With just 7 episodes left of Pretty Little Liars, you’d think the writers would attempt to deliver high intensity, drama-filled and substantial episodes but this week, all we got was the usual fluff of writers trying to kill time. Unnecessary for sure, considering we have SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS AND SO LITTLE TIME. Can you tell I’m frustrated?
A.D playing with the girls and turning them into the worst and darkest versions of themselves is thrilling but at this point, expected.
Much of this week’s focus was on A.D tmaking Emily his next target using Alison’s mini, albeit more dangerous, twin. Everyone meet the new generation of Rosewood High’s bullies and liars.
Addison, which literally rhymes with Alison if you didn’t make the connection, pushes Emily’s buttons and launches a diabolical and unsettling plan using the Emily-Alison-Paige triangle. Her first attempt? Turning Paige against Emily by showing her a picture of the two being “touchy” and saying Emily is inappropriate with students.
Since Paige has dealt with this type of mean girl before, she didn’t get sucked in but rather promised Emily to put out the fire before it begins. That wasn’t A.D’s plan however and Emily had no other choice but to take the bait and play the game, lashing out at Addison with a monologue probably aimed at Alison circa season 1. I will say, compared to the other girls, A.D let Emily only attempting to unleash “dark” side. Unless the goal is to have Emily continue getting down with her bad self in order to beat him, losing the goodie two shoes she’s always been in the process.
Once Em completes her mission (yes, even after she said she wasn’t playing anymore leaving the girls to think that they’d lost a trooper), A.D left her the next piece of the puzzle. According to Spencer, when they all take their turn, it’ll reveal a map that leads to something – maybe quite literally the end?
We know that Ezra and Aria will eventually end up getting married because if any couple is #endgame it’s them… well besides #Haleb of course. Before we get to the happily ever after however, we have to get through Aria wallowing in self-doubt as Ezra continues to be the hero for his ex-not-fiancee. Aria had to make that clear with the reporter who still made the jab, “there’s two of you?”
To clear her mind, she turned to Holden, who allowed her to get it all out on the tomatoes and other veggies needed for his catering order. Aria reached a boiling point when a photo of Nicole and Ezra embracing went viral and decided to pay the ex a little visit. Then things got awkward because Holden chased her down pleading “don’t” as if she was going to go poison this girl with salt water taffy. Does he know something we don’t know about Aria? Is she A.D? Did he just want to stop her from self-sabotaging? Or was this his brilliant plan to lure her away from Ezra because let’s be honest, he never liked him. When Aria took his advice, he swooped in offering a dinner and a shoulder to cry on. I’d say, he’s definitely making his move.
Hanna and Mona continued to focused on their new fashion empire, being the bad bitches that they are… well at least Mona. Ever since A.D entered their lives, which seems like forever, Hanna has lost her confidence, especially when it comes to her work. Mona has been there steering the ship, which Hanna appreciated for the most part until she stepped out of line and showed one of Han’s personal designs to a client.
Initially, it’s unclear why Hanna is so against promoting the specific dress but soon we realize that most of the design was influenced by her dragon of a boss, Claudia, so she’s not sure if she has the right to use it. Caleb’s theory is that Claudia was a raging biatch so yeah, Hanna has every right. We’ll see about that. Things take a horrible turn when somehow, Jenna gets her hands on a WHITE version of the dress and the girls know A.D is behind it.
Needing answers, Hanna and Caleb track her down to Philadelphia with her blind sidekicks. Of course, while doing some snooping, Hanna is outsmarted by A.D who locks her in a cage, triggering PTSD from that time she was locked up and prodded like a cow. Seriously, Caleb should never let this girl out of his sight – she’s always getting the worst treatment from A.D!
Speaking of, Jenna, she’s clearly back in town and causing a hubbub. She made her entrance at the police station telling Detective Marco a sob story about how she was used as a pawn to do Noel Kahn’s bidding. Spencer knows it’s a lie and so do we, especially since we saw her hanging out with A.D reading a braille book that explained all about this supposed #EndGame. Without any proof, however, the Liars have no other choice but to play the game and hope they strike gold. Yeah, right.
- Spencer found out that her sister Melissa doesn’t know about Mary Drake being her real mother. Considering Melissa has always been really suspicious, the question is – what did she know?
- Spencer enlists hottie detective to find her mama, even showing him the letter, but never admitting where she found it. “Oh you know, around the house while dusting.”
- Her mom does know that she’s selling the house because “it’s time to get out of Rosewood.” You think? I think it’s past the time.
- Sidney was mentioned multiple times and I had to think really hard to remember if she died. She didn’t and the Liars think that she’s Jenna’s seeing eye dog and the one controlling the board game.
- We still have no idea who Charlotte’s dad is, who killed Charlotte and where Mary Drake is.
- Why aren’t we getting answers?
- Is Yvonne okay? Is Toby still going to marry her? Where is #Spoby when you need them?
- Where is Lucas?
- When will we see Wren.
The Dialogue Was on Point This Week
Emily: “I park in the faculty lot now, ok Hanna” – Emily’s response when Hanna assures her she’s “still in high school”
Aria: “She has balls the size of church bells” – Spencer referring to Jenna’s bravery for returning to Rosewood… again!
Seriously… I just need so much more in this last hurrah. If the finale doesn’t meet all my expectations, I will curse the day I watched the pilot and got sucked into I. Marlene King’s twisted world of mysteries and A.
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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