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Pretty Little Liars- The Bin of Sin (5×17)

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Well, just like the title suggests, this weeks episode focused on the mysterious, and atrocious smelling bin that may or may not have Mona’s dead and preserved body stuffed inside. Sorry for the grim details. To be fair, after the whole episode, we still don’t know what’s inside.

Hannah Numero Uno Suspect

Hannah’s name is on the rental agreement for that storage unit. This means only one thing, A is framing her and it wont be long before she’s put behind bars. She doesn’t think any of the girls are really taking this as seriously as she is. To be fair, Spencer was actually arrested and cleared of murder charges just recently… so maybe Hannah should have some more faith in the girls. But, knowing your getting framed for a murder you didn’t commit is definitely stressful. She decides to take matters into her own hands and remove the evidence before the police can find it. She buys bleach, a power saw and other objects that only a criminal would need. Here’s me hoping she didn’t buy it all at one store because surveillance footage would definitely confirm she’s up to no good. Then, she pretty much forced Caleb into helping her. Unfortunately, their trip was just a big flop. Upon entering, Hannah chickened out and said she didn’t want to see what was inside the bin. On their way out, they ran into Detective Tanner and Toby, who received an anonymous call about Mona’s body. Yeah, A was definitely ahead of them the whole time. Hannah wanting to hide the evidence A planted against her only fed into A’s trap.

The 3 Little Piggy’s

The remaining liars also fell right into A’s lap. First Hannah and Caleb didn’t pick up their calls. Then they got a notification that Mona’s laptop had been moved and they assumed it was Hannah’s doing. They followed the GPS signal to an abandoned ice cream factor. I could bet all my money that Hannah and Caleb weren’t actually here, but the girls were convinced otherwise. It’s not like A could have actually moved the laptop instead right? Silly thought! Then they got an even better plan… to split up in this dark and abandoned warehouse. Yes! Spencer was lead to a video recording of Hannah and Caleb plotting to destroy the bin… Aria joined her and they both ended up locked in the freezer. I’ve got to give Spencer props for knowing this would happen, but going in regardless. They really make it to easy for A. Emily heard the alarm go off and found her besties, turning into popsicles. So, she did the only logical thing…. bashed everything on the machine hoping it would turn off. Finally it did and all was well again. 

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The Love Department

Aria finally mustered up the courage to tell Ezra about her acceptance into Tilmadge and more importantly, how it happened. After reading the letter, Ezra wasn’t as upset as we all thought he would be. He actually laughed it off saying that she just did what she had to get in. But after a second thought, Ezra realized his girl couldn’t have written all that without actually feeling it. He gifted her with a beautiful notebook before dropping the “maybe we should break up” bomb on her. To be fair, Ezra does have a valid point. Aria was stripped of a lot of thing in high school and going into college, she should take some time to find herself. He’s scared that if she stays with him, she’ll only end up resenting him for the chances and opportunities she didn’t take. This would all make a lot more sense however if these girls were actually normal. But their not. The reason Aria’s high school life was stripped of the normal, fun stuff and why she didn’t have any activities listed under her name in high school was because of A. Not her love affair with her English teacher. And if A is around when they go to college, you can bet she won’t be experiencing much of anything except anxiety.

Haleb proved to be the strongest relationship on the show. When Hannah tried to push Caleb away because she felt guilty about making him help her, he told her he wasn’t going to leave her side. Cue the tears and Caleb’s beautifully romantic speech about going to jail together. Literally, relationship goals right here people. Caleb knows his girlfriend and her friends are all being framed and he’s not going to let them go down without a fight. 

The same cannot be said for Toby. The man who once stood by Spencer through anything has become really shady over the last few weeks. He took the job on the police force only to get inside information for the girls, so they could try to bring A down. But instead, he’s been turning his back on all of them. He could have warned Spencer that they were going to the storage units, knowing he would encounter Caleb and Hanna there. But he didn’t because you know “officers oath.” Which to be honest, if he wants to be a completely good cop he should probably tell Tanner everything he’s been keeping a secret… like the fact that A exists. But a part of him knows that wouldn’t do anything because the police in Rosewood are corrupt! When he told her about his theories against Holbrook and Ali’s lie detector test, Tanner basically told him to stay out other peoples business. Is it just me or is she hiding something? Protecting Tanner? Maybe she’s simply out to get the girls. She doesn’t speak fondly of them, especially Spencer even though she’s wrongly accused all of them multiple times. You’d think the police would figure out that maybe there was something bigger going on here then just a simple murder mystery.

And while some couples fall apart, a new one might be brewing at the brew. I really hoped the writers wouldn’t make Talia another love interest for Emily, but they did. After getting off on the wrong foot at first, Talia proved to be a really sweet person, caring for Emily during her most neurotic phases (hey, the girls friends almost died in a freezer). She finally explained that she wasn’t trying to hit on Ezra earlier, she was trying to figure out if Em’s was into guys or girls. Emily seems shocked by the whole revelation and I’m not sure she’s ready to move on from Paige just yet. I’m definitely not ready. As much as I disliked Paige, it seems like Emily can’t ever just be single. 

As for Ashley and Jason, there still might be a chance for this odd couple. Ashley quit the job after their sexy night together, but you could tell Jason wasn’t over it. Ashley tried to convinced him that it only happened because she was lonely and missing her serious boyfriend, but that just seemed like an excuse. He ended up awkwardly kissing Ashley on the street before she left, which led to her possibly making a decision not to accept Ted’s proposal. At least that’s what I thought it meant when she took off the engagement ring from her finger. Maybe Jason was right… maybe she purposefully messed up so she could find a way out of a relationship she didn’t want to be with. Although I don’t know how comfortable I feel about an adult sleeping with someone that’s almost her daughters age.

Last scene: A is still at the warehouse where he probably hid Mona’s body and now, he has Aria, Spencer and Emily’s handprints on the scene as well. Take down one liar, take down all liars! 

What do you think? Will Toby snap out of his funk when he realizes his girlfriend is in trouble again? Will the blood from the storage unit end up being Mona’s? Will Tanner try to pin the murder on the girls? A preview shows Holbrook finally back in town… but what does he want? And it seems like next week, Mike becomes a prime suspect for the liars. I hate to say, I told you so! Sound off in the comments or tweet us @CraveYouTV!

 

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We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

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 PLLthe 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. 

Pretty Little Liars PlAytime

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “PlAytime” – After Noel Kahn’s abrupt death, the Liars try putting their lives back together again in “Playtime,” the first of the final ten episodes of Freeform’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 – 9:02 p.m. EDT). Fans can catch up on where the Liars left off with an all-day marathon of season seven starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour spring premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
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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!

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Pretty Little Liars Cast Including the Moms Reunite for Podcast

The moms of Rosewood got out of the basement just in time to start their own podcast!

Go mamas! 

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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The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

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. 

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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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