“A stoked the fire, but he took the bait.”
The girls are finally getting aggressive and fighting A’s game back, which is something we’ve been hoping would happen for years. Anger really suits them well. But do they stand a chance? What cards does A really have up his sleeve? Apparently, A isn’t too happy that Ali is asking people to help her make her kidnapping story more believable. But instead of placing doubt in everyone’s mind about it, A decided to outplay her at her own game–by forcing a stranger to listen to all of her police confessions and act as her kidnapper, reciting everything he “did to her” during the years. Simplified, Ali’s kidnapper has come forward. The catch? As evil as Ali is, does she have it in her to send an innocent man to prison? I don’t think so. Especially when playing with fire. Admitting that this man was her kidnapper can open up a new can of worms, which A is most likely waiting for. Either way, whatever road she chooses to take, A is one step ahead. And that my friends, was basically the cliffhanger of this week.
That doesn’t mean the liars aren’t going to try. Emily revealed her inner bad-ass this week, Caleb threw a few punches, while Spencer literally threatened to “cut” Noel Kahn. If this isn’t the girls realizing their over the bs and taking matters into their own hands instead of just getting pushed around, I don’t know what is. Meanwhile, Hannah realized that her alcoholism was all part of A’s plan and she drunkenly fell into it. How rude. I guess A isn’t messing around anymore, he’s even targeting the adults… and brutally.
Walking down a dark, desolate street at night, Emily heard someone listening to tapes of Alison. She realized it was Noel Kahn acting shady as usual, so obviously, the next day she was all over that, hoping to find the next clue that could lead to some kind of reveAl. She did the most logical thing a girl in her situation could do– she snuck into the the swimming coaches office after her talk about accepting the assistant coaching position and got Noel’s locker combination. Then she broke into his car and stole the recording and the pictures he had of Ali that would prove she was never kidnapped. If anyone were to see those pictures, especially the police, Ali’s whole story would fall apart and as Ali said this week, if one of them falls, they all fall. Especially considering Lt. Tanner is grilling the girls even harder hoping to find a loophole in their stories.
Meanwhile, Hannah was walking around like a loose cannon. Everyone was worried about Alison and what she was up to secretly, but no one took the time to think that drunk Hannah is a talkative Hannah and no one needs that… not when Tanner is breathing down their throats. Spencer decided to take matters into her own hands and confront Caleb about her bff since he was the one supplying her the booze. The confrontation didn’t go well, mainly because Caleb was offended that Spencer was butting her nose into business that wasn’t hers, but eventually Spence mustered up something that really resonated with him— Caleb and Hannah used to draw energy from each other. Now, they were just putting each other down and boozing it up to help their problems disappear. It wasn’t the answer. Spencer’s talk was an eye-opener for Caleb, especially after Hannah mentioned that she didn’t want to go to Aria’s mom’s engagement party because Zach was a scumbag who tried to hit on her.
Caleb being the good bf that he is went down to the brew and sucker punched Zach. To his surprise, he discovered that while Zach was a scummy douchebag, he also hit on Hannah with some motivation from A. After the first incident when Zach put his hand on her back, A slipped him a note which was apparently from Hannah that said she was interested, but shy. That’s the reason why Zach got into her car and gave her the number. It doesn’t excuse him at all given he initiated the whole thing, but he wasn’t completely at fault.
Even though Aria initially kicked Hannah out, it was really because part of her didn’t want to believe what she was saying, despite knowing she was telling the truth. It was eating her inside and she finally confronted her mother about maybe not rushing into this marriage with Zach. “How well do you even know him,” she asked to which her mother immediately replied with, “did he make a move on you?”. Why did she automatically think her younger fiancé would have hit on her daughter? Because it’s happened before in a different country. Ella just brushed it off when it did because she too didn’t want to believe it. But when it’s that close to home. When it’s your daughters best friend, that’s pushing it. She called off the engagement and told the guest’s she got food poisoning. Byron came home from his trip to find his ex-wife crying in his living room. Long story short, their totally getting back together! Can’t you just see it! While trying to meddle in everyone’s life, A actually did something beneficial for Aria’s parents. Byron tried comforting Ella by reliving some memories and telling her she was the most amazing woman on this earth and if he didn’t realize it, then he wasn’t worth it. Meanwhile, Aria went down to apologize to Hannah for doubting her and shutting her out. Waterworks were definitely a thing this week.
While Han and Aria got all cozy and lovey, Spencer and Emily were once again kicking butt and getting into all sorts of dangerous situations. Spencer went to the opthomalogist after getting kicked in the eye last week. (Thanks A!) After the nurse put in eyedrops to dilate her pupils, Spencer could have sworn she saw two Jenna’s walk in. Her eyes might of been funky, but they weren’t playing tricks on her. She went into one of the rooms to call Emily, who rushed down to the doctor to witness this for herself. As Jenna and Sidney walked out of the room, Emily confronted them, but Jenna isn’t easily scared. She defended herself stating that they get jumpy around the wrong people. “I’m not Ali,” she responded. What does that even mean? Sidenote: How did A know Spence was going to come to the eye doctor and how did he change the reading chart to say ‘Do you see me now?-A’ Like literally, is A a magician? Additionally, I’ll admit the whole two Jenna’s thing threw me off. What the heck? Why were they dressed alike? Why was Sidney wearing glasses? Both hair curled? It’s like they were pretending to be twins…and you know how I feel about twin story lines.
Emily decided to attend Aria’s moms bridal party while Spencer took the evidence from Noel Kahn’s and drove it up to her cabin. Alone. As Emily was leaving her house, Sidney cornered her in hopes of “explaining” what she saw at the eye doctor. Her version of the story? She moved to Rosewood after working at a facility where Jenna came right after she was blinded. She was Jenna’s shoulder to cry on after Ali visited once right before her disappearance. When Jenna enrolled back at Rosewood High and found out Ali was still alive, she asked Sidney to come be her emotional support. Um, sounds like a load of bullshit. I’m glad Emily didn’t fall for Sidney’s good girl act. Too many people in this town on some shady games. Instead Emily got super pist. She got pist Sidney lied to her about not knowing anyone, about not having anyone to cheer for her at meets and for taking up her time with coaching lessons. She pretty much threatened Sidney by telling her she would take the assistant coaching job so she could watch her in the water, gasping for air and haunt her every move. The way Emily said it, it sounded a bit psychotic. And I loved it. Take back the reigns girl. Show em whose boss. Although I’m kind of thinking this is exactly what Sidney wanted her to do and just like that Em’s fell right into her trap.
Spencer drove out to her cabin to hid the evidence in a safe spot, but didn’t realize someone beat her to the punch. Someone hiding under white sheets posing to be a chair. When I first saw this, I was convinced it was A. Thankfully, it just turned out to be Noel. Ok, thankfully might not be the right word to use. There is and always has been something really off about Noel… I just don’t know what. He claimed that he had the recordings and videos for blackmail in case Ali decides to use and discard. We all know Ali likes to use people and throw them away. But is he telling the truth? Probably not. His story was really believable though. Noel said that the pictures belonged to Shawna. She gave them to Jenna and Ali asked him to steal them for her. He broke into Jenna’s house, took the pictures and minutes later, the house exploded. He thinks Ali is to blame for the explosion and doesn’t think it’s accidental at all. But how could she have done it when she was sitting in the living room with the girls and they all received A’s text just seconds later? Unless she’s working with A. Regardless, this story doesn’t make me Team Noel at all. He was too aggressive about getting his stuff back and only stopped when Spencer literally cut him. I doubt he was ever on team Ali. He’s been working with Mona all along. He lead A to the girls that night in Philly, helped Shawna in NYC. He can’t be trusted. Especially because those same tapes he was listening to in the car, A had later on in the final scene. And those tapes were of Ali telling the police what happened to her “that night”, which means that one, A planted the confessing dude at the end and two, got those tapes from Noel. How else would Noel know where Spence was going to hid them?
– Lt Tanner has some theory that Ezra slept with all the girls in his class. Or that he was involved with Shawna, which comes really close to linking Aria with her murder.
– Melissa. What’s she been up to? She could def be helping A or even be A considering she knows everything about where Spencer will be, when and why. A knows a lot about Spencer.
– Still don’t know who Bethany is. Does no one want to see a picture of her? No one? How is she connected to Mrs. D and Toby’s mom?
– Who is A? No but seriously….. WHO IS A?!
-What happened to Eddie Lamb? Did he get killed? Did he quit?
– I get that A want’s revenge on Ali and the girls, but why is everyone else (aka Mona’s army) plotting against them?
– Greatest part this week was when Ali and Hannah had a fight and she basically told her she needed space. Then Ali confronts Jenna about Shawna and asks how she turned her against her. “I didn’t. You did,” she coldly replied. It was icy perfection.
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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