The episode title “The Gloves Are On,” was not metaphorical. Literally, A put his/her own gloves back on tonight and just like that, we’ve been sucked into the twisted world once again. But the question is, who is A this time? I’m betting my money on Alison taking the game from Charlotte. After Charlotte’s murder, Ali was convinced her friends disappeared. I mean so convinced that she completely ignored them after that suspicious dinner. Only a deep rooted anger would make someone capable of bringing back Rosewood’s biggest villain and Ali is definitely capable of it. I’ll make this even crazier and say that maybe the killer was Mr. Rollins, Charlotte’s psychologist and Ali’s future husband. Has anyone ever found it hard to believe that Ali was just totally okay with Charlotte completely destroying her life? She just wanted to bond with her sissy? Yeah no. Maybe she just wanted to get rid of her and couldn’t do it while she was at the hospital. Ali was always one to play the lying game and wear two masks.
The girls continue dreading their stay at Rosewood this week as the cops amp up their murder investigation. After Hannah retorted to old habits and delete the surveillance footage from the night Charlotte was murdered, Lorenzo comes in questioning Ashley. Obviously, Hannah doesn’t want her mom getting framed for murder again. See this is what happens when Hannah tries to take on Caleb’s role. When the girls become suspects, they immediately make a pact to lie the police. Cause you know, that worked so well last time.
Hannah turns to Lucas, who is now a billionaire with condos all over the world. He promises to be her alibi for the night Charlotte died. Lorenzo brings him in for questioning and while Lucas’s motives are in the right place, there’s loopholes with his story. Yikes. Was anyone else surprised that Lucas helped Hannah? I mean, I know he always had a thing for her but there was a point in time he was SUPER sketch. He was all too wiling to go down for a possible murder for a friend he didn’t see 5 years ago.
Spencer tried to clean up her image to help her mothers campaign and it was a lot harder than it seemed. Virtually everyone, even the guy writing a piece on millenials asked about Charlotte’s murder. Lets not forget, she still thinks that the death could be linked to her college paper. But the murder was honestly the boring part of Spencer’s story. She finally owned up the fact that she had feelings for Caleb and confronted Hannah about them. Asking Hannah was definitely honorable, but it put her in a pretty bad situation – if she said Spencer couldn’t hook up with Caleb, it looked bad on her and her fiancee. But if she said yes, well, she lost Caleb for good. And we know Hannah isn’t exactly over her ex, despite denying it to everyone around. So Hannah said “go for it” and Spencer ran with it, breaking girl code like it was nobody’s business. Yes, Caleb and Spencer had sex and it was pretty intense and passionate. And whileI get that the Haleb fans are upset – I was a little spiffed too but think about it – this might be the most realistic thing to happen on the show EVER!
Emily’s lies finally caught up to her and she had to come clean to her mother about dropping out of school, not having her money and just blowing through all the money her father saved her. Can Em really get it together already? This is not the girl we remember. We also found out what all the shots are – Em is donating her eggs. Yes, she initially did it for the money but now she’s just really happy that she gets to donate and help people start a family. Although I feel like this lucky “couple” is going to be someone we know! And if that isn’t enough to crumble her world, she’s also being stalked by Sarah Harvey who is still just as creepy as she was. She’s also mad about getting electrocuted after Emily punched her out (hence the burnt hands), so she’s definitely a top suspect for A. She was wearing the black gloves and black jacket after all. Maybe she killed Charlotte and took over the “A” game? She’s definitely got enough motive to hate the girls.
Aria has been spending a lot of time with Ezra, although he’s a lot different than we remember. Radley won’t even serve him liquor after an “incident,” which basically means he was so messed up he started some ish. While Aria works with him to get his book to her boss, the girl are convinced he’s Charlotte’s killer. After all, he’s depressed and won’t tell them where he went after meeting up with Aria that night. And he was mad that Charlotte was walking around free. But this season, Ezra is the red herring and I’m glad he stood up to the girls. They of all people should know what it feels like to be innocently blamed. And last I checked, Ezra was always helping them!
Oh and Aria decided to just write Ezra’s book for him and submit it, which may or may not be good. She’ll definitely be the one to pull him out of this depression and I believe that’s when they’ll rekindle their love…. unfortunately for Liam.
But none of this was even remotely close to that horrible moment at the very end when each girl realized that none of it was over. The original A might be dead, but a new one was just getting started. And this Uber A, whoever it was, knew everything. And apparently, he believed that the girls did too. So, who really killed Charlotte?
I’m really loving this flash forward idea when it comes to Pretty Little Liars. The series feels reinvented, yet familiar. It got its groove back while sticking to the core of its characters and its reoccurring theme. With episodes like these, PLL could go on for 7 more seasons in my book!
- Is it weird that I can see Hannah dating Lucas in the future? You know if her and Caleb don’t get back together and she calls off her fraudulent engagement to Jordan!
- Melissa took the cake for bitchiest line of the night when she talked about Spencer liking other people’s leftovers. Made me glad I don’t have a sister.
- Why did Lucas come back to town?
- Where is Ali and why has no one seen her in a small town like Rosewood?
- Don’t you just love how everyone copes with their lives by drinking? It kind of mimics my life.
- Hannah’s job really sucks – she’s basically her bosses bitch.
- Why was Spencer so taken aback that Mona is working for the other campaign?
- Why didn’t Spencer’s mom hire Mona?
- What actually happened to that tape Melissa recorded for Spencer? She wouldn’t bring it up unless it was going to come up again.
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.
‘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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