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

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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!)

ASHLEY BENSON, TROIAN BELLISARIO, SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE

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!

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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.

JANEL PARRISH, LUCY HALE, ASHLEY BENSON

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.

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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!!! 

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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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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. 

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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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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

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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