For the first time in my life, I’m not disappointed with any part of this episode. Charles has put these girls through a lot of pain and suffering, but one thing they got out of it is that they’re bad ass bitches with nothing more to loose. Gone are the days when Hannah was too scared to pull the trigger. Nope, Spencer lit that sh* t on fire and they watched it burn. And they hoped A was watching too. He ruined their lives so they retaliated by taking what was most important to him- the little bit of soul he had and the remainders of his childhood. Although honestly, those might have been bomb ass clues don’t you think? On the other hand, setting everything on fire saved their lives.
But let’s back track a little bit. We kick things off right where season 5 ended. The girls have just escaped that terrifying prom, but when they get outside they realize there’s no way out thanks to the 10 ft tall 10,000 watt fences. As punishment for their bad behavior, A leaves them outside as a storm erupts. Def not cool. He then leaves them sitting there for another 3+ days without food or water. Cruel. Who raised this dude? When he finally decides to let them back in, he kidnaps Mona using another smoke bomb and when the girls wake up again, they’re naked in a morgue. Totally creepy. Spencer catches on that this is probably to make their parents think they’re dead, which is a horrible thought. Mona rolls through dressed as Ali again and gives them pills before the voice over the intercom orders them to go back to their rooms… or else. When they do we hear shrieks and screams and the scene cuts to the words, “Three Weeks Later.” Whatever happened to the girls in that room, I guess we’ll never know.
When A finally lets them out, their dressed in outfits which I feel are supposed to resemble their outfits in the barn the night Ali “disappeared” hence Aria’s pink highlights. They talk about the horrors they just went through, but again, nothing is mentioned except that they signed a welcome card for Alison. It quickly becomes clear that A is ordering them into Ali’s room to prepare for arrival. Not Mona, but the real Ali. Inside, they find boxes for each of them with all their belongings. Turns out, this has been A’s plan since day 1. How effed up is that?
While this is going down, Toby and team (Lt. Tanner and other officers who are easily outsmarted by a high schooler and a psychotic/obsessive texter) are watching Ali and trying to find the girls. They want Ali to lure Andrew in, who they suspect is behind all of this, so they can track the girls location. A does in fact call and plays a song, but when they track it, it comes back to someone in the house. Terror arises as Ali is moved into a closet that’s being watched by an officer, while Tanner and Toby investigate. They find the culprit- an A dummy with a pig face. That’s when Toby remembers the song was about an apple tree and sends the cops on a chase to Campbell’s Apple Orchard. I wonder if the only reason Andrew is a suspect is because his last name is Campbell and that’s where they found A’s lair…
Turns out, Toby is working with Ali, Caleb and Ezra and against the police. When he sends the cops to the orchard, he allows Ali time to sneak out. She meets the other dudes in the car where Caleb hands her shoes with a GPS inside. Smart thinking. Ali texted “A” however that’s possible and asked to meet him by the kissing rock. When she gets there she sees a car waiting for her so she does the smart thing and gets in. A pre-programmed GPS tells her exactly where to go and when she reaches the destination the car runs out of gas. She tries to call for roadside assistance but it ends up being A, who tells her to get her surprise in the trunk of the car.
The boys have been following her this whole time with a bit of a delay in case A is watching… And he’s always watching. When they get to the car they find it empty. The ‘welcome home’ card in the trunk says Ali has to change out of her clothes and leave everything behind or her BFFS die. She even took off the tracker shoes, but left them pointed in the direction she went. They follow behind, while Ali, now dressed in that same yellow shirt from the night she went missing walks down a path with ribbons. When she gets the the “destination” nothing happens however.
This thanks to the ladies who used the moment when the generator shut off to venture into “Charles’s” room. Emily found a vent that led them to his actual room filled with baby memorabilia. That’s when Spencer decided to play his game back and knew the only way to get him was to lure him in by burning his stuff. Now, Charles had a choice to make- get Alison who was waiting at the door or stop the fire which was burning all of his important stuff. He chose the latter.
Caleb and Ezra found Ali and began leaving the grounds when they heard the fire alarm go off. Then they began seeing smoke coming out of the ground and Ezra found a hidden door. They went to pry it open, while the girls downstairs rescued Mona who was trapped inside a black well hole and ran up a latter to the door. With both forces working, they opened to door just in time. All the liars were reunited with their significant others in a seriously touching moment. The police arrived shortly after. How sad is it that high school students have to do the professionals jobs for them? Lt. Tanner needs to stand down.
Inside the police also found one more girl dressed in a blonde wig and a yellow shirt. She was the one who delivered food to the girls while they were locked in their rooms. She was Sarah Harvey. Remember her? The girl everyone thought died… the girl who we thought was in Ali’s grave. Yep. She’s alive and it seems like she’s been here the longest, playing A’s little puppet. While this comes as a shock to the liars, I believe she’s a huge clue in finding out what the heck is really going on and get to know a little more about Charles.
In the end, Emily asked Ali who Charles DiLaurentis was and she seemed genuinely shocked to hear the name. In a preview, we see her asking her father who clearly knows. We know what A is capable of and it’s pretty much everything. What we don’t know is why. Why is Charles doing this? So he’s crazy… and the twin of Jason. Why the obsession with Ali? What drove him to torture her friends, to make people dress up like her? Was he in Radley? Was he mistreated and learned the only way to function was by surprises and punishments? What happened to him that was so bad? How did he get money and access to all these computers and gadgets? Was he who Ms. DiLaurentis saw the night she though Ali died? How did he get his hands on Sarah? What’s the connection? So many questions but this is the #SummerOfAnswers after all. Maybe we’ll find out.
It’s for sure that these girls will suffer from severe PTSD. How can they not? I hope we find out what actually happened to them in those rooms. I hope they find the strength to continue investigating until A is found and done with. I hope they don’t completely loose it although it’s not shocking if they do. What a great season 6 premiere. Thank you Marlene!
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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF
‘A’ is not messing around in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Original Sin.
If you thought we’d seen the last of ‘A’… think again. The masked stalker is back to torment a new group of little liars on the HBO Max series.
The ten-episode season will debut Thursday, July 28 with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18.
A new teaser for the series reveals the tone is going to be much darker than the original ever was, and that’s likely thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who serves as writer and co-executive producer.
Check out the teaser — complete with a new version of the intro song “Secret.”
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin synopsis: Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in present day, a disparate group of teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.
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.
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‘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:
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