Pretty Little Liars is coming to an end for the summer… a fAtal end. But before we get to wondering who is gong to die on the summer finale, we need to digest all of the emotional information from this weeks episode.
Melissa finally confessed her big secret to Spencer, but now that she knows the truth, she’s not quite sure what to do with it. Props to the directors for shooting the scene with such tasteful style. Seeing the video of Melissa would not be as powerful if Spencer wasn’t watching her shoot it, immersed in the moment. It emphasized just how important this confession really was– it’s a game changer for sure. And we’re finally able to piece some things together. The night Ali went “missing”, Melissa saw a drugged up Spencer walking after Alison with a shovel. She than saw a body on the ground, blonde hair, yellow shirt, and assumed that her little sister had killed Ali. She moved the body, dropped it in the ditch and started covering the body with dirt. The girl wasn’t Alison… it was Bethany. And she wasn’t dead, just knocked out. Hence the initial report that Ali had been buried alive.
The takeaway lesson? There’s plenty. One- Melissa is a murderer. Two- Now we know how and why she’s involved with everything Ali. Three- Is that why she’s scared and leaving town? Because she doesn’t want to confess and get exposed? Four- Why was Bethany dressed as Ali? Five- Was Ali in on the whole Bethany thing? Did Bethany want to fool Mrs. D? Six- Melissa must have really thought her sister was capable of murder, which is scary. Seven- How does A play into this night at all? Eight- If Melissa saw Spencer walking with the shovel, don’t you think she would see that Spencer never hit her? Or at least see who hit Bethany? Or see who hit Ali? I mean, she’s clearly not saying something. How did she see Spencer and miss everything else? As much as I believe Melissa, I just don’t think she’s telling the whole truth.
Melissa’s confession really took a toll on Spencer. It explained why their relationship was always so messed up and distanced. Melissa was scared. By protecting her sister, she pushed her away. Secrets can do that to you. Thankfully, the girls still have each other, but it seems like we’re back to a core group of 4. No one trusts Ali anymore after the incident with Cyrus. The girls decide to tell the police everything but are stopped after A pulls a mean prank and changes all the TV screens to show Ali leaving Hannah’s hospital room. Spencer gets so fed up, she almost slams a brick through the glass, but Emily stops her. Just in time too. The TV change from the video to a camera that’s live recording the girls. Basically, A is always watching and he/she has proof of everything. The video of Ali at the hospital would totally negate their story that they didn’t know Ali was alive.
But who is behind this madness? Hannah and Emily are starting to believe it’s Ali. Emily even had a slip of the tongue moment where she referred to Ali as A. Is that a clue Marlene King? The girls are even more thrown off when they realize Ali said A wouldn’t let her leave town, but suddenly she was out of town with her father. Did she make a deal with A? This whole time, Ali was safe because she had Emily in her corner, wrapped around her finger. Now that Emily knows the truth, she’s digging a lot harder and looking for answers. She enlists Ezra’s help, without Aria’s knowledge. We know Ali knew Cyrus before, but what would possess a man to turn himself in to the cops and than run and disappear. Someone must have had something major on him. According to y
Emily, Ali has a knack for knowing what people want. Props to Emily for figuring out that the whole confession wasn’t A’s doing, but Ali’s. Also props to Ezra for getting all the footage of Ali and Cyrus. A true journalist it a true detective.
With Ali out of the picture, Emily is regretting the way her relationship with Paige ended. What she had with her was genuine and real. What she had with Ali might of never existed mainly because Ali is a pathological liar. Okay, she didn’t quite say that, but she was implying it. She finally got the guts to meet up with Paige and the conversation wasn’t much, but a step in the right direction. Or so I thought. Later that evening, Paige ran into Em at The Brew. She was all decked out for her date, who we later learned was a blonde girl that may or may not be relevant to the story/Emily and Paige’s relationship.
Meanwhile, Aria was still having trouble fathoming that Mike was dating Mona. No one can blame her really. Mona is crazayyy! Or so we thought. It seems like everything I thought, all my predictions, are being questioned right now. True PLL fashion. After Aria whispers something into Mona’s ear during the black and white film night, Mona excuses herself and disappears for quite some time. Aria goes to check up on her and finds her sobbing in the bathroom. The two have a heart-to-heart of sorts, which really ends up with Mona explaining that the only reason she started her army was to protect herself from Ali. She also mentions she knows what happened in New York and can infer the rest. Thankfully, Aria doesn’t fall into that trap and doesn’t admit to anything or mention Shawna. You know just in case Mona is recording her. Finally, Mona asks Aria if she thinks Mike really likes her and at that moment I think Aria realized Mona isn’t the enemy. I mean, she’s crazy for sure, but maybe her motives were misinterpreted. Maybe she’s actually just a girl wanting a simple life, who fell for the wrong boy. Aria can definitely understand.
On the other hand, we’re not allowed to fall for Mona’s “sweet” act again. We’ve been fooled so many times. Damn you Mona. Especially with Detective Tanner snooping around. She confronts the girls initially to ask them if they’d ever given any thought to who killed Bethany Young. When they say no, she implies that the police are trying to make a connection between the girls and Bethany, although haven’t yet. Despite Ali and Cyrus’s confession, Tanner still thinks the girls are guilty. She visits Byron and explains that Aria may or may not be guilty in a homicide, but that one of the girls finally caved in and is willing to talk. It’s obviously not Spencer, Hannah or Emily, so that only leaves Mona and Ali. I don’t think Ali has much to say considering she thinks her plan worked. Mona on the other hand did mention New York to Aria, so maybe her talk in the bathroom was just a way to throw Aria off before throwing her under the bus. We also don’t know which homicide Tanner is referring to. Could it be Bethany Young? Or Shawna?
Lastly, we FINALLY got some answers to the Ravenswood story. Is this closure? Hardly. But at least we don’t have to walk on needles whenever their is a Hannah and Caleb scene. Han has been noticing that her beau is still drinking despite their pact to stop. He admits that it helps him sleep, but what does he need help sleeping for? She asks Spencer for the number to an addiction counselor but she has a better idea. Caleb’s probably isn’t just alcohol– he’s haunted. Dead on Spencer. He’s had a traumatic life event and until he faces it, it won’t ever go away. Spencer calls Toby for help, cause you know these two are such bros. (To be fair they did have that one cool scene beating up the airplane dude.) Toby decides to push Caleb to his limits in hopes that he’ll get fed up, snap and talk it out. Instead he just snaps and walks out of the restaurant. Toby feels like a failure, but he shouldn’t because he subconsciously got through to him. When he finally comes home Hannah’s waiting in the dark to apologize and try to talk it out. Finally, Caleb comes to his senses and tells her everything about Ravenswood. He mentions the curse, Miranda’s death, the nightmares and admits that finally, the teens decided to take all the hairs in the jars, go to where the car flew off the bridge that night, and break all the jars open. This act let out a bunch of lightning bugs which flew up into the sky and disappeared. This is also the last time Caleb saw Miranda. He admits he’s scared to fall asleep because the first time he saw her after her death was in a dream and he doesn’t want her to tell him that he failed her. They make up and Caleb eventually falls asleep on the couch without the help of booze. Poor guy, dealing with the events in Ravenswood plus A on top is just a lot to handle.
I’m surprised Hannah was so calm about everything that Caleb told her. Sure, A is extreme but its nothing like dealing with the supernatural. Than again maybe nothing phases her anymore. As she watched Caleb sleep, a bunch of lightning bugs gathered outside of the cabin. I’m not really sure what this signifies, but I’m thinking we’re going to be getting some Ravenswood story-lines intermingled with the whole A/Bethany debacle, which I’m okay with. I’m not a fan of just believing that a huge curse like that was solved so simply and that everything went back to normal. The curse had to have followed Caleb and I’m hoping that brings plenty of guest stars. I would’t mind seeing Miranda either!
As for next weeks summer finale, who do you think is going to die? It’s really fair game between the 5 liars, their hfs, Paige, Mona, Holden, and Melissa. I definitely don’t want to see a main character go, nor their bfs. I’m okay with Paige dying although I don’t think it’ll be too pleasant for Emily to lose yet another girlfriend. And context clues prove that it isn’t any of the main liars since their all in the pictures for the holiday episode. Come to think of it so is Paige, Mona, Caleb, Ezra and Holden. This narrows it down to Toby, Melissa, the parents, Mike and Ali, who isn’t in any holiday photos. Yikes… I can’t wait!
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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