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Nancy Drew Review – Saving Ace (1×08)

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The spirit world continues to have a major presence on Nancy Drew. In fact, it’s becoming so common that it’s now odd when we stumble upon someone who hasn’t dabbled in the occult.

Carson Drew is that someone, but he quickly learned that there are much greater forces at work in Horsehoe Bay and his own home.

The “Path of Shadows” illuminates another member that isn’t just aware of the supernatural but has experiences with it. Chief McGinnis hasn’t been the most welcoming of characters considering his crusade against Nancy Drew in the pilot episode and going forward, but he’s also realized that he won’t get anywhere without her help.

Apparently, a group of teenage sleuths is better at being a detective/cop than actual police officers and cops.

When Nancy finds him in the hospital and tells him he “looks like he’s seen a ghost,” she’s being quite literal.

And McGinnis has just seen a ghost.

He believes it’s Ace’s lost soul looking for a way back into his body, but after that “ceremony,” it seems like McGinnis wasn’t entirely accurate about what he was seeing.

Ace was lost, that’s a fact, and though it took poor George some time (of course, it’s her) to find the 6-year-old version through all the noise stemming from Nancy and Carson’s conflict, she eventually succeeded.

It didn’t bring Ace back, but it did help his situation and offered them a lead int who caused the accident that was, as suspected, no accident.

The “killer boots” Ace saw right before going into a coma belonged to a dirty cop named Rawley on the Hudson’s payroll but more on that in a minute.

McGinnis accused everyone at The Claw for allowing dark spirits to hang around, and admittedly, they probably haven’t been following ghost protocol properly. But this latest gaffe is on him.

The dark figure he saw at the hospital wasn’t Ace, and we’re not entirely sure who it was or what they wanted.

If I had to guess, I’d say it’s Uncle Sebastian as he’s the only male ghost we’d be familiar with.

The evil figure followed George out of the “Stranger Things”-esque supernatural layer and kidnapped her little sister, Ted, since she’d been communicating with it.

But what does it want from the town and from Ted? She’s innocent in all of this!

McGinnis may have seemed like he was on Nancy’s team, but he picked up on a lot of tension at the Drew household including a deeper connection to Lucy Sable, which motivated him to write Carson Drew down as the suspect in her death.

Nancy’s going to regret poking around in this case and stirring up trouble for her father at first, but eventually, it’ll hopefully lead her to whoever murdered Lucy that night.

Because we can officially cross Drew off of our list.

Nancy confronted him head-on and though he admitted to stealing her DNA, he had absolutely no hand in Lucy’s death. In fact, there was a logical explanation for why he had her bloodied dress — he was keeping tabs on her for the Hudson’s and was at the scene of the crime the night she died.

Drew claims to have told Nancy everything he saw, but is that true?

The show keeps proving that the line between good and evil is very thin, so maybe there’s some validity to Nancy’s suspicious and untrusting personality.

I hate to be the bearer of bads news, but we still don’t have an explanation as to why the Lucy Sable nursery rhyme was scribbled over and over in their attic, so this mystery and Carson Drew’s involvement is far from over.

Okay, now back to the killer boots.

As George was getting the clue from baby Ace, Nick and Bess teamed up to force the truth out of Lisbeth, who was looking more and more like a suspect.

Much like Carson, Lisbeth had a logical explanation for why she was in town the night of Ace and Laura’s accident while the Hudson’s weren’t — she’s undercover.

As an undercover cop, she should have known better than to get into a relationship with Bess.

She also looks super young to be this advanced of a cop, doesn’t she?

Everyone promised to keep Lisbeth’s secret so that she could continue working the Hudson’s, but that meant she had to make it believable.

Punching Nancy for accusing her of breaking up with Bess was childish, but hopefully, it did the trick.

If the Hudson’s are as capable as Drew Carson says they are, then she needs to be especially careful.

The Hudson family seems to be ruthless killing anyone that gets in their way or threatens to expose them.

They attempted to get rid of Laura Tandy the same way they got rid of her sister Tiffany and Lucy Sable before that.

You’d think that at some point, someone would catch onto them and stop them.

If Laura perishes in the accident, all of Tiffany’s riches will be given to them. It almost seems silly for them to attempt to kill her when there’s so much riding on her survival.

Ace was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, but that’s almost a relief cause for a minute it seemed like either Laura killed him because he suspected her or it was a spirit.

Where do you think the mystery is going now? Who kidnapped Ted? Where is she? And how is this connected to the overall mystery?

The midseason finale of Nancy Drew is Wednesday, December 11.


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Nancy Drew Review – Tom Swift Comes to Horseshoe Bay (2×15)

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Nancy Drew Review The Celestial Visitor Season 2 Episode 15

Science met the supernatural on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 15.
 
Iconic inventor, Tom Swift, blew into town, and it wasn’t a coincidence that it was at the same time as Horseshoe Bay was experiencing some extraordinary events. 
 
Swift, dubbed the next Elon Musk, was a fun addition to the team; his scientific expertise paired well with Nancy’s supernatural one. They complimented each other well. 
 
And along with his brilliant mind, Swift brought along impressive gadgets and a keen fashion sense. His outfit changes were everything. 
 
If you’re going to hunt down a meteorite and defeat several phantoms, you better do it in style!
 
There was a lot of scientific jargon and gadgets (including Swift’s trusted pocket pal, Barley) that I couldn’t really keep up with, but that didn’t take away from the excitement of the episode, which also served as a backdoor pilot for a potential Tom Swift series that The CW has in development. 
 
Not to knock Swift because he definitely has what it takes to lead his own show, but I kind of wish he stayed around Horsehoe Bay. 
 
And I know Nick shared my sentiments as he’s feeling the effects of being one of the only Black men in town. Poor guy can’t even find a decent barber! 
 
Essentially, Swift hired Nancy to locate the meteorite that initially crashed into town in 1929. 
 
This led them to the Icarans and Icarus Hall, the site of a bloody slaughter at the hands of the Women in White. Those ladies did a lot in their time! 
 
Nancy Drew Review The Celestial Visitor Season 2 Episode 15

Nancy Drew — “The Celestial Visitor” — Image Number: NCD215e_0291r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tian Richards as Tom Swift and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 
After lifting the hex and unspelling Bess (who went full-on Jack Nicholson after inhaling the smoke), they were able to successfully remove the meteorite, which Swift wanted to use to send his father to space, Saturn, and beyond.
 
The investigation also revealed that while most of the “phantoms” died in the massacre, two of them survived and moved to Boston where they rebranded as The Road Black, otherwise known as the Illuminati group that went after Ace’s stepmom and also almost killed him. 
 
I love the continuation, and also, am thrilled about this possible new direction for the series, which may potentially take the Drew Crew out of Horsehoe Bay!
 
If there’s anyone that can take down a full-fledged Illuminati ring, it’s Nancy Drew! 
 
Over the course of the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has managed to find a way to effortlessly weave in and address important, real-world topics that make sense in the context of the world they’ve built around ghosts, ghouls, and other mysteries. 
 
Nick mentioned that he was the only Black man in Horseshoe Bay, so it made sense that he thoroughly enjoyed chatting with another Black man who understood him. 
 
When George questioned why he couldn’t be himself around her, it led to a conversation about anti-blackness and anti-Asian prejudice in their respective cultures. It doesn’t help anyone to pretend these racial stereotypes and racial undertones don’t exist, and the series has the means to call them out and call for change. 
 
The episode also addressed Swift’s decision to hide the fact that he’s gay from his father because he didn’t want to disappoint him or have his sexual preference take away from his achievements.
 
However, after his adventures with Nancy, Swift was convinced to come out and enlisted Nick’s help, who was more than happy to pose for a kissing photo that made a splash on social media. 
 
Also, how cool is it that George was so cool with her boyfriend not only kissing another man but kissing someone else in general?
 
George and Nick are couple goals in Horeshoe Bay. 
 
Seeing Swift pull off some of his “armor” encouraged Nancy to put on some “armor” as she geared up for battle against the Hudsons. 
 
The only way she could truly nab Everett Hudson is if she owes up to her secret. That way, no one can use it against her. 
 
Nancy realized that the vultures were closing in. She didn’t trust Val, the reporter working on Ryan Hudson’s profile, and her instincts were partially right.
 
At first, Val was getting close to Ryan so that she could expose Nancy’s secret, but after getting to know him, she had a change of heart. She realized he wasn’t in cahoots with his family; under the billion dollar smile was a guy who wanted to shake his family’s reputation and take them down once and for all. 
 
Will Ryan, Val, and Nancy team up for Everett’s epic takedown? I’d pay to see that! If they want to nab him, they’re going to need something bulletproof. 
 
Other Musings
  • It’s always fun to see a new person in town deny the fact that ghosts are real. As Nancy put it, “you can’t out science ghosts.”
  • George and Nick really attempted to have a cute date night while the world was falling apart around them. 
  • First George messed up a spell and made a ghost come out of Bess’s cheek and then she was possessed by a hex. Poor Bess!
  • There’s something so pure about Ace telling Swift that he named his car Florence because it came to him in a dream. 
  • You would think a meteorite would be a lot heavier… just saying! 
  • I can’t wait to see Nancy rock couture! 

What did you think of the episode? Do you agree that it was one of the best this season?

Let us know in the comments below1 


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Nancy Drew Review – What Happened to Dolores Barrett? (2×14)

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Nancy Drew Review The Siege of the Unseen Specter Season 2 Episode 14

Nancy Drew delivered an intense and powerful episode that tackled police brutality in a way that was authentic to the series. 

The episode swapped the usual supernatural mystery for a who-dun-it set at the police precinct. 

Everyone that was trapped in the station that evening played some kind of role in the 2013 disappearance of a Black woman named Dolores Barrett.

The “arbiter” called upon Nancy Drew to figure out what happened, and Nancy was up for the challenge mainly because she wanted to redeem herself after the whole town thought she was a fraud for rescinding her statement against Everett Hudson. Heck, they even called her the “liar of Horsehoe Bay.”

Since the episode gave off murder mystery dinner party vibes, I didn’t expect it to take such a heartbreaking turn. 

Within a few hours, Nancy figured out that Dolores was deceived and harassed by Brandon, the married man she was seeing, humiliated by Mitzi, who couldn’t hide her racism, terrified and assaulted by Fraser, who hit her head while arresting her, and ignored by Hampton, who turned a blind eye as she died a slow and terrible death in her jail cell. 

The series often addressed dark storylines, but none of them are ever as gut-punching as this one since they’re set in a supernatural world.

Sadly, there was nothing supernatural about this. 

Dolores, a Black woman, was murdered at the hands of police while in police custody, and they didn’t even hesitate to cover it up.

Not even Horsehoe Bay is immune from police brutality. 

It’s no secret that Nick is one of the only men of color on the show, so it was nice that he was able to nudge Tamura into doing the right thing.  

Nick and Nancy are singlehandedly responsible for the police reform happening in their small town.

It’s striking how much pressure needed to be put on everyone in order to have them confess to such a terrible crime.

You’d think their conscience would eat at them, but instead, they needed to be threatened and put on the spot to come clean. 

Nancy was able to get justice for Dolores, and she even figured out that the Reverand was behind the whole thing. 

I know she wanted the truth but it seems a little extreme that a woman of God would think that threatening people with violence was the solution.

Tamura was even injured in the process, and though he made it out alive, it was still a little concerning at one point.

I also don’t know why the series is pushing a love story between Nancy and Gil when she and Tamura have obvious chemistry. 

Maybe Gil is supposed to represent the idea that Nancy isn’t feeling like herself. She doesn’t know what she stands for or who she is anymore. The only way she’s going to get back on track is if she remedies what happened with the Everett Hudson case. 

Tamura began asking questions about Nancy and Ryan Hudson’s relationship, and while Nick shut that down immediately by asking that they focus on the missing Black woman for once, it’s concerning that other people are beginning to notice how close they’ve gotten.

Nancy Drew Review The Siege of the Unseen Specter Season 2 Episode 14

Nancy Drew — “The Siege of the Unseen Specter” — Image Number: NCD215b_0459r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): RJ Hatanaka as Detective Tamura and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Realistically, why would someone like Nancy and someone like Ryan be that close unless there was more to the story?

People are going to talk and possibly figure it out. My money is on Tamura figuring it out first. 

Carson Drew may not be Nancy’s biological father, but he sure knows her well. 

When he came by the station, Nancy tried to get rid of him by telling him off. It seemed like a harsh approach, but she was actually sending him a secret message via a riddle from her childhood. 

Carson immediately knew Nancy was in danger and being held hostage. 

I wish that we saw more of his team-up with Bess and George because that’s a fun trio! No matter which of the show’s characters you put into a scene together, it just works!

Carson talking about scaling a building was downright hilarious. 

While Nancy handled things at the station, Bess and George were a bit busy summoning Aunt Mei’s spirit into Ace’s body. 

Is it just me or did he nail the mannerisms of an older Asian woman perfectly?

Aunt Mei helped them find Mary Clarke, Odette’s long-lost lover, but the news wasn’t what she wanted to hear. 

Odette couldn’t be reunited with the love of her life because she had moved on after living a long, prosperous, and happy life. 

Human or ghost — no one wants to hear that they were only a small part n someone’s story when they were a major part of yours. 

And sadly, reuniting Odette with Mary was their one shot at getting George back into her body exclusively. 

And now, the pressure is on because as Aunt Mei pointed out, her lifeline is merging with Odette’s and shortening greatly. 

George is running out of time to untangle Odette’s soul from hers. 

If only Aunt Mei had a solution!

Other Bayside Claw Musings

  • Aunt Mei saying she took Ace’s body because she wanted to see what it’s like to be a tall white man was hilarious and so very valid. 
  • I also couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that she blamed George’s ghost problem on the fact that she didn’t go to college. 
  • Oh, and happy-n0t-real-birthday, Nancy. It surely was eventful. 

What did you think about the episode? Did you enjoy the real-world influence on the case-of-the-week?


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Nancy Drew Review – Fire Souls (2×13)

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Nancy Drew Review The Beacon of Moonstone Island Season 2 Episode 13

Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 13 felt like it was packed with two mysteries in one. 

Nancy, Ace, and Amanda teamed up to help Drew solve a mystery on the uninhabited Moonstone Island.

But much to their surprise, the island was inhabited by a young girl named Birdie, real name Elizabeth, who was deemed deceased after a shipwreck killed her parents. 

The case had the perfect mix of true crime and supernatural. Birdie’s uncle, Andrew, was arrested for murdering his brother and his wife after they threatened to turn his business over for money laundering. 

As for Birdie, she was spared thanks to the fire souls, several pirates who commanded a U.S. ship back in the 1800s. 

Initially, Nancy and the Drew Crew assumed that the pirates were responsible for Birdie’s family’s shipwreck, but it turns out that they saved her and wanted to keep her safe. 

It was a surprising twist when it comes to spirits as we’ve come to know most of them for being vengeful. 

Nancy also took it as a sign that even bad people can change and possibly be redeemed, which she applied to her newfound relationship with Celia Hudson. 

Of course, everyone else thought she was losing it, and I’d have to agree. 

The only “good” we’ve seen from Celia is that she helped Nancy save Ace’s life, and even that came with a price. She only agreed to help if Nancy recanted her testimony against Everett.

Everyone knows you cannot trust a Hudson. Even Ryan Hudson would tell you that. 

Nancy is being naive and hopeful but it’s strange because it’s so unlike her to be fooled by something as simple as a beanie… even if it is cashmere. 

I’d like to think this is part of Nancy’s bigger plan to take down the Hudson’s once and for all. 

After all, the fact that she had to recount her testimony did plenty of damage to her and her friends. 

Nancy’s credibility was ruined as we saw people question whether she’s lied and fibbed about the other cases she’s solved. It tainted the Drew name as the publications dragged Carson and his practice. 

And it made the evidence that Nick and Ryan built up from Tiffany’s hard drives totally unusable, which I think hurt the most. 

Nancy Drew Review The Beacon of Moonstone Island Season 2 Episode 13

Nancy Drew — “The Beacon of Moonstone Island” — Image Number: NCD213c_0080r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Alex Saxon as Ace, Leah Lewis as George and Maddison Jaizani as Bess — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Everyone around Nancy can see that she’s being manipulated, so why is she so eager to believe that Celia would change for her?

There was so much tension between Ace and Nancy. Even Amanda pointed out that there was a “vibe,” so I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s been sensing it. 

Nancy was uncomfortable seeing Ace with Amanda — and George and Bess seemed to pick up on her shade towards his new squeeze — and Ace was equally uncomfortable seeing Nancy with Gil. 

In fact, he let Nancy know that he didn’t think Gil was a good romantic partner for her, but it’s evident Nancy is on some kind of destructive path. 

Though, I think Ace simply has a bone to pick with Gil because he’s harboring these internalized feelings for Nancy and also sees how toxic he is towards Amanda. Obviously, Gil’s behavior towards Amanda is going to be completely different than it is towards Nancy, but it’s not promising if he’s an asshole to his sister. 

At this point, Nancy seems to be avoiding all red flags in her life and gravitating towards anything that’s bad for her. Is it her rebellious phase?

After everything she’s been through, she kind of deserves it. 

However, I do think that Nancy and Ace need to realize what everyone else is seeing sooner rather than later otherwise this resentment is simply going to fester. 

And it’s definitely more complicated now that they’re seeing other people. Maybe that will help them realize what they should’ve known all along? Amanda is going on a solo trip to Europe, I’m just saying! 

And then there’s Bess and Odette and their forbidden love. Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani sell the dynamic so well that it’s kind of impossible not to root for them even though you know it would be completely messed up for George and Nick. 

Since Odette is clearly going to be a permanent staple in George’s life, she decided to make peace with it and come to terms with her existence. 

At the kickstart of the episode, the two kept bickering and sabotaging each other but eventually, George saw Odette’s side of things.

She realized how much of her life has been taken from her already and that she was simply enjoying this second chance. 

Instead of fighting it, George and Odette set some boundaries that worked for both of them. It looks like this arrangement could actually work out well for them!

A good solution does seem to be to locate Mary’s ghost and reunite Odette with the love of her life, but I admit I’d be sad to see Lewis’s French accent go!

What did you think of the episode?

Are you on team Ace and Nancy?


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