So things got super weird on this weeks episode of Pretty Little Liars, especially between Hannah’s mom and Jason.. (more on that later.) And the episode title can refer to so many different things– the literal meat Hannah comes in contact with, the new dude in town that may be up to something, the new cook Talia, Ms. Marin’s new score. Never underestimate that Marlene King and never take anything for face values.
We find out Ali has been moved to a different prison. Who knew Rosewood had more than one? She begs Toby to ask the girls for help. After all, he knows what it’s like to be locked up in a cage for something he didn’t do. Toby admits that part sucks but he’s also not forgetting who put him there. Cough, Ali, cough. She’s given no one any reason to actually want to help her. And maybe that is all part of A’s evil plan. Or maybe the problem is with her. The girls have all been targeted by A and seem to be holding together… holding it together, well that’s a different story. Before he leaves she tells him “they’re next unless A kills them first.”
Aria looses it this week. I’m talking like mental breakdown, “I’m not getting into college” looses it. That’s because all she’s gotten back from colleges are rejection letters. She’s tried to keep hush hush about it but after finding out Hannah, the supposed dumb one, got into every school she’s applied (You got into HOW many colleges Spencer asks), she kind of freaks out. Could A be behind all of it? While I’m not ruling out that possibility, there’s also the fact that she hasn’t really been doing much at school, but doing a lot dealing with A. After she finally cracks and explodes on Emily, whose also dealing with a whole lot, Ezra finally finds out. Instead of being upset with her, he’s supportive and caring telling her it isn’t the end of the world. And the reason she didn’t get into Talmadge is because they just hired his ex, Jackie. Aria decides to take matters into her own hands, writing a strongly worded letter about how she wishes she never engaged in a relationship with an older man while in high school because she missed out on so much opportunity and (drunkenly) sends it in to admissions to hopefully get off the “waiting list.”
But, when she’s sober and sees Emily’s reaction to the letter, she drives out all the way to wherever Talmage is to confront Jackie and ask to delete the email. Except she’s already read it. And she’s not really holding grudges. In fact, she feels sorry for Aria saying that she too wishes she knew the real Ezra when she dated him. Hmm.. what’s that supposed to mean? Are we still to believe Ezra is some psychopathic liar? I’m not buying it. Jackie accepts Aria into the college, but it’s all to nice and convenient. What’s the catch? What price will Aria have to pay. Can Jackie be worse than A? Quite possibly. Things get even weirder when Aria finds a snippet of her college essay on a bookmark in Ezra’s guide of colleges.
On a second search of Mona’s property, Toby finds a bloody knife buried in the backyard. His instincts tell him not to pick it up and turn it over to the police, but after he talks to Spencer and Caleb, he realizes he should do the right thing. Caleb gets the award for smartest human being on this show. There is no right thing. Not when your dealing with A at least. “There’s either by the law or save your ass,” he tells them, but Toby isn’t budging. Spencer definitely agrees with Caleb on this one. If A gets his/her hands on that knife, he will definitely put their prints on it and turn it in. Or worse, the prints are already on there and it was planed. If A killed Mona, wouldn’t he/she have disposed of the knife in a better manner? Think people think.
Caleb decides to go get the knife-disregarding the promise he made to Toby and Spencer. But after telling Spencer that the only reason is because he cannot get caught for suspicion of murder again, she agrees to help him out. And yes, I said again. Apparently, there’s a lot we don’t know about bad boy Caleb and the fact that someone tried framing him for murder is one of them. What if that somehow has to do with A? Why else would Marlene King and the writers be bringing this up?
Either way, they find the bloodied knife and agree to dispose of it. That’s really the only way to guarantee it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. In order to burn metal, you need some pretty powerful fire though, so they sneak into the school to use the pottery rooms kiln, Hocus Pocus style. Of course, things are bound to go wrong the minute Spencer thinks she hears footsteps and steps out, leaving Caleb alone. He put the knife in the kiln, but A locks him inside, rising the temperature to “burn motha-effer.” Spencer rushes in just in time to save a sweaty and breathless Caleb from the fires of hell. Just another day at Rosewood high. It’s surprising they have such a low death-rate.
Emily offered to cater Ezra’s book club event after needing extra money to get a ticket to visit Paige in California. Things went south real quick however when she realized she can’t really cook and when she blew up on the professional chef Ezra hired because she realized Paige stopped responding and their relationship was non-existent at this point. In the end, Emily cooled down and understood that her empanadas really blew and Talia was able to make them edible by a simple sauce. The job is yours girlfriend! Still not sure whose love interest Talia will be, but I’m leaning more towards Ezra. He definitely seemed to be into her… and wouldn’t that just be so juicy?
Hannah is away visiting one of her potential colleges, bored out of her mind by her talkative tour guide, when she gets a call from Caleb about the knife. She decides to track down Detective Holbrook to see if he’s actually been taking a leave of absence to help Ali or if he’s really helping his sick father. She drives down to some creepy trailer park and finds the older Holbrook. Honestly, how did she even get this address? He tells her he hasn’t seen his son in weeks and she’d probably have a better idea of what he was up to, totally mistaking her for Ali. Alright, dead, creepy end. But was James telling the truth? Or was his son hiding out somewhere, trying not to be found by the pretty blonde who pulled up in a Mercedes? Also, who knew Holbrook grew up in such harsh conditions?
As she gets back to her car, she finds all of her car doors opened and her bear sitting behind the drivers seat. As she pulls the string to the bear, a bunch of dead animal guts come falling out. I almost puked. Hannah almost got a heart attack. And this was proof that A is not going to go away just because the girls do.
She decides to visit Ali in prison because she needs to let her know to stop the games. However Ali continues to explain that she isn’t A and she didn’t kill Mona that night. If she was as clever as everyone thought, she definitely wouldn’t have used a knife and left it behind for anyone to find. She explains she was played by A that night, going to meet Cyrus after she received a text from him saying they had things to discuss. When he didn’t show, she knew she was played but she couldn’t tell her dad or the cops where she really was because duh, Cyrus was arrested for being Ali’s kidnapper and he got away. Also, sidenote: didn’t Ali give him a fake passport and a ticket to Europe? Why would he still be in Rosewood needing to chat? Either Ali really is way too blonde for her own good, or her story doesn’t add up. Or, she has an evil twin/multiple personalities. Regardless, Hannah isn’t buying it and Ali has given up. In time, all of her friends will be in the prison with her. She knows because she received A’s note.
And that’s not even the worst part of Hannah’s evening. She comes home early to find two plates on her countertop. Who was her mother eating with? She begins to clear them off when she hears noises and sees Jason DiLaurentis walking down the stairs, putting his clothes on. Breathe, everybody breathe. Yes, Jason is into cougars. And more shockingly Ms. Marin is into younger men. Did this catch anyone else by surprise? I was sure the minute Jason kissed her she would go into “mom mode,” but all she said was I like being thanked. Ew. Gross. I will never erase the image of these two from my mind. Even worse, I’m sure A will never erase it from his/her hard drive. What’s with these Rosewood mothers hooking up with men half their age. Are they that bored? First Aria’s mom. Now Hannah’s. Do you think Jason might have something to do with A? Is he trying to get Ms. Marin in trouble? Is there more than just physical attraction at play here?
Finally, Spencer and Toby get into one of their bigger fights of the season. Becoming a police officer has really made Toby moral. Plus, he now believes that the law is word and that anything can be solved by police. Well, it can’t. The system is so corrupt and definitely blackmailed by A. When he finds out Spencer and Caleb went behind his back he’s pissed. As Spencer begins explaining what happened with the knife, he tells her there’s some things he just can’t know about anymore. “You told me I could tell you anything,” she responded clearly confused. I understand Toby doesn’t want to know stuff so when he’s questioned he doesn’t get in trouble for lying, but it’s a little late for that don’t you think? He already lied about not finding a murder weapon. And practically everything else surrounding Alison and A, so I’m just confused by his new found morality.
Next weeks previews look insane, with the liars getting texts, pings and clues from Mona Vanderwaal. Yes, the dead girl herself. But did she set this up before her death or is A messing with them. And where does it lead? To her body? If so, they can all get pinned for her murder. Yikes! A is not playing anymore!
Other Memorable Moments
- “Wow your a really good liar”- Johnny. He’s some new guy helping out at the cafe and also apparently moving in to Spencer’s backyard. As for the quote, it resonated with me because is this a hint that Aria is the liar and possibly A or just a pun because their the pretty little liars?
- “You don’t want to live in our backyard. Someone was buried in there”- Spencer, as she walks away leaving Johnny really confused and possibly disturbed. I just love how nonchalant she was about the whole thing. Also, why does Johnny want to live in their backyard. Who is this human?
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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF
‘A’ is not messing around in the Pretty Little Liars spinoff Original Sin.
If you thought we’d seen the last of ‘A’… think again. The masked stalker is back to torment a new group of little liars on the HBO Max series.
The ten-episode season will debut Thursday, July 28 with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18.
A new teaser for the series reveals the tone is going to be much darker than the original ever was, and that’s likely thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) who serves as writer and co-executive producer.
Check out the teaser — complete with a new version of the intro song “Secret.”
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin synopsis: Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in present day, a disparate group of teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin committed by their parents two decades ago…as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-age, horror-tinged drama PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: ORIGINAL SIN, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of 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.
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‘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:
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