Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Hardy Boys - The Drop

Finally working together, Joe (Alexander Elliot) and Frank's (Rohan Campbell) decipher the odd code left behind by JB Cox (Atticus Mitchell) and lay in wait, hoping to force answers out of whoever comes to pick up the idol. "The Drop" marks the first episode of the series with the pair teaming up to solve puzzles, lay in wait, and sleuthing. Once they discover it's the not-so-dead Tall Man (Stephen R. Hart) who is after the idol, the pair lay a larger trap with the help of Callie (Keana Lyn), Chet (Adam Swain), Phil (Cristian Perri), and a reluctant Biff (Riley O'Donnell).

"The Drop" doesn't offer any answers to the Hardy Boys' larger questions about what they have in their possession, who wants it, and how it is tied to their mother's murder. However, the episode does strengthen the bond between the pair, and also that of their new friends who help set an effective Scooby-Doo-ish trap for the villain. While the Tall Man is off the board, at least for now, the people who employ him remain as large a mystery as those who paid JB Cox to steal the artifact from him. The episode continues the trend of Aunt Trudy (Bea Santos) being blissfully unaware of what Joe and Frank are up to while also having her spend time with Gloria (Linda Thorson) and come to know the boys' grandmother a little better.

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