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Nancy Drew – The Case of the Wayward Spirit (1×05)

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We’re only on the fifth episode of Nancy Drew and so much has happened, the most important being George’s possession by Tiffany’s unsettled spirit.

Horseshoe Bay was seeing dead people in its first possession case.

Tiffany wasn’t just sticking around for no reason either, she had a vengeance against George and Ryan.

She wasted no time letting Ryan know that “she knew” about the waitress at The Claw.

Her anger is understandable. Her Ryan cheated on her — it was low on his part.

But poor Tiffany didn’t know two things: 1. she was dead and 2. she was inhabiting George’s body.

There has always been a supernatural element to Nancy Drew, but the possession cemented it. At the beginning of the episode, Nancy dismissed Bess’ assumption that George was possessed but by the end of the episode, she was on board and even trying to figure out what message Lucy Sable was sending her.

The strength of the episode was Leah Lewis, who did a phenomenal job embodying both George and Tiffany into one body.

When she was George, you could tell she was terrified and had absolutely no idea what just happened or why she was holding a knife and pressed up against a bookshelf by Ryan.

And when she switched over to Tiffany, she was confused but angry and ready to make someone pay.

These little nuances sold what would have been a cheap and cheesy storyline if not done right.

But as much as we embrace the supernatural, Nancy strikes me as someone who is always going to choose concrete evidence over everything and it’s exactly that balance the series needs to not go down a similar path as Ravenswood.

Playing with the idea that Tiffany wasn’t crossing over because she had unfinished business was fun, but the storyline didn’t overstay it’s welcome. When it was time, Tiffany let go and was banished while George reassumed her body feeling guiltier than ever.

I guess when you feel a spirit’s emotions and the hatred she had towards you, it takes a toll on you.

However, I would have loved for Nancy to get some kind of information out of Tiffany about her murder. Anything, even the slightest hint, would have been great.

They had the spirit of the dead woman at their disposable and didn’t get any leads into her death.

Tiffany left behind a ton of secrets, but the good thing is that she gave Nick the password to the drive that Laura found (Dantes as in Dantes Inferno, the first book she gave him), which revealed a ton of documents on the Hudson family signed by Owen Marvin.

Not only is the hunky dude that flirted with Nancy a member of the Marvin family (Bess, get your cousin) but he’s also involved in the mystery, which means Nancy may be in danger.

We know she can take care of herself, but you wish she picked up the call from Nick warning her of Owen’s possibly nefarious intentions.

Anyone associated with the Hudson’s cannot be trusted. It’s just a fact.

However, if it wasn’t for Owen, Nancy would have never connected Tiffany’s death with Lucy’s.

Since the first episode, Lucy has been a presence on the series and has been haunting Nancy and now, we know why — it all has to do with Ryan.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Ryan’s a scumbag.

And he may be at the center of two mysterious murders.

It was surprising to learn that Ryan was involved with Lucy Sable while they were in high school because of the age gap. Ryan’s sleeping with George who is Nancy’s age while Nancy’s dad is sleeping with Karen, who was Lucy Sable’s best friend.

It’s easy to forget Ryan was older and thus, could have been responsible for both deaths.

What exactly happened to Lucy at the exclusive party that Karen mentioned?

Why did she drift away from her best friend?

In retrospect, we should have figured out that Ryan was involved in Lucy’s murder in some way.

Nancy’s father had Lucy’s bloody dress hiding in his attic not because he killed her but because he was representing the man who did.

The series has stressed Carson’s involvement with the Hudson family ran deep and spanned years. It probably started with Lucy.

While the focus was on getting Tiffany’s spirit out of George’s body we got to know a lot about George through it.

Her family life is fractured and her relationship with her mother is complicated.

Victoria helping showed that she loves her daughter, but there’s also a layer of resentment stemming from George who likely had to grow up quickly to become the breadwinner and to be a parental figure for her siblings while her mom partied and acted like a child.

George even blamed her affair with a married man, which her mother referred to as immature, on her mother’s messy love life.

Overall, both of them are strong women who don’t see eye-to-eye but love each other nonetheless.

Hopefully, overcoming a possession brings them closer together and they work it out.

Bess and Lisbeth finally arranged a dinner date, though, as I said before, I don’t trust anyone who works so closely with the Hudson’s.

Lisbeth may like Beth, but she may also have ulterior motives.

Ace and Laura’s connection runs deep and he seems to be the only one able to reason with her to give up the drive, but he also has no willpower around her. That could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the situation.

But when it comes to Ace as a person, his heart is in the right place. He’s harmless and genuinely on point when assessing situations about the real world and even the spiritual one.

What did you think of this week’s Nancy Drew?

Did Ryan kill both Lucy Sable and Tiffany?

Will George get over what happened to her?

How is Owen involved?


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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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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

 


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Is Owen Marvin Really Dead on ‘Nancy Drew’?

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Is Owen Marvin Dead on Nancy Drew

In the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has thrown some wild twists at the Drew Crew, and it has left the audience in a state of constant shock.

*SPOILER ALERT — the post contains spoilers. We advise you to stop reading if you’re not caught up with episodes*

One of the show’s biggest twists was the reveal that Nancy Drew is not Carson and Kate Drew’s biological daughter.

Nancy has been haunted by the ghost of Lucy Sable, and initially, it seemed like she wanted Nancy to solve the mystery of her death before an unlikely connection revealed that Lucy was Nancy’s biological mother.

And that means that Ryan Hudson is her father! It’s been a few weeks since the reveal and it still has my mind spiraling in all different directions.

The series didn’t even give us (or poor Nancy) any time to recover from the twist because the following episode resulted in the tragic death of Owen Marvin, Nancy’s love interest.

Nancy Drew The Terror of Horseshoe Bay Review

Nancy Drew — “The Terror of Horseshoe Bay” — Image Number: NCD115b_0132b.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Maddison Jaizani as Bess, Alex Saxon as Ace, Miles Gaston Villanueva as Owen, Kennedy McMann as Nancy, Tunji Kasim as Nick and Leah Lewis as George — Photo: Jeff Weddell/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Owen’s death was a result of Nancy and her friends summoning the Aglaeca and not paying the blood toll.

The Aglaeca latched onto Owen during the spell, but Nancy and the Drew Crew were able to pull him back without losing too much blood.

Nancy hoped it was enough, but it wasn’t as the portents began shortly after they conducted the spell.

Nancy and the Drew Crew then opted to perform a ritual to mask Nancy so that the “spirit” couldn’t find her and she could cheat fate and continue on without paying the toll, but the portents only intensified.

That’s when it dawned on Nancy that the Aglaeca must have been a human entity and thus, the ritual only infuriated it.

As a result, they found poor Owen dead in the bathtub with a bloody, gaping hole in his stomach likely from the fisherman hooks.

Of course, upon seeing such a gruesome sight, everyone’s first reaction is that “Owen Marvin is dead.” And I’m not arguing with it, but I’m also not 100% convinced.

Many shows rooted in the supernatural have a penchant for bringing people back from the dead, and that goes double for any CW series.

Nancy and the Drew Crew dabble in all kinds of seances, spells, and rituals, so there’s a huge likelihood that they can find a way to bring Owen back.

Maybe the can make a deal with the Aglaeca? We’ve only scratched the surface of fully knowing what it wants and how it operates.

There’s also a chance we see Owen Marvin in the spirit world since Nancy has a way of reconnecting with the dead and/or being haunted by them.

Read More: Find Out How Owen Marvin Died on the Season Finale of Nancy Drew! 

What I’m saying is that dead doesn’t really mean dead on television.

However, Miles Gaston Villaneuva’s Instagram suggests that his character, Owen Marvin, is dead dead.

In a post from three days ago he wrote, “RIP Owen. so sad & disappointing. definitely not my choice. definitely blindsided. no one told me why.”

https://www.instagram.com/p/B-xnNqMgpDI/

Miles seems very triggered and upset by the death (as he should be) as he alludes to the fact that it was a decision he was not forewarned or consulted about.

After thanking friends for their support on this “short run,” he goes on to encourage people to be better and to stand up against those in your “inner-circle” badmouthing others.

Is he alluding to some tension on the set as the reason he was written off? Was there some drama between the cast behind closed doors?

While he seems to be coming from a real place of hurt and anger, there’s a slight chance Gaston Villanueva is trying to make us believe his death is permanent.

Is he throwing us off?

Is Owen Marvin Dead on Nancy Drew

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On one hand, it would be foolish of The CW and Nancy Drew to kill off a promising character.  Nancy just found out her father and her boyfriend are rivals, which would undoubtedly make for compelling television.

There were so many story avenues to explore with Owen’s ties to the Marvin’s and his relationships with Nancy and Ryan.

His death seems premature and foolish.

However, on the other hand, as an audience, we’ve grown so accustomed to death on shows never being final. It’s the very reason why this article exists.

While I’m an Owen Marvin fan and hope his death is reversible, there’s something to be said about a series upping the stakes in a permanent fashion that’s refreshing and keeps audiences on their toes.

Is Owen Marvin Dead on Nancy Drew

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Horseshoe Bay is a town filled with uneasy spirits. Nancy’s decision and actions to wake the dead and follow mysteries must have repercussions not only for herself but for her friends as well.

Killing off someone that had the potential of becoming a main character pushes the boundaries, it changes the narrative, and it forces characters into uncomfortable and painful situations that inspire character growth.

It’s a stark realization that what they do matters and has permanent consequences.

And for the audience, it means that we’ll never see what’s coming next.

Update: Gaston Villanueva tweeted us after we published this article and yep, he’s a ghost. 

https://twitter.com/MilesGastonV/status/1250279714339475458?s=20


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