This week’s Pretty Little Liars made it clear – when you’re constantly being threatened by someone, you will make some pretty bleak and irrational decisions. The liars and Peter Hastings are walking proof.
As we near the dreaded but much anticipated (can we find out who A is already) end, it’s a dog-eat-dog world. No one is trustworthy, not even your closest friends who are prancing around in black hoodies and hiding shovels behind your back.
None of the other liars are really noticing that Aria is up to no good because they are too busy dealing with their own mama drama. Yes, that’s a reference to Spencer because you would think that since she was onto Aria’s shadiness in Ali and Emily’s nursery last week, she would piece that the only person RIGHT BEFORE the convo between her father and Mary began blaring throughout the house, was Aria.
She, however, was too preoccupied with her broken family. A.D just outed her dad as conspiring with Jessica to kill her mother, which gave Mary motive to finally take out her sister. This led to Mrs. Hastings forfeiting her seat. She might not be threatened by A but she knows it’s only a matter of time before someone uncovers the truth and she goes down looking like a crooked politician.
Spencer is also dealing with a very persistent detective, who she was once romancing possibly to get him in her “corner” as he put it. Furey is the type of dude who wants to solve every cold case in Rosewood and trust us, there’s a lot. His determination is admirable but wasted considering he doesn’t know half of what’s going on and is simply assuming all the liars are involved, which is a safe assumption. When are they not? He pretty much figured out that Spencer is involved in Rollins’ death and that Caleb and Hanna teamed up to discard any evidence he would find to prove it.
You have to give Spence props for holding her ground and threatening to out their relationship when he was stalking her. Should have known better than to give her something to hold over you Detective.
Still, Mary Drake managed to slip right under his nose, forcing Spencer to drive to the Lost Woods Resort where they could “chat in private.” Seriously, did NO ONE think to check this place when they were looking for her? Anyways Mary promises her that she didn’t slip the video and then asks her to run away with her so they could get a fresh start. Sounds totally sane right? Thankfully Spencer doesn’t bite, telling Mary she has to stay in this godforsaken town for her friends and family, but she does forgive her, for what it’s worth. It seems like that’s the last we’ll see of Mary unless of course, she’s the mastermind behind all of this and Spencer is wrong to believe in her innocence.
Aria was, unknowing to all, betraying them and playing an extended version of her turn with A.D who was taunting her with a terrible Aria face swap. Enough Snapchat for you A.D! After destroying her BFFs nursery, she thought she was done driving the crazy train but then she had to go and ruin a whole family just to get back parts of her file, which apparently contained a note she once wrote about Ezra being a creep. Does anyone remember this? I surely don’t. She never filed it anyway but there’s no statute so if A.D wanted to, Ezra’s whole life could be ruined and he’d be behind bars. That’s definitely not something that makes you want to tango. A.D’s taunts and those dance classes even gave Aria black-and-white “Jailhouse Rock” dreams with Mona delivering a vocally impressive rendition. I’m here for it.
I’m also here for Mona once again playing on both teams. As much as you’d love to trust her, her sudden interest in being “one of the liars” and that damn game was suspicious. Hanna may believe her intentions are in the right place but Spencer and the others are weary… and for good reason. Aside from Caleb and Lucas, Mona is the only one with the tech chops to pull off a game like that.
When she refused to help Emily or even let her into her apartment, it was a clear sign that Mona is up to something, but has she resorted to her old ways? The lair set up detailing everything – Mrs. Hastings campaign, Liars Lament, the shovels that they used to bury Rollins would indicate so but I doubt it. If she was in on it, she wouldn’t go through the trouble of pretending to be Emily’s GFwhile Alison was visiting Jason in Florida because yes, he’s one of the lucky ones to have fled Rosewood and not gotten hit by a car, kidnapped or whatever else. She would have known who the sperm donor who impregnated Alison was, not have to threaten a doctor into telling them.
Aria and Ezra complaining about wedding planning convinces Caleb that he want to make Hanna his wife. When Ms. Marin finally comes into town, he asks for her blessing during dinner and while it’s romantic and cute, you can’t help but wonder if it’s real or if he’s just trying to distract his future mother in law from asking questions about the leak and 10-minute lapse in security.
Hanna is also uncertain about the validity of the offbeat proposal but Caleb assures her, if he could find a bear who could marry them, he’d do it right there in their off-the-grid tent. That works for Hanna who came prepared to celebrate with champagne and cigars, which served as engagement rings. Seriously, could these two be any cuter and lowkey? I love that Hanna, who you’d think would be the only liar to want an extravagant wedding, is fine with just getting hitched in a tent. That’s true love. #Haleb forever.
I’m sure we’ll get to see their proper wedding next week. Who knew that they’d beat Aria and Ezra to the alter?
Marlene King wasn’t kidding when she said PLL will be filled with #endgame couples. Aria and Ezra are engaged, Hanna and Caleb are technically already married and Alison and Emily are expecting a baby together. Where’s Spencer’s happy ending? Will she reconcile with Toby, who we haven’t seen in forever but just assume is out there mourning the loss of Yvonne?
And for more pressing questions – where are her twin and Wren? They have to still be in town. His brief appearance in an episode couldn’t have been for naught. Plus the main mysteries – who is A.D and who killed Charlotte?
Thoughts on this week’s episode of Pretty 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.
‘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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