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Pretty Little Liars- She’s Come Undone (4×21)

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If you were waiting for an episode where all of the little liars did something brainless and stupid, well you got it. I mean, come on girls!!! Get it together. But this season really shows the impact of A on these girls and how their losing their lives and their mentality because of this monster.

pll5Spencer was having some major withdrawal this week and instead of taking the help offered by friends and family, she assured everyone she was fine. That is until she found a bottle of pills in her locker generously given to her by A. Instead of handing them over to Emily, she held onto them explaining she would dispose of them later somewhere far from school. Umm yeah right!!! And Em’s are you really going to fall for that?!?! She’s an addict! Spencer relapsed when her symptoms got too intense even after promising her parents that this time would be different and that she didn’t need to go to rehab.

pll 4I can’t quite pinpoint when Spencer’s life began unraveling so horribly, or when she began to be a suspect in the murder and disappearance of her friend but apparently it’s been something thats been just waiting for its moment to shine.  This whole time she was trying to piece together what happened the night Ali dissapeared. Little did she know, she had a lot to do with. And there are witnesses!!! According to Ezra’s papers, Ali, CeCe and Mrs. DiLaurentis all saw Ali and Spencer bicker that night. Spencer even raised a shovel at her!!! She confronted Mrs. DiLaurentis aggressively, but was shocked at her own strength and anger. Homegirl doesn’t even know what she’s doing. She wants answers but what lengths will she go to to get them? Mrs. D looked pretty scared of Spence. What does she really know?

All we know that Spencer didn’t kill Ali since Ali is alive, so what really did happen. We know Mr. Hastings and Mrs. DiLaurentis have an agreement, could it be about Spencer’s involvement that night? Is that why Ali has always been scared of Spence? Why hasn’t Ali ever said anything to any of the other girls? Does Ali’s mother know she’s alive?! This raise so many questions! Also, why didn’t Ezra ever tell Aria his speculations about her friend?

pll 3Hell hath no fury like a liar scorned! Aria was slowly losing it dealing with her breakup and betrayal. Everytime she remembered a memory between and her and Ezra she got more and more upset. When she thought back to the first time they met, she puked. Hmm… could the writers try and intorudce a pregnancy angle?  Marlene King did say that Aria and Ezra would still be connected despite breaking up. Maybe she’s carrying his child. Or maybe I’m reading too much into it? Either way, Ezra skipped town because of a “family emergency,” which Aria later found out meant that he was going through with publishing his book about Ali despite promising her that he  would destroy it to save what was left of their “relationship.” She also had a lapse in judgement when she almost outed her relationship to the principal. But after telling her friends the truth about her confrontation with Ezra, one very important question was raised. If Ezra isn’t A and he’s been watching all the girls to crack this mystery, he must know about A, or who A is right? Why hasn’t he tried protecting the girls?? Aria deducts that it’s because he obviously never loved her.  After completely destroying his apartment in a fit of rage (boy that must of felt good) so decided that she needed to get out of town and no one, not Emily, not Hannah, no one was going to stop her! When your friend barks, “I’d like you to get out of my way,” I suggest you move. Quickly.

Hannah was playing good cop this week trying to help Aria cope with her breakup and help Travis with his father’s hearing. Amidst all the chaos, things have been going pretty peachy for her. She must feel a little guilty as when Travis helped free her innocent mother, he kind of put his father in dangers way. She decided to take matters into her own hands and contact her new friend Holden. He didn’t seem to be too eager to help as lying on the stand would compromise his authority. It’s good to know not every cop in Rosewood is corrupt.  Blondie must have some charm though because when the hearing was over, Travis thanked Hannah for her help explaining that Holden put in some good words for his dad. Here’s where I become concerned for our Hannah banana. As a thank you, she planted one on Holden! I’m talking mouth-to-mouth, thank you action!! Since when did Hannah become the town slut?  Stop throwing yourself at people that show any kindness towards you! Also, with Caleb coming back from Ravenswood how’s she going to explain lip-locking with half the town? Rosewood is pretty small!

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But the dumbest liar award goes to Emily this week! Em’s went send her coffee can of money to Ali, and Paige became suspicious seeing a huge wad of cash in her estranged girlfriends bag. She followed her to the post office, snatched the envelope from Em’s hands and demanded to know who the money is for. If not, she would call the cop. Emily freaked out explaining that she isn’t working for A, but Paige played the ‘I love and care about you so I don’t want A to hurt you card’.  Emily panicked and blurted out the one truth she tried so hard to protect; Ali lives. She cares so much about Ali and she knows that if anyone finds out the truth, she’s basically selling her out to A. This revelation puts a strain on the Paily relationship as Paige asked Emily to seize all contact with Ali. Emily isn’t too fond of getting ultimatums, but she obliged. Unfortunately, Emily has no idea that Paige also went behind her back and turned in an anonymous notecard into the cops, which read that she knew for a fact Ali was alive and provided the address to the same place Em’s sent the money. Well way to open that box of problems Paige.

pll Things are really heating up on this show as we now have to believe the worst… one of our liars is actually responsible for the disappearance of A. We also don’t know whose covering up what and who knows about Spencer’s involvement. We also don’t know how involved Spencer really was that night and why. Additionally, we become less concerned with A’s identity and more concerned about getting to the bottom of the truth as it is from Ali’s point of view. Why would Spencer have a fight with Ali? Who is a threat to Ali? Why is she scared of this person? What do they want?? And when the cops reveal to the town of Rosewood that they have info that leads them to believe Ali is alive, what will be revealed? What mayhem unleashed? This murder mystery just got reeaaaaal good! These liars really haven’t had a good day in a while. I’m surprised their still semi-functional. If things keep going south, by the end of this season their going to be staying in, curling up in fetal positions and eating some Ben and Jerry’s. Or, they’ll be neighbors in mental institutions. Either way, A won’t even have to lift a finger.


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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)
SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO

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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