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“Down these mean streets a girl must go who is not herself mean.”

all the liarsSpencer’s mind is a busy place, which takes us on a trip to the 1920’s proving that PLL can be a dangerously, sexy noir film. It isn’t quite a dream, but a state of trance from her drug ridden mind, where everyone is a pawn in her game, aiding her towards the answers she’s been desperately seeking. A constant theme throughout the episode is that she has all the pieces, she just can’t figure out how to put them together. Many times, Toby tries pushing Spencer to finally give an answer, and at one point she says “your suppose to tell me how everything fitz together.” A big clue being dropped? A fun play on words or something totally innocent on the writers part? That remains uncertain, but the black and white episode did prove that the gals in Spencer’s brain are much smarter, with much better hair.

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 We didn’t find out anything we didn’t already know…. which is disappointing, but many of the character personalities went into greater depth than they usually do. Hannah becomes Spencer’s aid and handy dandy detective (did you guys see her working those switchboards?? Girl’s got it!), starts spying on Ezra, realizes he’s working with Mona, gets caught and than confronted by Ezra, who blatantly admits he knows what the girls are up to. I’m curious to find out if Ezra and Mona are just acquaintances or an item… Sometime’s I think theres this sexual tension between them and sometimes I think she’s just his minion. Either way, this tidbit of Spencer’s dream should not be ignored as it really reveals so many questionable scenes between these two. Also, Mona never knew who she was working for. Does she know now?? Does Ezra like her more because of it?

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Ezra also admits that he knows Alison is alive. He tells Toby, as if telling Toby that Spencer knows will help lead him to her. For a moment, there was some hesitancy on whether Toby was actually on the good team or the A team. Toby’s role within the dream is interesting, because he’s half detective/ half Spencer’s subconscious and a liaison between Spencer and Ezra. The detective suit makes him look a bit suspicious and sometimes he’s too hard on Spencer, but than he’s just projecting Spencer. She’s never easy on herself.  Ultimately though, Toby was the guiding light for Spencer in this black and white world. He taunted her about taking so many pills saying that she was supposed to be the smart one and pushed her towards the right answers. This to me was also a projection of their actual relationship because Toby never gives up on Spencer, no matter how tough things get.

ASHLEY BENSONThe same can’t be said for Spencer, who struggled with the Ezra information, not knowing if she should tell her bff that her dreamboy is actually the dangerous A. Ezra was much more open in the dream world than he is otherwise. He played on the idea of the girls always keeping secrets by revealing to Aria that he knew one of her biggest ones. Ali is alive! This changed the dynamic of the Aria and Ezra relationship a little and created a heart to heart between her and Spencer. Aria admitted that while her relationship with Ezra was once perfect, it wasn’t anymore. It was changing. Before we could find out if the change was positive or negative, we were interrupted by Hannah who claimed she found Ali. Truthfully, this change in relationship could have been Aria feeling closer to Ezra because she could share her deepest darkest secrets. Or it could have gone the opposite. I guess we’ll never know. Aria was put at a crossroads, having to choose her friends over Ezra. Even in such a dangerous moment, Spencer couldn’t find it in herself to tell Aria the truth about Ezra. She would have let her friend walk away with the monster. Thankfully, Toby knocked Ezra out, saving the damsel’s in distress. If anything, this situation should have taught Spencer that honesty is the best policy with friends. After all, Aria did say, tell me the truth even if it hurts.

spnece aliAli’s diary played a huge role in this episode. We saw the girls steal it from Ezra’s desk in the beginning of the episode and for the first time ever, Emily was actually onto something when she mentioned that they found the diary too easily. While Spencer was quick to brush that though off, her dream like trance basically revealed what Em’s knew the whole time. (This was probably the only time that Emily was helpful throughout this whole episode. I didn’t really understand the point of her relationship with Paige getting actual screen time. The story arc was digressive compared to everything else going on.)

“It’s in the pages not on the pages,” Toby insisted. At the time, exhausted Spencer didn’t understand, but it totally clicked for present day Spencer! A, aka Ezra, planted the diary so the girls would find it. Thinking he could outsmart them, he changed all the important clues not knowing Spencer took pictures of the actual diary before it got snatched in the cabin. The liars are one step ahead. But this means something much bigger for the girls. It means that Ezra is onto them and time is running out before Aria is put into real danger. I mean, she’s probably already in danger, but this whole time the girls believed she was in Syracuse with daddy dearest. 
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The best part of this episode had to be the girls finally finding Ali in a burlesquey-show girl venue. The altercation between Alison and the girls seemed genuine, but not pleasant. Ali taunted them the whole time and even played the, “you girls should think for yourself card.” This emphasized how much pressure was always put on Spencer to be the smartest one, but also that Ali was playing them!  This whole time the girls were thinking that Ali was running away from someone. Briefly the thought occurred that she was playing a game. But maybe this whole time she was tricking the girls into aiding her murder? I mean, think about it! They all know she’s alive. They’ve seen her. They’ve talked to her. Their trying to help her get away and they think they know who her alleged “killer” is. That has to be grounds for some kind of law breaking. And, Ali only tells them what she want’s them to know. Maybe, she’s just using the girls as a decoy like Spencer said. She has something bigger planned and she’s throwing the girls under the bus to keep herself safe. At this point, I don’t think that Alison’s disappearance is really innocent. Spencer’s revelation about how Ali was feeding the beast was on point. No one just gets as crazy as A. That person has to be fed the anger, rage and obsession.

Pretty-little-liars-shadow-play-7This face-to-face meeting with Ali also proved that the girls were actual friends. They all defended each other because they’ve spent actual time together. Through thick and thin. They used to be friends with Ali, but that friendship was long gone. If anything, it proved proved to me that none of the girls actually miss her. Emily thought she missed Ali because she misconstrued her feelings, which were being manipulated. The girls are better off without her, but Ali does make some valid points. They are all too scared to tell Aria the truth because they don’t want to hurt her feelings. Maybe the girls would already piece this puzzle together if they weren’t scared. But than again, is there anything to piece. I’m not sure at this point. I’m also not sure who to be scared of? Is Ezra really A? Is Ali still playing a game? This episode really just baffled me because I don’t know what to think anymore. At this point, I don’t know what’s real and what isn’t. Which story am I suppose to remember? The black and white one or the real one? Do I go on thinking that this all just happened or that we just know it, but Spencer has no recollection? All I know for certain is that next week some real stuff is about to go down and that crying scene with Aria telling Ezra she doesn’t even know who he is really gets my blood pumping. Should she really be saying that to someone we think is A in a dark and deserted area? Probably not. But while we bask in our confusion, lets these quotes. Cause lets be real, this episode had the greatest lines ever!!!

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Memorable Quotes

  • Hannah: Get real Em’s. This is all about the A’nus of things.
  • Aria: Well I had this hero. But heroes aren’t what they used to be anymore, so I got fascinated by a villain.
  •      Ezra: Does your villain lose in the end?
  •      Aria: I’m not sure. Sometimes the villains win.
  •      Ezra: (creepily) Sometimes
  • Spencer: Down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean.
  • Spencer: Show of hands who hasn’t lied about something romantic to the rest of the group. I rest my case.
  • Ezra: Cross ur heart? And hope to die??
  • Hannah: Is it because they wear hats and the blood gets stuck in their heads?
  • Alison: That’s why it’s smart to dissapear. You’ll always be the girl in the painting and that’s immortality my darling.
  • Toby: Or maybe she tricked you into helping. You ever consider that?
  • Toby: Secrets aren’t just secret’s. Their weapons. Things you keep in your pocket till you need them. I learned that from Ali. You learned the same thing.
  • Spencer: Maybe I know or maybe I’m just looking into another mask.
  • Toby: You got the book! Why do you think that is? Since when does the devil give out free samples?
  • Spencer: That’s Alison! Hiding in plain sight and doing three shows a night.
  • Aria: I think I liked you better when you were dead.


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

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

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. 

Pretty Little Liars PlAytime

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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