The Pretty Little Liars are so familiar with covering things up, you’d think they’d be pros right now. So like you, I was surprised to see them all falling apart throughout the whole episode. Although I guess it is kind of expected considering they thought they were home-free for a good few years before being sucked back into old habits. And unlike your habits, there’s seem to be murdering people and covering it up. Not well might I add.
Spencer, the one who is always so put together, really lost it this week. Aside from skipping out on her part of the “cover-up” plan, she spent most of the episode trying to avoid Caleb. How dare she? In all honesty, the most traumatic part of that whole episode was seeing a usually poised Caleb just breaking down completely when Spencer wouldn’t forgive him and/or give him a second chance. Granted, Caleb should have probably taken a hint after Spence told him several times that it wasn’t a good time. But can you blame the guy? Not only did he lose Hannah but now he lost Spencer. And if you though his feelings for Spence weren’t real, you’d be mistaken as he tearfully told Spencer how he fell for her in DC and even gave up a job in San Fran to be with her. The worst part wasn’t that Spence was still hurting… no… it was the fact that Hanna, who just SLAMMED Lucas’s car into Elliot and bashed his head through the window killing him instantly, had to sit there and listen to everything. Can you imagine the pain and the hurt? You are listening to your ex-BF, the one you still have feelings for, tell your best friend that he still loves her. God, I think I cried harder than Hanna during this emotional part. After that whole encounter, Hanna finally broke down and told Mona that she broke off her engagement to Jordan, clearly hinting that she’s still into Caleb. Ugh… this is so complicated!
Of course, with all of that weighing down on her, Spencer decided to get hella drunk and make out with a stranger that kept supplying her with liquor in the Radley elevator. I don’t think Radley has seen that much action… well ever. It was so wrong, so freeing and so unlike Spencer. Thankfully, she didn’t sleep with the mystery man and yes I say thankfully because I for 100% know he is Rosewood’s NEXT detective that will be looking into Elliot’s disappearance. And you know those detectives in Rosewood… they are RUTHLESS and really not that trustworthy. Cough, Wilden, cough.
Unfortunately, when she finally got the get-go from Hanna to go pursue Caleb and tell him the truth (that’s trust man) she found an empty apartment. Similarly to when Hanna pushed Caleb away in NYC, Caleb packed up his things and left. This is so maddening – Spence was going through something and needed time. WHY did Caleb leave? Why couldn’t they talk it out. I’m so upset and clearly a total #Spaleb shipper. This needs to be endgame.
Aria was the most paranoid of all the girls though even going as far as to freak out about how they’d all look on camera eating breakfast together. Seriously Aria just drink your mimosa. We get it – you’ve killed someone before but at this point, coming clean isn’t the smartest thing considering 1. the police suck 2. you all look guilty as hell and 3. I don’t think AD is done. I mean AD as in Elliot might be dead, but really, we can’t be gullible enough to think this is over. Not one bit.
I do have to give her credit for successfully returning Ali to Welby so that no one actually realized she was missing (honestly what kind of psych hospital doesn’t check on their patients periodically?). Ali is clearly emotionally unstable for more than one reason so it wasn’t a surprise that she didn’t willingly go back into confinement. Props to her though for allowing Aria to chain her and put on her “mask” so that the hospital would see what kind of a monster Rollins really was.
Ali also finally fessed up to what happened the night Charlotte died. She told Aria that she followed Charlotte to the bell tower after she told her about her relationship with Rollins. Charlotte was upset and told Ali to leave and she did. Her guilt is obvious considering if she hasn’t left, Charlotte might still be alive…. but on the other hand, she could still be dead. So at this point, we still DON’T know who killed Charlotte but we know the liars were wrong when they threw Ali under the bus.
Since her husband is now dead, Ali has one more thing to fear – her angry aunt and Charlotte’s mom who clearly also wants answers to her daughter’s death and will use Ali to get them. Gah.
The biggest surprise of the episode however was Jenna’s epic return. I’m still convinced homegirl is NOT blind because she walked into a noise brunch place and right up to the liars table because she “heard” Hanna and Aria. Like how is that even possible? Of course the liars took note of the fact that they just MURDERED someone and in comes Jenna, a walking nightmare from their past. Coincidence? That’s not a thing according to Spencer, who is clearly still the brains of the group, even on a hangover.
The other brains of the group Mona also became an accessory to murder when she figured out what the liars were doing and decided to help them repair Lucas’s car. She should honestly consider a career in law enforcement – she’s 100% times better than any of the detectives in Rosewood. Mona admitted that she had become suspicious of Elliot and began trailing him, even GPS’ing his car. When she saw him leaving to the woods, she decided to follow him and saw the big accident. One crucial part of her involvement – the fact that she knew he had a burner phone. The girls ended up finding it in his car at the train station when it was ringing. On the other line was JENNA and she called Rollins by his real name Archer Dunhill aka AD. It all comes full circle. But seriously, what does Jenna have to do with AD? Was she friends with Charlotte? Was she in on his plan to torture Ali? With some answers come more questions.
Full review HERE!
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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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