The fable of Lucy Sable has narrowed down its biggest suspect yet. For weeks now, we’ve pinpointed the connection between Carson Drew and the late beauty queen. While he potentially may not be the murderer, the clues and flashbacks confirmed that both Carson (and his late wife) knew something about Lucy’s death and that they covered it up to hide evidence. Burying and holding onto the bloody dress was the biggest giveaway! But, now Nancy has put the evidence together too and she’s on the same page as the rest of us. It’s great whenever the main characters reach the same conclusions as the viewers – there is no more filler space; new developments will come from here on out.
Did Carson Drew kill Lucy Sable? I’m inclined to disagree. The murder mystery would be too easy if that were the case, especially since we learned of Carson’s connection during the series premiere. Though, he’s definitely involved in the cover-up. By reviewing the evidence so far, Ryan was the Hudsons’ lawyer and they paid him off to keep their secret/hide the evidence. Now that he’s working for them again, Ryan honored a favor for Celia Hudson and stole the evidence from Nancy’s lab tech. His character has become an anti-hero, but his involvement in helping the Hudsons makes him seem extremely villainous. He’ll no doubt have some excuse that clears his name, but he’s still a shady father though.
I loved how “The Tale of the Fallen Sea Queen” utilized a lot of supernatural elements to drive its narrative. Nancy Drew didn’t just dip its toe, it dove head first into the dark waters. The spectral shadows, the monstrous hands, and Lucy’s ghostly arm all heightened the eeriness of the weekly mystery. We called how dangerous those coins would be during last week’s view and the outcome didn’t disappoint! The characters were cursed, and until those coins melted away, only bad things happened to them. For every second the coins appeared, something creepy was soon to follow. Great use of utilizing Nancy Drew’s supernatural vibe.
The creepiest scene is when Nancy and Nick were in the basement of the newspaper searching for files. The creature emerging from the shadows felt like it had been ripped from the scene of a paranormal ghost movie. If this had been a horror movie, the ghost would’ve retrieved that lost coin and there would be hell to pay.
During the investigation, I hadn’t guessed that Nick’s boss was Lucy’s half-brother; it’s a development that seemed like it had been concocted on the fly. We had no background knowledge before this that Lucy had a brother, so we’ll have to go with it for plot convenience. Candace, on the other hand, reaffirmed the rumors that emerged from the previous week. Whatever happened to Lucy as a result of the masked ball, it created doubts and rumors in the town that potentially drove someone to kill her. Was the Sea Queen crown enough for Candace to kill Lucy? Maybe, but it’s still too early to tell.
The séance provided some key answers to close the loop on some questions. Firstly, the séance confirmed that someone else killed Tiffany Hudson, so there are two murderers running around Horseshoe Bay. The biggest development was the reveal that the Hudsons are somewhat behind Lucy’s death. The waffling of Lucy’s answers make it seem like the Hudsons play a part in her death (either they’re the cause of it or they’re involved in why), but they may not have been the ones to physically murder her. It’s frustrating that the séance provided a grey answer here; a firmer approach could’ve helped steer it in a better direction. However, I’ll take what I can get for my theorizing. Hopefully, the spirit trapped in the dragon toy will shed more light on the crime.
We’ve known for a while that Ace was being blackmailed by Chief McGinnis, but we didn’t know the extent of why. It’s no wonder why Ace felt trapped and helped McGinnis. He couldn’t escape the federal crime being held over his head. For a while, I guessed it had been a drug possession. Still, why was Ace hacking into a federal computer? He must’ve been looking for something extremely confidential and important.
In Tiffany’s murder case, Laura would be the obvious suspect since she would inherit millions with her sister out of the way. However, as mentioned above with Carson, it’s the too obvious answer. Nancy Drew showcased why Laura kept pushing for a murder conviction as a red-herring, but even if she could inherit all the money, had she committed the murder, there would’ve been a chance they would trace it back to her. Laura doesn’t seem careless. Spontaneous? Yes. Careless? No.
Plus, with the recent car accident, that cliffhanger summed up that someone wanted to keep her quiet. Are Laura and Ace dead? The former seems like the right guess to finish off the sisters. Ace, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. Losing a main character mid-way through the season wouldn’t be the first time this happened before, like Vicki Donovan on The Vampire Diaries or Sophie Deveraux on The Originals. I’m hoping Ace survived because there’s more we could learn about his character and the death would be too abrupt. However, we’ll have to see how it develops.
The same can be said about the end of Nancy and Nick’s relationship. Their break-up was way too abrupt! Nancy’s “lone wolf” quality has been a hot topic since the beginning, but it’s a quality of hers that has stayed consistent. She’s occasionally letting people in, including Nick. So, how did this become a major deal-breaker in the span of a week? After Nick showed his jealous quality, the breakup should’ve been on the other foot. This relationship could be a toxic mess in disguise.
“The Tale of the Fallen Sea Queen” raised the spirits to deliver a supernaturally fun episode. Players we’ve considered as suspects emerged as suspects for the main group, and new clues developed for both crimes. This episode was bountiful with progression. Plus, there were two cliffhangers that left our jaws on the ground! Overall, a good episode that kept us hooked.