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Pretty Little Liars- Surfing the Aftershocks (5×03)



There wasn’t much development on the PLL front this week, yet again, and that may be because we’re getting a look into a world without A. It’s anything but exciting.  Aside from Ezra’s return to Rosewood, Hannah’s identity crisis and the new girl at school trying to hit on Emily, were still rehashing the same problems from New York and getting a look inside the liars lives as actual high school teenagers. (Gosh, high school students can be so mean!)


We started the episode pretty grim. It was Mrs. D’s funeral and while it was hard on everyone, it was especially hard on Ali. Talk about bad timing. Just as her daughter returned from the grave, she was being placed in one. And while Ali mustered up the courage to finally come downstairs to attend the wedding, she stroke the wrong chord with her father by wearing her mothers dress– the same dress her mother wore for her funeral. Coincidence’s happen right? Although I’m not too convinced they happen to Alison. If there’s one person I wholeheartedly don’t trust on this show, it’s this girl.

Dead mothers aside, the liars finally returned to Rosewood High to complete their senior year and it was (obviously) the talk of the town–mainly because Mona made her presence felt on every corner. There were also lots of whispers and stares, which bothered Emily enough to finally have her snap on the girl eyeing her all morning. The new girl on the swim team, Sydney who was staring at her trophies hoping to get some coaching advice from the legend herself.  Cause yes, coaching some new googley-eyed girl is really all that Emily has on her mind.  At this point, I haven’t quite figured Sydney completely out yet. She seems genuinely nice, but my gut tells me every time we’ve met a new character they’ve always been up to no good. And this one has quite the staring problem, so maybe she’s doing more then just oogling trophies and Emily’s assets. Maybe. Word on the street is that she might be the Black Widow who showed up at Wilden’s funeral. This would be VERY interesting to the future of s5!


Meanwhile Paige is missing her ex-gf insanely and hoping they can get back together very soon. Although I’m not sure how far her stalking abilities will get her. (And yes, stalking is the correct word as I don’t think Paige is as innocent as we’ve always though. Innocent in the “we totally forgot you tried to drown Emily type of way”. Her obsession with trying to win back Emily finally got the best of her when she ended up staking out on Emily’s front steps until she got home, only to have her heartfelt “I love you” rejected. I’m so proud of Emily for standing up for herself. Even though she said it’s because Paige deserves better, we all know it’s because Em’s really does. And maybe better means Ali? 

Aria continued to feel bad about killing Shawna. Even if it was self defense, it doesn’t make it any easier to cope with the fact that your a murderer. She also contemplated if A was really dead, marking this the moment she became the smartest one in the group.  They can’t all seriously think Shawna was A right? Also, it’s surprising that no one has found Shawna’s dead boy yet. After all, the cops were sent to the Fitzgerald Theater the night that changed everything. Upon Aria’s return to school, Mona attacked her with a “Get Well” card for Mr. Fitz who was back recovering in Rosewood, much to Aria’s surprise. The one thing all the girls are terrified of more then A at this point are the three people who know the truth– people who could take down Ali’s kidnapping story in a jiffy and connect the dots placing the liars at Shawna’s murder scene. Mona, Noel Kahn, and Ezra. I doubt Noel would talk considering he’s been helping Ali this whole time–although I shouldn’t assume because so was Shawna and looked how that turned out. Mona wouldn’t just spill the news unless it was personally beneficial to her. But Ezra, no one knew where he was in all of this… or if he even knew that Ali had lied. As the ex-gf of said English professor, it was Aria’s duty to visit Ezra and make sure he was looped in on all of the occurrences in Alisworld, er, Rosewood.


This episode also might have set the world record for number of visitors at Ezra’s apartment. After Aria paid him a visit, Ali stopped by to give him his manuscript and find out if there was more to the A story then he’s letting on (obviously there is and I’m sure it’ll be revealed in pieces when the time is right). Ezra told Ali that she should inform Aria of her visit because honesty is the best policy and surprisingly, she did. Who knew Ali actually had a truthful bone in her body? When Aria visited Ezra for the second time, she finally broke down and told him that she murdered Shawna.  For a minute, I thought Ezra was going to freak out and tell her to leave, but all he said was “how can I help.” Definitely a new point for the couples “relationship”. they had a falling out, but something made Aria think that she could trust Ezra with this secret. In turn, he’s willing to do anything to help the love of his life. Maybe this is their road to recovery?  In full honesty? I sure hope so.


You know, it seems like the girls should no better at this point but instead, their being sucked back up into Ali’s whirlwind life. It’s only her what second day back and she’s already screwing with Hannah. After a snarky comment about Hannah being the new her (cause even if we want to believe Ali changed, she really hasn’t), Han headed down memory lane, reliving flashbacks from the time Ali disappeared and Mona made it her life mission to turn her into the next Queen B. She’s having an identity crisis, realizing that this whole time, she hasn’t really been herself–she doesn’t even know who that person is anymore. And most importantly, she’s wondering why Mona tried changing her and giving her the Ali upgrade post Ali’s disappearance, when she knew Ali was alive the whole time. Especially since she tried so hard to get rid of Ali in the first place! What twisted game is Mona playing?  Sure, Hannah should be thankful that she went from Hefty Hannah to Queen B but at what cost. She finally got fed up with all the memories and decided that it was time to get a little makeover. As she was getting her hair washed and dyed, Mona was creepily watching her through the foggy window with a mystery girl. Can someone explain that to me? If there’s anyone I don’t trust on PLL, it’s Mona!!! 


I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but things without A are getting a little dull. He/She needs to get back from it’s tropical vacation and go back to menacing these girls lives before they drown trying to figure out who killed Mrs.D and who she was protecting the night of Alison’s “death”.  Jason was the top suspect until the girls took a road trip to the creepy location he visited last week and got proof that he was there the night his mother was allegedly killed. So he’s off the list. Although not entirely… he’s still really suspicious and while he might not have killed his mother, he’s still up to something. 

At most he’s warned Spencer against her father, which is good enough for now. But why can’t she trust papa Hastings?  I mean, other then the fact that he’s totally creepy and has a lot against the DiLaurentis family? Well I think that has a lot to do with Melissa’s big secret. I truly think Jason know more then he’s letting on, but he also thinks Spencer can figure it out on her own. Her father is helping his eldest daughter protect this secret, yet the two can’t stop publicly talking about it. They should know better then too dangle secrets right in front of Spencer’s snoopy nose. Until we get some solid, good evidence, here’s my theory. Mrs. D was protecting Melissa because Mr. hasting’s asked her to. Maybe he was holding the ‘Jason is his son’ thing over her as bait. When she found out that Ali was still alive, she wanted to send that “I can’t protect you anymore” email to Melissa, but ended up seeing her on the streets of Rosewood and opted to tell her in person, which got her killed and buried in the backyard. Or Melissa killed the girl in Ali’s grave. Either way Melissa is guilty of something big and it’s eating her inside. She is the key to some major answers this season… if they will ever give them up to us. 

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8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve



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! 

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WATCH: The New ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Is Dark AF



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.

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



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)

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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