I’ve literally been avoiding writing my review of “The Lady Killer” because I just have absolutely no idea where to start. This is mainly because I have no idea what happened. The summer finale of Pretty Little Liars did exactly what it always does; it left fans in suspense with a killer cliffhanger but instead of answering our questions and tying the story line together it left more open plot lines. This means that there is no way any of us could predict what the hell is going to happen next season because really, whatever the writers want they can make it happen. Yeah, yeah Caleb has a gun and he gets shot. I’m sure he lives folks! That doesn’t seem to be the biggest shocker of the episode to me!
Lets talk about Toby. In the very last scene of the finale we see Toby walking away from Mona. He is one of the hooded figures we like to refer to as the A team. This automatically made everyone trace all his moves and motives from season 1 and I concluded that he would never hurt Spencer like that, especially after he just had sex with her. Sure, she’s sleeping with the enemy, but is he the enemy? Who is he “betraying”??? Could it be that he is just on the A team to protect Spencer and the girls and help them find out who and what the A team is up to? If you recall, a couple of episodes back, he told Spencer he was skipping town and that if she wouldn’t tell him the truth he would find out for himself. Could this be his way of doing that?? Yes, Toby has some motives to have hated Alison and wanted her dead, but this leads me to my next point. Also, consider “the pretty eyes” that A has always been referred to.
What does the A-team want from the liars? Seems that the glue holding the A-team together is the mutual hate of Alison because she tormented them all and made their lives hell. So, why is this “A” game still happening. The reason why I cannot piece the puzzles together and figure out the next move is because I don’t know what the whole vengeance and revenge has to do with anything anymore? At one point, it seemed that Ali’s killer was also Maya’s killer. We now from the finale that this isn’t the case.
Nate, who wasn’t actually Maya’s cousin, but rather a crazy psycho stalker from True North, was the one that killed Maya. Or is he??? The writers set the episode up to let us believe that. The way he acted, the story he explained to Emily about how much he loved her, the video that he had. But the words “I killed Maya” never came out of his mouth right? And if theres something to know about PLL its that you must pay attention to small details. His actions, his threats and his violence towards Emily (and kidnapping of Paige) make it quite easy for us to figure that he also used that violence to kill Maya. Yet, we don’t really know that. Nate wanted to harm Paige and let Emily know how it feels to have the person you love get taken away. Its same for us to “assume” that he killed Maya because he loved her so much and he wouldn’t let her be with Emily. This lets us believe that the murder of Ali and the murder of Maya are not connected in any way. Thats what they want us to believe at least. All we do know is that Paige has found an alibi, and she looks innocent as hell now. Maybe she is, maybe she isn’t. The death of Nate also means that Garrett is out of jail and off trial. I mean he was only in there because he was suspected of killing Maya right. Also, that phone call stating “Emily I owe you one,” who did it come from? Did it come from Mona who was so thrilled that they didn’t even have to frame Paige with Maya’s phone to free Garrett, was it from Garrett who was just freed, or was it from Jenna, who clearly wanted Nate dead. He was always very hostile towards Jenna and very persistent on taking her out. Why? Because she saw him with Maya and she knew that he was her killer. He wanted to get rid of Jenna just like he got rid of Maya.
Which leads us to the next step in the mystery. Garrett is free. Why does Garrett still look so damn creepy?? That smile. We all saw it. It isn’t innocent. Just cause he didn’t kill Maya doesn’t mean he didn’t kill Ali. And why in the world does Mona want Garrett free? Could it possibly be because he is also part of the A team?? Honestly, at this point I wouldn’t be surprised if Mrs. Hastings was as well. She is always a pinch too close to protecting Garrett. It is also safe to say that Ren cannot be trusted. The only way that Mona can get out of the institute so easily is with help from the inside. It has never really been explained why Ren is always volunteering at the hospital. Clearly, there has to be another person that is part of the A team that we still are not aware of. After they revealed Toby’s face, it seems really irrelevant to have the very last scene showing a hooded figure calling in for Halloween Bash tickets in that same grungy scary voice still covered up. If we know its Toby, why keep it such a mystery? Because its yet another piece of the puzzle. Could it be Ren? Garrett? Paige? And where was Jenna and Noel. Lets not forget Jenna dated Garrett. Melissa was also very close to Garrett.
Secrets. Secrets is what keeps the world turning. The liars all have individual secrets of their own. Apparently, so do their loved ones. Ezra seems to be the only one that isn’t involved with the A team in some way. Seems to be is the key word here. Although when Maggie just conveniently happened to be in town and decided to visit Ezra, she indicated that her and “Amy” weren’t the only ones with secrets in this room. What could that mean about Ezra? Does Maggie know something about Ezra that could potentially be a threat to Aria? Sure, Aria knows about the kid. Maggie now knows that Aria was snooping and pretending to be Amy but there has to be way more to this storyline than the baby-mama drama.
Which bring me to the next point in secrets. What secrets do these girls actually have? We see how easy it is for anyone to be a traitor on this show. Emily is always in the middle of all the action. Whenever shit is going down, you can trust that its all going to revolve around Emily and her love stories. Could it be that she is working with the A team. Who shot Caleb in the light house? If you think about it clearly, once he put the gun down, it was much to far for Nate to shoot it. Even if Nate wasn’t completely dead, the amount of force it would take for him to get up, grab the gun, aim and shoot, would not overpower Caleb’s quick moves. And if Nate had shot the gun, it would shoot Emily, who was covering Caleb. He also had more incentive to shoot Emily than to shoot Caleb right? So could it be that Caleb shot himself to cover Emily’s ass. Once the cops get involved he can just explain that there was a hassle with weapons and he shot out of self defense, or did Emily shoot Caleb? Seems far stretched, but you actually never know. Also, Caleb was way to keen on holding on to Maya’s bag and how did he know which lakehouse cabin Emily was staying at??? He arrived there before the girls? Did they arrive to the same one? When they barged in no one was inside of the house that Paige was just tied up at. So where the hell did they go? How is Caleb even one step ahead of the liars? Fishy stuff I tell you.
Now, right after Spencer’s intimate moment with Toby which we all ooo’ed and ahh’ed, he was leaving town again and he said “I know who you are, you don’t have to be sorry.” Has it ever occurred to anyone that Spencer is always very quick to point fingers at everyone. Each new suspect, she thinks is A. Is she so set on finding A because she has something to hide. Could it possibly be that Spencer killed Alison? Or is Spencer part of the A-team. Think back to the last season finale. Mona asked Spencer to join the A-team stating that “your either with us or your against us.” Which clearly means your either with the A-team or dead. You see what I mean by there is really no connection between Mona and Toby and no connection as to why they want the liars dead. We have so many potential candidates, so many mysterious people yet we cannot really figure out whats going on. The possibilities are rather endless.
Although the analyzing is fun, the episodes are way more enjoyable if you just get sucked into them and don’t overthink. Our guilty pleasure is on hiatus until the airing of the Halloween episode October 23. Until than though, the writers and producers are leaving us fans with a very special present. The lies are definitely not about to stop. ABC family presents “Pretty Dirty Secrets”, webisodes that follow some of the characters in Rosewood until the big Halloween Bash and air every Tuesday. Maybe, just maybe, we can piece the puzzle based on those webbies. Check out this weeks, “A ReservAtion”.
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:
The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details
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.
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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