I hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. A couple of weeks back, I tweeted out on of my PLL theories– what if Mona wasn’t actually dead and Mike actually helped her fake her own death. It would explain his behavior, especially the part where he barely showed any emotion upon finding out. The writers seemed to tackle this idea next week, but ultimately revealed that Mike actually believed Mona was double crossed and actually dead. I still don’t believe it. It’s good to know that Mike isn’t A however…. and that all of his shady actions were really just to protect his sister and her liars.
Mona made a pact with A to “disappear” by making it look like she died. The vials of blood would be used to smear all over the house… Alison would look responsible and locked up. That was A’s plan. Mona figured if she played along, she could find out who A is and come back, expose him and free Ali and the girls from his/her hold. She was convinced she had it under control. She gave him a vial of her blood as a promise that she would come back to him safely. However, Mike truly believes she’s dead now because she never showed up to any of their meetings. Could it possibly be that she’s just too scared to get caught or found out? Of course, we also saw Mona’s dead body in the trunk…. which makes it seem like she’s definitely dead. Could this be the “Mona has a twin” twist? Did Mona join forces with A now?
All we know, Ali isn’t A. Why? Because Mike said so. Cyrus told Mike that A made him take Ali out of town the night that it happened. But since when do we believe Cyrus? He could be lying and working for A? Didn’t we see Ali walk by the house that day? Or was this a case of Ali’s twin sister. She did look especially pleased to hear of Mona’s demise… And what did Mike and Ali talk about during their meetings? The liars realize they were wrong about Ali and fed right into A’s plan, but apologizing doesn’t seem like a good idea. Would she even forgive them? They basically destroyed any evidence that would prove her innocence. But, talking with Ali seems like the only rational thing to do at this point, considering she definitely knows more than she led on.
In other news…. Hannah decided to hire a pageant lady to help her prepare for the pageant. This quickly made her realize that she didn’t really have any talents, nor was she pageant material. In fact, she was way too angry to be a pageant girl. I mean, did you see Hannah dance that number when she finally let it sink in that Kate was going to be competing against her. And I thought I was a bad dancer. On the bright, Emily was definitely pageant material… and like all best friends, she offered to win this thing for Hannah, who really needed the money for college. Turns out, even trying to frame the girls, A has time to sabotage things like pageants. Hannah’s dad reveals Kate never entered a pageant because she wasn’t even going to be in town that week. Woops. I guess A really does want these girls to stay in Rosewood forever and he/she will do everything to make it happen.
Things between Spencer and Johnny heated up after the two found pieces from their vandalism at Hollis college hung up in an art gallery. Spencer was all “this is your art, your being mistreated,” and Johnny was like “I’m going to break in and steal my stuff back.” Surprisingly, Spencer thought that was a good idea. She even drove the getaway truck. And to make matters worse, when Toby came to arrest Johnny, she flipped out on him and wasn’t unable to understand why Toby was doing this. Gosh, I don’t know maybe because this is his job! Despite everything, sometimes, things just aren’t personal Spencer. When you break into a business and steal, there are consequences. Toby did however let Spencer get away and revealed the only reason he was distancing himself was because she wasn’t off of Tanner’s radar yet and she wants to take advantage of their relationship. Their fight-for-your-art escapades got Johnny kicked out of the Hasting’s barn… but not before he planted a big ole’ smoocheroo on our smarty-pants. Not cool. I hope Spencer doesn’t fall for his bull, especially because Toby is doing everything to protect her and her reputation, which isn’t all that great at this point. And, Johnny is definitely up to something. I stand behind my theory that he’s Bethany’s brother.
This season is all about new relationships for these girls. Aria and Andrew are getting super close as well– because of their study sessions of course. Andrew is becoming more involved in the A storyline however, which I don’t necessarily like simply because I don’t trust anyone in Rosewood… especially someone that pretty. Also, where is Ezra and why doesn’t he call anymore?
Talia is also on my watch list. She’s actually the most suspicious of all because she gives off the “crazy girlfriend” vibe. Did you see her ambush Emily in front of the school? How did she know that’s where she’d be? Oh because she talked to her mom…. like three times in one episode. Way too weird. Emily wasn’t having it however because she met Eric, Talia’s husband, who admitted he’s only cool with their relationship because he thought it was a one time thing. You know something Talia had to get out of her system before they could continue in their marital bliss. Only a man who still gets some from his wife would say that. So either this girl is bi or she’s literally just playing Emily. “I’m not into girls just cause it’s trendy,” she says. Preach girl!
What did you think of this weeks episode? There’s only four more episodes until we supposedly find out who A is. I say supposedly because I’ve heard this line before, and each time, I was lied to by the writers! Although I wouldn’t mind actually finding out so we could start getting answers as to why A is doing what he’s doing. Leaked pictures also reveal Hannah will be donning a orange jumpsuit alongside Alison pretty soon. Is she going to be connected to that barrel? When Ali warned the girls they would all end up in there with her, she wasn’t kidding. These girls were just too dumb to realize that everything they were doing was all planned out and carefully calculated by A. Which brings me to the question, who is A? Is Mona alive? Does Ali have a twin? Does Mona have a twin? Let us know.
Photo credit: ABC Family/Pretty Little Liars
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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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‘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:
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