“Most honest people put up a sign that says ‘being recorded'”
While Spencer was all caffeine-ed out playing detective, I was going a little digging on my own and either, Ezra really is A or this situation is way to convenient. Either way, somethings happening and its causing me grave concern! We also got some more insight into Ali’s situation and A’s high tech technology!
Spencer was really the main focus of this weeks episode as she’s the only one whose started making any progress at finding out who A is. Hannah was too shaken up after her dentist visit and gave up looking for A in fear of upsetting him even more. But Spencer’s determined. After all, if you find out who A is, you find out who Ali is afraid of. Once you know what your looking for, the clues kind of fall in your lap, right? Well after thorough internet digging, Spence was able to dig out a listing for A’s Ravenswood lair and some info on Board Shorts Ale. Which to be quite honest isn’t a lot. On paper Ezra is clean. And maybe its because he’s some kind of technology wizard who never sleeps.
For most of the seasons we’ve all been left wondering how the hell does A see everything, without ever being anywhere. This week we found out that and a lot more. A has many lairs. Two of them have been discovered, but his most recent and risky one is under the floorboards of his cabin. From his lairs, he’s able to watch the girls from all the camera’s he’s got planted everywher. But…. he definitely isn’t working alone!! While he was playing house with Aria, someone was taking pictures of the liars and sending them to him. When he sent Aria on a chickpea hunt, he basically just needed space to do some hardcore creepin’. It’s honestly terrifying that Aria is alone in the woods with him and hasn’t told anyone where she is.
The possibility of Aria being A at a dead end because Aria’s even more clueless than Hannah, whose at least reading mystery novels. Aria is sleeping with the enemy and she doesn’t know it. Sure he’s cute but come on, he’s been acting strange lately. And it isn’t just the background music anymore. I guess part of it isn’t her fault, he does hide it pretty well… at least he used to. But I think she has gut feelings (like most girls do) that she should probably just follow. Like when she first said no to Ezra’s proposition of a weekend getaway, it should have stayed a no. When she wanted to leave because she wasn’t comfortable lying, she should have left. But Ezra is like a trained monkey, he knows exactly what to say when to say it to lure someone back in. And that’s what he does with Aria. He plays the “Okay. I’ll drive you home if you want but I thought we were in love card,” and she feels bad for making him think that she doesn’t love him. Ah, its psychological warfare. When he told Aria it was probably best that she was keeping this secret and the further apart her and her friends got, the closer she got to him, that’s when I drew the line. She should pick him to trust the most? I think that’s a decision you make without someone trying to convince you. Than it becomes suspicious. Yet no radar set off than. While Ezra is trying really hard to alienate Aria, would he ever actually hurt her? Does he even love her at all? When he snuck up on her at night (totally A style by the way), it didn’t even seem like he cared to make his lies believable.
It’s probably because he’s distracted. Ezra has had the girls fooled for a long time, but slowly the cracks begin to show. He sees that Spencer is slowly starting to piece the puzzle together. Spencer’s a smart girl and the girls really should give her more credit. Hannah was right though, Spencer wouldn’t find any evidence in Ezra’s house because that’s too obvious. She just basically ratted herself out to Ezra. Thankfully, she caught onto the camera. If the girls know their looking out for camera’s everywhere now, their more likely to notice them. Unless, Ezra really is just trying to protect them. It’s a stretch I know!
This was probably the last we’ve seen of Shawna. She was able to lie low for so long and just a couple of interactions with Emily and A’s got her! This was obviously a situation Shawna and Ali talked about. If A ever figured out Shawna was working for Ali, she would abort the mission of helping out her long time friend. And that’s exactly what Shawna did. She bolted right out of Ravenswood. Unfortunately, that put Ali in a tough situation because Shawna wasn’t able to deliver the $5,000 that Ali had asked for. It has to be hard being a runaway for years and having enough cash to survive. Clearly, Ali thought this through in advance, which means she always knew something like this was going to happen. We assumed that maybe Ali was constantly playing a game with the girls and that she was A, but this week we saw the real nature of the situation Ali was in. She was always on the move, traveling, alone and scared and now, broke! Her only hope is to somehow contact Emily to get the cash, but that could put her in severe danger. A knows about the envelope full of money and he knows the girls have it.
Here’s what the girls need to have happen next. They have to find some evidence against Ezra! They probably won’t find anything against him that would be a base for arrest, but they need enough to be able to prove it to Aria. Their friend is crazy about the guy and isn’t going to believe her cracked out friends theory. I mean, Hannah had a hard time finding any validity in it and she’s pretty gullible. All I know is that next week’s episode is going to be one nobody want’s to miss. The girls are transported into the 1940’s thanks to Spencer’s newly acquired aderall addiction. It isn’t a flash back episode, its a fantasy/dream episode that’s suppose to provide a lot of information for Spencer as her subconscious tries to tell her she has all the pieces!!
“It’s the little things that are most important”: Detective Findings
- Ezra is always on that black hoodie, black cap attire. Another clue pointing him to A.
- When Hannah talked to Holbrook, he mentioned a book about teeth. How did Hannah not catch onto that clue after being emotionally scared from her dentist visit from hell?
- Who is helping Ezra?
- Is Ezra going to try and sabotage the new counselor because he saw Aria walk in there? “Do they talk?” he asked…. umm yeah, kids talk when they have problems.
- A has pics of Aria all up close and personal.. Creepazoid alert.
- I’m pretty sure we once knew A spoke French (sorry I can’t keep up). When Ezra was cooking he was naming things in French…
- Why does A have Wren stationary? Is Wren working with Ezra? Did Ezra plagiarize them? He was looking at Spencer’s records and saw she had an ADHD prescription.
- When Aria asked Ezra what he was cooking he put a lot of emphasis on the A in the sentence. No, I’m not crazy…. it really happened.
- Ali hid the money in her room behind a poster of twins. In the books, Ali has a twin….. Hm…
- Also, where the heck is Jake? Did those knives in his bag really scare him off? I thought he cared about Aria’s safety…
- Why does Ezra hate Ali so much?? Or why does he want her dead? Just, what the hell is going on!!
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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