PLL is really beginning to confuse me and the fact that I cannot crack the ‘A’ and Charles mysteries (because for all we know, these could be two complete different story lines) leaves me super aggravated each night. And on top of all of that, now I have to wait 2 WEEKS for an episode? Give me a break…. I mean, no Marlene, don’t give me a break!
What we learned this week:
1. ‘A’ might be a girl- Honestly, never trust anything on this show but while Aria and her new friend were taking pics at some old abandoned junk yard, he accidentally took a picture of ‘A’… or someone pretending to be ‘A’ in a black hoodie. Said person looked like they had a nice set of boobies, therefore we’re to assume ‘A’ is female. I however think this is either someone working for the ‘A’ team or Sara spying on the girls. I can’t imagine that ‘A’ as a girl would be able to get away with everything they’ve been doing.
2. Sara claims to have seen the ‘A’ figure- When Aria sends a picture text of the hooded figure to her group message of liars, the text ends up in front of Sara, who is waiting for Em’s to finish getting a tattoo. Yes, that was one of the most shocking moments of the episode btw. She begins to freak out when she sees this picture of ‘A’, but later explains it’s because she too has seen this hooded figure lurking around. Then she gets all weird and starts running because she’s mad Emily kept all this from her, but when she gets to the alley, she sees a shadow of ‘A’ and they both book it. Honestly, what the hell is going on?
3. Leslie was at Radley- Biggest twist of the night, Leslie, Mona’s “friend” was actually in Radley for a long time. Hannah thinks it’s because of her bipolar personality, which was on full display in the coffee shop when she ran into Mona. But, lets not believe everything we see. When the girls snuck into Radley’s basement to look for files on Charles, they ran into Mona who was stealing Leslie’s files. She wanted to keep her stay at Radley a secret from the world and the girls. Even more important- Leslie was room mates with Bethany Young aka the girl in Ali’s coffin. 100% that she also knew Charles.
Questions after this weeks episode:
1. Is Sara really shady? She’s kind of a 50/50 at this point and can go either way. She’s getting close to Em’s and getting emancipated from her alcoholic mother, but also acting really weird about ‘A’. Maybe she’s really Bethany Young? Maybe Charles brainwashed her.
2. Who the heck is Leslie? We now know Mona didn’t meet her at her “grandparents” house. She met her at Radley. And this also proves that Leslie was the girl that everyone spotted at Radley when Aria volunteered there. She also probably came to Rosewood and B.S’ed about Mona’s disappearance and was probably in on the whole thing. Question is, why? And why did she want to get rid of her files? What does she know?
3. Is Mona shady? She channeled her inner Jenna real well today. She also played the victim card well pretending to feel unsafe in this town because she framed Ali, when really she seems to be working on two-fronts. Is she really friends with Leslie? Why is she helping her out? Does she know ‘A’s identity?
4. Is Charles really dead? Spencer and Hannah found a file that claims Charles’s organs were donated…. which pretty much guarantees he’s dead. But also, files can be forged, right? Anyways, if he is dead who is pretending to be him? And why? Could it be Jason? Does he have two personalities? Leslie? Could she be an old lover trying to avenge his death?
5. Who is the girl from Spencer’s dream? I mean, I know it’s Maddie Ziegler aka the girl from Dance Moms and all of Sia’s music videos. No doubt she’s an amazing dancer, but she’s also creepy as hell. Since when did PLL go from teen drama to horror film? I was dying during that whole opening scene… artistic as it was. So who is she? Spencer clearly recognized that place and that girl. She later realized the creepy dungeon place was Radley’s basement… and saw the girl on some old ad, but who is she? A younger version of Mrs. D? Toby’s mom? Leslie? What is she trying to show us with her dance? Also, why didn’t Mona help Spencer figure out her nightmare? What is she hiding?
6. Why is Aria obsessed with dolls? What is with her fascination with dolls now? ‘A’ has always been obsessed with dolls and now Aria is the one taking terrifying pictures of these things. Why? Also, why is ‘A’ so obsessed with Aria? The pink hair on the tennis ball? Stalking her at the junk yard? What is the Aria connection?
1. Spencer’s drug-coach, who we loved seeing BTW, helped her stop eating weed brownies to cope with the anxiety. But honestly, home girl has to get through it somehow. And maybe the weed is helping her get these trippy dreams which can help her solve some major ‘A’ clues…
2. We’re slowly being weaned into the time jump season. Aria is interested in taking pics to get an internship out in LA for some magazine. Earlier in the season, Emily was into the military stuff her dad left behind. Could this be foreshadowing? We kind of hope so!
3. No one in Rosewood trusts Ali and I’m kind of not surprised. But Lorenzo is 100% behind the girl, even though he’s an adult and she’s barely graduating high school. Weird right? They shared their first kiss this week but nothing about it was romantic. Ali seems like she just needs someone to love her, considering her dad gets mad at the fact that she’s drinking tea on the porch. What is Mr. D’s deal?
4. We currently have no new theories because this whole Leslie thing really threw us for a curve. If you’ve got some logical theory about all of this, please let us know! We’ll sleep on this and get back to you!
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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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