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“Love is an addiction too.”

This episode was crucial to the future of PLL and Ezria!!! Revelations blew things between Ezra and Aria up in a major way, but is Ezra A? Did he lie to Aria? What effect will their fallout have??

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Aria didn’t believe Spencer when she blurted out that Ezra was A. I mean who would? Spencer looked cracked out of her mind and was talking mad jibberish. But, her friends should have backed her up. For two episodes Hannah and Emily worked with Spencer to figure out how to tell Aria that Ezra was A. They’ve all come to terms with the fact that A is a manipulative person who will do anything to destroy their lives.  All of a sudden, they become wishy-washy questioning Spencer’s credibility, totally ignoring the really important issue at hand. You would think they’d see what was really happening. A was trying to distract them from the real problem. Thankfully, Hannah admitted that love is also a drug and while Spence might be addicted to adderall, Aria is addicted to Ezra. Both very dangerous addictions. Spencer’s revelation did have an affect on Aria, who became suspicious of Ezra after he tried to persuade her to tell Spencer’s mom about her addiction because the last time all it took was a tattoo and helmet for her to go off the handle. Obviously, Aria never told him that information. So how did Ezra know? Aria’s suspicion makes her want answers and she thinks maybe Spencer’s onto something.

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She drives up to his cabin and breaks in, cracking the code after trying several different passwords only an English teacher would use. B-26 ended up being the winner, which was cute since it was a flashback to when the two met in the bar. But cute wasn’t going to cut it this time. Looking around the cabin, she quickly found the latch in the ground, but when she went downstairs there was nothing there. All of Ezra’s equipment that we saw in previous weeks was cleared out. She than noticed a suspicious book (cause Ezra doesn’t cook, duh) and found the manuscript Ezra wrote proving that he did in fact know Ali. Better yet, that he was in a relationship with her! Before she could get through it all Ezra pulled up to the cabin after getting a phone notification that his alarm was disabled. Obviously, he knew by Aria’s actions that she was suspicious of him. Plus, he was totally onto the idea that Spencer knew his dirty little secret. It was only a matter of time before her friends clued her in. Here’s some hearty advice Aria…Keys always in pocket. Phone always on silent. Friends always on speedily and clued into where your going!!! Sheesh! She could have died out there alone with Ezra on her trail. She made a quick escape from the house, with the manuscript in her purse, unfortunately leaving her keys on the dresser. Cue in a totally nerve wrecking chase through the forest as Aria ran for her life thinking that her fate was the same as Ali’s. I do give homegirl props for covering her mouth to muffle her breathing and to stop herself from crying and/or screaming. Unfortunately, it didn’t help her much. As she made a run for it to an abandoned ski lift, she strapped herself in with Ezra and up they went.  Nothing like confronting you’re friends killer dangling from a broken ski-lift.

21This moment between lovers was really explosive and tragic. The betrayal that Aria was feeling was pouring out in a bucket of tears. “I don’t even know who you are,” she shouted not holding anything back. At this point, there was no more fear. No more love. It was just anger and betrayal and disgust. I mean, really who are you Ezra? Well, Ezra pulled out some lie about how he met Ali when he was in college and he thought she was older cause she lied about her age. He began writing a book about her but stopped when he found out that she was murdered. He came to Rosewood wanting to get answers from his new crime thriller and thats when he hit Aria with the biggest revelation of all. The night she met him, well it wasn’t fate, it was planned and only because he was in love with her dead friend. Creep alert! Love story shattered! He knew who all of the girls were. He even applied to Rosewood High to further his research. He used Aria and for all we know, he could be the guy that’s been tormenting these girls, sucking the life out of them. Here’s the positive though, while doing research, he really fell in love with Aria. The fact that he loved her and never lied about his true feelings is suppose to make all of this better. Honestly, no girl in their right mind would forgive a man for doing this to them. So he isn’t A. That’s a relief, but it doesn’t change the fact that for the past couple of years Aria’s relationship was based on a lie!

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No matter how much I think that everything Ezra said was a lie and with all the evidence against him, writer Marlene King confirmed that EZRA isn’t A…… How rude!!! It’s also annoying because this feels like Toby all over again. Last year, Ian Harding confirmed Ezra was A. Now he’s not. So are we really suppose to believe he was doing all of this to be a good reporter and write his crime novel? Definitely not. He might not be A but that doesn’t mean he isn’t involved with the A-team. And I doubt it’s to protect the girls.  He told Aria he even stopped looking into Ali’s case, but when him and Aria broke up, he got involved again and realized that she’s still alive. I seriously call bulls**t. I mean,  we saw the computers, the camera’s. We saw him acting shady. We saw him lie. We saw him manipulate Mona! He’s lying!!  He betrayed Aria, he betrayed us and he can’t just NOT BE A!!! I’m really super frustrated with this show. I’m on a roller coaster of emotions, as Aria is. I truthfully don’t know which one of us is hurt more. And the worst part of it all is that he was dating Aria, a girl who fell for him, while he was constantly thinking of his ex….. Low blow Ezra. Low blow. It’s only a matter of time before Aria, the ticking time bomb, explodes. There’s only so much these girls can handle. (Once again, look at Spencer.)

igrlsAnd there’s the fact that Mona is totally working for Ezra.. willingly or unwillingly. Why? I’m not sure if he has something on her or if she owes him? She want’s out and he won’t let her. This week’s scene in the restaurant really just made it seem like she’s his minion. When he says jump, she jumps. It doesn’t explain any of the other scenes between the two but it does give us something inkling as to what we can expect from the duo. When she was sitting on her date with Mike and saw Ezra, she looked terrified. It almost seemed like she was only with Mike because Ezra was making her date him. To be closer to Aria? To piss Aria off? No logical reasons are available at this time.

spenceSpencer’s pill popping addiction reveals a much longer history of usage. While the initial report was giving by Ezra and could have been manipulated, her addiction was confirmed by Mrs. Hastings.  Spencer’s world came crashing down on her and A had nothing to do with it this time. She popped the pills herself. She blew off Toby, her mom and schoolwork. The truth came out because she was careless and desperate calling multiple times for refills. This was all her doing. She self-destructed. At this point, A has these girls so wrapped up in his world that he can sit back and watch them ruin their own lives.  A big moment for the future storyline is that Spencer previously had a drug problem and there were times that “she didn’t remember what happened.” Similar to  how we saw her in the school in the opening scene where she was completely disoriented, sleeping on Ezra’s desk in her pajamas.She was completely clueless as to where she was or how she got there and she doesn’t remember a thing. Do you think Spencer was popping pills the night Ali disappeared? She’s the only one who wasn’t in the barn when the girls woke up and found Ali missing. Did Spencer play a part in the disappearance and murder of Ali? Going back to the noir episode, when we entered Spencer’s mind, the scene between her and Ali had Ali thinking that maybe she should actually be scared of Spence. Does this mean Spence thinks Ali is scared of her? Does she have reason to be? What is Spencer hiding?

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To get her credibility back after her falling out with the girls Spencer devised a plan to prove that she wasn’t crazy and that Ezra was actually A. During her shift at the coffee house, Emily pretended to have a secret conversation with someone about meeting Alison at the reptile house, obviously within earshot of Ezra. To no ones surprise, he was totally listening in and very intrigued. When the girls reported for duty at the reptile house, the plan was already a hot mess. Spencer was late because she was suffering from withdrawal symptoms after nixing the adderall. She didn’t let the girls know, so when they saw a blonde figure walk in,they just assumed it was Spencer… that is until she showed up right behind them. Their own plan backfired thanks to A. Shocker!!!  Even worse, it didn’t prove anything because the “blonde wigged girl” wasn’t Ezra! My guess is that it was definitely Mona doing the deed for Ezra. This explains why she was late to her movie date with Ezra. He on the other hand,  was smart enough to figure out they wanted to prove it was him to Aria. I mean, he does have cameras everywhere. I’m sure he tapped into their phone conversation or something. So while Mona was getting the money, Ezra was dealing with Aria, which in and of itself proved to Aria that Ezra was a liar, A or not. Mission semi-successful?

ezra Last scene which is always the most important as it gives clues to who A might really be. The hooded, black gloved figure was at the ski-lift spot collecting pieces of the manuscript that tragically fell to its death from Aria’s slippery hands. To me personally it looked like it was a girl collecting the evidence. Possibly Mona? Here’s the thing. Aria was very careless to let that manuscript go. She should have picked it up, but she was probably to afraid to be alone in the forest with Ezra. Ezra should have gotten it in that case in fear that it’ll get into the wrong hands. Either he doesn’t know how A works, or he himself is working with A and in that case, who cares. Either way, that information is out there now!

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Questions To Ponder

-How did Ezra and Aria get off of the ski lift? Who was operating it? I mean, the sign said closes in 5 minutes. Did Ezra have a minion working that?

-Why was Ezra so concerned that she had his copy of the book? The cat is out of the bag dude. Let her read it. Don’t you have another digital copy for yourself? Essentials of being a writer/reporter! Have back up!

-Why would Ezra remove the monitoring equipment but leave the manuscript lying in plain sight if the thought of Aria coming around crossed his mind?

-How did Aria find that floor latch so quickly? Or know that her answers lie in that cookbook?

-If Ezra isn’t A, is he on the A team cause he wants answers for his novel?

-He obviously has to be on the A team cause he was the only one who overheard the liars plans to meet Ali at the reptile house… Right?

-Who put Wren’s pad in Spencer’s purse? Last we saw it was with Ezra… This is just more evidence against Ezra.

-Is Mona with Mike cause she likes him or cause EzrA wants her to be closer to Aria?

-Aria mentioned that Ezra probably wanted to kill Ali because he got her pregnant. Whatever happened to this story? Was it true? Was Ali prego?? Was it Ezra’s?

-Is Mike in on this?

-Honestly, who the hell is Ezra? And who is A? And why am I doing this to myself?

-And if he isn’t A, why does he have so much power over other people? Like Mona..!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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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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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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