Nancy Drew: How the Aglaeca will change Nancy as we know her

Nancy Drew -- "The Fate of the Buried Treasure" -- Image Number: NCD204a_006r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Kennedy McMann as Nancy and Maddison Jaizani as Bess -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Nancy Drew -- "The Fate of the Buried Treasure" -- Image Number: NCD204a_006r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Kennedy McMann as Nancy and Maddison Jaizani as Bess -- Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /
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Nancy Drew has been around for 90 years and counting, and it doesn’t seem like the young sleuth will become a has-been anytime soon. It seems the reason why the Nancy Drew books continue to be a hit with young audiences has everything to do with the fearless young sleuth’s confidence and hands-on investigating. This is especially true of the 1930s, when the series first took flight, and young girls were expected to be reserved and domestic for the sake of femininity.

Nancy solved mysteries, picked locks, and threatened authority as a teenager. She was far from meek and didn’t resemble any of the role models from that era. Nancy didn’t mind getting her hands dirty, and that type of independence and self-assurance has made the series successful. Many years later, the message continues to inspire anyone who reads the books.

From movies to TV, the many adaptations have all portrayed Nancy as a free and rebellious spirit of a detective that will not rest until she solves her case. However, The CW’s Nancy Drew will likely stand out on its own for the liberties the TV series has taken. This Nancy has the same confident stride, but her young adult problems are real. The most surprising has been Nancy’s origin story that revealed that Nancy is really a Hudson adopted by the Drew family.

Also, The CW’s Nancy Drew has lent a lot of its attention to the supernatural. While the books dealt with ghosts occasionally, the TV series makes ghosts an everyday reality. As of late, the Aglaeca, a sea spirit that’s really the ghost of a wealthy woman named Odette LaMar who was unceremoniously murdered and thrown into the sea by Marvin and Hudson ancestors, has been spooking Nancy and friends.

Nancy Drew The Fate of the Buried Treasure
Nancy Drew — “The Fate of the Buried Treasure” — Image Number: NCD204a_0543r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Maddison Jaizani as Bess and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved. /

How will the Aglaeca change Nancy Drew in the end?

Nancy called on the Aglaeca to recover the bones of her mother, and since Nancy couldn’t pay the debt (she wasn’t willing to kill one of her friends,) the Aglaeca is out to destroy the entire Drew Crew. Nancy has been trying desperately to find a loophole that could save her and her friends before time runs out, but all of her attempts have failed.

Nancy’s latest attempt in “The Fate of the Buried Treasure” included a blessed box, Odette’s necklace, and a vow to unmask Odette’s murderer. The Aglaeca responded by turning the box into dust and almost killing Nancy. Now it seems that the Drew Crew has given up on finding a peaceful way to end the curse and will delve into uncharted territory once again.

The Aglaeca was summoned back into the ocean by a seaweed ring that hurt the sea spirit as it left. Nancy has concluded that if the Aglaeca can be injured, it certainly can be killed. And that may mean that the remaining episodes of Season 2 will tackle Nancy’s attempt at killing a sea spirit. It is perhaps a side of Nancy we have never seen before because she has never been pushed to those extremes.

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There’s no telling what that may mean for the series, but there is one thing all of Nancy’s baggage has failed to do, and that’s to show growth. The show has been piling it on thick, making her unique, but there has been no word on how Nancy will sift through it all and become a better person. Here’s hoping this Nancy Drew‘s future is not only one of a kind but one that is well worth the wait.

Nancy Drew airs every Wednesday at 9/8c on The CW.