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Pretty Little Liars- I’m Your Puppet

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Those bars don’t just keep you from going out. They keep others from coming in.
As the last episode before the season three finale of #PLL, “I’m Your Puppet” really got down to the nitty gritty, leaving a lot at stake. This episode was so complex that its actually kind of tricky for me to analyze it because I’m a bit confused on whats real and whats a dream. But as usual, it posed more questions than it answered, but it set the scene for next weeks episode, which will hopefully reveal more than we can handle. After everything that A has put these girls through, it has come to my attention that maybe they all need a little bit of time off in a safe place, whether it be Cabo or a mental institution. Their all getting played by A- some more than others. Did anyone else ever wonder what would happen if one of the four actually joined the A team though? Well….

Spencer is A’s puppet. At least I think thats what was revealed this week. While the liars and Spencer’s mom tried to convince Spencer to come home, she revealed that she in fact felt safe in the psych ward and that she wasn’t ready to leave. Maybe thats the truth, but my guess is her hunt to find answers is getting the best of her. After getting her hands on Mona’s map, her time is being consumed by the need get into Mona’s mind. The map, which is on a game that Mona was obsessed with while she was at Radley, leads Spencer to a window, obviously used by Mona to sneak out. Did Eddie give Spencer the game by chance or is he trying to help her get to the bottom of the mystery? Wren and Eddie seem to have a bit of beef with each other as well, but who should we fear and whose the good guy? Does Eddie know more than he’s letting up to?? 

The map than leads Spencer to the freaky nursery where Aria and Hannah paid Mona a visit. While shes in there, in her ghostly white dress, she hears singing. It turns out to be Ali who reveals that the cut on her lip that Mrs. Hastings referred to was because of an altercation with some girl. What girl though?? She than leads Spencer to the badges and id’s that Mona hid while in Radley. While Spence is going through them, Wren walks in and explains that he was the one who let CeCe in to visit Mona when she couldn’t have visitors because Melissa had called CeCe, who wanted to be a mentor to Mona because she felt entitled since Ali was like her sister and got her kicked out of college. Yeah, lets back it up just one second. First question, is this real life? The ghostly appearance and the fact that Ali is there makes me think that this has got to be Spencer’s drugs kicking in hardcore. My second question, do we take Wrens story for granted or at face value? I mean technically, its still a dream right? Or did he walk in and wake Spencer up from her sleep walk? 

Of course the writers take it a step further, back to Spencer’s cell. She clearly hasn’t been taking her pills or getting any sleep for that matter. She proceeds to take out a black hoodie from her pillow (her totally secret hiding spot) and a flyer for the carnival where Malcolm was kidnapped (I’ll get to that in the next paragraph.)  She than recalls a moment where Mona was once again asking her to join the A team and Spencer replied, “You don’t have to ask me again Mona. I’m in.” Well what the hell does that mean? Could Spencer really have gone to the dark side? And not just the mental dark side, but the A team dark side? I’ve always speculated that one of the liars might actually be part of the “game” but how? Why? When did she get involved? Was she always involved or did she finally crack after she realized Toby is dead? Is she staying in the mental institute because Mona told her too? Is it part of their plan? Did she join only because she wants answers or because she feels safe? And lastly, could it all be a dream that makes her think about joining the A-team?? Is she joining so she could take the A team down? 

Leading me to my next point, could Spencer be the one who kidnapped Malcolm from daycare? When Spencer took out the hoodie and the flyer from her pillow it kind of indicated that she might have been the girl that posed as Aria”s friend to kidnap Malcolm and tell him her name was Alison. This was also foreshadowed when Spencer found the window opening. But why would Spencer want to hurt her friend like that? Aria nearly lost it when she found out Malcolm was taken, and instead of calling the police she went on to look for him herself. In one way its a smart move cause getting the police would cause a lot of worry and probably upset A and make him/her do something to harm the kid, but it was a bold move trying to find the little guy herself. It ultimately led her to end the relationship with Ezra. She mentioned someone was going to get hurt and she rather it be her than Malcolm. 

Hannah was also played by A and the result may jeopardize her relationship with Caleb. The only good thing is that Caleb is kind of familiar with how A works so he shouldn’t put the blame on Hannah. Hannah was convinced that his estranged father, whom she helped get a job at the local church for through Pastor Ted, was stealing money and stole parts of a really expensive church bell and switched it out for a cheaper one. After confronting Caleb about it and letting him take his anger out on his dad, she found out that it was all part of A’s scheme. Caleb left to look for his dad and apologize, while actually blaming Hannah for the misunderstand. Honestly, you saw the text Caleb. What part of that was Hannah’s fault? How could she possibly know that A was going to mess with her boyfriends relationship with his father. 

With Paige out of town, Emily keeps getting texts from Shawna, which in my opinion means she’s up to something rather than just crushing on Ems. Although she’s not getting attacked by A at the moment, she’s digging for trouble by trying to find out if Toby is really dead. In the beginning of the episode Emily finds out that whoever was found in the woods, wasn’t really Toby, but some middle aged camper. Yet by the end of the episode, her mother said they found a body of a young man located near Spencer’s description, with her purse lying next to the crime scene. The ending shows that body, with only the tattoo visible, in the morgue. Could it really be Toby though? The writers are trying to keep us in suspense, but at this point I’m not sure what to believe. Maybe Spencer was working with him all along? Maybe he really is dead and she’s trying to see what happened to him and get close to the A-team? Maybe it was all a cover up so that Spencer could get into Radley and continue on the A-team “mission.” Honestly, there are so many options at this point. All we know is that out of the four girls, Emily, Hannah or Aria cannot be the girl in the red coat. 

The episode didn’t really touch upon Wilden or anything to do with the sunken car but no worries, the writers tend to let story lines cool down for awhile before bringing them up in major ways. We do know one thing though, the fact that Wilden wants to know where his car is could mean that he isn’t A. Or he could just be faking it and he’s really part of the takedown. One down, three to go. What did you think of tonights episode? Leave your thoughts below. 

Memorable Quotes
  • Spencer: They don’t make a loofa that scrapes out the inside of your head.
  • Hannah: You are not crazy. This place is!
  • Emily: Cars dont float. If they did, pilgrims would have driven here. 
  • Mrs. Hastings: I need to ask, is Toby not the person I thought he was?
  • Hannah: I smell dead people.
  • Hannah: I don’t know what to say.
    • Caleb” Since when? You have an opinion about everything, from honey boo boo’s hair cut to the weird look the lunch lady gave you when you asked for butter on your corn.
  • Mona: Look at all thats happened since you turned me down on that drive up the mountain. But I believe in second chances.
    • Spencer: You don’t have to ask again Mona. I’m in. 


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

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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)
SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO

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!

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Pretty Little Liars Cast Including the Moms Reunite for Podcast

The moms of Rosewood got out of the basement just in time to start their own podcast!

Go mamas! 

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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The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details

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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. 

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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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