“Sounds like Ali. The truth always bored her.”
It’s a road trip for the girls this week as they try to decode Ali’s diary, but don’t get it mistaken. This isn’t spring break. This is strictly business! Hannah withheld the entries in the diaries from the girls, upsetting them a bit since they aren’t suppose to keep secrets from each other!!! In her defense, she was only trying to cover up the fact that the “cradle robber” story was about her little love affair with Aria’s brother, Mike, flashing back to the “old days” when Hannah was fat and had no confidence. Yeah, it’s kind of a story twister for sure but now that Hannah and Caleb are over, they have to give her a new storyline. Maybe this will be the start of a new relationship?
But as all the liars’ road trips go, their car ended up breaking down in the middle of nowhere and they were stranded with no cell service and no one knew where they were. Fantastic plan! Thankfully, or coincidentally, Ezra’s cabin was nearby, so Aria led the girls to safety before the big storm hit, lying that it was her uncles cabin. I don’t really know why after so much time, these girls still keep secrets from each other! Secrets are the root of all evil! Why can’t Aria just tell the girls she’s still hooking up with Mr. Fitz even though she’s seeing Jake. Everyone knows Emily’s a lesbian, so why can’t she just admit that her and Ali had a thing going on? The truth will set you free girls!
The road trip didn’t lead the girls anywhere though. As they were decoding Ali’s diary entries, seeing which story was about which girl, they ended up finding a clue in one of her poems. That clue led them the Busy Bee Inn, a bed and breakfast inn that Aria and her family used to go to, which has been closed to for a long time. Its a far stretch but the idea behind their road trip is that maybe that’s where Ali’s been hiding away. Obviously they never made it and by decoding the journal with post its and notes, they gave away the clues to A. Since Ezra noticed Emily with Ali’s journal, he’s been on a mission to get his hands on it. There’s obviously something in there he doesn’t want the girls to know. (Um like the fact that he’s board-shorts!) When he wasn’t able to get it out of Aria where the girls were heading, he made an extensive plan to sneak into Hannah’s room and find out what the girls were up to. He really thought he would get the journal just by sneaking into her room, but was out of luck since the girls brought the book with them. He wasted no time by breaking into his own cabin and snatching the journal from the table.
I mean at this point, there’s no way of denying that Ezra is A. There’s been so many connections and revelations that he is A. He’s been acting fishy, he’s really keen on keeping Aria in a relationship with him. He has access to the cabin, which is probably also his secret lair. It sucks because Aria is nervous and anxious about lying to Ezra that she used his cabin but he’s been lying to her the whole time! At time I feel like Aria is kind of onto Ezra. In the classroom for example when he was asking all these questions about where the girls were going. It was creepy and she was hesitant to answer. In this case, maybe keeping secrets is good. But than he just blurts out ‘I love you’ and all is okay. That is until he puts his headphones back on only to reveal his listening to some recording of Ali talking to someone stating she needs to stop being Alison DiLaurentis for her own safety. What’s that all about?? Next weeks episode *SPOILER* Jake is back and he’s onto Ezra. “Sometimes I think the person you’re scared of is Ezra,” he says. Jake, you really hit the jackpot there! Aria, open your eyes!!!
The relationship between Mr. Hastings and Mrs. DiLaurentis is weird. Spencer walked in on her father talking to her about Jason (the child they have together). When she questioned it, Mrs. DiLaurentis said something about a divorce from her husband and that Spencer’s dad would be her lawyer. Or, maybe their all in on Ali’s little plan! Either way, there has to be a reason why Spencer’s dad doesn’t want her to talk to Ali’s mom. And if someone doesn’t want you to do something that badly, you’re going to want to do it. In order for Spencer to be safe and continue investigating, she needed to get out of the house. So, she moved in with Toby!!! We also found out that according to Mr. Hastings, Toby’s mother didn’t commit suicide and she wasn’t murdered. Her death was an accident and the reason that Radley declared it a suicide was to protect the other patient in the room with her. Yeah, so it sounds like a suicide! Who was the other patient? Why does Mr. Hastings all of a sudden not want to shut down Radley? Why do we even care?!
On the relationship front, Hannah is coping with the fact that Caleb left her for Miranda. Aria is stuck between someone she likes and someone she loves. But Emily, well she’s still stuck in the past. Or a dream-world. Or reality… I can’t really tell anymore! Mid-sleep, Ali came to visit Emily through her window and she talked to her about their time spent together and how she didn’t act the way she really want to. Also, why is it everytime Ali shows up to someone at night, it seems like she’s an angel, but than it ends up being real. Does she have some special pills that knocks people out so when they wake up they think it was an actual dream? Even when she’s missing in action, she’s still leading poor Emily on. Emily claims to be over Ali, but she’s still visibly affected by what happened. When she finds a secret note in her bag asking her to meet them at their place (aka the kissing rock) she leaves work without even blinking, not even considering that this could be A’s little trap. But, for some reason, Ali never showed up to the meeting, probably because Ezra was following her.
Liars- 0, A-1. After decoding the journal, the girls led A straight to Ali… that is if she really was hiding out at Busy Bee Inn. The rules were clear though, whoever finds her gets to keep her. Let the game continue!!!
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!
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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