WHY WE CARE


Plugged In exists to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving you and your family the essential tools you need to understand, navigate and impact the culture in which we live. Through reviews, articles and discussions, we want to spark intellectual thought, spiritual growth and a desire to follow the command of Colossians 2:8: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ."

YOUR STORIES


Family uses Plugged In as a ‘significant compass’

"I am at a loss for words to adequately express how much it means to my husband and me to know that there is an organization like Focus that is rooting for us. Just today I was reading Psalm 37 and thinking about how your ministry provides ways to 'dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.' We have two teenagers and an 8-year-old in our household...Plugged In has become a significant compass for our family. All three of our kids are dedicated to their walk with Christ but they still encounter challenges. Thanks for all of your research and persistence in helping us navigate through stormy waters."

Plugged In helps college student stand-up for his belief

"Thanks for the great job you do in posting movie and television reviews online. I’m a college freshman and I recently had a confrontational disagreement with my English professor regarding an R-rated film. It is her favorite movie and she wanted to show it in class. I went to your Web site to research the film’s content. Although I had not seen the movie myself, I was able to make an educated argument against it based on the concerns you outlined. The prof said that she was impressed by my stand and decided to poll the whole class and give us a choice. We overwhelmingly voted to watch a G-rated movie instead! I’ve learned that I can trust your site and I will be using it a lot in the future.”

Plugged In brings ‘Sanity and Order’ to Non-believer

“Even though I don’t consider myself a Christian, I find your Plugged In Web site useful and thought-provoking. No one reviews movies like you do. Instead of being judgmental, you put entertainment ‘on trial.’ After presenting the evidence, you allow the jury of your readers to decide for themselves what they should do. In my opinion, you bring sanity and order to the wild world of modern day entertainment. Keep up the good work!”

Mom thinks Plugged In is the ‘BEST Christian media review site’

"Our family doesn't go to the movies until we go online and check out your assessment of a given film. I think this is the BEST Christian media review website that I've found, and I recommend it to my family and friends. Keep up the good work!"

SUPPORT THE WORK OF PLUGGED IN

Our hope is that whether you're a parent, youth leader or teen, the information and tools at Plugged In will help you and your family make appropriate media decisions. We are privileged to do the work we do, and are continually thankful for the generosity and support from you, our loyal readers, listeners and friends.

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

TV Series Review

Keeping secrets, breaking and entering, solving mysteries and catching crooks is just a day in the life for young sleuth Nancy Drew… Or at least it used to be.

Ever since her mom passed away from pancreatic cancer, Nancy stopped searching for clues in the dark. But when a rich socialite is killed right outside the diner where Nancy works during a mysterious blackout, she can’t help herself. Because, let’s be honest, Nancy loves solving mysteries.

Based on the character created by publisher Edward Stratemeyer as the female counterpart to his Hardy Boys series, Nancy is as smart, resourceful and independent as ever. She receives help from book series regulars Bess Marvin, George Fan (originally Fayne in the book series), and even her longtime beau in the novels, Ned Nickerson (though he prefers to go by “Nick”). However, the CW’s interpretation of these characters aren’t quite as wholesome as the originals.

The Mystery of the Morphing Detective

For starters, Nancy and her friends aren’t, well, friends. George—one of Nancy’s BFF’s in the books--is the manager of the Claw, the diner where Nancy works, and she’s been holding a grudge against Nancy since high school, believing that Nancy spread rumors about George’s supposed sex life. Bess is an out-of-place city girl with a criminal record for shoplifting. And Nick … well, let’s just say that his and Nancy’s relationship is more carnal than relational.

In fact, until they’re all brought in as suspects for the murder of Tiffany Hudson, the socialite who died outside the Claw, none of them really seems to have anything in common—other than each having a clear motive for murder, that is. But therein lies another problem. Was Tiffany killed by a human or by Dead Lucy, the town ghost?

“I don’t believe in ghosts. I believe in looking for the truth.” Nancy says.

The Haunting CW Adaptation

This latest adaptation of the precocious heroine takes a much darker approach than previous versions. And, at least in terms of the show’s creepy atmospherics, it works. Although the supernatural elements feel like they’ll end in a Scooby-Doo-esque encounter with a man in a mask, the jump scares are effective, as are the mysterious figures that appear through the shadows and mist when no one is looking.

Nancy and her friends keep their language modest with only a few misuses of the Lord’s name and the occasional h-word. Sadly, the same cannot be said of their romances. Although we don’t see anything critical at this early stage, the nuances are enough to awkwardly turn your head away from the TV and pray for a commercial break. It’s obvious that these characters won’t be holding to the same standards of innocence as those in the books. Drug use and occult references also earn screen time, too.

The one saving grace might be that nobody seems to be interested in duking it out. That being said, Nancy is investigating a murder, and the death of Dead Lucy probably wasn’t an accident either, proving that while we didn’t see it on screen, violence has already reared its ugly head.

Positive Elements

Spiritual Content

Sexual Content

Violent Content

Crude or Profane Language

Drug and Alcohol Content

Other Negative Elements

Conclusion

Pro-social Content

Objectionable Content

Summary Advisory

Plot Summary

Christian Beliefs

Other Belief Systems

Authority Roles

Profanity/Violence

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

Discussion Topics

Additional Comments/Notes

Episode Reviews

Oct. 9, 2019: "Pilot"

Credits

Rating

Readability Age Range

Author

Cast

Kennedy McMann as Nancy Drew; Leah Lewis as Georgia “George” Fan; Maddison Jaizani as Bess Marvin; Tunji Kasim as Ned “Nick” Nickerson; Alex Saxon as Ace; Alvina August as Detective Karen Hart; Riley Smith as Ryan Hudson; Scott Wolf as Carson Drew; Sara Canning as Katherine Drew

Director

Distributor

Network

CW

Performance

Record Label

Platform

Publisher

Released

On Video

Year Published

Awards

Reviewer

Emily Baker

We hope this review was both interesting and useful. Please share it with family and friends who would benefit from it as well.

Get weekly e-news, Culture Clips & more!