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Nancy Drew Season Finale Review – Who Killed Owen Marvin? (1×18)

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And that’s a wrap on an incredible first season of Nancy Drew.

Mystery by mystery, the series has slowly inched its way into becoming my favorite CW series.

“The Clue in the Captain’s Painting” was a full-on murder investigation as the Drew Crew, the Marvin’s, and the Horseshoe Bay police department were all determined to find out who killed Owen Marvin.

However, they were three very different investigations that blended into one led by the town’s sleuthing heroine, Nancy Drew.

If anyone were to figure out who killed Owen, it would be his grieving yet mystery-solving girlfriend.

In a surprising twist, Owen Marvin’s murderer was not the Aglaeca, so his death was not a payment of the blood toll brought on by summoning the sea ritual.

It was the obvious go-to, but it would have put way too much guilt on our Nancy, who was already dealing with quite a lot.

Owen’s killer was of the human form, and I couldn’t help but chuckle when Nancy quipped that things have gotten so crazy none of us considered that it may have been an actual human murderer. We were all so quick to blame the poor spirits!

From there, there were only a handful of people who had the motive and thus, it wasn’t nearly as delicious and shocking of a twist than the Lucy Sable reveal!

The only person that would ever gain anything from Owen’s death is Ryan Hudson, but considering he was just revealed as Nancy’s biological father, the series couldn’t tarnish his name or character like that. He may lead with ego, but he’s not a killer.

And really, that left us with Joshua, the brother of Lucy Sable, who escaped after a near-death encounter with Nancy.

He didn’t have a motive to kill Owen, but he did have a motive to get revenge on Nancy, and the quickest way to get to her was through Owen, who refused to send a text and draw Nancy out.

Owen died protecting her and that honestly makes his death ions more painful.

He was such a good guy — he cared about Nancy in a way no one else has, he accepted her for who she is, he supported her, and he died for her.

It was a premature death that had absolutely no merit. And yes, Nancy did everything to solve his death, but we never even got to see her mourn or grieve him.

Owen didn’t get the goodbye he deserved and it’s upsetting and unfortunate. What a terrible decision by The CW to kill him off when he would have been more useful alive.

And the way they killed him off was so pathetic as it didn’t contribute anything to the plot.

If it was a result of the Aglaeca, I could at least accept that it was a lesson for Nancy and the Drew Crew that there are life or death repercussions to their investigations, seances, rituals, etc, but having him be an innocent victim killed by Joshua was a disappointing turn of events.

My only hope is that the fact that this is a supernatural show somehow brings him back to life, but that seems like wishful thinking.

Making a protagonist suffer tends to be how a show encourages, but in this case, it hinders Nancy’s growth and upsets a dedicated fandom.

On her mission to solve the murder, Nancy managed to tell Lucy’s mother the truth and thus, established a relationship with her grandmother.

She also came face-to-face with Joshua and saved his life so that he could rot in jail.

And again, Owen died for nothing.

As Bess investigated Owen’s murder, she too got to know her family on a deeper level and realized that they’re all mean-spirited, narcissist, which honestly, is not someone I’d ever want to be around. Why is she still so desperate to become a Marvin?

Aunt Diana encouraged her to leverage her relationship with Lisbeth to find out what she knows about Owen’s death, and this is the second time that Bess has been put in a compromising position when it comes to her relationship.

Even Lisbeth informed her that she’s going to have to choose between the relationship and being a Marvin at some point. She can’t have both.

Still, Bess is choosing to embrace her family by accepting Aunt Diana’s invitation to live at the mansion.

Of course, one is to assume such an invite comes at a price… but what is it?

The only good thing that came from Bess embracing her Marvin side is that she got a brief history lesson into her great, great, great (a lot of great’s) grandfather Douglas Marvin who painted all the paintings in the hall of tragedies (apparently, rich people have these) and in one of them, she saw the Aglaeca.

What did good ‘ole Douglas know about the creature that’s trying to destroy them all? Was the Aglaeca a Marvin?

Hopefully, Bess finds out fast because the portents are only intensifying and the latest one showed them all visions of their own death.

Bess died by being burned alive, Ace was hooked and hung, George and Nick drowned inside their car, and Nancy Drew met a fate similar to Lucy Sable’s — she fell off a cliff.

Talk about things coming full circle. How can they get the Aglaeca off their backs?

Other Horsehoe Bay Musings

  • George figured out why she’s so emotionally unavailable and it all boils down to how she was treated by Ryan Hudson. He preyed on a 17-year-old girl with a crush who didn’t know any better and made her think that being a “secret” was normal. It was incredibly sad to see George break down and finally realize the damage Ryan caused her, but it was necessary for her to confront him, make him realize that his actions have consequences,  hold him accountable, and move on. I like her and Nick together.
  • I initially thought George was keeping her relationship with Nick under wraps out of respect for Nancy.
  • There’s definitely something happening between Ace and Nancy, and while it’s too soon right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the series went there. I love the way he cares about her. I think he’s been harboring feelings for her but realizes that the timing simply isn’t right.
  • I wondered how Nancy Drew would keep up the scare factor, but guess what, they managed to make the Aglaeca even scarier than Dead Lucy. I didn’t think that was possible, but here we are.

What did you think of the Nancy Drew season 1 finale?

Are you happy Owen’s murder was solved? How will the Drew Crew fend off the Aglaeca?


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Nancy Drew Review – The Trail of the Missing Witness (2×12)

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Nancy Drew Review The Trail of the Missing Witness Season 2 Episode 12

Nancy Drew tackled the story of half-brothers Ace and Grant. 

And it was quite the adventure. 

“The Trail of the Missing Witness” was another episode without any spooky ghost hauntings or supernatural, but the case was compelling because of the personal connection and had a great resolution. 

Grant, who spent weeks trying to get close to Ace in order to tell him the truth about their blood relations, finally confided in his half-brother because he needed Nancy’s help with finding his kidnapped mother, Suzie. 

A man named Daniel West took her after Grant left witness protection and was holding her hostage until they turned over a machine that featured the names of other witnesses who testified against the Holt Group, otherwise known as The Road Back, which Ace described as an “Illuminati type” agency. I wish they would’ve done more with this agency because, again, it’s a compelling addition that felt rushed and overlooked. Why even bring it into play if it wasn’t going to matter in the long run?

Sometimes, Nancy’s detective skills are a little hard to believe. This was one of those cases. She barely had to lift a finger to help them find the exact location where Grant’s mother hid the device and swiftly maneuvered any hiccups and roadblocks they encountered like the collapsing floor. 

When Daniel took Ace as bait, she made a deal with the devil, Celia, which got them back the device, saved all the witnesses who were listed on the device, and saved Suzie’s life. 

All in a day’s work for Nancy! 

There was a really powerful moment between Nancy and Ace which made my little heart flutter. Seriously, how can you not ship these two?

Ace didn’t want Nancy to trade in the device for his life, but how could he be mad at her after the way she looked into his eyes and told him she couldn’t lose him?

There are some definite feelings there. 

Tom, Ace’s father, also played a role in cracking the device’s code, which meant Ace had to show him the picture that he found of him and Suzie. 

Grant doesn’t seem to be sticking around Horsehoe Bay for the long run as the family is going back into witness protection, which is a shame, but he did get a happy ending!

Grant not only got answers about his father, but he also got to meet him. Meanwhile, Tom learned that he had a son with a woman he once loved. 

All’s well that ends well. 

Except for Nancy. After she asked Celia for a favor, she had to repay the favor by agreeing to amend her statement against Everett Hudson.

Nancy was the key witness in the trial against Everett – she could’ve been the nail in his coffin, but without her testimony, he walks free. 

It’s unclear if she knew that by doing so, she was also sparing her biological father, Ryan, who just found out that his father set up all his shady dealings under his name and identity. 

If that isn’t evidence of the kind of man Everett is, I don’t know what is. 

Celia believes the move will buy Nancy some kind of loyalty out of Everett if he were to ever learn that she’s his granddaughter, but if the man is capable of selling out his own son, I don’t think this will change anything. 

Hopefully, they’ll find another way to bring down Everett that doesn’t involve Ryan getting dragged down for his father’s crimes. 

Nancy Drew Review The Trail of the Missing Witness Season 2 Episode 12

Nancy Drew — “The Trail of the Missing Witness” — Image Number: NCD211b_0173r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Shannon Kook as Grant and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The Drew Crew was pretty split up on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 12. As Nick looked for “the Saint” to get damning evidence against Everett (and I’m really digging their partnership), George and Bess worked to win the Chowder Bowl festival.

Spoiler alert: they won. 

George also found out that Odette has formed plenty of relationships with those closest to her. Her three sisters have all met and love her, but it’s Bess who’s developing romantic feelings for the ghost. 

George was pretty shocked to find that they’ve been exchanging love letters. I’d be mad to learn that my friend was smitten with the ghost residing in your body. 

Though, it’s hard to blame Bess who even admitted she’s filling a void after losing Elizabeth and the Marvins. 

As long as she never goes any further with Odette, a little innocent flirting can’t hurt! 

What did you think of the episode? Do you miss the supernatural elements?

Any episode that focuses on Ace is a win for me, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get excited to see all the wicked things in store for next week!

Hit the comments to let us know your thoughts about the episode! 


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Nancy Drew Review – Amensia Got the Best of Us (2×11)

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Nancy Drew The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune Review Season 2 Episode 11

It’s always a blast when shows switch up their format. 

On Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 11, the Drew Crew dealt with a Viking monster that murdered anyone who knew its name. 

Once we figured that out, it made all the sense in the world that Nick erased his memory upon accidentally hearing the name from Aristotle, the tour guide from the historical society, who was found dead. 

Playing with the amnesia aspect allowed for some truly hilarious moments from the cast while also tapping into their incredible acting skills. 

Nick went through a world of emotions upon learning that he was a “lying millionaire who couch-hops and has no home.

And learning that he killed someone in self-defense didn’t make things better as he was now a suspect in Aristotle’s murder and couldn’t remember a thing about what transpired. 

In an effort to help Nick, the Drew Crew began investigating the Vikings from Artistotle’s podcast and stumbled upon the name of the creature, which then led to a series of memory erases that somehow always found Bess waking up and screaming bloody murder. 

Comedy gold. 

It’s really great that even without her memory, Bess’s personality remains consistent. Even though she doesn’t know who she is, she’s still the Bess we’ve come to know and love.

Since this isn’t their first rodeo, the Drew Crew left themselves quite a detailed map to help get them up to speed whenever they erased their memories. This included all the ways they tried to “kill” the creature.

You really have to give it to them for being crafty! 

Eventually, they figured out that the only way to weaken the Stranger Things-looking animal known as the grimathorn is by publicizing his name. 

And what better way to get the word out than through the power of social media?

Bess’s social media expertise and Ace’s hacking skills truly came in handy for this one!

While the creature wasn’t as terrifying as the ghosts of Horsehoe Bay’s past, the episode remained one of the stronger ones this season by allowing the Drew Crew to tap into several iterations of themselves trying to solve the same riddle over and over. 

Nancy Drew The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune Review Season 2 Episode 11

Nancy Drew — “The Scourge of the Forgotten Rune” — Image Number: NCD211a_0007r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Leah Lewis as George, Tunji Kasim as Nick, Kennedy McMann as Nancy, Maddison Jaizani as Bess and Alex Saxon as Ace — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

On top of the amnesia, Nancy also dealt with Celia finding out that she’s Ryan’s daughter. 

Celia go-to reaction was to tell Everett, which Ryan couldn’t allow.

He called for an emergency family meeting, and Can I just say that I love that Ryan is now in a group text and considered family?

When Celia couldn’t be persuaded with logic, Nancy decided to steal her memories in order to buy herself some more time.

Honestly, how was Ryan not asking more questions about Nancy’s abilities to alter somoene’s mind and give them amnesia?

Without the Hudson blood running through her veins, Celia was actually quite enjoyable, though, it didn’t last long. The moment her memories were restored, she was right back to threatening Nancy with the truth. 

Though, it’s quite possible that Nancy made a compelling point about proving her worth to the family, which would prevent Celia from revealing the truth.

Sure, if push comes to shove, Nancy could destroy the family, but she could also be an asset. She’s known about her Hudson blood for much longer than Celia and hasn’t come after the company. All she wants is Everett’s victims to get justice. 

But if her cover is blown, Nancy, Ryan, and Carson will be forced to retaliate.

Celia should play her next move wisely.

Ace also dealt with some family drama as he finally met his brother.

While I knew that there had to be more to Grant, the new employee at The Claw, I never guessed he would end up being Ace’s long-lost brother. 

But are we surprised? The series has a knack for pulling off a good family plot twist! 

Grant informed Ace that his mother was in troubled and needed his help, but what could that possible mean?

And will helping her force Ace to finally confront his father and potentially destroy their perfect little family?

Other Musings

  • I don’t really mind Odette anymore. She’s kind of a good addition to the team, and she even tried to save them all. 
  • Carson’s moving back home, which means Nick gets his own place. In fact, he splurged and bought the whole building!
  • George and Nick forever — they’re just too cute together!
  • Ace is so pure.
  • How funny was the scene where Ace tried to hit on Bess and she let him down by reading a cue-card that reminded her she was into girls!

What did you think of the episode? 

Are you a fan of episodes that play with reality? Are the mysteries captivating? Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 


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Nancy Drew Review – Handsy Drew! (2×10)

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Nancy Drew Review The Spell of The Burning Bridge Season 2 Episode 10

A new curse made Nancy Drew quite thirsty for all the men in town. 

One of the best things about the reimagined CW series is that it never takes itself too seriously. 

The case managed to embrace a compelling yet lighthearted tone simultaneously while moving the overall plot along. 

And the best part — we were back to supernatural hauntings! 

Even before the curse turned Nancy Drew into a sex addict, she teamed up with Detective Tamura to solve the great bouquet heist that involved a woman in a wedding dress robbing various locations for things like flowers, jewelry, and gold wedding bands. 

Considering the tension between Tamura and Nancy prior to this episode, it was surprising that they were so eager to work together. And it was even more shocking to see how receptive Tamura was to the whole “ghosts” revelation. 

Nancy Drew Review The Spell of The Burning Bridge Season 2 Episode 10

Nancy Drew — “The Spell of The Burning Bride” — Image Number: NCD210b_0211r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): RJ Hatanaka as Detective Tamura, Tunji Kasim as Nick and Praneet Akilla as Gil Bobbsey — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Unless you’ve been dealing with the spirit world directly, it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around ghosts, curses, and supernatural entities. However, he didn’t seem to question it at all. 

In fact, the two even admitted that they enjoyed working together, which is a big step for Horseshoe Bay. Nancy’s detective skills are finally being appreciated in this town!

Tamura gave me Owen replacement vibes. They even have a similar facial structure. 

We didn’t know much about Tamura until this episode, but it’s clear why he was drawn to Nancy. His previous relationship failed because his fiancee disliked his job and wasn’t interested in the cases he was working on. With Nancy, he’s not only found someone who is interested, but he’s found someone who’s just as passionate about it and equally s good. 

Their pairing simply makes sense, but I was glad that they didn’t cross the line and kiss while she was under the influence. If it happens in its own time, so be it, but not when she’s all jacked up on lust and desire. 

Plus, I want to see their friendship and partnership form before they pursue anything romantic as they seem to be on the same wavelength with cases. 

When Nancy and the team destroyed the wedding dress, she absorbed the curse, which gave us some of Kennedy McMann’s best work. 

The poor girl was locked in a freezer so that she would cool down. 

Each man’s slow-motion cameo was hilarious, the way she was trying to talk herself down in the cooler was perfection, and the fact that she faked sick to jump out of a bathroom window and chase down a man was one of the best things on television. 

And now, I want to run my hands through Ace’s soft and silky hair!

But while Nancy was the one lusting, there were still two men inside The Claw fighting over her as Tamura and Gil Bobbsey got all up in each other’s faces. What a lucky girl.

While being overcome with a sex curse likely wasn’t Nancy’s idea of a fun day, she did realize that there was something liberating about embracing desire. 

And Bess and George both encouraged her to essentially “get some.”

So, for now, Nancy has decided to walk on the wild side by pursuing her feelings for Gil. See, it wasn’t necessary to fight cops to get the girl!

We haven’t seen Nancy in a relationship since Owen’s death, so maybe allowing herself to feel again will do her some good. 

Bess went on a date with Odette, in George’s body, and props to the ladies for being able to sell the narrative. I could never see Bess and George together, but I could totally see Bess and Odette together!

Nancy Drew Review The Spell of The Burning Bridge Season 2 Episode 10

Nancy Drew — “The Spell of The Burning Bride” — Image Number: NCD210a_0904r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Leah Lewis as George and Maddison Jaizani as Bess — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

However, as Ace informed her, it’s absolutely not okay, and he’s right. George is already giving up her body to host Odette, but it’s another thing for Odette to pursue relationships with others while she’s “unconscious.”

Also, what a strange love triangle (or square) that would make if Nick had to share George’s body without actually sharing her soul. 

Ace connected with his brother, who agreed to come to Horsehoe Bay, but instead of meeting up with him, he left him a box with a photo of their father. 

Does anyone else think that maybe Ace isn’t actually chatting up his long-lost brother?

I’m slightly worried for him and don’t want him to get his hopes up only to end up disappointed. 

And finally… the cat’s out of the bag about Nancy Drew being Ryan Hudson’s daughter. 

Ryan thought he had Val Samuels in the palm of his hand, which speaks to Ryan’s privilege. He thinks that he can manipulate someone by flashing his pretty little smile and flirting a bit. 

However, Val was manipulating him by acting interested when she was really trying to get a DNA test. 

It’s unclear how she connected Ryan and Nancy to each other. It’s one thing to assume Ryan may have had a child with Lucy Sable, but it’s another thing entirely to know that the child is Nancy.

Maybe she’s just that good of an investigative reporter. Either way, she went behind Ryan’s back and informed Mrs. Hudson of the fact that Nancy is her grandchild, which is what everyone was trying to avoid. 

Way to put Nancy in the line of danger, Val. 

This is the second strike against her. We were first thrown off by Val due to her woman-on-woman repression in which she told Nancy to keep it clean on social media. How is that any different than the spelled wedding gown to curb women’s natural impulses?

Maybe let’s just let women be women and not judge their abilities and achievements based on a bikini photo!

What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying the second season of Nancy Drew so far? Let us know in the comments!


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