And as wildly handy because the twist of Nancy doing morgue group service is, it’s additionally a reminder that this present does at the very least strive to verify there are some penalties for the various ways in which our heroine ceaselessly breaks the regulation. And it makes us, as viewers, look again on the trope of the plucky woman detective inserting herself into the mysteries we keep in mind so fondly a bit in another way now. These actions are immediately not fairly so charming after they include a rap sheet, is what I’m saying.
“The Riddle of the Damaged Doll” sees Nancy and mates examine a mysterious – and decidedly grotesque – lifeless physique found in an area lady’s yard that’s been reduce open and sewn again collectively, however not earlier than being stuffed stuffed with quite a lot of disgusting and weird gadgets, together with animal bones, extinct bugs, and flowers that haven’t grown in New England in over 100 years. It’s actually disgusting, and one other nice instance of simply how darkish this present is prepared to be at occasions.
The concept that a haunted lifeless physique would in some way comply with Nancy house is, admittedly, type of ridiculous. However not terribly extra ridiculous than a few of the different issues we repeatedly see on this present. (And actually, Nancy ought to know higher at this level than to take a string of bizarre lifeless bugs from the mouth of a corpse, simply saying.) Plus, it makes for a number of disturbingly hilarious sequences involving Bess and Ace performing an post-mortem on the Drews’ front room espresso desk with little greater than a pizza cutter. It’s not even that bizarre anymore, y’all!
Not content material to easily examine what is likely to be a deeply creepy ritual homicide for an hour or so, Nancy Drew takes issues to the following degree by revealing that the lifeless physique they’ve all been stressing out about isn’t really even human in any respect. It’s a lamia, a very vengeful evil spirit that likes to feed on youngsters, and which killed a dozen Horseshoe Bay youngsters again in 1847. Nancy freed it whereas making an attempt to save lots of George and now it’s busy rising its personal new physique and focusing on native youngsters, like morgue attendant Connor’s son Leo. (I’m going to have nightmares involving the sequence with the lamia waking up at the back of Connor’s van, y’all.)
Naturally, the ritual to eliminate the creature a entails summoning the spirits of the dozen lifeless youngsters it killed the primary time it appeared, it’s as darkish and disturbing as you would possibly count on. Finally I assume I’ll get used to Nancy Drew doing issues like having tiny ghostly palms burst out of the bottom to pull a monster to what’s probably everlasting torment, however as we speak shouldn’t be that day. Yikes.