HAPPY 100th EPISODE! The 100th episode is always a huge moment for any TV show. And you know reaching this milestone wasn’t going to go without a bang…. Literally. Pretty Little Liars stepped up their game this week reiterating what we’ve all been suspecting–A is not really deAd. (No truthfully, no one really thought that except the liars).
Queen B has to go back to school! But before she does, all the girls have to come to terms with the fact that they have to stand by her side when she does. It’s especially difficult for Hannah, who feels like she doesn’t really know who she and has been living in Alison’s shadow. As stressful as it is, they help their former bff get through senior year as anti-Ali mobs are forming. The Queen of mean returned and she sure made her entrance, leading her pack, with the liars in town looking really uncomfortable.
Meanwhile, Aria still can’t come to terms with Shawna’s death. Thankfully, she has Ezra who can kind of steer her in the right direction. As the two take an evening stroll they notice Alison out and about talking to someone in a black van. Ali hasn’t even left her room since returning to Rosewood, so what’s she doing out alone, at night? ‘t looks completely suspicious, but Ali just brushes it off as getting some enrollment papers for school. Can we actually trust her? I’m leaning towards no…
To make Aria feel even worse, Jenna has returned to town, which clearly means she’s here to finish what Shawna couldn’t… at least that’s what the girls think. Their probably right. Of course Jenna wants revenge. I’m sure she knows Aria is behind Shawna’s death and then there’s the whole “setting the house on fire and blinding Jenna” incident the girls probably haven’t paid for yet.
A huge entrance to school wasn’t enough for Spencer. She was immediately called down to the principals office where her mother was waiting for her, visibly panicked. Mrs. Hasting’s dropped one of the biggest bombshells this week, stating she was leaving Spencers dad and taking Spencer with her. Why? Because she was totally convinced that he and Melissa killed Mrs. DiLaurentis. And if your mother is convinced, you know bad things are happening. The Hasting’s family has never been picture perfect but murder? As she packed the suitcases, she told Spencer that Mr. H did in fact drop her off at a spa, but she never checked in. Instead, she went to verify his story and realized he was lying about where he and Melissa were the night Mrs. D died. Aka, Mr. Hasting’s killed Ali’s mom, possibly to protect Spencer. Who knows. They are now living at a hotel and things can only get worse from there.
Mona basically ran the show this week from behind the curtain. In order to bring Ali down, she had to get her away from the liars. So she sent her little minions to do their work. Lucas, who we once thought was the sweet loner guy, invited Hannah to his party. As Hannah was picking up pre-party coffees and waiting for Travis, she encountered Caleb who had rolled back into town from Ravenswood. (HE’S REALLY BACK!) You could tell seeing Caleb really brightened up Hannah’s day but things went down hill really quickly when he noticed she was getting two coffees- one for her and one for Travis. Caleb’s return really took a toll on Hannah, who ended up getting wasted and calling Caleb a million times at the party. Thankfully, Travis is a sweet, responsible young man who stopped her when she had a little too much and took her home.
While Hannah was out cold, things were happening in Rosewood. Sydney, the new girl, invited Emily to some Frozen musical at school, which Em’s invited Paige too after seeing how upset Paige was by Ali’s return. To keep the peace between her ex-gf and first love, she invited Paige to hash it out with Ali. It was an emotional moment for Paige, facing her enemy, but Ali apologized and it seemed like she truly meant it. Emily also got an apology from Ali, who basically told her that all those times they kissed, it was because Ali had feelings for her. Unfortunately, her confession didn’t score Ali an invite out with Paige, Emily and Sydney, which I guess worked perfectly for Mona’s plans.
Aria tried to go to Jenna’s earlier in the day to give her condolences and ended up just barging in when she saw the door was open. Really, these girls need to stop just walking into people’s homes. When she saw Jenna in the corner crying, she bolted out obviously feeling regret. I’m assuming this was all part of the plan though because Jenna ambushed Aria at home that night asking why she was in her house. Aria ended up apologizing and inviting Jenna in for tea, while she told her about Shawna. It was definitely sweet of Aria, but she also has to realize she invited the devil inside her house. Never give anyone the benefit of the doubt… not in this town!
Which leaves Ali all alone with no other friends and the target of Mona’s master plan to run her out of town. The minute she stepped outside, a black car started following her so she took shelter in the church. And while you might think the church is a safe place, let’s not forget many creepy A attacks happened inside this church. Never go into the church at night alone! She comes face to face with Mona who basically tells her to leave town cause no one wants her here. Ali tries to play it cool at first saying that she poses no threat to her and that she’s changed. She asks Mona why she’s playing the victim here when she too bullied the liars and almost killed Hannah. Mona babbles on about feeling sorry about that and how the doctors said she’s doing better. Is she really? And can people really change? Because listening to Ali really makes me feel like she still wants to get the reigns back. She has no choice though. She knows why Mona is afraid of her.. Ali can have anyone wrapped around her little finger. Except Mona knows how to play the game better. She’s smarter and she calls the shots. Mona will stoop really low and she pushed all the right buttons and slapped Ali and Ali went off on her, slapping her back and saying she made her loser Mona once, she’ll do it again.
After the confrontation, Ali called a meeting to tell the girls exactly what happened, leaving out the part that she hit Mona back. Instead, she played the victim card admitting that the fact that all the girls were busy tonight wasn’t a coincidence and that if Mona’s mission was to scare Ali, then it worked. Of course, Mona’s mission was so much more. The next day at school, Mona switched the game up. The cut on her cheek was an obvious sign that Ali hadn’t changed and she had proof of it– a video recording she took of their encounter obviously with parts edited out where Ali was nice and Mona was the bitch. Classic mean girls move. I’m surprised that Ali hadn’t seen it coming, but she has been out of the game for awhile. This caused a rift with the girls, who once again feel betrayed by Ali who just can’t stop lying to them. But can they all really be broken by Mona? We all know she spins things the way she wants them to happen.
The romantic front was also really on point for all the girls this week. Relationships can thrive when A’s not around! There was a lot of sexual tension between Aria and Ezra throughout the episode. When she came by with pie to tell him about her talk with Jenna and how bad she felt, Ezra was finally fed up. He showed her his huge battle scar and told her that she had to remember this is what Shawna did. She hurt Ezra, he was lucky to be alive and she had a gun pointed at all of her best friends. She had no choice but to protect them and that unfortunately resulted in a deadly ending. The realization that she almost lost Ezra really hit home and Ezria got hot and heavy really quick. I couldn’t help but squeal at this moment because I’ve been waiting patiently for the to get back together. Ah, it just felt so right and I’m so excited to have Ezra together again!
The real shocker was Emison! Sure Ali confessed she had feelings for Emily, but I didn’t think that things would escalate that quickly. The two were just making out in bed during a sleepover! Whoa!!! She might have been hanging out with Paige again, but it’s going to take a lot to win Emily back know that she knows Ali has feelings for her and they’ve acted of those feelings a bit. I’ve never been a fan of Paige, and while I think Ali is totally sketchy still, at least she’s better suited for Ems. She truly cares about Ems. Although I don’t understand the reason behind the hookup? Are Emily and Ali going to date? We know for a fact Ali swings for both teams now, so how will this play out?
Toby and Spencer also got some action in the car after she told him about her parent’s divorce and the fact that her dad probably killed Mrs. D. Nothing like pick-up sex right? And lastly, we have Hannah and Caleb. While the two didn’t get it on and didn’t get back together, they did come to the realization that whatever they had going before Caleb left for Ravenswood was still there. Hannah couldn’t get her mind off of Caleb, and finally found him drinking beers on a park swing. The two talked it out briefly, with Caleb saying he didn’t come back to town to cause problems especially since Travis seems like a nice dude. All of their relationship mumbo was put on the back burner when Han got a text about a huge press conference airing live about the girl in in Ali’s coffin.
Everyone got together and it was actually really great to see them all paired up. I don’t think we’ve ever seen all the liars with their significant others in the same room, so it was a nice set up for the 100th episode. The tension was building, with Ali and Emily, Ezra and Aria, Toby and Spencer and Caleb and Hannah holding hands as they waited for the news. The girl buried in Ali’s coffin is Bethany Young, a 17-year-old girl who escaped from Radley the night that Alison was “allegedly” kidnapped. Before the girls could even fathom that information, there was a huge explosion which knocked out all the windows in the house. When they walked outside, it looked like there was a war going on. Toby’s house had caught on fire and everything in the vicinity was burning. Toby ran inside thinking Jenna might be in there, while everyone else watched in horror. And then it happened. All the cellphones went off at the same time. The look of horror on their faces was great, especially because no one even reached for their phones. No one wanted to read it, to admit it, to acknowledge it. They just knew. A was back and it was going to get a lot worse. And this time, it wasn’t just involving the four liars. It was five liars and their significant others. Remember all those times the girls tried to keep the boys out of the loop so they wouldn’t be collateral damage? Yeah, that’s not happening anymore as they boys are just as involved as the girls at this point.
Here’s some stuff we really need to contemplate. WHO IS A!? I mean, we know Mona has this anti-Ali army going and Jenna and Sydney are both in it. It’s safe to say that Jenna never really loved Shawna, she was just using her. Who Sydney really is, I don’t know but she’s pure evil. Paige may or may not be working with them, I’m not sure. As soon as she finds out Emily’s been making out in bed with Ali, I’m sure she’ll be teaming up with them though. But would Jenna really light her own house on fire? Would she? And why? I know it was meant to reenact the very first episode when Ali and the girls lit the garage on fire, but who did it? If the anti-Ali team isn’t involved with A, then who is A? Our last scene showed A moving “back in”. There was pizza, which can be linked to Sydney who enticed Emily with free pizza and a Frozen sing along this week. There was also the dollhouse, the dolls and the veil. Remember the creepy black widow during Wilden’s funeral. Well, we still don’t know who “she” was. All we know is that she’s connected to A.
And lets think about who this Bethany Young is! Obviously Radley plays huge role in everything, but why this specific girl? Who was she? Did Mrs. D know her? Is that who hit Ali that night? Is she some love child? Ali’s twin that no one knew about? Who was she? And who knew her? What does Melissa know? Could it be something to do with this? Why did Mr.D kill Ali’s mom? Why is it such a big secret? Why was Melissa involved. At this point, there is so much going on. So many groups and so many sketchy people.
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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