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Pretty Little Liars – Choose or Lose (7×18)

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What would you do in your last moments of freedom? For the liars, it’s embracing the purest of emotions with their loved ones.

If you’re someone that ships the couples on this series, this was your moment. The steamy, love-making scenes between Aria and Ezra, Alison and Emily and even Toby and Spencer were intensified by the thought that tomorrow, one or all of these liars, might be in jail, never having a moment like this again.

And if this whole series is to tank in the last few episodes, giving us another weak A.D reveal, I’ll be content with the fact that Hanna and Caleb were able to walk down to aisle and exchange their “I love you’s” so that they would never have to testify against each other. #Haleb for fricking ever.

First off, the best detective – Detective Tanner – is back and taking over Furey’s case. After Spencer called him out on having a conflict of interest, Marco removed himself from the case and even told Tanner the whole truth about his relationship. For any other case, this would be a good thing but for the liars, this is pretty terrible considering Tanner has always been aware that there is something bigger than them happening in Rosewood. She’s been along for the ride and knows these girls better than anyone so she’s obviously suspicious that once again, 5 years after she helped save them from captivity, they are involved in a murder. Which they ACTUALLY committed this time, might I add.

Her first order of business is to get search warrants for each other homes. Everything is seized from their apartments, even cellphones. Let’s hope these ladies used their privacy settings when googling “how to cover up a murder.” Leaving them with only flip phones was a nice touch, a reminder of how simple things used to be without social media and how this show wouldn’t be possible without it.

Police involvement doesn’t stop A.D, who is set on finishing the game. Somehow, he is able to salvage Liars Lament and the cellphone used to torture the ladies. He also leaves Aria a phone so he can communicate (and control) his team player. Per Aria’s request, A.D agrees to finally reveal himself to her that night but insists she wear the uniform.

With the police closing in he offers them an ultimatum – chose one person to take the fall and go to jail or lose and everyone goes down for Archer’s murder. It’s a tough choice for a group of girls who, for the most part have been, unwaveringly faithful to each other. They don’t have much time to make their decision because Mona swoops right on in to tell the girls her hypothesis – Aria is working with A.D and she’s responsible for trashing the nursery and leaving the recording that broke up Spencer’s family. She even plays them a convo Aria had with A.D earlier as proof. The girls are obviously skeptical because how could one of their own turn on them. That’s rhetorical, obviously it happened before and they should know that with the right persuasion, A.D has the power to get anyone to commit the worst of crimes to saved their loved ones.
It also begs the question – how does Mona have all of this information? Hanna seems be the most weary of her BFFm even bringing up that Mona seemed a bit different. Regardless, they all follow the trail she lays out for them and it leads right to Aria, rocking that black hoodie. She tries to explain herself but everything she says gets twisted against her with the liars upset that she betrayed them all to save Ezra. Remember that file A.D had that could send him to jail that she shredded right before the cops arrived? After they found out that he was writing a book about Alison, Aria was so angry she was about to file a police report against him stating that he took advantage of her. Sure, everyone knows he slept with an underage student (or two) but those kind of allegations could seriously damage his future.
There’s no time to dwell on it though because in the awkwardness of the moment they’re summoned to Tanner’s office, where she begins to present all the evidence she’s wracked up against them including glass shards that match what was found under Rollin’s fingernails. Basically, she’s telling them that they are running out of time and the only way to get out of this is to come clean. But how do you come clean about something like this when A.D is above the police?
Spencer realizes that this is A.D’s goal, to rip the girls apart so that they no longer have a united front, which I believe is one of the main reasons it’s been so hard to “take them down.” These girls grew up together, in the most dire of circumstances and it strengthened them and created an unbreakable bond. Rarely do you see that on television – 5 girls who despite all odds, murders, divorces, stolen boyfriends, manage to stick by each other. And it’s necessary for a show that wants you to believe that someone out there could create a game board that could “stab you” if you don’t take your turn. You believed in the friendships, stuck around to see them grow and it was what made you overlook the unbelievable. Which is why I enjoyed this episode so much – I put aside the reality of how this would NEVER be possible and just enjoyed the craziness the ensued. And it sucked me in. I felt like I was in Rosewood, the 6th liar sitting in that interrogation room with my friends, waiting for A.D’s countdown to finish to reveal my fate. I was the liar, I was their friend, I was just as invested as they were. That’s something rare that Marlene King was able to accomplish with these girls and why the show has spanned several seasons with such crazy twists.
Spencer decided to forgive Aria, admitting that they’ve all done terrible things. The forgiveness was short lived when Tanner admitted that Aria was off the hook for the murder after she got evidence that she wasn’t even in town that night. It’s like A.D wanted to make sure that there was no inch of remorse left in the girls when it came to their friend. At this point, Aria knows that she has to come clean about everything to Ezra, even if it costs her the relationship. Surprisingly, he already knew about the report and he would have understood if she actually filed it. It’s refreshing to see him admit his faults and lessen the idea that Ezra is a total creep. Don’t get me wrong, I love Ezra and Aria, but there’s a whole forgive but don’t forget factor that comes into play.
Truth – it’s an important realization that most of these characters had this week. Through the years, the liars have lied so much that they stopped even knowing how to tell the truth to anyone. Not the cops, not their parents, not even themselves. Caleb changes that, finally coming clean to Hanna’s mom about everything, including how the liars accidentally killed Rollins. It’s reminiscent of the season 5 finale when the girls figured out all about Charlotte. They began opening up to everyone but eventually, it put them in a dark hole and they realized, lying and playing the game was just easier.
So here we are. Hanna and Caleb have come clean to their loved ones and married, Ezra knows why Aria’s been acting so shady, Alison and Emily are 100% authentic with their feelings and they make it official with a romantic picnic at the kissing rock, where they vow to raise the baby together.
Even Spencer and Toby are clear about their feeling and randomly hook up after weeks of not seeing our mountain man, who has presumably been dealing with his late wife’s death. Spencer goes to his cabin to find some solace in her last moments and about 5 minutes into chatting, they end up in bed together. It’s wildly romantic seeing these two come together again after all that they’ve been through but it throws me off just a little bit because it’s so unexpected. I’m still on the “Spencer has a twin” theory and when Toby said “doesn’t sound like the Spencer I know,” I was sure that was some kind of foreshadowing. Later he ran his hand over her gunshot wound so we know it was actually Spencer…. but I’m not ready to let my theory go just yet. Plus, where is Wren?
When the evening of romance comes to an end, the girls come together to face the reality. As A.D’s timer inches closer to zero-hour, they make a promise to each other that no matter what each of them decides to do in the circumstances, the rest will understand. “No one will be blamed for anything,” Hanna says, which would have really come in handy when Aria was caught black hooded don’t you think. They swear on it and then Spencer pulls the trigger, destroying the phone with a rock.
At this moment, Caleb gets a hit on where the phone’s signal is coming from and it leads them right to MONA’S house. Now, we already saw her acting out as A.D when she was called and manipulated Aria but it’s fun to see the characters catch on.
Now, is she really the ultimate game leader? Heck no – she’s the last red herring. I believe when Hanna showed her the carefully crafted game, Mona got sucked right back in like she told Hanna she would. She knows someone stole the game from her and that obsessive part of her personality could NOT let it go. She needed to be in control again, despite wanting to be part of the group of liars. And this was probably A.D’s plan all along, knowing Hanna would show it to Mona and she would act on it. They are all just dolls in this game, even if Mona thinks she’s the ringleader because here’s the thing, this isn’t a fair game or a fair fight. It doesn’t matter if the girls do what A.D wants, he’s STILL going to play out the storylines he wants…. like with Aria.
I’m not sure why A.D and Mona are both so focused on Aria… unless the mastermind is her brother Mike, but she’s definitely the main target. She finally figures out what she must do to remedy all her actions and calls A.D to tell him that she’ll turn herself in. Unfortunately, she’s too late. “You’re free Aria,” he says, thanking her for playing the game. Then we have one of those moments that you know are impossible as Aria’s phone blows up in flames. She even drops it on the ground and doesn’t even care to put it out. Yah, right.
Could ridding yourself of A.D be as easy as playing the game well? Of course not because like I said, it doesn’t matter if the girls play along, their fate is out of their control. As Aria rushes to do the right thing, calling Spencer with her “plan,” she hears a thud in her car only to realize she’s driving around with Dunhill’s CORPSE in her trunk. And worst of all, the police PULL HER OVER. How does she get out of it? A.D just told her she’s free but even that was a mind game to prove that she’ll never be free from him. And something tells me, neither will we. Even if we finally find out who A.D is, the game will never be over will it Marlene?


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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)
SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO

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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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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