The CW’s Nancy Drew: Queer Ladies and Considerate Ghosts

So, full disclosure about me: I have been a Nancy Drew fan for a very, very long time. It was a big part of my formative years, and I’ve reread the books multiple times in my adult life and continue to enjoy them very much. So, naturally, when I heard that the network that brought us the insanity that is Riverdale was coming out with a dark Nancy Drew reboot, I was pretty sure it was going to be… Well. “Hot garbage” was the first term that came to mind, quite honestly.

This past Friday, however, I actually checked out said series, and I discovered to my great surprise that it is not garbage of any temperature. It is, in fact, a rather awesome and compelling show that I am now low-key obsessed with, because I binge-watched the entire series over on the CW site and endured endless prescription drug commercials in order to see how it all panned out.

And hoo boy, did it not disappoint. It’s a CW show, so you do of course have a few standards that had to be included: (a) characters making out while sexy and/or angsty pop songs play loudly in the background, (b) everyone in the cast being excessively and illogically attractive, and (c) teen heartthrobs from the ’90s now being cast as parents to these excessively and illogically attractive young folk.

But those things aside, the CW’s Nancy Drew is a freaking delight. The mystery is fascinating and multifaceted and actually turned out in a way I did not at all suspect (always a good thing), and what’s more, it actually made sense. The show does have its more Riverdale-esque bananas moments, but for the most part, it’s pretty grounded in the world it inhabits. What happens might be weird, but it fits the weirdness they’ve established for this world, and I’m down with that.

I also have to say that there is a queer element to the show that I was not expecting and was very much delighted by.

Anyway, I took some notes while watching the show, and I would now like to share those notes on the off chance that someone aside from myself may find them entertaining. I also must say that these notes of course include spoilers, so proceed with caution if you don’t wish to be spoiled.


Very Serious and Academic Thoughts
on the CW’s Nancy
Drew: 

(1) Early on in the show, when Nancy was less candid with the people around her…

Nancy: *lies to everyone, all the time, about everything*
Someone: *tells Nancy a lie once*
Nancy: How can I ever trust you again??!
Me: 

(2) Regarding Dead Lucy…

First ten or so times Dead Lucy appears…
Me: AHHHHHHHHHH AHHHHHHH AHHHHHHHHHH OMG SO SCARY AHHHHHHHHHHH

500,000th time Dead Lucy appears…
Me: Oh, hey, Dead Lucy. S’up. Did you do something different with your hair? Cool. Cool.

I get freaked out by Doctor Who episodes, so if your ghost has stopped scaring the crap out of me, you may be overusing her a tad.

(3) In The Lady of Larkspur Lane, Nancy asks about the thin man ghost she’d just seen coming creepily down the hallway. The response is, “You saw Mr. Roper??”

Me:

Come and knock on our door~~~ We’ll be haunting for youuuu~~~

(4) So, this was legit one of the most unintentionally funny moments in the episode The Mark of the Poisoner’s Pearl. It’s the end of the episode, poisoning hijinks have concluded with all main characters still alive, and Nancy is in her room debating whether or not to answer a call from her dad from the state prison.

Nancy picks up the phone, and we see Dead Lucy, unnoticed, hanging out in the closet doorway behind her.

Nancy doesn’t seem to realize Lucy is standing patiently behind her, waiting for her attention, so Lucy just kind of hangs out and waits to be noticed while Nancy sits silently trying to decide whether or not to accept the call from her dad.

Nancy finally accepts the call, and so Lucy’s reaction is to whoosh back into the closet with a definite air of, “Okay, you’re clearly busy right now, so I’ll come back and haunt you when you’re not on the phone.”

I watched it two or three times and it never failed to make me laugh. Such a considerate ghost.

“WASSSAAAAAAAAAAAAPPP”

“Oh shit you’re on the phone SORRY BYEEEEEEEEEEEE”

I also have to say that I am absolutely in love with Lisbeth and was from the very moment she walked onscreen. I’m used to the hopes of my little gay heart being crushed in moments like this, when a supremely confident woman with a kickass short haircut and a knowledge of the automotive arts meets eyes with a beautiful main character of the female persuasion and they seem to have an immediate connection, but this time, THIS TIME. This time, I was not disappointed. GLORY BE, THE GAYS HAVE INFILTRATED NANCY DREW.

CW, this almost makes me forgive you for Riverdale.

Almost.

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