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Pretty Little Liars- Thrown From the Ride (5×04)



“I feel bad for her. It’s hard to still see Ali as the devil when she just escaped from hell.”


Two can keep a secret if one of them is dead and it seems like Mr. Hasting’s is really good at keeping them. This week, we were able to dig a little deeper into the death of Mrs. DiLaurentis and with Spencer’s persistent detective work and a toxicology report, the signs all point to Mr. Hastings. But does that make it all a little too easy? Spencer could sense that something was off with her mom. It’s not really surprising, I’d be off of my game too if they had just found my neighbor buried dead in my backyard. After confronting her multiple times, Mrs. Hasting’s finally cracked and told Spencer he deepest, darkest fears– her husband is most likely behind Ali’s moms murder. Apparently, Jessica wanted to blame Spencer for Ali’s death. Mr. Hasting’s said that if she uttered a word, he would tell Ken (her husband at the time) about the affair they had, revealing that Jason was actually his child. This kept Jessica quiet, but with Ali alive and Ken and Jessica’s divorce finalized, there was nothing stopping her from going to the police with her fake story. Whoever she was protecting, she was really persistent. Even though Ali was alive, which meant that Spencer obviously didn’t kill her, there is still the girl in Ali’s grave. Therefore, Mrs. Hasting’s is totally convinced her husband had a hand in this. While cleaning up the yard with Andrew, Spencer finds rat poison, which was bought just a week ago and is fatal to humans. She thinks that her dad poisoned Ali’s mom, but her theory goes out the door when Ali say’s that the toxicology reports indicate someone messed with her pills. Whatever high blood pressure pills they switched her pills out with caused her heart to stop. Spencer is super relieved by the news that maybe her father wasn’t the murder she pegged him for, until she stumbled upon his prescription for the same pills used to kill Mrs.D.


Technically, this still doesn’t prove anything. Sure, Jason warned his half-sis that she should be wary of their father and the story seems really legit, but some things still don’t add up. Would Spencer’s mom really believe her husband was capable of that? And if so, he shut her up by sending her away to a “spa”. Then there’s also the Melissa mystery. After returning from London she seemed really upset that Ali lied about her death because there was another girl in the grave and her family was missing her. Why would she care so much? And what secret did she tell her father at the precinct? That secret is the real reason why everyone in the Hasting’s family has become suspicious of each other right? Maybe Melissa killed Mrs. D in order to protect Spencer? Honestly, this family has some unresolved issues.

The girls continued to take a beating this week at school. The stares, smirks and rumors just didn’t stop and Ali hadn’t even returned yet. The worst of them all was Mona, who was rounding up her troops in preparation for the big come back. And she’s going to extreme measures. Lucas jumping ship? Not on her watch. She’ll just reveal that Ali lied about her kidnapping story and she has a way to prove it. (Doesn’t she always?) Paige cozying up to team Emily? Not if team Mona has a say. After all, all she has to do is tell Paige that she’s lost Em’s to Alison and Paige is right back to her neurotic unconfident self. Mona thinks people need protection from evil Ali, but like Paige put it, when did she become the one thing she was so afraid of? The minute Ali disappeared, Mona took her spot. And while she may have the rest of the school fooled, she’s just as bitchy and manipulative as Ali was. Unfortunately, that realization hasn’t hit Hannah yet, whose taking a turn for the darker side. She rocked a new do this week, blonde with black low lights and even went back to her old habit of stealing to try to find the old Hannah. Despite going a little rogue, Hannah is the only one whose actually been a good friend to Ali since her return even taking her to her medical examination, which resulted in, you guessed it, more lies! Like where did that scar come from? The doc said it was most likely a knife wound, so please, do explain Ali!


In other Mona news, she definitely knows more then she’s letting onto, but does she know that Aria killed Shawna? Aria seems to think so and the hiding the truth is eating her up. Her obsession this week literally became Shawna after she googled her name and found footage from the funeral. I was a little disturbed by the useless and dramatic exaggeration of Shawna rising from her grave. Such a cliche scare tactic, and a disturbing one at that. Aria found comfort in Ezra’s arms… well at least in his couch. She spent most of her time curled up there finding ways to deal with murdering her fellow class-mate. Clearly, the self-defense explanation didn’t even have Aria convinced. On the other hand, it was really nice to see Ezra and Aria getting along. It’s surprising that she flat out trust’s him this much again, but it kind of felt like old times. Murder and love are really the two things surrounding Aria at the moment.

And with Spencer occupied with the news that her dad might be a murderer, we’re left with Emily, whose helping out the new girl Sydney get better at swimming. She’s also enjoying some lunch with Paige and living a breezy life. That is until Paige stops by and informs her that there’s people rallying up a team against Alison. This kind of freaks Em out a bit and she visits Ali, telling her that it would probably be best if she left town like her father offered. Yeah, right. Like A would allow Ali to just leave! She’s also coming to terms with the fact that she’s been avoiding Ali emotionally because she’s too scared of getting attached again.


One thing I do think is important to mention is that there’s really something off about Ali. While I feel bad for her and everything she’s gone through, I can’t help but think that maybe she actually is just a compulsive liar. At first I thought that her story in the precinct was a cover up to protect her from A. But since the girls think A is really dead, why doesn’t Ali just tell the truth? And why do the girls continue to help her lie? My realization came when Ali was writing a text to Emily and when she signed it, she wrote -A. After a brief moment she added Alison. Could this have been a sign? The writers telling us that maybe Ali was A all along, but with her back in town, she wants the girls to think A is gone? It’s definitely a theory that’s taking front and center now. Did you see how easy it was for her to lie to the doctor about her scar? Everything Ali says to everyone is a lie. Maybe she just doesn’t know how to be truthful anymore?

All these girls have ever wanted was a moment in time where Ali was alive again and A was gone. Now they have it and their completely unsure of what to do with themselves. We know A isn’t really gone, but in this moment, he/she is and that’s all that matters. There’s silence. There’s no more monsters. There’s no more text messages. There’s secrets, which will always be there as long as Ali is around, but most of their problems seemed to have vanished… temporarily at least. We’ve stepped away from all of the hubbub surrounding Ali and A and literally just let the liars explore their emotional states. And after the few years they’ve been having, they are definitely emotional wrecks. Their also addicted to the thrill of mystery and adventure. They don’t know what it’s like to just be normal. To not be associated with Ali or with A trying to ruing their lives. Without that, they begin creating their own problems and causing their own self-demise. Spencer continues to dig into Mrs. D’s death and creating more problems. Hannah is stealing and it seems like she knows she might be being watched. Aria is working it out with Ezra, which might not be healthy and telling him this truth that she doesn’t know he’ll actually keep, and Emily is getting mixed up in a love triangle between ex-Paige, first love Ali and new girl Sydney, who I think is also hiding something relevant to the storyline. Next week is the 100th episode and that means double the trouble, double the fun!


Memorable Quotes

  • Aria: We’re still a freak show, now we’re just a freak show in natural light.
  • Paige: Mona, do you ever wonder when you became the very thing your afraid of?

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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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