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I don’t wanna go there… I think I gotta go there… Yes, I am quoting Chris Brown right now and you know what, it’s cause I can. Because all my hopes and dreams and ideas and values have just been shattered by a lanky teacher in a baseball cap… Boy did he look good in that baseball cap. Breathe. Just breathe. I’ll be back once I catch my composure.

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Wow. When Marlene King declares World War A, she goes all out. I was waiting in anticipation to see what could possibly be more shocking than Toby being A and yeah, Ezra being A tops the list. Ezra! Mr.fricking Fitz. Can you even believe it? I mean how deceived are you? How betrayed. So betrayed the real Ian Harding had to delete his Twitter account, that’s how. I mean, just where do I begin?!?! Hats off Marlene. Hats off to you lady! Millions of girls all over the world will never EVER believe in love again, yet alone trust a man!!!

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“I get it, it’s like you want to know the ending but you want to be surprised.” Wise words Ezra. You predicted the outcome of the night. God, how many hints can Marlene King drop before we finally catch on to what she has up her magical sleeve.  But, aside from this betrAyal, we also got a lot of insight into the whole mystery that is Alison DiLaurentis. All signs point to a ‘this b**ch is alive’. Well ain’t that just another shocker all in itself?! I guess I’ll start at the beginning…wherever that is.

 

MonA: A decided its about time to play some magic tricks with the girls, cause ain’t nothing scarier than magic. Poof and you might just miss something. The girls are promised, in A style, that if Hanna’s mom goes free, A will unleash hell on earth. Ashley Marin walks out of this finale as a free woman, all charges dropped and A does just as promised. “Hanna won so Mona loses. Find her before the cops or they’ll think you killed her.” A scavenger for Mona, who may or may not be behind all of this.   When Toby finally does find Mona’s whereabouts, she’s safely hidden away in River Valley’s Bed and Breakfast.  He’s led to her through Shauna who presents her with papers. Mona bluntly states, “Is she okay with this” to which Shauna replies, “She doesn’t have a choice.” Who’s okay with what? Who doesn’t have a choice? Jenna, whose probably still in a hospital because of her near death experience? Melissa? After all Shauna did have her mail, addressed to Melissa and Wren. I would really like to say Mona is on the liars’ team, but at this point it’s not looking too good.

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Ravenswood: After a magic trick package in the mail, the girls are off to Ravenswood where there is a magic show in full swing. Now you see me, now you don’t. As the girls watch as Aria participates in a disappearing act, Emily gets snatched (kind of hard to imagine this happening in a park full of people ) and pulls a disappearing act of her own. This is the part where I was a little skeptical because Aria calls Emily, who immediately picks up and starts freaking out that she’s in a coffin or a box and hears saws. Instantly, the girls locate her at a saw mill just around the corner. Yeah, right. Either that’s really poor planning, Emily is in on this whole thing, or they have some top of the line GPS systems. Either way, before Emily is turned into vampire dust, red coat does her a favor and shuts down the belt.

 

Two Red Coats: Wait! Blink. Theres two red coat’s? As Hanna stays behind to free Em, Aria runs after RC1  while Spencer runs after RC2. As Aria fights to the death with red coat, the Ali mask falls off revealing CeCe, who falls over the railing, dangling and screaming for help. Aria, the good soul that she is, tries to pull her up but ultimately fails, as CeCe falls to her death… or so the girls think. Like a cat with nine lives CeCe is gone with the blink of an eye.  Spencer than reveals her findings, which are just a tad bit more exciting… not that Aria doing kung-fu wasn’t totally the greatest thing to ever grace my T.V screen (oh thanks for the lessons by the way Jake, they really came in handy!).

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The lAir: Spencer leads the girls to another A lair. But this time I think its the legit lair. The first time we saw A’s lair it was when Mona was working for A. But like many times, she has mentioned that she never knew who she was working for and was just taking orders. This lair revealed quite a lot of information that all of us could use to piece together some loose ends in our mystery. A is everywhere and anywhere because he has survelliance cameras everywhere. Like I mean he’s watching the police, he’s watching the streets, I’m sure he’s even watching the girls houses. For one, A isn’t just following the girls, he’s also following Ali and recording ever one of her moves. The messed up part? A also thinks she’s alive. He doesn’t just have pictures of Ali before her death, but he’s got all the pictures of Ali as red coat. So that’s who Ali is running from? Theres timelines, graphs (I’m sure), creeper photos of everyone making out with everyone, paperwork from A’s own corporation, and of course, the indication that A is a man from the suits and dress shoes in the closet. A be on that suit and tie sh*t (haha I had to).

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ezrA: Here’s where all the WTF moments come into play as to Ezra being A. The girls say that Wren cannot be A because he is pictured on the board as someone whose being followed. But theres a pictures of Ezra on the board too?! I don’t think there’s a legit ‘I’m following’ you timeline of Ezra’s life, but he’s got his own creepy photo’s of himself making out with Aria. Who would take those if he’s working alone? AHA! So he isn’t. There has to be someone else working with him, well unless Mona took those. Hm..

 

Also, if A knows everything how come he didn’t know that Malcolm was his son? Why was that even important? Sure, Ezra could be board shorts, but this is like really something to think about. Could Ezra really pull it all off? And why? Does it mean that when he met Aria in the coffee shop or whatever in season one, it wasn’t by mistake? Did he purposely lure her into a relationship for all of these weird reasons? Did he fake being surprised when she walked into his class on the first day of school and saw her? Had he been planning it for awhile? Did he know about her father affair when she was WAY too young and really illegal? God is he even a teacher? What connection does he have to Ali? After the initial shock, when it comes down to the nitty gritty, there’s just no way Ezra could have been A. Plus, his reaction after walking into the room wasn’t a mad-someones-rumaging-through-my-stuff reaction, it was more of a, ‘what the hell is this why am I here, who led me to this place? Slam door, Aria what!’. Maybe he was led to the “lair” by the real A for some unknown reason and is shocked to find A still tormenting his leading lady?

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The saddest part of this whole Ezra is A ordeal is that I was actually so happy to see that when Jake and Aria’s night flopped, she accidentally ran into Ezra who was more than willing to talk English literature with her all night. And when they shared a kiss, I was glowing, thinking how I was going to write about this AHA moment in my review. The moment that I knew would be so crucial because Aria finally realized she was never really over Ezra. All she wanted was to move on. She wanted easy and that’s what she got with Jake. She got a goof her age that didn’t share any of her interests. In reality, all she needed was a man. A man like Fitz. Well yep. That was a crucial moment. Just not in the sense I thought it would be. Now, when Aria realizes she loves Ezra, he’s going to be A and we will all know except her!!!

 

Grimwauld’s Confession: All we know for sure (remember Ezra never uttered the words, I’m A) is that A is a guy. A guy who Alison was really, and I mean really, afraid of. The girls ran into Grimwauld who finally admitted that she knew Alison and Ali was calling her for help in the sorority house. Why? Cause she has the gift of insight of course. She could look into her crystal ball and tell her who she should be afraid of. Or…. is she all a part of the act? When Ali went missing, Grimwauld went to Rosewood and found Ali buried alive in her backyard. The death reports got that part right, but she wasn’t dead. Her hand was sticking out of the ground (cue that creepy scene from the Halloween episode, its all explained) and Grimwauld pulled her out. She took Ali into her car and drove her to the hospital to go and get some help, when she came out Ali was gone. Well, there is a lot of what if’s in this certain story. From the way it was shown, Ali didn’t look to happy to be with Grimwauld after almost dying in the first place. She seemed scared of her. Could Grimwauld possibly be boardshorts’ mother? Either way, she indicated that Ali is alive. Ali-ve. Get it? She doesn’t want to be found. Why? Because the only reason A is tormenting the girls and making their lives living hell is because he wants to get to Alison. The closer they get to Ali, the more danger she is in. That’s why he follows them, because he want’s to get to her. Which brings me back to why would Ezra want anything from Ali?

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Wren/Melissa: This still doesn’t explain why Ali faked her own death. Who was in the casket at the funeral and who the heck did those doctors examined to be Alison. It doesn’t explain Ezra being A. Or Wren being creepy. Or Shauna carrying papers that were addressed to Wren and Melissa. What’s that all about? Are those two back together? Is Wren only here because he’s trying to keep and eye out on Spencer and the girls while Melissa is away? The papers were addressed to Wren with c/o Melissa to London. Have they been getting cozy again? Maybe the person he called last episode wasn’t CeCe, maybe it was Melissa. Gosh. So confusing. More answers= more questions.

 

CeCe: My question is, if Ali is still alive and CeCe is working with her to get A off the Ali trail, why was CeCe snooping around in a black hoodie (as if she was A) and listening in on Ezra and Aria’s conversation? If she’s redcoat, why is she wearing A’s outfits. And if she is afraid of A, why is she spying on him? Its so contradictory. I think CeCe is working to help Ali and whoever A is, if it is Ezra or not, is trying to get CeCe out of the picture by framing her for the murder and getting her as the next wanted victim for the Rosewood P.D. Truthfully, the idea of two teams is now more clear than ever. Redcoats team is supposably good. The A team in black hoodies is bad. Who the heck is on which team? I have no idea anymore.

 

Toby/Caleb: Also, another loose end that wasn’t tied up but briefly touched upon was the whole ordeal with Toby’s mother. Was she murdered in Radley? Did she commit suicide? Why does A want to manipulate Toby’s ways of getting this information? Could Toby’s mother be Grimwauld? She does have the pretty eyes. Far stretch but at this point you never know! But with the boys being the most suspicious of all characters, I can’t help but thinking there are way to many positive qualities about Caleb for him to be all good. He got on a bus to Ravenswood and it was the last time we would ever see him in Rosewood. Why? Well, that won’t really be revealed until the Halloween episode. But, there was a point when Grimwauld stated, he’s here, when she refereed to A being in Rosewood looking for Ali. The camera than shot to Caleb hopping on the bus and for some reason I could see him being A or affiliated with A in some way. What do you think? Why else would Caleb stay in Ravenswood?

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What do you think about this summer finale? Is Ezra A? Is Mona good or bad? Wren and Melissa together? Is Ali alive? Whose side is CeCe on? Is Grimwauld lying?? Let us know here. Just like the girls, who heed their departure and pick out some costumes, I will be dressing up for the fantastic and horror infused Halloween episode, October 22. Kisses!

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Yes It Do- Chris Arena (plays when Toby is looking through mail)

This Isn’t Control- Ms Mr (Aria and Ezra reconnect in the cafe)


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

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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. 

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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)
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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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