Wednesday, February 10, 2021

REVIEW: 'Nancy Drew' - Nancy Explores the Past to Possibly Find a Way to Trap the Aglaeca in 'The Fate of the Buried Treasure'

The CW's Nancy Drew - Episode 2.04 "The Fate of the Buried Treasure"

Nancy and the Drew Crew race against the clock to find a way to destroy the Aglaeca before she can destroy them. Meanwhile, Ace reaches out to Carson for a favor.

In 2020, the television industry aired 493 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of The CW's Nancy Drew.

"The Fate of the Buried Treasure" was written by Celine Geiger and directed by Larry Teng

The Drew Crew called out to the Aglaeca for selfish reasons. They try to learn more about who she was for selfish reasons as well. They are desperate to find any solution that will prevent them from being killed by her. That fate seems set in stone. The show itself has absolutely been dragging out that point. Each potential new lead only seems to further cement that fate. Nancy has complete tunnel vision though. She has to find a solution. That is the only viable option for her. She can't reflect on the life she has lived so far and how her death will shape the people she leaves behind. She can barely even offer personal moments to her friends who are on this journey with her. They too feel trapped by these circumstances. They want to fully embrace and share the truth with their loved ones. Having those conversations though proves to be much too painful for any of them to bear. It's difficult because they acknowledge the likelihood that they really could die. Again, Nancy refuses to accept that fate. And yes, she continues to find hope even when each moment seems defined by despair. That's her nature. That can't come at the expense of the well-being of the people also trying to help. She has brief personal moments with several people here. That's all that she can spare though. She can't devote too much time to what's going on in their lives because that will distract from her pursuit of solving this grand mystery. She finds the necklace that once belonged to Odette. She finds proof that will radically change the history of Horseshoe Bay. It's a miraculous discovery. One that the historical society should cherish. It can completely flip the script of the origin of this town. It no longer has to fit the reality that covers up all the monstrous actions taken in the name of luxury upon their arrival. The Hudson and Marvin families have been in this town since its founding. And yet, their ancestors shouldn't be looked at with respect and admiration. They are heinous people who committed crimes to ensure their future glory and prosperity. They stole in order to achieve the idea of this new land coming with massive opportunities for reinvention. And yes, the story has been told that way. Nancy discovers it's not true. She has the evidence as well. She is blinded by her personal need to escape death. These pieces from the past can be used as weapons to hopefully capture the Aglaeca. That is the priority. Nothing is going to stand in her way. But again, that proves to be so costly to the people who want more from their relationships with her. Ryan wants to figure out how to be a father figure for her. He accepts that Carson isn't a monster who prevented him from being with his daughter all these years. They have to be there for her now. They know that something is wrong with her. She is consumed with this mystery. That's it. Ryan helps her figure out the puzzle. That is a huge development. She barely recognizes it because she has to quickly move on to the next step of this whole endeavor. A lot of the story functions in that way. That runs the risk of the show seeming like it's overflowing with plot without the emotional investment to ensure each action carries weight to it. Those moments are still present in the narrative though. It's heartbreaking when Bess decides to walk away instead of having dinner with Lisbeth and her parents. She sees it as a gesture to save her from the pain that might be coming. Ace can't tell his dad about what's going on. He just hopes a letter will get to him if the worst does ultimately happen. Meanwhile, Nick needs George to accept that she is loved. The world has forced her into being incredibly cynical. The worst always seems to happen. She is forced to carry the burden of that. Nick loves her though. He doesn't need her to reciprocate that feeling yet either. That's not what he needs from this relationship in order to see it's value should they die. It's also confirmation that they have something to live for. It helps George put things into better context with her sister to prevent the same mistakes from being made with her. Again, it's obvious that the Drew Crew is being sentimental and secretive. That may suggest that someone outside of that close bond will arrive with a solution or suffer the actual consequences that seems destined to happen. The show can't put this confrontation off any further. The Aglaeca is powerful. She overcomes the deceit waiting for her on the beach. That highlights her vulnerability. That too uplifts Nancy. It leaves her with a plan. It just means all of this will be coming to a head at the precise moment that all of these characters could possibly die. They will all have to confront those possibly gruesome fates. The stage is set for that. Nancy is determined. Her recklessness could simply carry consequences she doesn't care to acknowledge quite yet.