly exhausted all their options, Nancy thought. That is until Carson said that his love for her would live inside him forever. 

That’s when she realized that the portents were reminders of the Aglaeca’s pain, suffering, and trauma. Instead of defeating her, they were antagonizing her and making her mad. 

The solution to simply read Odette’s love letters was a bit silly in the grand scheme of things, but then again, love is universal and does conquer all. 

And in this case, love did conquer the Aglaeca. As they appealed to the woman inside the monster, Odette resurfaced and they broke the curse. 

At this point, it’s safe to assume that they finally allowed her to find peace, which is the most respect she’s been shown since her brutal death and the hands of greedy men. 

Nancy Drew The Drowned Woman Review Season 2 Episode 5

Nancy Drew — “The Drowned Woman” — Image Number: NCD205d_0616r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Scott Wolf as Carson and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Also, can someone explain how Ted and George have money for all these repairs at The Claw? There isn’t an episode where the restaurant doesn’t incur some form of damage at the hands of the supernatural. 

Half the time, the place is closed for business, so where are they even making all this money? Moot points, I know, but a girl does wonder. 

It wouldn’t be believable for the Drew Crew to come out completely unscathed from this incident, however, and defeating the Aglaeca was short-lived because in the tizzy of it all, George was stabbed and bled to death. I guess the blood bucket curse was real after all. 

The cast really delivered on the emotional beats in this scene. You could feel the heaviness and sadness despite not being at The Claw. 

Ned’s reaction was the most heartbreaking because he had finally found the soulmate that made his life better only to have her ripped away from him. And right before her death, George finally told him that she loved him. 

Nancy was so overwhelmed with guilt that she couldn’t allow George to die because of her, but this caused her to act recklessly and once again inadvertently dragged all of her friends into yet another supernatural mystery.

The shroud to revive the dead may have worked and brought George back to life, but it’s unclear what the side-effects and repercussions of using it will be.

Nancy meant well, but it was pretty careless to unlock all the locks in the historical society that were safeguarding dangerous objects. Her actions single-handedly released all those spirits into Horseshoe Bay. 

Nancy may be the town’s most promising detective, but she’s also the town’s biggest problem. 

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After all that happened,  why didn’t any of them question what might happen after they cheated death yet again?

In this case, they didn’t just cheat death once as beating the Aglaeca still counts.

We’ve all seen Final Destination — we know what happens when you try to outrun your destiny. 

George may be content with getting a second shot at life and might feel fine for now, but that woman (who looked an awful lot like Oddette… or maybe some other white, blond-haired woman?) staring back at her in the mirror says otherwise. 

My guess is that the woman’s spirit will inhabit George’s body in a case of body snatchers. What do you think will happen?

Bad things (worse than the Aglaeca) are coming to Horsehoe Bay, so let’s hope the Drew Crew is ready for their next battle.

Other Ghostly Musings

  • Ace eventually called the number of the man in witness protection and left a voicemail informing him that he thought he was his brother. We don’t know too much about Ace’s past, so this is promising! Did I mention he’s my favorite? Because he is.
  • Ned gave Ryan a copy of Tiffany’s USB to fill in the gaps and use it against his father. There’s no telling if he will, but it’s in his best interest if he wants to bring his father to justice and earn some brownie points with Nancy. 
  •  Bess is great. For some reason, she thought throwing out the portents was a good idea because it would cleanse their chi. You can’t blame her for trying! 
  • Carson offering Ryan parenting books because he believes he can reinvent himself was so pure and genuine. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think fending off the Aglaeca and helping her find peace was too easy?

Did Nancy do the right thing by reviving George without considering the consequences of her actions?

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Nancy Drew Review – The Ghost of Agnes Marvin (2×04)

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Nancy Drew The Fate of the Buried Treasure Review Season 2 Episode 4

There’s a lot of ghosts with unfinished business on Nancy Drew.

With just 46 hours left on the clock, the race to destroy the Aglaeca continues on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 4.

The Drew Crew attempts to utilize the dybbuk box that they scooped up from AJ Crane’s apartment, but there are a few caveats. 

First off, the dybbuk box needs to be made of a certain type of wood and blessed by a rabbi who died in 1971. Ace immediately finds a solution by explaining that there’s a dybbuk box on loan from a private collection in Boston that they could potentially get their hands on.

Okay, it’s half of a solution because the museum won’t just rent the box to anyone. And that’s where Ryan Hudson comes into play. 

Ace embarks on a little adventure with Ryan and Drew Carson, which gives us one of the show’s greatest team-ups. 

Ace is a mediator between two grown men who don’t seem eye-to-eye at first, but the trip bonds them and by the end of the hour, they’re working together to figure out what is going on with Nancy.

To be fair, she was talking about ghosts and stuff, which is bound to concern any parent even one that just found out he’s your dad not too long ago.

It was nice to see them talk it out like adults should instead of slinging cheap shots at each other. Neither of them meant to hurt the other. Carson was simply doing the best for Nancy and honoring Lucy’s wishes. 

It was big of Carson to apologize for robbing Ryan of the chance to be a father. 

Both of them were trying to right their wrongs; Carson gave Ryan advice on how to connect with Nancy, while Ryan did his best to be there for her starting with purchasing the dybbuk box. 

You also have to give Ace credit for keeping the truth under wraps and remaining cordial with both of them. His bond with Carson is also really sweet. 

Meanwhile, Nancy and Bess set out on another important mission: finding the necessary belongings to put into the dybbuk box. In order to trap the spirit, they needed meaningful objects from the ghost’s life and death. 

Sounds easy enough, right?

Nancy suggests Owen’s sand could serve as a totem, which also marks the first mention of Owen roughly four episodes into the season. It’s strange how the series is just trying to erase his existence by having Nancy act as though his death didn’t impact her at all. 

Finding a totem from OdetteLamar’s life allows us to explore more of her backstory, and it’s heartbreaking.

Nancy and Bess attempt to find the necklace she wore in her portrait, which was later worn in a photo by Agnes, Captain Douglas Marvin’s second wife.

During the search, Bess and Nancy have their scariest ghost encounter to date as Agnes locks them in the cellar and terrorizes them. The jump-out-of-your-seat scares are Nancy Drew’s specialty. 

Nancy Drew The Fate of the Buried Treasure Review Season 2 Episode 4

Nancy Drew — “The Fate of the Buried Treasure” — Image Number: NCD204a_0543r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Maddison Jaizani as Bess and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

It’s unclear why Agnes did that because Nancy’s search — aided by Ryan Hudson, who proudly boasts that he solved a riddle before Nancy Drew — reveals that Agnes was not mental at all as the history books led people to believe. 

It was a cover-up because she found out the truth about her husband drowning Odette aboard the ship and stealing all her wealth to build the town of Horeshoe Bay. When she tried to expose his misdeeds to Reverand Hudson, she was deemed mentally insane and locked away until her untimely death. 

No wonder Horseshoe Bay attracts so many evil spirits; it’s literally built on the blood of two women.

And for the most part, the Marvin and the Hudson families continue to be the town’s thorn. 

Agnes was a crafty woman, however, who left Odette’s necklace and a letter containing the truth in a confessional at the church. She hoped someday, someone would solve the cipher she left behind in the hymnal and expose the truth.

With the necklace in her possession, Nancy and the Drew Crew attempt to lure the Aglaeca’s spirit and trap it into the dybbuk box. 

Sadly, it doesn’t work and only angers the vengeful spirit. 

But it does lead them to a new and promising conclusion — they can hurt the Aglaeca, which means that there’s a possibility they can kill her. All they have to do is figure out the “how.” 

I wish the Aglaeca would just accept Nancy’s offer of righting history and telling her story. 

Odette was used by greedy men, and the town deserves to know the truth about what happened to her. With Agnes’ letter in hand, she can now has the proof to back up what she said during the historical tour! 

It’s likely that the Drew Crew will eventually find a way to defeat the Aglaeca before time runs out, but not everyone’s survival is guaranteed, so it’s reasonable that the group was preparing for death, writing their obits, and struggling to say goodbye. 

If you knew you were going to die, you’d want to leave your loved ones with a lasting memory, make sure they’re protected, and know how much you love and appreciate them. 

George wanted to make sure her sister took over her responsibilities and took care of the family in her absence, but instead, she pushed her too hard. When she apologized and told her she loved her, it was a genuine moment that allowed her to say how she really felt before it’s too late. 

Nick told George that he loved her while he still had the time and the opportunity.

Ace didn’t have it in him to say goodbye to his father in person, and he knew that if he told him the truth, his dad would die trying to find a way to save him. He didn’t want to put him at risk, so he wrote a letter. 

And poor Bess couldn’t find the words to say to Lisbeth because the truth and the lie would both break her heart. It’s reassuring that Bess and Lisbeth are still going strong because it’s been a bit since we’ve seen them together and hopefully, Bess has the opportunity to make it up to her for missing dinner. 

As for Nancy, this is the first time a TV show lead doesn’t have a love interest, but I’m still rooting for Nancy and Ace! Will almost dying make them realize they have feelings for each other?

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!


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