Being a Hudson comes with its fair share of problems.
Putting Everett Hudson behind bars for the crimes he committed was nothing compared to dealing with the Wraith.
In a surprising twist, the supernatural parasite had a connection to the Hudson family. What doesn’t in Horsehoe Bay?
After exhausting every single remedy to detach the Wraith from Nancy, the Drew Crew realized they had to go back to the beginning of its creation by none other than Temperance Hudson.
And then they had to try to reverse the ritual in order to save Nancy’s life.
Can I just say, the makeup department did a fantastic job making Nancy look like she was dying more and more with each passing scene. I appreciate the attention to detail.
The Wraith didn’t just latch onto Nancy because of her Hudson blood, however. It sensed that she was vulnerable and exploited that vulnerability every single day.
In order to rid herself of its presence, Nancy had to go into her subconscious and face all the repressed trauma it was feeding off of. This included coming face-to-face with past versions of herself that were too painful so she buried them deep within herself including the Nancy who solved her very first case (because the world wasn’t perfect and she was looking for the truth), the Nancy at her mother’s funeral, and finally, baby Nancy that was abandoned after Lucy killed herself.
It was interesting to see Nancy’s introspection pan out on screen because it’s the first time that Nancy has allowed herself to feel the emotions that she’s been bottling up inside. We knew that it has been weighing on her, but she’s never fully acknowledged it until now.
But the truth shall set you free.
As she cut off the Wraith, she realized that she couldn’t let go of the painful parts because they made her who she was. It was her first conscious step into accepting the good and the bad.
During her journey, Nancy also made quite the realization about her feelings for Ace. Everyone from the Drew Crew showed up to guide her through her subconscious, but Ace played the most important role.
The moment was so profound that Nancy decided to tell Ace how she felt, but unfortunately, it was too late as Ace already embarked on his trip with Amanda.
I wasn’t aware that I was such a #Nace shipper until I saw them almost kiss on screen and squealed like a schoolgirl. Why do the writers have to tease us like that!?
While Nancy’s feelings for Ace were very clear, he subconsciously felt it when he told Amanda that he felt like he was leaving something behind.
Uh, yeah, your girl! Sorry, Amanda.
Now that Nancy is totally aware of her feelings, how will it affect her dynamic and friendship with Ace moving forward?
Nancy also came to the realization that her relationship with Gil was based on lies. The Wraith was manipulating her since being with Gil, who put her down, made her weaker and an easier target.
I was never a Gil and Nancy fan, but we all have to go through our “bad boy” phase at some point. Hers just happened to be while she was going through something traumatic.
If she’s not going to be with Ace, she might as well get with Detective Tamura. It’s unfortunate the finale didn’t include him.
After getting rid of the Wraith, it seemed as though Nancy might finally, finally catch a break. I mean, it has to be exhausting dealing with the supernatural all the time.
But unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. As she closed one case, she unintentionally opened up another.
Nancy is meeting all the Hudson relatives… including the supposedly dead and supernatural ones! Nancy’s blood helped Myrtle, her distant relative, reveal her true form as Temperance, who is back with a vengeance as she lifted the magical veil.
What a bombshell twist that no one saw coming! What do you think her plans are for the small town?
It’s been quite a wild season with plenty of hauntings and supernatural stalkers taking hold of the Drew Crew, but that hasn’t interfered with the show’s character development. They all have their own compelling storylines that are given just as much screen time as Nancy’s story is. And they’re all integral to the storyline.
The love story between Bess and Odette was so pure.
Odette selflessly promised to give George back whatever remaining time she had left, and it’s a sweet gesture considering the fraught nature of their relationship initially.
But before she retreated into the depths of George’s soul forever, she said her goodbye to Bess. I melted when George told Bess to “kiss her.”
It was a doomed relationship from the start and one of the most absurd things on television, but thanks to Leah Lewis and Maddison Jaizani, you found yourself rooting for the ghost and human couple!
While they still don’t know how to buy George more time, she decided to accept her fate and do the things that make her happy including proposing to Nick.
Um, George and Nick are getting married — bust out the wedding planners.
It may seem haste, but well, they don’t know how much time they have. However, they’ve been the most solid couple on the series; they’ve bettered each other, and they’re better together.
Ryan Hudson was cut off by his father, but he gained an even better father figure when Carson welcomed him into his home. Nancy will now be able to live with both of her dads under one roof, which will be great for her, but it will also be a good change of pace for Ryan who has never really had a normal family life.
The poor guy didn’t even know how to do dishes. It’s almost like Carson is going to be fathering two kids.
I’m excited to see this dynamic at play. Anytime Ryan and Carson share a scene, it’s pure gold. And now that they’ve been unofficially inducted into the Drew Crew and are aware of the supernatural forces at play, things are bound to get even more interesting!
Ryan and Carson started off as enemies fighting for Nancy’s love, but in putting aside their differences, they were able to be there for Nancy when she needed them most. Ryan also gave up his rights as Nancy’s father in case Everett decides to come after Carson with kidnapping charges.
Regardless of what’s on paper, Nancy will need them now more than ever as she gears up to publicly reveal that she is Everett’s granddaughter and discloses her plans to take over Hudson Enterprises as the rightful heir.
What did you think of the episode? What did you think of the season? Did you enjoy all the insane twists and turns that led us to Nancy’s continued Hudson problem?
Let us know in the comments below. And we’ll see you next season!
Nancy Drew Season Premiere Review – The Dilemma of the Lover’s Curse (401)
Welcome back, Drew Crew! It feels great to be back in Horseshoe Bay, doesn’t it? The supernatural never stops in this seaside town, though it does have its ebbs, flows, and lulls as evidenced on Nancy Drew Season 4 Episode 1, the premiere episode of the fourth and final season (an absolute bummer!).
Nancy (Kennedy McMann), who now spearheads Nancy Drew Investigates out of Icarus Hall, has been taking on minor cases that veer into “normal” territory—think locating a missing cat—to pay the rent, all while the case of the missing bodies (the cliffhanger for season 3) and the curse placed on her and Ace (Alex Saxon) looms over her head.
That’s a lot for anyone to take on, and then you add in Ace’s arrest in the case of the grave robbery, and well, Nancy feels an immense amount of guilt for letting the case get cold as she thinks she’s somehow led to this moment and this is all her fault.
Of course, the Drew Crew is on top of it, dethawing the situation almost immediately as their friend’s fate is in their hands.
There’s, naturally, much more to Nancy’s guilt as she’s still grappling with the fact that she had to shatter Ace’s heart into a million pieces due to the lover’s curse Temperance placed on them. She hasn’t told Ace about it because she knows he’d do anything to break it—even something potentially deadly and dangerous—but it’s the big elephant in the room that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.
From my experience, when someone tells you that you can’t have something, it makes you want it even more, and in this case, forcing herself to stay away from Ace is driving her crazy.
And it doesn’t help that Ace continues to be in Nancy’s orbit, which is to be expected because he’s in her friend group, but it almost feels like the curse is purposefully pulling them together in order to be extra cruel by reminding them that they can’t be together. Throw it in their face, why don’t ya?
I was surprised that Nancy clued in her dads about the curse as Carson (Scott Wolf) barely even knew that the supernatural existed in the past. Though, I don’t mind having him in the loop. Nancy is an adult and on her own now, so it’s nice that she has this open relationship with both of them and that they both get along so swimmingly. The supernatural is literally Nancy’s life, so it wouldn’t make sense to keep Carson and Ryan (Riley Smith) in the dark.
Sometimes, I forget that Ryan is Nancy’s dad simply because of his age. And it doesn’t help that he’s now buddied up with Bess as it makes me think he’s just a part of the Drew Crew.
Nancy fights her feelings for Ace as best as she can, but as I mentioned in my review of the Nancy Drew Season 3 finale, Ace is perceptive, and he’s not just going to take Nancy’s rejection at face value, especially because every time they’re around each other, you can feel the chemistry, not to mention that both times they got super close, something in the vicinity shattered. That doesn’t just happen for no reason though it definitely adds a little oomph to the forbidden love/attraction plot.
He doesn’t just believe her when she says she doesn’t have feelings for him, and he has the little note she wrote in the bottle with his name on it as proof.
There’s also no one that knows Nancy better than Ace, so he knows when she’s lying. His arrival at Icarus Hall is his way of essentially testing his hypothesis, and Nancy finally gives in, telling him they can’t be together because they are cursed. While that isn’t something anyone wants to hear, it does give him hope! Curses can be broken with the right spell—but now he knows for certain that the girl he’s in love with loves him back! And there’s no better motivation to find a solution.
The writers know they can’t end this series without finding a way to bring Ace and Nancy together because they are endgame!
In the end, Nancy found a way to exonerate Ace by proving to the new sheriff in town—who definitely didn’t believe in the supernatural at first but now has no choice and is probably questioning accepting this job in the first place—that he didn’t steal the bodies from the graves, they merely got up and walked away on their own. Yep, Horseshoe Bay can now count zombies are residents. Nancy was able to prove that they were responsible for moving themselves around town, however, she still has no idea why, and that’s the piece of the puzzle that she absolutely needs because it seems as though they are on a mission to take over Horseshoe Bay, and it may or may not have something to do with the curse. The blood pouring through the town lines was ominous, to say the least.
The imagery (including the costumes), the scenery, the perfectly timed jumpscares, the new chapter of everyone’s lives that are still—and even more than ever—intertwined by the mystical and supernatural, and how everyone just knew their place in this mystery-solving machine—lent itself to one solid premiere. No one skipped a beat, nothing fell through the cracks—they’ve done this before, and they’ve done it well, and again, I can’t emphasize that, it’s a shame it’s all coming to an end.
George (Leah Lewis) had her doubts about her decision to study law, which Carson put to rest. He may not be involved in all of the investigations, but he’s the group’s dad dad, and it’s nice to see him involved in some capacity. George also got closure with Nick (Tunji Kasim), who explained that he sold the engagement ring out of necessity, with George giving him permission to move on and date one of those thirsty women in town throwing themselves at him. It will be weird to see Nick with anyone else when he finally does decide to put himself out there, but George wants to navigate the single life, it’s not fair to ask him to wait for her.
Bess (Maddison Jaizani) and Addy are still going strong, though I’m standing by my theory that Addy is somehow connected to something menacing. Bess, as the new leader of the Historical Society, is finding that being in possession of dark artifacts comes with a plethora of responsibilities, and when she turns down the odd Glass couple, who Ryan owes, she witnesses their persistence and vengeance firsthand. They really meant to do harm to Ryan and Bess for not getting what they wanted by placing the talisman on his engine. Thankfully, the duo walked away from the car accident unscathed, though the Glasses’ wrath seems like just the beginning.
And caught in the middle of all of it is Tristan, the Glasses son, who has taken a liking to Nancy Drew. I feel the sparks there, though, to be fair, I think Nancy can have chemistry with any person—dead or alive—but I’m not interested in exploring this because I’m team Ace. We all are, actually, so back off! We don’t need yet another obstacle standing in the way of Nancy and Ace finding their way to each other.
Ryan, and now Bess, need to be very careful around this new family as they won’t hesitate to do harm to get what they want, it seems. And how will Tristan play into this?
And finally, there’s the end of it all, closing in on us quickly. I mean the end of Nancy Drew, of course.
The premiere—which tapped in perfectly into the franchise but also what fans love about the series—proves that Nancy Drew is one of the shows that deserves to live on for several seasons—and it’s a damn shame that its biggest curse was The CW.
QUIZ: Which ‘Nancy Drew’ Character Are You?
If you’ve been watching The CW’s Nancy Drew, chances are, you like to solve mysteries.
But are you a sleuthing teen like Nancy herself? Or are you more of the sidekick best friend?
Find out by taking our quiz below! Share your answers in the comments below or on social media @CraveYouTV
Coffee Table News
‘Riverdale’ and ‘Nancy Drew’ Announce Final Season Premiere Dates—And Series Finale Dates
Riverdale and Nancy Drew are gearing up for their final hurrah.
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!
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