The Nancy Drew Season 3 finale was on a mission not just to destroy Temperance Hudson and save Horseshoe Bay, but to give fans all. the. damn. feels.
Every single one of them.
It was an interesting finale in that it embraced a different vibe than all the previous episodes.
The flow was choppy and rushed. Instead of setting the scene and witnessing the Drew Crew form a plan to save Ace’s life from the Copperhead, the episode jumped right into the action with Nancy presenting Temperance with a plan — her blood to open the veil in exchange for the soul splitter to help Ace.
Naturally, we know Nancy would never just risk the wellbeing of the town for her own selfish reasons, and if you questioned the legitimacy of this “truce,” you’re a true Nancy Drew fan!
The master plan was revealed in snippets that didn’t fully make sense, but considering the Temperance Hudson situation was wrapped up mere minutes into the episode, it’s clear the finale had a lot to pack into an hour and wasn’t interested in wasting precious moments of screentime.
In short, once Temperance agreed to Nancy’s plan, they initiated the process of splitting Ace’s soul while Nancy gave Temperance her blood… which was dosed with a sedative through the donut holes Nancy kept munching on.
And while it was a genius plan, it, once again, didn’t stand a chance against Temperance’s skills. I’ve said this in previous reviews, but that 200-year-old witch had a lot of time to think this through; her plan was going to go off without a hitch, no matter what.
Or, so she thought.
Once she got ahold of all four hearts, she enacted what she referred to as the New Genesis.
However, Ryan Hudson arrived in the knick of time with a hatchet to kill skin walkers, which he got from a very shady couple harboring a house full of relics and dangerous objects.
Nancy used it on Temperance… and it was all over.
If you thought, “this was too easy,” again, you’re a true Nancy Drew fan. Anytime there’s an overly happy moment right after the world is almost swallowed up whole, it’s natural to be skeptical.
But what happened next was next-level.
Ryan Hudson was hit with a piece of shrapnel from the hatchet which KILLED HIM.
I had to rewind the episode several times to see his obituary because I couldn’t believe my eyes.
The Nancy Drew writers are known for delivering big twists (I’m still not over the Lucy Sable twist), and they’re not afraid to kill off main characters that seem pivotal to the storyline (see also: Owen Mavin, RIP), so I thought this might be a similar situation, but then, the whole vibe felt off once again.
The transitions between scenes, the way everyone interacted with each other, and even the happy sendoff for Nick all felt misplaced as if part of some wicked dream… or nightmare.
But it flowed with the course of events, so it wasn’t much of a cause for concern either. Nick wanted to get away for a bit so he planned a trip to Florida. George finally decided to pursue law. After a near-apocalypse, Bess didn’t want to be involved with the Historical Society anymore. And following weeks of mourning, Nancy decided to finally act on her feelings with Ace… and it was so hot, it broke the barometer!
You’d think that’s a good thing, but nope, it was 100% an omen… and confirmation that none of this is real.
Of course, the actual confirmation came from Temperance at the site of a car wreck that took Ace’s life.
In Nancy’s mind, a whole month passed by, but in reality, she was still at the moment of the veil deciding whether or not to kill Temperance.
To be fair, it was kind of Temperance to take this moment to warn Nancy about the holy hell she was going to unleash if she went through with killing her. The fact that she can manipulate a split-second moment also shows just how powerful Temperance really is. The Drew Crew, despite being Horseshoe Bay’s leading supernatural investigators, never had a shot bringing her down or thwarting her plans.
Temperance’s dire warning gets worse: if Nancy does kill her, this is the fate that awaits Ace if they ever act on their feelings for each other.
Family sure knows how to push our buttons, don’t they?
When Temperance snapped her fingers and brought Nancy back to reality, she was faced with the toughest choice of her life. As everyone urges Nancy to quite literally bury the hatchet, Nancy makes the decision to let Temperance open the veil.
And the moment she does — chaos and destruction follow that looks like a scene ripped straight from Day After Tomorrow.
Whoever the director for this episode was, they really nailed the whole post-apocalyptic/doomsday scenario.
And that CGI was pretty incredible considering it’s a CW show.
As Nancy saw the beginning of the end — Bess warned that fire and cyclone storms were sure to follow — she made the ultimate sacrifice for her town and used Temperance’s “blind spots” for a surprise attack.
Horseshoe Bay recovered in a month’s time, and everyone seemed to be back on the right path.
Everyone except for Nancy and Ace. Considering the “prophecy” that he would die the moment they even went there, Nancy chose to avoid him.
However, the fact that she was able to save Ryan’s life by removing the shrapnel before it killed him leads me to believe that there is a way out of this if the Drew Crew put their minds to it.
They’ve been through worse and come out on top! You just have to undo the spell.
I truly wanted Nancy to be honest with Ace about what was going on, but the moment she got too close and the barometer broke again, she hit the brakes and said some awfully terrible things to him. We know that she’s coming from a place of love to protect him, but Ace doesn’t know that, so it was a heartbreaking scene to watch.
Of course, no one knows Nancy better than Ace, so he likely won’t take this at face value. He’s just as inquisitive as Nancy, so he’s going to want to figure out why she hesitated at the veil, why she didn’t kiss him back, and why she’s pushing away. He knows something is up, and he has to figure it out or save her.
Nancy was crushed by the curse that basically stripped her of controlling her fate, but a heart-to-heart with Carson Drew seemed to put things into perspective. I don’t think Carson is the right person to go to for advice on this situation considering he doesn’t know what’s at stake or even understands that the situation is life or death, but it’s the thought that counts.
Eventually, Nancy, who is the proud owner of Icarus Hall, which she turned into an official office for “Nancy Drew Investigates,” finds a deck of cards that alludes to the prophecies introduced at the beginning of season 3.
Cue the song: “I can see clearly now.”
“One of u will be the other’s demise” alludes to Nancy essentially being Ace’s kryptonite. It’s a clever way to keep them together and leave fans craving more, but it’s also beyond cruel and frustrating.
“One of you will forsake what’s dearest to you” alludes to Nick selling the valuable ring he bought for George, the woman he saw a future with.
“One of you will betray your true love” alludes to George’s decision to split with Nick and pursue a law degree.
“One of you will lose your heart” alludes to the fact that Ace cannot be with Nancy.
“One of you will wreak havoc on this town” alludes to Bess’s decision to take on the Historical Society.
“Only one of you will fulfill your destiny and that one will cause the rest to fall,” seems to allude to Ryan paying his debts to that shady artifact couple who want to meet the keeper of the Historical Society. That does not sound like good news.
It seems as though the Drew Crew fulfilled their prophecies, but where do they go from here?
And does this mean that no one has actually been in control of their own destiny this whole time?
As I said, it was a whirlwind episode full of ups and downs that changed the direction of the show’s future trajectory.
And what’s Nancy Drew without a little mystery?
The world stops for no one — not even the town’s detective — so, amidst this whole personal crisis, Nancy gets her first client: a man who asks her to meet him at the cemetery alone.
When Nancy arrives at the cemetery, however, she sees a bunch of dug-up graves and the bodies missing.
Um… what happened to them? And why do I feel like Addy is somehow involved?
This might be the first “normal” and non-supernatural case in a while, and it feels kind of refreshing. The third season leaned heavily into magic, but that’s not actually necessary. At her core, Nancy Drew is just a girl solving mysteries in her small town. Why not get back to that?
Let’s hope that Nancy Drew is renewed for a fourth season so we can get some answers.
As of now, The CW hasn’t made an official ruling, so when they killed off Ryan and Ace, and said goodbye to Nick, I thought that this episode was surely meant to serve as closure for a series finale. I’m so glad that isn’t the case because while Nancy is at the helm of the show and Ace is the best character, it wouldn’t be complete without Ryan. Also – can we talk about how Nancy finally called Ryan “dad” for the first time?! Be still my heart.
Plus, Friday nights wouldn’t be the same without a little thrill.
What did you think about the finale? Did you like the pacing and rhythm of the episode?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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?
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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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