Synopsis: In ‘The Celestial Visitor’. As things begin to go haywire at The Claw, a striking stranger appears looking for Nancy and announces himself as the billionaire Tom Swift. Meanwhile, Ace has issues with the way Nancy insists on handling things with Celia.
As Nancy makes her way to The Claw she noticed that a lot of seagulls have fallen from the sky and things have gone a little haywire. As she begins to try and figure things out. In walks Billionaire inventor Tom Swift. He hires Nancy to help him locate a fallen meteorite, which hit Horseshoe Bay sometime in the 1930s. As they begin their efforts to locate the meteor. It becomes apparent that Nancy and Tom are going to disagree on most things. As we get an episode that explores the topic of the supernatural versus science and technology. It’s also an episode that feels very much like a back door pilot for a series about Tom Swift.
We get some nice performances in this episode from all the cast. Tian Richards is fantastic as Tom Swift and instantly likable as a modern-day take on a character that was created in 1910. I enjoyed his interactions with all the cast members. But Particularly liked his interactions with Nick (Tunji Kasim) who is the only Black person that we know of that lives in Horseshoe Bay. Tom and Nick instantly bonded with each other and what that did for Nick’s character. It especially opened some doors into some of the things that Nick had been holding back on in order to fit in. It also leads to a nice scene between Nick and George (Leah Lewis) where she asks why he has been hiding from her. That question opens up a whole bunch of issues with their relationship that they begin to address.
Also, the dynamic between Tom Swift and Nancy (Kennedy McMann) proved to be lots of fun. Nancy’s use and belief in the supernatural versus Tom’s use of science and technology made for some fun banter and truly interesting scenes. But we also get to see Tom’s humility when Nancy asks why he is so determined to get the meteor fragment.
‘The Celestial Visitor’ was a fun episode and the introduction of Tom Swift was a breath of fresh air that brought a new perspective to some of the characters in the series. Tian Richards owns the role from the moment he enters the room and his look puts me in mind of a younger Chadwick Boseman who we tragically lost last year. So if this truly was a back door pilot for a Tom Swift series. I say bring it on. Because I truly enjoyed this modern take on the character and would very much like to see more. I’d also be happy to see him pop up again on Nancy Drew as his interactions with all the cast members were a lot of fun to watch.
Overall. It’s a solid episode that freshened things up a little.
- CGI & Stunts9.4
- Incidental Music9.6