All aboard the Ghost Train, that brings loads and loads of Halloween fun. Okay, I wouldn’t call that fun at all, actually I’d call that a normal night in the lives of the little liars. I’m going to write this episode down as one of scariest episode of Pretty Little Liars to date. This year’s Halloween episode knocked last years out of the ball park, keeping us on the edge of our seat the whole time with great costume manipulation and a whole bag of empty clues and new secrets.
Garrett’s dead. Now the question is, is the story he told Spencer the truth or is it a lie? Obviously, A wanted Garrett dead for awhile now and from the looks of it, Garrett was scared of something so he probably had some kind of indication that he was in danger. Could he have possibly decided to spill the beans and let the little liars know exactly what happened that night before he died?? Lets try and digest the situation. According to Garrett, the night of Alison’s death, she got into an altercation with Jenna. Garrett pretended to hit Ali with a shovel and than played along with Ali as to make it seem like he killed her. Now we know why Jenna is so scared of Garrett and why there was such strong evidence against Garrett. But we didn’t know the second piece of the puzzle. Apparently, after that incident, Garrett found Ali talking to Aria’s father in a heated discussion. Now this could go both ways, either Byron was mad at Ali for something (whatever that could possibly be), or he was having a romance with her, granted his history with young blonde school girls. Either way, I don’t believe that the story ends with Byron killing her, yet this is just another piece to puzzle that we are unable to solve. As for who killed Garrett? I could see it being Toby, who clearly has had it out for Garrett since the very beginning.
Lets get to the part that indicates Mona is actually psychotic and working with more than one person. Someone had to have killed Garrett in those short seconds when Spencer went to find Aria. But while someone was killing Garret, someone with really long fingernails was attacking Spencer and trying to choke her. It seems like the goal for tonight was to kill everyone. My guess is that the person with the long fingernails, that drugged Aria, was a man and not Mona. Mona had to be dressed up as Caleb, since she was wearing that creepy porcelain mask when Hannah thought she was snuggling Caleb. This means that in addition to Toby and Mona, there is in fact a third A and it isn’t Caleb and it isn’t Noel or Jenna, since all were present at the party.
But who wasn’t present? Mr. Ezra Fitz. He gave Aria some bull excuse about having to go to some book convention in Philadelphia during the time of the ghost train. Although the story could have been believable, his eyes were telling a much more deceitful story. Than after all was said and done, he was surprisingly at the scene of the crime without Aria having to call and inform him of anything. He mysteriously heard that someone got hurt on the train and drove next to it? Come on Ezra, you really need better lies. Why don’t you admit that you were the one trying to kill your girlfriend? Alright, I know thats me jumping to conclusions but still, what else am I suppose to get out of this? I can’t really blame it on Adam Lambert.
As if it wasn’t gruesome enough that Garrett died, it was horrifying to see poor Aria stranded in a coffin like box, with his dead body at her side. How do you cope with that? Sick minded people. Sick minded Mona. I must admit I’m secretly happy that this time something terrible was happening to Aria. I feel like every time things go down, she’s always out of the picture spending romantic time with Ezra. Its about time she got a taste of the A medicine. The question ultimately remains, who was trying to push the box with Aria out of the train. There were two voices who were arguing about pushing the box out, a girls voice and a guy’s voice, but who could it have been? If it was in fact Toby, wouldn’t Caleb have to be in on it as well? Or could it have been Paige instead of Mona? Ultimately, it could have been Ezra. One down, a couple more to go.
Although everything in the episode makes some sort of sense, I mean its not completely out there that Aria almost died, Garrett died and Spencer was attacked. It’s not even shocking that the black bag from the funeral home was found in the ice of the refreshments. A is capable of all of that. What is eerily creepy and more disturbing than the porcelain dolls, is the blonde girl that was following Ashley around. Who was the little girl. She obviously wasn’t alive. Will there be an explanation for this? Will Ashley be haunted by this little girl? Or will this just remain part of the Halloween episode? In some strange way, I feel as if this little girl is the connection to last years Halloween episode and the story Ali told about two twin sisters and how one of the sisters killed the other one. Could this actually be Ali’s twin sister? But how is she back? Why? And why is she visiting Ashley?
Since Pretty Little Liars is not returning until next January, its safe to say that we will just live in utter confusion about so many new revelations. It wouldn’t be in style for the episode to end without a cliffhanger, so here it is. Outside of what seems to be freshly covered up land, possibly from where Ali’s grave was dug up and her body stolen, emerges a hand. A real live hand of a girl that is buried alive under all the dirt. But who could be buried alive? It clearly cannot be Ali since way to much time has passed since her time of death and now. Unless she was alive to begin with and someone just buried her after holding her captive? I’m not sure where this show is going or what its trying to tell us at this point all I know is that parents are seeing dead people, people are being buried alive, and people are being killed left and right. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. Its unfortunate that Spencer cannot see that. Well folks, I leave you with this.
“I told them I wanted to do an art project for Halloween. They said we don’t like to talk about Halloween around here, it’s suppose to have bad connotations for some of the patients. I guess I see the point. But I love Halloween. All the dressing up, being other people, tricks and treats, treats that turn into tricks. Its better than Christmas; more makeup. And this is going to be the best Halloween ever. I bet someone’s life on that.”
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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