Ali has succeeded in one thing; driving a wedge between the liars. With Hannah on a downward spiral, the liars started drifting away from her and trusting her less. This only made Hannah hit the bottle harder, while the girls cleaned up her mess and found out more about the Bethany/ Mrs. D connection!
Being in Ali’s shadow caused Hannah to go very dark and pick up a drinking habit. Her drinking got really out of control this week. I mean, I don’t think there was a moment were she was actually sober. I was excited for Caleb to come back to Rosewood, but he’s pretty much encouraging the drinking and it’s not attractive on his part and lame on her part. On the plus side, it’s gotten A off of her back. On the down side, it’s left her friends to clean up her messes. And they don’t believe anything she says because well, she’s incoherent half the time. So when Zach, Aria’s moms younger fiancee came onto her in the brew, Spencer and Emily didn’t believe her. Zach did place his hand on Hannah’s back which could have been misinterpreted, but it became clear that he was into “bad” girls when he walked into her car as she chilled in front of the brew and told her he was feeling the vibes and if she wanted to hook up, he was down. The number he gave her would have been proof that she had been telling the truth, but of course, she ripped it up in anger. When she went to tell Aria about Zach, Aria flipped out on her basically letting Hannah know that she was sick of her always being the problem. The two were already on the outs after Hannah blurted out that they were in New York to Sidney, which basically put Ezra in dangers way again. Confessing that her moms fiancee was a sick perve didn’t do much to help their already broken relationship– it just damaged it even more. She didn’t believe her best friend and kicked her out of the house. And even if Aria decides to confront Zach, he’s got the “Hannah came into my sandwich shop completely wasted” excuse, and you know everyone will believe him.
Emily was busy trying to clean up the “New York” mess by ambushing Sidney in the locker room and apologizing for Hannah’s drunken behavior. According to Ems, Hannah never drinks so one drink makes her completely drunk and she starts making things up. Like the fact that they were in NY, which Emily made sure to say they never were. The whole approach was really weird and awkward and if anything, would reiterate my thoughts that the girls were hiding something. Sidney wasn’t even listening though– she had her own surprise for Emily. She nominated her as assistant coach of the swim team! Emily wasn’t as excited about the news, not sure if she would have enough time in her schedule to cram it in. Sidney visited her later to deliver the sweatshirt she made with Emily’s name on it, and accidentally blurted out that her father owned a yogurt shop in NYC adding, “you probably saw it when you went to NY”. Emily freaked out stating she had never been to New York, and Sidney was taken aback cause she was totally just caught in a lie. Guess Sidney isn’t so innocent after all huh?
When she wasn’t setting Hannah straight, Aria was busy missing her moms bridal appointment (what a bad maid of honor) and trying to bribe big Rhonda at Radley. The issue of Eddie Lamb wasn’t really touched upon this week, except for the fact that last week was his last day on the job. Did he quit? Did he get a new job? Was he fired? It’s really a pressing issue considering E.Lamb has a lot of information about, well, everything. Aria tried to return Big R’s sketchbook without being noticed, but was unsuccessful. In order to have Rhonda keep this a secret, she bought her pop and chips and questioned her about Bethany finding out some pretty useful things! Mainly that Mrs. D used to come visit Bethany and even adopted her a horse named Custard. Why? Who knows. But it’s a lead that Emily and Spencer were totally going to follow.
Making their way to the the stables, they found out a couple of interesting things. Mrs. D did come there with Bethany, but it from what Declan remembers, only once. After Bethany threw a huge fit at “auntie” they never came back again. Apparently, Bethany didn’t like getting bribed with expensive gifts. (She can’t be Ali’s sister then right?) But did Ali ever come to the stables? She told the girls she hadn’t but you know Ali has lied many times to the girls, so whose to say we can really believe her. Another interesting thing the girls found? Melissa’s old riding helmet, which means Melissa is connected to Bethany and Mrs. D right? This would explain why she’s keeping some “big secret” which we all think revolves around the night Mrs. D died/ the night Ali disappeared. Or did A know the girls were coming to the stables and plant that hat in there? I was actually super proud of Spencer for thinking of this instead of just jumping to conclusions! Who knew that logic was this powerful? Sometimes we shouldn’t believe everything we see, especially because A was at the stables so he/she probably knew they were coming. As the girls were looking for clues, A locked them inside the stables with a frantic horse freaking out about the storm. Things got super dangerous and the girls were about to get trampled, when it kicked open the stable door and they ran for their life. Spencer didn’t get away without a battle wound though. A is getting really intense lately putting these girls in dangerous situations. It’s not fun and games anymore, things are becoming deadly.
Meanwhile, Ali was pulling her “feel bad for me” stint with Hannah’s mother. While, Hannah couldn’t even stand to look at her, Ali pretty much moved into her house without Hannah’s consent. I’d turn to drinking too if I was to get all caught up in Ali’s lies. A storm was a brewing and Ms. Marin decided to take Ali out for dinner, but as they were getting ready to leave, someone broke into the house. That someone obviously dressed in all black was A and holding a knife. Surprisingly, A didn’t stick around for long and made a break for it, leaving the knife behind. Ms. Marin was obviously pretty shaken up and called the cops right away. Lt. Tanner came to the scene of the break in and started questioning Ali, once again trying to find holes in her story as she had when she questioned her about Shawna’s death that morning. Ms. Marin finally snapped, stepping up for Ali and asking Lt. Tanner to back off and stop treating the victim like the criminal. This reaction was exactly what Ali was hoping for when she enlisted Noel Kahn to break into the Marin household and pretend to be the male intruder that’s after Ali. On one hand it’s brilliant, but on the other hand, Ali is completely out of her mind. She really enlisted someone to scare her friends mom all because she wanted her story to be more believable and to get the police off her back. It makes sense. LT. Tanner knows something fishy is up and she won’t stop trying to poke holes until Ali’s story falls apart.
Toby made a big life decision this week. Tired of feeling like no one is ever protected by the bunk/corrupt police in Rosewood, he decided to sign up for the police academy. Wouldn’t it solve everything if there was someone on the inside who could help them access to records? Of course A probably won’t even let Toby pass, but that’s a different story. Spencer informed Toby about the Mrs. D/Bethany/ his mother connection and Toby was just fed up that nothing was ever really over. Radley was one big mystery and it seemed like all of their problems started at that mental hospital. Whoever Bethany is to Mrs. D, Ali’s twin, her niece, etc. she escaped that night and came to find Mrs. D. She hit Ali over the head and ran away, leaving Mrs. D to bury her daughter alive in order to protect Bethany. Meanwhile, A killed Bethany and she’s been in Ali’s grave ever since. Question is, why did A kill Bethany? Did A think it was Ali? Have we seen what Bethany looks like? Did Mrs. D want Bethany to look like Ali? Is she her twin? And why was Bethany so upset that Mrs. D covered up Toby’s mothers “suicide”? While the whole Radley story makes semi-logical sense, the reason A exists doesn’t. Also, why did A kill Mrs. D? Did A always have it out for Mrs. D and Bethany but then ended up focusing his connection on Ali? I guess we just have to wait and see.
We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot
Pretty Little Liars, which premiered in 2010 on ABC Family (now Freeform), took fans on a rollercoaster ride. The twists and turns were so dramatic and exaggerated, halfway through the show’s 7 season run, many fans began to taper off.
Dedicated fans, however, stuck it out despite the fact that the show was rapidly going off the rails. Why? Because they desperately needed to know the identity of “A,” and later, “AD,” once and for all.
And the glorious day came on June 27, 2017. As we sat huddled up in front of our TV screens, we were filled with a mix of emotions ranging from confused, misled, and finally, relieved.
“Relief” is a strange emotion to feel when a show ends. Most fans tend to feel a sadness wash over them when the curtain falls, but with PLL, the finale was a sign that the madness was officially over.
The journey with the liars is one we’ll never forget, but let’s face it – most fans are not clamoring for more, especially not a mere three years after the finale. Heck, some of us are still trying to piece that ending together in a way that makes any rational sense.
We’re living in a time where reboots are hailed by TV executives as a sound and sure-fire idea. There’s plenty of examples of success: Dynasty, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico. Even revivals that have honed a place in society with shows like The Conners and Fuller House both leading the pack.
But the one thing that these reboots have in common is that the original shows aired a decade or more ago. The key to a successful reboot is nostalgia; they aim to hook the original fans while also appealing to a brand new generation.
Reboots may either reimagine a familiar story with a modern spin and new characters or reunite fans with characters years later a la catching up with friends years after college.
It’s obvious that PLL does not fall into the category of a show that warrants a reboot. Not yet, at least. There’s no sound argument when one could argue that enough time has passed to try to take a stab at this overly complex teen mystery drama once again.
One of my biggest gripes with the PLL reboot, which was officially announced as an HBO Max original, is that it doesn’t center around the original liars.
I’m firm in my belief that had it not been for the popularity, relatability, and dynamic of Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Belissario, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, the show wouldn’t have found a cult-like following or lasted as long as it did. The ladies made the show worth watching and managed to sell us on every single outrageous storyline.
Many of us stuck with the series because of our love for the liars. But the reboot, billed as “set miles away from Rosewood” in a new town, with a new set of characters, strips the very identity of PLL.
How can you have a show without any involvement from Aria, Emily, Hannah, Spencer, and Alison? They are the pretty little liars. There is no show without them. No one is interested in watching a new generations of teens get tormented by threatening cyber-stalker who knows too much about their life, which was fun to watch partially because it paralleled the rise of technology and the fears surrounding privacy that came along with the emergence of social media.
Even if the ladies considered (and I use that term loosely — they are over here working on their careers and expanding their families, after all) returning for a reboot, not enough time has passed for a proper reunion.
There’s been talk of a potential movie sequel involving the original liars, and truthfully, that’s an idea fans of the original could get behind. It would be a one-time thing, it wouldn’t overstay its welcome or feel forced, and it would hopefully gives fans the follow-up they’ve been dying for.
Earlier this year, Hale said she wouldn’t “rule anything out” but ultimately, they’d “need a little more time to pass.”
“I feel like we would get more out of it if we were, like, 10 years down the road,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight, adding that she’s protective of the show. Hale worked with Roberto Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa on the short-lived Katy Keene, so I’m truly curious to see what she thinks about this upcoming reboot. Note: none of those involved with the original have weighed in or commented yet.
Honestly, much of the pushback that I’ve seen about this rumored reboot is for that very reason — fans, even the ones who thought the finale came out of left-field and was a total dumpster fire — are also super protective of it. We don’t want anything or anyone to taint the show’s legacy.
We also cannot ignore there’s the fact that PLL’s Marlene King attempted her own reboot of sorts shortly after the series concluded and even centered the storyline around two familiar faces, Alison DiLaurentis (Pieterse) and Mona Vaderwaal (Janel Parish), to drum up support and interest from the core fandom. That didn’t work.
PLL: Perfectionists lasted a whole ten episodes before Freeform pulled the plug leaving any fans that submitted themselves to yet another A-like mystery in the dark. It’s a shame the series wasn’t give a real chance because it had potential if it stayed true to the books and veered away from trying to make it so much like it’s predecessor. In this case, a complete overhaul could’ve worked if done right.
And it’s probably better if I don’t mention Ravesnwood, the second PLL spinoff that centered around Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn), which saw a lot of people seeing dead people in the neighboring town. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the show’s ten-episode run, but it’s yet another example of the franchise trying to reinvent the wheel and failing miserably.
If King couldn’t make these shows work while PLL was at its height, maybe it’s because the audience needed to take a break from the world of A?
Which brings me to my next point… Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa. You may not know the name, but if you love teen dramas, you’re familiar with his work. He’s the brains behind The CW’s successful and oftentimes disturbing teen thriller Riverdale.
One fan on Reddit noted that “PLL walked so Riverdale could run,” and let’s be honest, plenty of fans (and critics) have called the show a hot mess. However, that’s what we’ve come to love about Riverdale; it’s wacky, weird, and only tolerable when you suspend all disbelief.
He’s also proven himself in the reboot-realm with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. CAOS is an entirely different ballgame; it’s a dark twist on the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that pulls much of its inspiration from the Archie comics. It offers up an entirely new world featuring new takes on some beloved characters. Not to mention Sabrina wrapped its run in 1996 meaning enough time has passed; the world was ready for the Spellman’s once again.
As I mentioned, CAOS is ending with its upcoming season while Aguierre-Sacasa’s other series, Katy Keene, was cancelled after just a season at The CW.
I’m not questioning Aguierre-Sacasa’s qualifications — I’m a fan of his shows — but I don’t think jumping into and revamping a still-fresh franchise is necessary right now.
Apparently, neither does Twitter. One person commented that he should “stick to one show and make that good.” I’d prefer HBO Max gave Katy Keene another try rather than investing into this PLL reboot.
The reboot seems to be hoping to capitalize on the the original fandom (the brief teaser features the same imagery as the original right down to the logo), but the fandom has opposed a reboot from the start. And they’ll be further alienated with the reboot’s description of a “horror-tinged, coming-of-rage” version.
Aguierre-Sacasa’s strength lies within creating shows permeated with twisted mysteries that have a campy, horror vibe, which is tonally different than the psychological mind games we’ve come to expect from PLL.
There’s room for another teen thriller, obviously, but maybe it would be best to leave the franchise alone and call the show, which is shaping up to be its own entity anyway, something else entirely? “Original Sin” minus the “Pretty Little Liars” would have given the series a fresh-slate without any comparisons.
Here’s the show’s description so you can decide for yourself: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. as well as their own.”
I’ll watch merely out of curiosity and because I’ve made television my job, but man, I haven’t even had time to miss PLL yet.
If you really need to feel the PLL-void in your life, the best thing to do is just stream the original episodes, because I think we can all agree that some things are better off left alone… at least until enough time has passed to revisit them through a new lens.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast Reunites for a Podcast that Involves Drinking and Rewatching Episodes!
The moms of Rosewood got out of the basement just in time to start their own podcast!
All jokes aside, Holly Marie Comb (Aria’s mom Ella), Lesley Fera (Spencer’s mom Veronica) and Nia Peeples (Emily’s mom Pam) are reuniting to rewatch episodes together and offer some commentary.
Honestly, I’ve always wanted to know what the moms of Rosewood thought about what their daughters were up to/involved in, especially since half the time, it didn’t seem like the liars even had parents!
The podcast, titled “Pretty Little Wine Moms” (yes, ladies!) means that they will be sitting down with their favorite drinks and breaking down one episode at a time. Since they were a part of the production, they’ll be able to add in behind-the-scene tidbits.
Here’s where things get super fun — each week’s episode will have a new special guest that joins in for the chat.
According to Digital Spy, guests will range from other cast members, writers, directors, and producers.
This month alone the podcast will feature Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Brant Daugherty (heads-will-roll Noel Kahn), and Torrey DeVitto (Melissa Hastings).
In September, the lineup includes costume designer Mandi Line, writer/producer Bryan M. Holdman, Ashley Benson (Hannah Marin), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) and Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers).
I love how much support the moms are getting from the cast and that the cast is finding new ways to keep this fun and twisted show alive!
Of course, we cannot wait for the mom-circle to be completed with a guest appearance by Laura Leighton (Hannah’s mom Ashley)!
The idea for the podcast came to Lesley where she was bored at home during COVID. She invited her co-stars to appear on her podcast with her husband, Ned Mochel, and fans were so thrilled that the moms were back together again, they figured why not roll with it?
We’re so glad they did.
And we cannot wait for the mom’s to spill some tea! Maybe they’ll finally tell us how they got out of that basement…
Here’s a snippet of how I envision this podcast in my mind:
The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details
This isn’t a secret, Rosewood’s finest are coming together again for a good cause.
The cast of Pretty Little Liars will be reuniting for a virtual reunion.
All your favorites will be tapping in including Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hannah Marni), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers) and creator I. Marlene King.
So, what’s on tap for the live event?
A panel with the cast likely catching up on what’s happened since the show went off air three years ago and reminiscing about best moments. There will also be a fan Q+A portion and one-on-one video chats with each cast member and King.
Those who wish to join in on the fun can do so by purchasing a ticket for $15.
All one-one-one chats with the cast are currently sold out. A chat with King costs $95. Tickets can be purchased at Cast4Good’s website.
All proceeds benefit Feeding America. The reunion will take place on Friday, May 15 at 12pm ET and can be watched on the Looped app. It’s being led by Cast4Good, a fundraising platform, which aims to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
So, grab your black hoodie and pretend its 2017 all over again.
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