In Review: Nancy Drew (S2 – E1) The Search for the Midnight Wraith

Nancy and the Drew Crew are still reeling from witnessing the visions of their deaths. They realize even more so now that they need to come up with a plan to stop the Aglaeca before it’s too late.
Wraith

Synopsis: In ‘The Search for the Midnight Wraith’. Nancy and the Drew Crew are still reeling from witnessing the visions of their deaths. They realize even more so now that they need to come up with a plan to stop the Aglaeca before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Detective Tamura shows up at The Claw to bring Nancy in for questioning as she is now a suspect in a mysterious comatose girl’s assault.

 

The Story

After a quick couple of flashback scenes recapping last season’s events. This episode hits the ground running as Nancy is approached by Detective Tamura about a mysterious comatose girl. Although Nancy has no clue as to the girl’s identity. It turns out that the young woman is called Amanda Bobbsey. We quickly learn that Amanda and her twin brother Gil were hiding out in the Gorman woods. But were attacked by the Wraith. Additionally, the Bobbsey twins had stolen a hand mirror, which could be key to helping Nancy undo the Aglaeca curse. Their plan was to sell the Mirror to Nancy. However, only Amanda was able to escape. This means that Nancy and her crew had to take a trip to the Woods in order to rescue Gil and buy the mirror. Easier said than done. Given that the Mirror belongs to the Hudson family.

 

The Acting

Kennedy McMann steps right back into the role of Nancy with relative ease, but with more emotional baggage. Firstly, this adds to the mix and provides for some great tension between Nancy and Ryan Hudson. Undoubtedly, Ryan feels the family connection with Nancy. Even though Nancy is still feeling rather awkward about the situation. So instead Ryan is settling for helping Nancy out of jams as and when he can.

Riley Smith continues to shine in his role of Ryan Hudson and finding out he is Nancy’s father has added more depth to the character, which the actor truly embraces. I particularly enjoyed the scene in which Ryan gets Nancy and her crew out of a jam with his father. This illustrates that Nancy is in for a bumpy ride from both her family ties and dealings with the supernatural. Indeed, Nancy’s uncertainty about her own identity takes on a greater meaning during her confrontation with the wraith.

 

Overall

This is a fairly solid opening episode, which sees Nancy and her crew getting a little help in their dealings with the Aglaeca. The scenes where Nancy and her friends come face to face with the Wraith fall somewhere between comedy and horror. In particular, is Bess’s reaction to it and how she is trying to talk herself out of fearing it. Furthermore, this scene also gives an opportunity for some backstory about how the Drew Crew first met.

The inclusion of Amanda and Gil Bobbsey was very well done and fairly consistent with who the Bobbsey’s are in the book and comic book series. Although in the books. Nancy is already aware of who they are.

Overall. A pretty strong opener, which further digs into the mythology of Nancy Drew and also adds to it. I suspect that the situation with the Aglaeca curse will only get worse before it gets better.

9.2
Nancy Drew (S2 - E1) The Search for the Midnight Wraith
  • Story
    9.2
  • Acting
    9.4
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    8.5

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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