“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?!)
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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