Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on October 10, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Nancy Drew – Pilot
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Nancy Drew - Pilot television review

Our introduction to Nancy Drew (Kennedy McMann), the title character in The CW’s new series which takes its name from the well-known kid detective who has remained popular and in print since her first appearance in 1930, isn’t solving a case but hooking up with a boy she barely knows in a garage. It’s here that the show’s creators break from the tradition of the cute and precocious Nancy Drew template and offer an older, although not necessarily wiser, version of the character. McMann turns out to be a fairly good choice for this version of Nancy who, in the first episode, deals with a murder, a ghost mystery, the lasting effects of her mother’s death on her life plans, and the supernatural. It’s the last of these that becomes the hardest two swallow, especially as it becomes increasingly clear just how much of ghosts and things that go bump in the night the show’s writers are prepared to accept.

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Nancy Drew #5

by Alan Rapp on November 5, 2018

in Comics

Nancy Drew #5 comic review“The Case of the Cold Case” concludes in Nancy Drew #5 as Nancy and her friends search for the kidnapped Bess and solve both the city of Bayport’s drug problem and a series of murders, including the unsolved case which brought Nancy Drew back home.

The tension is high in the issue as Nancy struggles to concentrate to find her missing friend. In the end, with little assistance from the local police, Nancy is able to find Bess (who also manages to take out of the baddies on her own), uncover the smuggling ring, and reveal the reason for unexplained deaths of local young women.

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Nancy Drew #3

by Alan Rapp on August 20, 2018

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Nancy Drew #3 comic reviewChapter 3 of “The Case of the Cold Case” continues following Nancy‘s discovery of a body in the caves around Deadman’s Cliff. Happy to discover the out-of-contact Nancy is alive and unharmed, her friends finally demand some answers allowing writer Kelly Thompson to catch everyone up on why Nancy has returned to Bayport and what mystery Pete needs her help to solve.

The issue offers the classic trope from Nancy Drew, Scooby Doo!, The Three Investigators, and the Hardy Boys stories as the local police seem reluctant to accept the deductive abilities of the teenage girl and quickly dismiss clues that could help them solve the case. It looks like this one is up to Nancy and friends.

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Nancy Drew #1

by Alan Rapp on June 19, 2018

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Nancy Drew #1 comic reviewAfter solving yet another mystery in the sleepy town of River Heights, and retrieving the stolen high school mascot from someone with some serious goat envy, 17 year-old Nancy Drew is lured back to her childhood home of Bayport by a mysterious message. Reconnecting with old friends including the Hardy Boys, Nancy has an old mystery to solve.

The new series from writer Kelly Thompson and artist Jenn St-Onge gets off to a strong start here in an issue that feels a bit like a throwback while still allowing the character to be fresh for new readers. There’s plenty unsaid here about Nancy’s time in Bayport, and concerns about old friendships she let wither, while introducing a mystery that has personal ties to her past.

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Charming Light-Hearted Campy Fun

by Alan Rapp on June 15, 2007

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Nancy Drew
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Nancy Drew

I never really read Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys.  I was more a Three Investigators fan as a kid (hint, Hollywood, hint).  Still, I like a good mystery and never had a problem with the concept of children solving mysteries better than adults.  The latest film version of Nancy Drew gets herself into a jam or two, but manages to pull through with style.  Good for her!

Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts) is the greatest detective in her home town of River Heights.  Even the local chief of police (Cliff Benis) relies on her insight and ability to solve crimes.  The trouble is she’s only a teenager and her father (Tate Donovan) wants her to stop her sleuthing before she gets into more trouble than she can handle.

Nancy journeys to Los Angeles with her father and makes s promise to act more normal and give up her mysteries.  Unknown to her father, however, Nancy has chosen to stay in the former home of a famous actresss (Laura Harring), who was mysteriously killed, and attempt to crack the unsolved case.

In L.A. Nancy makes a new friend (Josh Fitter) gets harassed by some uppity girls (Daniella Monet, Kelly Vitz), and tries to act normal.  The trouble is Nancy isn’t normal and soon with the help of a friend from back home (Max Thieriot) and her new freinds in L.A. Nancy is on the case trying to solve the murder of the famous actress.

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