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!
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?
‘Riverdale’ and ‘Nancy Drew’ Announce Final Season Premiere Dates—And Series Finale Dates
We’ve known that the end for these CW dramas was near—and now we know exactly when we’ll have to say goodbye and part ways with our favorite TV redheads.
Riverdale will premiere for its seventh and final season on Wednesday, March 29 at 9/8c.
The wait for Nancy Drew will be a bit longer as the series will return on Wednesday, May 31 at 8pm taking over The Flash’s time slot.
Riverdale will have a significantly higher episode count with 20 total episodes to wrap things up, while our time at Horseshoe Bay will be limited to 13 episodes.
Both teen dramas will come to an epic conclusion when the series finales air on Wednesday, Aug. 23.
The CW also gave fans official synopses for both shows so fans know exactly what to expect.
“Picking up where last season ended, Jughead Jones finds himself trapped in the 1950s. He has no idea how he got there, nor how to get back to the present. His friends are no help, as they are living seemingly authentic lives, similar to their classic Archie Comics counterparts, unaware that they’ve ever been anywhere but the 1950’s.”
Archie Andrews is the classic all-American teen, coming of age, getting into trouble, and learning life-lessons; Betty Cooper is the girl next door, starting to question everything about her perfect life — including her controlling mother Alice; Veronica Lodge is a Hollywood starlet who moved to Riverdale under mysterious circumstances; Cheryl Blossom is the Queen Bee with a withering wit and a secret longing; Toni Topaz is an activist fighting for the Black students of recently integrated Riverdale High; Kevin Keller is a ‘square’ crooner wrestling with his sexual identity; Reggie Mantle is a basketball star from farm country; and Fangs Fogarty is a greaser who’s destined to be an Elvis-type star. It isn’t until Jughead is visited by Tabitha Tate — Riverdale’s Guardian Angel — that he learns the cosmic truth about their predicament. Will Jughead and the gang be able to return to the present? Or will our characters be trapped in the 1950’s forever? And, if so…is that such a bad thing?”
“George’s desire for justice has brought her fighting spirit to the courtroom as an aspiring law school student; Nick, whose broken engagement with George has left him single, is back on the dating scene, and focused on becoming a rising star as a local businessman; Bess is eager to become the town’s guardian of dangerous supernatural secrets, only to encounter a threatening new foe who’s hellbent on leading a witch-hunt to undermine her mission; and Nancy’s star-crossed love Ace must confront the deathly curse keeping him and Nancy from acting on their feelings for each other.”
Nancy Drew‘s final season “begins as Nancy launches a new investigation to find a group of missing bodies from Horseshoe Bay’s cemetery that have been dug up and stolen—or have possibly risen. As Nancy is drawn into this ghostly case, a string of unexplained paranormal crimes leads the Drew Crew to believe that the literal sins of the town’s past have returned to haunt the living. Meanwhile, Nancy struggles with yearning for Ace, the man she loves. But when a slow-burning attraction begins between Nancy and the son of Ryan Hudson’s newest enemy, Nancy must decide whether this love interest is worth the ire of both her father and Ace —whose own heart may also be tempted by a new relationship. Nancy’s exploits this season will bring the Drew Crew numerous standalone cases, stunning twists, humor, and unexpected romances as they are drawn into a season-long mystery unlike any they have had to solve before. When Nancy’s efforts to protect her seaside hometown from the sins of its past backfire, she must do the unthinkable to save her friends from both the supernatural and earthbound threats coming for them—and it could cost her everything, and everyone, she’s ever loved.”
Find out more about Riverdale Season 7 right here!
The CW Strikes Again as it Cancels Fan-Favorite ‘Nancy Drew’
We’ve got some bad news for you, Nancy Drew fans—the sleuthing days of Nancy (Kennedy McMann) and friends in Horseshoe Bay are coming to an end.
The CW has canceled the detective series, announcing that the upcoming fourth season will be the last.
In a joint statement released on Wednesday, Oct. 26, showrunners Noga Landau and Melinda Hsu Taylor wrote: “We are so honored and proud to have brought Nancy Drew’s iconic determination, individuality and resilience to life in a years-long collaboration with incredible creative talents in front of the camera, behind the scenes and among our studio and network partners. Our hearts are full of gratitude, knowing that we are able to bring this chapter to a close with intentionality, inclusivity and kindness — and of course with plenty of sleuthing twists, supernatural scares and star-crossed romance along the way. We are especially indebted to our wonderful fan community, whose connection with our themes and stories has meant the world to us. Season 4 will be a worthy and resonant payoff for their continued love and support.”
McMann also shared her thoughts, noting: “It has been the greatest pleasure to begin my career as one small part of Nancy Drew’s endless legacy. What a privilege to walk in her shoes for as long as I have, to be inspired by her and to grow with her. I wish our incredible fans could feel the heart and passion of our crew that has been ever-present on and off screen, day in and day out since the very beginning. You are every bit a part of this incredible show as we are. Thank you, thank you, thank you for every ounce of passion and kindness you have shared with me and with each other.”
The series has been beloved by fans since its inception in 2019. It also stars Scott Wolf, Leah Lewis, Maddison Jaizani, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon, and Riley Smith.
While there is no premiere date set for the fourth and final season yet, it is expected to arrive next year in the midseason.
The cancellation of Nancy Drew is heartbreaking but not entirely surprising as The CW axed a handful of its shows earlier this year ahead of Nexstar’s acquisition of the network, including the Nancy Drew spinoff, Tom Swift, which barely lasted a full season.
Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – The Ransom of the Forsaken Soul (3×13)
The Nancy Drew Season 3 finale was on a mission not just to destroy Temperance Hudson and save Horseshoe Bay, but to give fans all. the. damn. feels.
Every single one of them.
It was an interesting finale in that it embraced a different vibe than all the previous episodes.
The flow was choppy and rushed. Instead of setting the scene and witnessing the Drew Crew form a plan to save Ace’s life from the Copperhead, the episode jumped right into the action with Nancy presenting Temperance with a plan — her blood to open the veil in exchange for the soul splitter to help Ace.
Naturally, we know Nancy would never just risk the wellbeing of the town for her own selfish reasons, and if you questioned the legitimacy of this “truce,” you’re a true Nancy Drew fan!
The master plan was revealed in snippets that didn’t fully make sense, but considering the Temperance Hudson situation was wrapped up mere minutes into the episode, it’s clear the finale had a lot to pack into an hour and wasn’t interested in wasting precious moments of screentime.
In short, once Temperance agreed to Nancy’s plan, they initiated the process of splitting Ace’s soul while Nancy gave Temperance her blood… which was dosed with a sedative through the donut holes Nancy kept munching on.
And while it was a genius plan, it, once again, didn’t stand a chance against Temperance’s skills. I’ve said this in previous reviews, but that 200-year-old witch had a lot of time to think this through; her plan was going to go off without a hitch, no matter what.
Or, so she thought.
Once she got ahold of all four hearts, she enacted what she referred to as the New Genesis.
However, Ryan Hudson arrived in the knick of time with a hatchet to kill skin walkers, which he got from a very shady couple harboring a house full of relics and dangerous objects.
Nancy used it on Temperance… and it was all over.
If you thought, “this was too easy,” again, you’re a true Nancy Drew fan. Anytime there’s an overly happy moment right after the world is almost swallowed up whole, it’s natural to be skeptical.
But what happened next was next-level.
Ryan Hudson was hit with a piece of shrapnel from the hatchet which KILLED HIM.
I had to rewind the episode several times to see his obituary because I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The Nancy Drew writers are known for delivering big twists (I’m still not over the Lucy Sable twist), and they’re not afraid to kill off main characters that seem pivotal to the storyline (see also: Owen Mavin, RIP), so I thought this might be a similar situation, but then, the whole vibe felt off once again.
The transitions between scenes, the way everyone interacted with each other, and even the happy sendoff for Nick all felt misplaced as if part of some wicked dream… or nightmare.
But it flowed with the course of events, so it wasn’t much of a cause for concern either. Nick wanted to get away for a bit so he planned a trip to Florida. George finally decided to pursue law. After a near-apocalypse, Bess didn’t want to be involved with the Historical Society anymore. And following weeks of mourning, Nancy decided to finally act on her feelings with Ace… and it was so hot, it broke the barometer!
You’d think that’s a good thing, but nope, it was 100% an omen… and confirmation that none of this is real.
Of course, the actual confirmation came from Temperance at the site of a car wreck that took Ace’s life.
In Nancy’s mind, a whole month passed by, but in reality, she was still at the moment of the veil deciding whether or not to kill Temperance.
To be fair, it was kind of Temperance to take this moment to warn Nancy about the holy hell she was going to unleash if she went through with killing her. The fact that she can manipulate a split-second moment also shows just how powerful Temperance really is. The Drew Crew, despite being Horseshoe Bay’s leading supernatural investigators, never had a shot bringing her down or thwarting her plans.
Temperance’s dire warning gets worse: if Nancy does kill her, this is the fate that awaits Ace if they ever act on their feelings for each other.
Family sure knows how to push our buttons, don’t they?
When Temperance snapped her fingers and brought Nancy back to reality, she was faced with the toughest choice of her life. As everyone urges Nancy to quite literally bury the hatchet, Nancy makes the decision to let Temperance open the veil.
And the moment she does — chaos and destruction follow that looks like a scene ripped straight from Day After Tomorrow.
Whoever the director for this episode was, they really nailed the whole post-apocalyptic/doomsday scenario.
And that CGI was pretty incredible considering it’s a CW show.
As Nancy saw the beginning of the end — Bess warned that fire and cyclone storms were sure to follow — she made the ultimate sacrifice for her town and used Temperance’s “blind spots” for a surprise attack.
Horseshoe Bay recovered in a month’s time, and everyone seemed to be back on the right path.
Everyone except for Nancy and Ace. Considering the “prophecy” that he would die the moment they even went there, Nancy chose to avoid him.
However, the fact that she was able to save Ryan’s life by removing the shrapnel before it killed him leads me to believe that there is a way out of this if the Drew Crew put their minds to it.
They’ve been through worse and come out on top! You just have to undo the spell.
I truly wanted Nancy to be honest with Ace about what was going on, but the moment she got too close and the barometer broke again, she hit the brakes and said some awfully terrible things to him. We know that she’s coming from a place of love to protect him, but Ace doesn’t know that, so it was a heartbreaking scene to watch.
Of course, no one knows Nancy better than Ace, so he likely won’t take this at face value. He’s just as inquisitive as Nancy, so he’s going to want to figure out why she hesitated at the veil, why she didn’t kiss him back, and why she’s pushing away. He knows something is up, and he has to figure it out or save her.
Nancy was crushed by the curse that basically stripped her of controlling her fate, but a heart-to-heart with Carson Drew seemed to put things into perspective. I don’t think Carson is the right person to go to for advice on this situation considering he doesn’t know what’s at stake or even understands that the situation is life or death, but it’s the thought that counts.
Eventually, Nancy, who is the proud owner of Icarus Hall, which she turned into an official office for “Nancy Drew Investigates,” finds a deck of cards that alludes to the prophecies introduced at the beginning of season 3.
Cue the song: “I can see clearly now.”
“One of u will be the other’s demise” alludes to Nancy essentially being Ace’s kryptonite. It’s a clever way to keep them together and leave fans craving more, but it’s also beyond cruel and frustrating.
“One of you will forsake what’s dearest to you” alludes to Nick selling the valuable ring he bought for George, the woman he saw a future with.
“One of you will betray your true love” alludes to George’s decision to split with Nick and pursue a law degree.
“One of you will lose your heart” alludes to the fact that Ace cannot be with Nancy.
“One of you will wreak havoc on this town” alludes to Bess’s decision to take on the Historical Society.
“Only one of you will fulfill your destiny and that one will cause the rest to fall,” seems to allude to Ryan paying his debts to that shady artifact couple who want to meet the keeper of the Historical Society. That does not sound like good news.
It seems as though the Drew Crew fulfilled their prophecies, but where do they go from here?
And does this mean that no one has actually been in control of their own destiny this whole time?
As I said, it was a whirlwind episode full of ups and downs that changed the direction of the show’s future trajectory.
And what’s Nancy Drew without a little mystery?
The world stops for no one — not even the town’s detective — so, amidst this whole personal crisis, Nancy gets her first client: a man who asks her to meet him at the cemetery alone.
When Nancy arrives at the cemetery, however, she sees a bunch of dug-up graves and the bodies missing.
Um… what happened to them? And why do I feel like Addy is somehow involved?
This might be the first “normal” and non-supernatural case in a while, and it feels kind of refreshing. The third season leaned heavily into magic, but that’s not actually necessary. At her core, Nancy Drew is just a girl solving mysteries in her small town. Why not get back to that?
Let’s hope that Nancy Drew is renewed for a fourth season so we can get some answers.
As of now, The CW hasn’t made an official ruling, so when they killed off Ryan and Ace, and said goodbye to Nick, I thought that this episode was surely meant to serve as closure for a series finale. I’m so glad that isn’t the case because while Nancy is at the helm of the show and Ace is the best character, it wouldn’t be complete without Ryan. Also – can we talk about how Nancy finally called Ryan “dad” for the first time?! Be still my heart.
Plus, Friday nights wouldn’t be the same without a little thrill.
What did you think about the finale? Did you like the pacing and rhythm of the episode?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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