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Nancy Drew Review – The Heartbreak of Truth (412)

Nancy Drew -- “The Heartbreak of Truth” -- Image Number: NCD412fg_0001r -- Pictured (L-R) : Alex Saxon as Ace and Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew -- Photo Credit: The CW -- © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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The penultimate episode of Nancy Drew… yes, we’re down to the final episode before the series finale—before we have to say goodbye forever—was both great and terrible… and filled with heartbreak. 

As George Fan noted, start with the bad news first, always, and in this case, there was sadly no Nace moment for fans who have been patiently waiting for things to finally fall into place and Nancy and Ace to get together before the last episode.

In fact, things between Nancy and Ace somehow got even worse, which I highly didn’t think was possible after Temperance’s curse but alas, here we are. They spent a lot of the episode working toward a common goal of figuring out what happened to Jane Doe/how they may have been involved in her death/figuring out what Nancy erased when she called to the Sin Eater, but it resulted in the duo getting pulled further apart from each other, which is the opposite of what fans hoped would happen. 

Nancy and Ace’s relationship was already tense the moment she asked him to help her figure out how Jane Doe died. Obviously, Ace was super protective of his ghost because he’d formed a connection with her, but there’s no denying that the attachment she developed to him—almost as if she imprinted on him—was very strange, even for a dude who spends every single day in a morgue with dead bodies. Ace couldn’t deny that fact, and deep down, he knew Nancy was right and that if he truly cared for Jane Doe, he owed it to her to provide her with some closure, even if it hurt. When they went down to the Marina and a local fisherman reported a fire the night Ace and his father went fishing, something he definitely didn’t remember, which lent itself to the very real possibility that he was involved with whatever the Sin Eater erased when Nancy went to the yacht club basement that night. 

Nancy was being pulled in many different directions as she was simultaneously trying to free her maybe-boyfriend from the Sin Eater’s curse, so Ace got a moment to himself to inform Jane Doe that she was really Alice Palermo, a captain who was on his ship the night of her death.

Nancy and Ace have never minced words with each other before, so they called it out like it was—he was convinced he moved on with a dead ghost, while Nancy is trying to make something real with a beast. Neither relationship had potential, but the difference was that Nancy was never trying to pretend that she was over Ace. She acknowledged the pain and the hurt and didn’t try to lock herself up and run away from it, while he wanted to hold onto something that had no future simply to feel something again. 

When Alice informed him that she was finally ready to find out the truth, Ace confided in Nancy, who thankfully stumbled upon some goddess juice to boot up the ambyth, but I don’t think either was ready for the truth. You know how they say the truth hurts… in this case, it was gut-wrenching.

The night that Ace went fishing, he dropped the curse jar into the water, which led to a fire on board that trapped Alice. He noticed his father also went overboard and since he could only save one person, he chose to save Tom, while Alice perished. Ace didn’t want to let her die, but he had no choice and did the best that he could in the situation. 

He immediately called Nancy for help, broken and distraught, and she essentially panicked and did the unthinkable—called to the Sin Eater. It’s not exactly Nancy’s best moment, and now that she knows exactly what she did, she likely regrets it, but it also came from a genuine place of love, which Ace is unfortunately too upset to realize right now. As someone who has felt that level of pain, she didn’t want to watch Ace go through it and have it fundamentally change him as a person. She acted on impulse, which is likely exactly what everyone else who has ever gone to the Sin Eater has done; it’s proof why the creation of the Sin Eater was always so problematic and yet, why the legacy was carried on from generation to generation—people in high-stress situations will do anything for a do-over regardless of what’s at stake. And no one is immune from it, not even someone who understands the dangers like Nancy. 

It also doesn’t seem like Nancy even considered what erasing the sin would do to Ace—the burden it would place on him even without his memory, nor did she think about the fact that it would completely erase any trace of Alice; she’d just be this forgotten person that didn’t warrant a second thought because no one even remembered her. She thought she was helping when in fact, the act drove a huge wedge between her and Ace, one that hurts much more than any curse Temperance could place on them and their love. 

Love makes you do crazy things.

Alice’s passing—the feeling of peace and readiness that the series managed to capture—was breathtaking, and I think it also offered Ace the peace he was looking for. It may not have been how he wanted his ghostly romance to end, but realistically, there was no other way, and it gave him closure knowing that Alice moved on to a better place despite the grim situation surrounding her death. He was also justified in his feelings for her as the two of them had a spark and connection even before her death. It’s also yet another testament to timing—his possible soulmate slipped away from him as he watched her die. 

I don’t know what this means for Nancy and Ace, but honestly, it doesn’t bode well, nor can I see how the writers can turn this around by the final episode. If they do, it will feel rushed and not as realized as it should have. Instead of investing so much time in the Sin Eater curse storyline/Tristan, I truly wish they gave us #Nace a few episodes ago so that we could fully enjoy them basking in their love together. This whole season started off so strong and then just started unraveling fairly quickly. It’s hard to even imagine how they’ll manage to wrap it all up within a 45-min timeframe without rushing through plot points and cutting corners. 

If I were Ace, in a situation where I was still under a curse that was keeping me from the woman I loved while also being disappointed in the actions of said woman, I’d probably leave town and get some perspective. Hitting refresh sounds like the best course of action for him because Horseshoe Bay has brought nothing but suffering for him. It’s not what I want personally, but it doesn’t seem healthy to bring Nancy and Ace together after what’s transpired, particularly because of her romantic moment with Tristan. 

Granted, we have no idea if Tristan will survive the last episode, but once he was freed from the Sin Eater’s grasp, Tristan was drawn to Nancy despite everything that transpired between them. He felt even more connected to her, and Nancy acknowledged that she felt it too. They were two lost souls who found themselves in each other, and honestly, it made sense. They’ve been bonded by this very traumatic shared experience, plus, Nancy is the person who gave him his freedom, and since he’s never experienced that before, it would track that he just wants to attach himself to something or someone else. 

You’d think that breaking the Sin Eater’s curse would’ve been slightly more, well, complex, considering it took the Glasses 16 years without any luck, but I guess the Drew Crew is just really advanced in the supernatural.

Nancy Drew — “The Heartbreak of Truth” — Image Number: NCD412fg_0006r — Pictured (L-R) : Tunji Kasim as Ned ”Nick” Nickerson, Leah Lewis as George Fan, Maddison Jaizani as Bess Marvin, Alex Saxon as Ace and Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew — Photo Credit: The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Of course, by breaking said curse, they triggered the wrath of Callie, who went from being against the supernatural to essentially unleashing the dark sludgy toxins into the air—or, in short—unleashing about 200 years worth of sins onto unsuspecting citizens. I know she thought keeping Horseshoe Bay safe from crime and corruption was the right thing to do, but she didn’t have to go that extreme. Then again, maybe this is exactly what this town needs to move on and make amends with themselves. If the whole foundation is hinged on a lie, maybe it’s time to rebuild stronger and better than ever. I’m interested to see what kind of chaos ensues going into that final episode. 

And now, for the good news, aside from Nancy and Ace, we’re getting some incredible closure along with character development for the rest of the Drew Crew. George and Nick are in agreement that selling The Claw is the necessary next step, and while I didn’t anticipate that the storyline would make me as weepy as it did (I’m a sucker for nostalgia), it does allow them to move on with their lives and explore the next chapter. Characters this bold and brilliant don’t deserve to be tied down to something simply for sentimental reasons. Nick is putting himself first by going on—a vacation—with Jade, while George got into law school in the same city as Cameron, her new love interest… and yeah, I admit it, they are cute.

Ryan and Red are also heating up, and it’s nice that he’s finally found love and an equal partner, but it’s even more incredible to see how far he’s come these past four seasons. The guy really grew up in front of our eyes, building a home for himself, and fighting for what he wants; the old Ryan would jump on the chance to get revenge and win, but the new one knows that it does not bode happiness. 

And while Jean was away trying to figure out what her next move is with the pregnancy, Carson managed to squeeze in a heart-to-heart with Nancy and got her blessing to be a father again. Carson’s hesitations definitely hinged on guilt; he didn’t want it to signal that he forgot about his wife, nor did he want Nancy to think he loved her any less, but she reminded him that loving someone else and moving on doesn’t mean he loves them any less.

My biggest gripe right now is with The CW for literally doing the bare minimum when it comes to promoting the final season of Nancy Drew. How are we going into the SERIES FINALE without any promo or teaser? I guess it’s one way to keep fans guessing till the very end, but man, I could use a little glimpse as to what I should expect because I know I’ll be an absolute mess. 

What did you think of the episode? Also—how will they lift Temperance’s curse?

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8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve

Do you fancy yourself a little crime sleuth? Well, throw on your trench coat, grab your magnifying glass, and set out to solve the biggest murder mysteries to hit networks and streaming services!

The murder mystery genre, while always popular, has been skyrocketing in recent years, with plenty of new TV shows and movies to capture the thrills and chills. 

There’s nothing like a whodunnit to get you through the day and keep you on your toes. But while some classics date as far back as the 1985 Clue movie or all the Agatha Christie novels now getting new life as films (Murder on the Orient Express or A Haunting in Venice, for example), others, like Knives Out and Glass Onion have revitalized the genre and gave us some of the most captivating shows. 

There’s no shortage of content for mystery enthusiasts to enjoy—but here’s 8 of our favorites! 

 

High Seas – Netflix (3 seasons)

Netflix allows audiences to dive into the world of suspense on the high seas with its Spanish mystery series set on a luxury cruise ship in the 1940s. A web of love, deceit, and, of course, a string of murders will keep you on your toes as two sisters investigate all passengers onboard and try to piece the clues—and plot twists—together. 

 

Nancy Drew – The CW (4 seasons) 

Who killed Lucy Sable? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Nancy Drew kicks off its first season with Kennedy McMann taking on the iconic role of the teenage detective. As the seasons continue, she and her Drew Crew become the lifeline to solving crimes in the mystical small town of Horseshoe Bay (much to the dismay of local officials). The intrigue is elevated with supernatural elements and plot points that bring the beloved character into the 21st century.

 

Only Murders in the Building – Hulu (3 seasons… so far)

What happens when you mix murder with comedy? Thankfully, the series has tapped the right people to find out with Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin making up the brilliant (though not always the brightest) trio of true crime podcast enthusiasts-turned-amateur-sleuths who set out on a suspenseful journey to find the killer. The quirky series has become such a global phenomenon that it’s even been able to nail some rather impressive guest stars, like Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep. 

 

Death and Other Details – Hulu (Premieres Jan. 16, 2024)

The newest addition into the fold is Hulu’s mystery drama that takes place on a lavish Mediterranean ocean liner amongst the glamor of the “global elite” (we’re getting some Knives Out and Death of the Nile vibes, but we’re not complaining) and finds Imogene Scott (played by God Friended Me’s Violent Beane) at the wrong place and the wrong time, becoming the prime suspect in a murder mystery. To prove her innocence, she has to partner with the world’s greatest detective, Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin), whom she, by no coincidence at all, despises. 

 

The Traitors – Peacock (1 Season – Second Premiering Jan 12, 2024)

Murder mystery games are a party hit, so naturally, they’re a fit for reality TV. The competition, hosted by Alan Cumming, features 20 contestants, a mix of famous people and everyday Americans, as they work through missions in an ancient castle in Scotland. Amid those “Faithfuls” are “Traitors,” who try to eliminate the good guys for the top prize.

 

Pretty Little Liars – Freeform (7 Seasons)

If you by some chance missed the pop culture phenomenon that was teen drama Pretty Little Liars (where have you been?)and you consider yourself a very patient person–then it’s time to give it a whirl. The series follows four best friends whose deepest darkest secrets not only come to light but are used against them by someone calling themselves “A” when investigating the death of their good friend, Alison. 

 

The Outsider – HBO (1 Season)

Based on the chilling best-selling novel by Stephen King, the HBO series finds a detective investigating the gruesome murder of a young boy, with all clues pointing to a family man played by Jason Bateman, all before the case takes a supernatural twist, adding horror and paranormal to your typical murder mystery. 

 

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – ABC (3 Seasons)

The Australian drama series infuses the murder mystery genre with glamour and 1920s charm. With a flair for solving crimes and an impeccable sense of fashion, detective Phryne Fisher and her pearl-handled pistol take on murder cases that baffle the police, all while making sure Murdoch Foyle, who she thinks is behind her sister’s disappearance, stays behind bars. 

 

Whether you prefer classics, those with a modern twist, or a dose of comedy with your crime, these shows are sure to keep you guessing until the very end! 

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Is Ace a Hardy Boy on ‘Nancy Drew’?

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Nancy Drew concluded its run on August 23 with an action-packed yet heartfelt season finale that finally gave fans their long-awaited #Nace (Nancy and Ace) moment. 

But there was something else that caught fans’ attention in one of the very last moments of the episode—Ace’s initials. 

Alex Saxon brilliantly and tenderly brought Ace to life since the show’s inception in 2019, but while the rest of the cast all had last names, Ace was just Ace, leaving his identity largely a mystery (he had no backstory as he was not a character in the books, introduced solely as a CW character) and allowing for plenty of fan speculation that he was, in fact, a Hardy Boy. 

The Hardy Boys were brothers Frank and Joe, who served as amateur sleuths in several children’s and teen mystery books. Nancy Drew was created as a female counterpart to the successful Hardys. 

There were plenty of moments and plot points that seemed to allude to Ace being a Hardy Boy—his dad was a police detective just like the Hardys, he had a secret brother, and he was a skilled hacker, among his many, many talents. 

The confirmation finally seemed to come in the finale after the Drew Crew carved their initials into the underside of the diner table, right before they shut the light off for the last time on Nancy Drew Season 4 Episode 13. 

“A.H” appeared as the initials that Ace inscribed alongside his friends, which was seemingly a subtle yet satisfying nod to all the speculation that Ace was a Hardy Boy all along.

TV Line had a chance to speak to Larry Teng, an executive producer and pilot director, who didn’t directly confirm the theory but did say that he has known Ace’s last name from the very beginning. We’ll take it. 

As someone who continues to remain hopeful that this series will live on as a reincarnation (fine, okay, reboot) on a different network, I’m hoping this little Easter egg will lend itself to that very possibility. And while I know there was already a Hardy Boys series on Hulu, it should’ve never existed as a separate entity from The CW’s Nancy Drew

There seemed to be so many stories left to tell with this supernatural drama, and with so much organic support building for Nancy and Ace through the years, it would make sense to continue their story as a spinoff. 

At the very least, we can take comfort in knowing that Nancy and Ace were able to break the death curse and a that a Drew and Hardy ended up together at last.

You can read our Nancy Drew Series Finale review right here. 

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Nancy Drew Series Finale Review – Now Leaving Horseshoe Bay (413)

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Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew Season 4 Episode 13 was a bittersweet installment because, on one hand, it was a celebration of four incredible years with an amazing cast and group of sleuths that has taken us to places we never thought possible, but on the other hand, it was an official goodbye…. and those are always so hard and painful. The series went out on a high note, finding the light, laughter, and heart amidst the darkness and doing right by all these beloved characters. 

But before we got to all the mushy gushy stuff that yes, made me sob like an infant, the episode kicked off with plenty of action as the town was experiencing what Bess referred to as a “sinapalooza” after Callie doused residents with Sin Fog, possessing the town’s people into some pretty unhinged behavior. Some seemed to be possessed by former sins while others just had their anxieties manifest in concerning ways—either way, it was quite enjoyable to see Carson erratically steal baby furniture as Red swiped nine neck pillows. And naturally, Callie fled in a fog mask like the coward we knew she always was. 

It was a very fast-paced first half of the episode as the Drew Crew was running out of time to curb the damage and destruction. Where’s a Sin Eater when you need one? Thankfully, Tristan was still essentially a Sin Eater—you just couldn’t call out to him—so they attempted to harness his soul supernova and use it as a beacon to blanket the town and cure them all. As with any Nancy Drew solution, it’s easier said than done, and by now, Bess should probably know to read the footnotes because not only did the attempt fail, but it also sent Nancy into an unconscious seizure of sorts. Upon waking up, she explained that she’d seen visions of her “former” self, and while there was a brief concern that maybe she’d taken on the Sin Eater curse in the process, the explanation was actually a lot more complex—her soul was intertwined with Tristan from decades ago…. and essentially, they were reincarnated soulmates. 

Way to keep sticking it to Ace, right? The look on his face had to mimic the one on my face—and likely yours—because when we’re down to the final hour of a series, the last thing you want to hear is that Nancy is cosmically tied to another man. Ace was like, really, after everything we’ve been through, this is what I have to deal with? And man, I feel you. The exasperation is real.

Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew — “The Light Between Lives” — Image Number: NCD413b_0858r — Pictured (L-R) : Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew — Photo Credit: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Not only did Ace have to stand by and listen to all this soulmate chatter about the girl he’s crazy for, but he also had to be the one actively assisting them in trying to break the soul entanglement. He was like the chaperone—and the death curse, which has been a tragic thing up until now, proved to be helpful because it allowed him to always find Nancy through their cursed connection. 

The weave was slightly dangerous in that it had to happen when Nancy and Tristan were on the brink of death—truly living life on the edge here at every single moment—because that’s when the subconscious and the conscious can mix. And you never want to go that deep into something without a tether, hence, Ace’s involvement while everyone else was running amok trying to keep the town from imploding: Nick was digging up graves for the ritual, George had her law school interview because why not, and Jade and Ryan were trying to wrangle Carson and Red.

In an unexpected twist, it was revealed that Tristan and Nancy’s connection came from a much darker place—her soul wasn’t shared with Lucia Knipp, Nashua’s beloved, as previously believed but with August, the creator of the Sin Eater. When Nashua killed August, it tethered them, thus now connecting Tristan and Nancy. Nancy spiraled when she found out about her dark past, and all the injustices her former soul committed, but thankfully, Ace was there to help her out of it, reminding her that while much of her existence has been consumed by darkness, she’s always fighting for the good and light. Of course, it then gave fans the first major #Nace moment that we’ve been craving—Ace forgave her for the “unforgivable” act of calling on the Sin Eater to erase his memory of Alice’s death as he now understood that it came from a place of love. It’s what brought Nancy back from the edge of the cliff because really, he’s the one that knows her and her heart best. 

The process of detangling Nancy and Tristan was very intense, placing Nancy at the top of this love triangle that really never needed to exist and truly only happened to complicate things between her and Ace until the final episode. But eventually, the link was broken and Nancy soul’s was there, taking a beating. Tristan was gone, but Ace stayed through it all, never wavering in his support, even when she urged him to save himself; he threw caution to the wind and held her, his soul also getting pummeled in the process. The visuals here were top-notch, really honing in on the connection between the duo in a “where you go, I go” moment, in addition to what I correctly assumed to be the destruction of the death curse—not yet, we’ll get there. 

While all of this was happening inside the weave, Horseshoe Bay was literally going up in flames. The angry mob on a witchhunt made its way to the Historical Society (they were possessed by the sins of the people who burned a witch alive), and despite Nick’s protests, set it on fire. Bess was trapped inside with Nancy and Ace both unconscious, though they managed to wake up just in time to escape the smoke and flames. 

Unfortunately, that’s when the real pain of what was happening set it—all that they worked for was being turned to ash and there was nothing that they could do to stop it. It was heartbreaking seeing Nick try to run back in to save some of the artifacts and historical resources, but as Bess informed him, he’s done too much for the town already and he needed to let this go. This was the moment of pure realization for Nick that he needed to put some distance between himself and Horseshoe Bay as it was no longer serving him as it did when he needed it. 

The one good thing was that they were successful in disconnecting Nancy and Tristan and thus providing much-needed relief to the whole town. 

It was one bad day, but it was the push everyone needed to leave Horseshoe Bay behind and start fresh… for now. 

Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew — “The Light Between Lives” — Image Number: NCD413a_0361r — Pictured (L-R) : Alex Saxon as Ace, Henrique Saga as Tristan, Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew, Leah Lewis as George, Tunji Kasim as Nick, and Maddison Jaizani as Bess — Photo Credit: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There were definitely moments in those final episodes where I swear, they were leaving the door wide open for a reboot—and hopefully, on a network that actually gives the show the love that it deserves—like when Nancy said that another mystery would lead her back here while Bess suggested she could always conjure up a ritual to bring them back together in the future. 

Once the storm passed, the healing began as they all paid a proper burial and goodbye to the Sin Eaters that came before, the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for the town. It was the first step in Nancy’s promise to undo the sins of her former souls. 

Tristan very much started the season in love with Nancy and thinking that they were destined to be together, but the more that he found out, the more he realized that couldn’t be further from the truth. He saw how much Ace loved Nancy, and he understood that he was standing in the way, as he even said that there would always be someone she loved more than him. Plus, Nancy gave him something far more precious than her love—she gave him freedom and a second chance at a real life. There was eternal gratitude there and a friendship that would clearly withstand the test of time, but he wasn’t her person and they were both okay with it. 

I will say that the explanation of the entangled souls allowed the series to dig itself out of the Tristan and Nancy hole without making anyone look bad considering she was just harboring feelings for the guy merely a day ago, allowing the series to move into #Nace territory freely. 

Nancy Series Finale Season 4 Episode 13 Review Recap Light Between Lives

Nancy Drew — “The Light Between Lives” — Image Number: NCD413a_0062r — Pictured (L-R) : Erica Cerra as D.A. Jean Rosario and Riley Smith as Ryan Hudson — Photo Credit: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2023 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

We then got the lowdown on everyone’s future plans…. and I don’t blame them for wanting to catch a break. Their love and appreciation for the supernatural changed them all for the better, fueling their futures no matter where they take them, and they’ll always carry this piece with them wherever they go, but these near-death situations were getting to be a lot. 

George got into college, leveraging her management of The Claw and solving the town’s problems, in her interview. It occurred during such a high-stress situation and yet, she remained cool, calm, and collected, so there was really no way they couldn’t accept her! Nick was off to an engineering gig at Tom Swift’s incubator in Atlanta (which just felt right) with Jade, who was hired on in the PR department. I’m definitely bummed by the fact that Nick and George never found their way back to each other, but if they had, they likely wouldn’t have embraced these parts of themselves and pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, so in a way, it was for the best. Plus, a brief yet crucial moment in the episode where Jade was down to help out in any way they could was proof that this relationship was meant to go the distance. 

Bess had a huge task to live up to as the keeper of the Historical Society she was heading out on an exhibition to replace everything that was lost in the fire, with a brief update on Addy running for town council. Bess came as a bit of an outsider, but she quickly found her footing and place. Meanwhile, Ace revealed that he was going to go back to college to become a medical examiner, which couldn’t be a more perfect career path. 

As for Nancy, she was leaving behind her hometown, but Nancy Drew Investigates would continue on with her next case taking her across the coast into towns that August infected with its own version of the Sin Eater. It’s the least she can do since she unintentionally played a role in its creation and the people who have been hurt and harmed in the process deserve justice that only she can provide. 

We also got closure for Carson and Ryan as well, both of whom are embarking on new adventures and are excited about their futures, just like the Drew Crew. Carson chaotically told Ryan (at truly the worst possible time) that he and Jean agreed to have a baby together, and we saw him preparing for that next step in his life as Nancy cleared out her bedroom so that they could turn it into a nursery. We also got one last moment between Nancy and Carson that was simply terrific and you could tell it involved real emotions as she thanked him for being her “one constant” in life. 

As for Ryan, the one who had the biggest character development throughout the series, well, he’s finally putting himself first. It was huge of Ryan to want to put down roots in Horseshoe Bay, but there’s also nothing wrong with stoking the adventure and seeing what else is out there. After all, he has nothing tying him down as his daughter is grown and venturing off into her own. Ryan finally found his soulmate, the woman who shared his outlook on life and similar interests, and this was their moment to live it up. 

AND FINALLY… because they saved the best for last, which means so did I. Nancy and Ace deserved this moment after everything they’ve been through—and all the puppy dog sad faces Ace was forced to deliver—but I wish that we got more of it, more of their happiness together versus the constant whiplash of give-and-take. Even with all the proper storylines concluded and the perfect moment presenting itself, it was a rushed endgame when it didn’t need to be considering we’ve been building to this moment since season one. At the very least, we could’ve gotten a full season of their happy moments, but I’m putting this out into the ether that I would be fully invested in a Nace spinoff, tracking their adventures across the world because we know that cases simply fall into Nancy’s lap and there’s no one better to assist in them than Ace. Again, I had doubts about how they would bring Nancy and Ace back into the fold after she was just kissing Tristan, but it didn’t feel as choppy or forced as I thought it would, which proves this was always the right move. I would’ve done without all the animosity between them this season, but I guess if you can forgive what you once saw as an unforgivable betrayal, it’s a huge sign of love, and in a way, after being driven apart, they were brought closer together because they realized just how valuable their connection is. 

Anyway, let me get back on track because Ace informed Nancy that by sticking by her side in the weave (he said “I’m not leaving you!”), his soul was also damaged—meaning that not only was this their last life and they needed to make the most of it, but in the process, the death curse was also likely broken. That man knew exactly what he was doing!!!

And now, they both owed it to themselves to see what would happen and finally solve this major mystery, one of the most important and life-changing ones to date. At first, I was a little bummed that there wasn’t a bigger focus on the death curse breaking or the duo finding a way to do it—it was just placed on the back burner for the rest of the season as the Sin Eater took priority—but I love the fact that Ace risked everything, including his life and all the reincarnated lives after—to guarantee he had this one chance with Nancy. They will be together here and in the afterlife, and there’s nothing more beautiful or soul-comforting than that. True love always prevails. 

The nervous, shaky hand hold—like, is this finally finally happening—was peak cuteness and also one of the most intimate moments proving that their love extends far beyond the physical attraction and desire. Also, I hope that Ace’s little prank moment where he pretended to lose his breath only to say “I’m just fine” was improvised because it was so fricking cute, and only made cuter by Nancy’s genuine laugh. These two deserve the world… and my only qualm is that we got jipped of seeing them function as a fully-fleshed couple for more than a few minutes. Were we unclear this whole time when we said we wanted #Nace?! 

The final scene took us back right where it began, to The Claw, where this Drew Crew formed and took on its structure and life. As the series progressed, it wasn’t as much of a focus, but it was always the place that they came back to; their safe space. They made their mark on it in more ways than one—and somehow, everything remains in-tact despite the many supernatural forces attempting to destroy it—and now, they are passing it on to a new generation, leaving behind all their mementos and wisdom to help guide them in whatever adventures may come. 

Also, did the initials just confirm that Ace is Hardy Boy?! 

Kennedy McMann took an established character and made her better, brighter, funnier, and filled with so much warmth and love, despite all the obstacles thrown her way. She is THE Nancy Drew. But it was the group of soulmates that lifted her up when she was down and helped dig her out from way too many messy situations. And it was the writers that were responsible for giving us one of the best crews on television. 

I’m truly saddened to see this show take its final bow because it feels like there was so much story left to tell (even one of the show’s writers agrees with this), but I’m eternally grateful that we got four seasons along with a proper conclusion and closure to these characters amid such an uncertain TV landscape. 

Finally, one of the things that stuck out this season was that not only was this a show about friendship, but it was an ode to a small town and the idea of togetherness and responsibility. Since the show’s inception, I’ve wondered about Horseshoe Bay’s origins and why it was plagued by the supernatural, and this season, while staying true to itself and its characters, managed to delve deeper into that, giving fans a full picture along with a storyline of redemption and hope, holding everyone accountable for the damage and their actions moving forward. We can all strive to do and be better, and we are not defined by our past—and that was a nice and necessary reminder at the end. 

As Ryan once said, spending time with Nancy (and the Drew Crew) rubs off on you, and it makes you want to be a better person. 

Also, how can you not shed a tear when you realize that while Nancy, Bess, and George weren’t wearing their uniforms, they were wearing their signature uniform colors? These small little touches are so meaningful and it just goes to show you how much thought was put into this series that often goes unnoticed … so, with that, hats off to everyone who made Nancy Drew such a special, witty, spooky, and memorable piece of television. 

Thank you all for sticking with me since 2019—you can catch all of our Nancy Drew reviews here. It’s been a pleasure solving mysteries with you. 

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