Finally, things are getting serious and the stakes are being upped as we near the finale handful of Pretty Little Liars episodes. A week without an episode and I almost couldn’t handle it, that is until I realized A.D was now tormenting the girls by using their own faces against them…. in a way, making them face the ugliest parts of themselves. I’m still not sure what’s creepier, Aria’s video chat face or the game, that we now know for sure cannot be shut down cause we got an expert opinion from someone slightly smarter than Caleb, Mona.
After carefully assessing and admiring the board’s craftsmanship, Mona determines the only way to shut the game down, is the finish playing it…. and hopefully, beat it. (Careful Mona – your crazy is showing!)
Aria Meets the Dark Side
Let’s start with the most puzzling of storylines – Aria’s deception against her friends. At first, it seemed like she was on A.D’s team because she wanted out of the game. She saw the light at the end of the tunnel and naively went for it, thinking that she could outsmart the mastermind. Now, she’s stuck being A.D’s little spy because she wants to protect her secrets, which as the unknown figure hinted, could also land Ezra in jail. What could possibly be so bad that she’s willing to betray her friends and out them to their sole enemy to save herself? Is she just that selfish?
It seems like she’s doing her best to protect and “fix things” and in turn, making things worse. Imagine how they’ll react when she finally comes clean. The one thing that does get better with Aria’s meddling is her relationship with Ezra. When he announced that he was going to “help” Nicole’s parents in Maine, Aria put her foot down and insisted he stay to focus on making amends with their relationship. He didn’t listen but his bizarre run-in with Spencer helped him change his mind and he returned right home to his girl. Is this the end of Ezra’s tug of war between two women?
Spencer… Or Not Spencer?
The twin theory has been floating around well, ever since Alison had one in the books. It turned out that Mrs. D and Mary Drake were twins, then we found out that Mary killed her twin, then that she was Spencer’s biological mother, which could lead us to believe that Spencer has a twin. Look, it wouldn’t be the craziest revelation now would it? I’m only bringing this up because I swear, we were watching two different Spencer’s on-screen this week and one of them was definitely wearing substantially more eyeliner. Hint: it was the up-to-no-good Spencer.
Spencer began receiving messages in a wine bottle from what she believed to be her birth mom Mary. (I’m def going to start communicating with my friends like that, fyi.) After a few rounds, Spencer finally received a meetup address but when she went to check it out, she was confronted by Detective Furey, clearly THE smartest detective to ever reside in Rosewood, which may or may not be a bad thing for the liars. The fact that he’d been sleeping with Spencer doesn’t help her case at all because he insists, no matter how he looks at Archer Dunhill’s murder, all roads lead back to Spencer. Ha, you thought I was going to say Rosewood right?
Furey realized that Dunhill’s credit card was used at the Radley the night that they hooked up. And it was the card that paid their bill… and was signed for by Spencer. That’s also the same night that it road off on a train and sent the cops down a long and twisted road, trying to find Alison’s con-artists husband who used her because he was in love with Charlotte. Lord. Basically, Furey’s onto them and this really stresses Spencer out.
The next time we see her, however, Spencer is arguing with Wren Kingston at the airport. Yes, THE Wren Kingston has made his epic return and solo, as in, without Melissa, who he was still supposedly dating. It’s unclear what they’re arguing about but if this isn’t Spencer’s twin, it probably has to do with why she allowed herself to get drunk and careless and use Dunhill’s credit card to pay for drinks.
When Spencer spots Ezra eyeing her from across the room, she awkwardly calls him over to introduce the former Radley doctor, who she then explains helped sneak Charlotte in. Then she asks him not to tell anyone that he saw them together, specifically Furey. Seriously, what’s with the shadiness Spence? Or should I say Spencer’s evil twin? Or better yet, bipolar Spencer? Something is definitely up.
Lucas Has Always Been Up to No Good
Last week, Pastor Ted confided in Hanna that he was Charlotte’s biological father. As shocking as that was, the revelation that Charles, pre-transition, and Lucas were best friends, provided some insight into a potential new suspect. If you think about it, it really does make sense – the girls are staying at Lucas’s place where he always has eyes on them, he’s a technology whiz, has the funds to pull off all the elaborate schemes, including turning the city into a dollhouse, gained the liars’ trust by befriending Hanna, helped her start her own fashion company before ripping it out from under her and selling their factory space. And the biggest sign of all – he’s always HATED Alison.
Despite all the evidence, Hanna refuses to believe that her dear friend could be behind all of this. “Let’s prove it then,” Emily declares. And they do prove that Lucas is in some way and shape connected after finding a comic that he’d drawn with Charles that basically spells out a story of a boy who was picked on and a superhero who helped him get revenge. I mean, the dollhouse is even depicted for crying out loud! It’s A.D’s playbook in comic book format and NONE of the girls took pictures of it on their cellphone before Aria stole it for A.D to plant it in a locker. In exchange for a deed well done, she received a black hoodie because clearly, those never went out of style.
If we’re to believe that Lucas is A.D then we’re still left with one more major question – who killed Charlotte?
Baby Emison Is Here To Stay
Emison fans can rejoice knowing that these two are going to be end game! Both ladies are trying to process the fact that A.D stole Emily’s eggs, fertilized them and inseminated them into Alison, thus tying their fates together forever… that is if Alison decides to keep the baby. At first, Emily leaves the choice solely up to her best friend but once she confirms that the baby is actually hers, changes her mind. She wants to keep it, which is a difficult thing to ask of Alison but she does. Eventually, she tells Paige, who she still has feelings for, the truth.
It’s unclear whether Emily revealed that they’re still being tormented by A.D because Paige didn’t seem to upset about that. She was actually understanding, knowing that Emily would do the right thing and it would force them to say their final goodbye.
As Emily and Paige’s love story came to an end, she was actually the push start to Emily and Alison’s. Before leaving town, she creepily stopped by Alison’s to ask her if she loved Emily. Alison tried to avoid answering the question, mainly because she knew her answer would be too real but eventually Paige got her to spill her feelings and while she never said love, it’s clear that she has strong feelings. Not only did Emily and Paige get closure but so did Paige and Alison as they seemingly buried the hatchet on their hatred. Later in the episode, a clearly emotional Alison told Emily that she would have the baby with her. “Together,” they both said sealing their fate. It’s definitely risky having a baby when you don’t know who the father is – all you do know is that it’s someone that’s insane. But for what it’s worth, at least we know it isn’t Dunhill.
Thoughts? Who do you think A.D is? Is Lucas actually evil? What’s Aria’s big secret? Who killed Charlotte? Does Spencer have a twin? Will we ever see Emily and Alison’s baby? Will we see Toby deal with the aftermath of Yvonne’s death? Will Furey tie the girls to Dunhill’s murder or will he get killed before that happens?
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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