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Pretty Little Liars – The Glove That Rocks The Cradle (7×16)

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“The only thing scarier than playing this game is losing a friend over it.”

A.D seems to have finally broken the Pretty Little Liars after years of simply just petty torments. Aria seems to be especially broken, dabbling in some black hoodie antics as part of “her turn.”

Marco could not have been more wrong when he sternly warned Spencer that “this is not a game.” As the only respected detective in Rosewood, I have to give him props for getting this far but still not knowing what’s going on right in front of him – granted, how could he? No one trusts the cops enough to actually tell them the truth. The rest of the evidence has been pretty much handed to him with Spencer actually committing murder, getting drunk, confessing about “burying a body” and then using the dead man’s credit card to pay for her drinks. Yep, Spencer self-sabotaged and the girls are not happy about it although really, they probably should focus less on how much she had to drink that night and more on the fact that with or without this receipt, there is STILL a video of them burying said dead body and it’s in A.D’s possession.

Much like I believe that darned receipt is. Caleb and Hanna are really committed to destroying that receipt because they feel like they owe Spencer since she got drunk that night because they got back together. I would also say it has a lot to do with the murderous threats but whatever gets them to get the job done right? When Hanna can’t find the receipts, Caleb decides to just drown the place and destroy everything. Sorry, Mama Marin. Of course, no one realized that the receipt is probably in A.D’s possession this whole time… or inside the game in Spencer’s living room. One or the other.

A.D’s game this week was the weakest it’s ever been – can’t help him/her for running out of ideas after all this time. It’s Hanna’s turn to play Liars Lament and she’s tasked with dropping off something inside a locker – the same locker that granted Aria her black hoodie last week which means, whoever is the gamekeeper must still be stuck in high school…. a quote said this week by Mona. Coincidence? Maybe.

Easy enough right? We don’t really know what A.D will do with the hard drive but I’m sure we’ll find out shortly. In the meantime, Emily and Ali staked out in the shadows of Rosewood High to possibly get a glimpse of the mastermind. Except they got too caught up in the baby conversation and ran after someone, who claimed to be Mona. When they pushed Ali to the ground, Em’s decided it was time to get back home where it’s safe.

Or not safe at all. When they arrived at home they heard clanks and clatters coming from their newly decorated baby room. Upstairs, Aria was destroying everything in sight, even throwing fake blood on the new white crib. I’m appalled. In the tension-filled moment, Emily almost caught her BFF donning the coveted black hood but somehow, Aria found her way outside without being noticed. It’s hard for me to buy that Aria would be SO BAD at sneaking around and lying – she’s done it before. It’s almost as if she wanted to get caught to clear her conscience. Spencer totally caught on to her weird behavior and I’m surprised she didn’t call her out right then and there for being so shady.

The cradle mobile was reminiscent of the good old days when A.D used creepy dolls to torture the girls instead of making them do all the work themselves. Seriously, it’s gotten to the point where the girls are so set on trying to make it to the #EndGame, they’re incriminating themselves, committing the crimes and even turning on each other to execute A.D’s plays.

Speaking of end game, it hasn’t even been written yet. I’m talking about the origin of A.D, which we found out from Lucas after the Liars confronted him after he was spotted also acting shady. Through the interrogation, Lucas confirms his friendship with Charles like Ted said. He also reveals that he pen-palled with Charles during high school, not realizing Charles was actually Charlotte. Since he told his friend about Ali’s tormenting and how the girls stood by idly, Charles had motive to seek revenge in the same way they wrote about it in their comic books, Arcturus.

Turns out, there is a second installment of Arcturus that Lucas was in the loft looking for but of course, A.D already got to it. This comic details a revenge tactic using a board game, which sounds awfully familiar. The scariest part of it all is that the comic was never finish, meaning they are currently helping A.D write the end. Look, I’ll be damned if all of this is because of some comic book.

But assuming Charles really did die in that bell tower, someone else had to know about this comic book and also had to have been bullied so badly that they’d want revenge. The only other person that comes to mind here is Mona, who till this day, is being glossed over by the Liars. She said it herself, “how many times do I have to save all of you until I’m part of the group?” What if she isn’t saving them but rather, creating situations for them to prove that they’ve FINALLY learned their lesson and they never do? Wouldn’t that be some psychologically messed up, teach-you-a-lesson type of twist?

I don’t fully buy Lucas’s story either because, at some point, he would have realized that the Liars torment was playing out just like it did in his comics. Not to mention he was on the A-Team and he’s being blackmailed by A.D now? It is, however, possible that Lucas, who just revealed that he was Hanna’s sole investor and lost everything because of her but it was “worth it” because he’s always had a crush on her, actually killed Charlotte for hurting her and her friends. And that too would be an unexpected but welcome twist.

As Aria returns home sobbing because she’s a terrible friend and even worse black hoodie, you can tell A.D has finally gotten to her. He’s taken everything from her, just like he did from Lucas and Spencer, and will continue to if she doesn’t play along because he has something that could “put Ezra in jail.” Which I’m curious about because if it’s just that he dated one of his students well, we all knew that. Or does Ezra have a dark side? Because if he does, and we once thought he did, we should probably find that out BEFORE they get married and sign up for dance lessons. (Sidenote: anyone else annoyed at how Ezra went from “give me time I’m saving Nicole” to “lets talk about our wedding and only our wedding right now.” Like bro, give her some space to just figure this out.)

And finally, for the couple everyone has been waiting for – Emily and Alison have finally made things “official.” With a little push from Paige last week, Alison finally came to terms with her feelings for Emily and told her that she loved her. The two shared their first, real kiss and I’m sure the ship is freaking out majorly. It’s nice to see Alison so vulnerable and giving Emily what she truly deserves but in a way, I feel cheated. Their relationship comes at a time when they are being FORCED to be together. They have no choice but to be a family, even in the most modern of terms, if they want to raise this baby. And to make things worse, the battle will be uphill because they still don’t know who the sperm donor is so this baby might be the spawn of Satan. Hopefully, that isn’t the case but really, this to me feels like an extended revenge plot from A.D, not a happy ending.

With all of the receipts destroyed, Marco promises Spencer that his investigation will now include all of the Liars, which doesn’t bode well for them considering they are definitely involved. And as much as I like Marco, I’m kind of hoping A.D will off him because if you think about it, A.D has always kind of had the girls’ backs when it came time to ACTUALLY turning them over to the authorities.

And let’s not forget my twin theory – it definitely seemed like there were two Spencer’s at play here today right? The one crying at Marco’s apartment and the other one who wasn’t phased by any of his threats when he called about the stolen drive. Either Spencer is really good at getting what she wants or there are two of her. (Also no mention of Wren this week, which is super upsetting because WHY ARE YOU IN TOWN?!)

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8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve



8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve

Do you fancy yourself a little crime sleuth? Well, throw on your trench coat, grab your magnifying glass, and set out to solve the biggest murder mysteries to hit networks and streaming services!

The murder mystery genre, while always popular, has been skyrocketing in recent years, with plenty of new TV shows and movies to capture the thrills and chills. 

There’s nothing like a whodunnit to get you through the day and keep you on your toes. But while some classics date as far back as the 1985 Clue movie or all the Agatha Christie novels now getting new life as films (Murder on the Orient Express or A Haunting in Venice, for example), others, like Knives Out and Glass Onion have revitalized the genre and gave us some of the most captivating shows. 

There’s no shortage of content for mystery enthusiasts to enjoy—but here’s 8 of our favorites! 


High Seas – Netflix (3 seasons)

Netflix allows audiences to dive into the world of suspense on the high seas with its Spanish mystery series set on a luxury cruise ship in the 1940s. A web of love, deceit, and, of course, a string of murders will keep you on your toes as two sisters investigate all passengers onboard and try to piece the clues—and plot twists—together. 


Nancy Drew – The CW (4 seasons) 

Who killed Lucy Sable? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Nancy Drew kicks off its first season with Kennedy McMann taking on the iconic role of the teenage detective. As the seasons continue, she and her Drew Crew become the lifeline to solving crimes in the mystical small town of Horseshoe Bay (much to the dismay of local officials). The intrigue is elevated with supernatural elements and plot points that bring the beloved character into the 21st century.


Only Murders in the Building – Hulu (3 seasons… so far)

What happens when you mix murder with comedy? Thankfully, the series has tapped the right people to find out with Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin making up the brilliant (though not always the brightest) trio of true crime podcast enthusiasts-turned-amateur-sleuths who set out on a suspenseful journey to find the killer. The quirky series has become such a global phenomenon that it’s even been able to nail some rather impressive guest stars, like Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep. 


Death and Other Details – Hulu (Premieres Jan. 16, 2024)

The newest addition into the fold is Hulu’s mystery drama that takes place on a lavish Mediterranean ocean liner amongst the glamor of the “global elite” (we’re getting some Knives Out and Death of the Nile vibes, but we’re not complaining) and finds Imogene Scott (played by God Friended Me’s Violent Beane) at the wrong place and the wrong time, becoming the prime suspect in a murder mystery. To prove her innocence, she has to partner with the world’s greatest detective, Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin), whom she, by no coincidence at all, despises. 


The Traitors – Peacock (1 Season – Second Premiering Jan 12, 2024)

Murder mystery games are a party hit, so naturally, they’re a fit for reality TV. The competition, hosted by Alan Cumming, features 20 contestants, a mix of famous people and everyday Americans, as they work through missions in an ancient castle in Scotland. Amid those “Faithfuls” are “Traitors,” who try to eliminate the good guys for the top prize.


Pretty Little Liars – Freeform (7 Seasons)

If you by some chance missed the pop culture phenomenon that was teen drama Pretty Little Liars (where have you been?)and you consider yourself a very patient person–then it’s time to give it a whirl. The series follows four best friends whose deepest darkest secrets not only come to light but are used against them by someone calling themselves “A” when investigating the death of their good friend, Alison. 


The Outsider – HBO (1 Season)

Based on the chilling best-selling novel by Stephen King, the HBO series finds a detective investigating the gruesome murder of a young boy, with all clues pointing to a family man played by Jason Bateman, all before the case takes a supernatural twist, adding horror and paranormal to your typical murder mystery. 


Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – ABC (3 Seasons)

The Australian drama series infuses the murder mystery genre with glamour and 1920s charm. With a flair for solving crimes and an impeccable sense of fashion, detective Phryne Fisher and her pearl-handled pistol take on murder cases that baffle the police, all while making sure Murdoch Foyle, who she thinks is behind her sister’s disappearance, stays behind bars. 


Whether you prefer classics, those with a modern twist, or a dose of comedy with your crime, these shows are sure to keep you guessing until the very end! 

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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF



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.

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We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot



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)

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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