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Pretty Little Liars- Unmasked



“I did everything you asked me to.”

HAPPY A DAY! Or should I say Mona and friends day. Pretty Little Liars went off for their spring finale with a bang, but instead of resolving and answering many of our questions, the writers just created more. That doesn’t mean that the episode didn’t tie many loose ends together or keep fans on the edge of their seats…. Cause it certainly did. And with so many things going on in the episode, its impossible not to recap and join the liars in solving this murder mystery once and for all.

A is always one step ahead of the liars, obviously, but now we know that its because A isn’t working alone. I mean Mona revealed that to us… You either join the A team or end up like Allison. But what does ending up like Ali really mean? Because it seems to me that Mona is just a pawn in a bigger game. Ali’s game? Perhaps Ali really is alive. If she isn’t than she definitely has a twin sister by the name of Vivian Darkbloom. If the story Mona lured Spencer in with is true, than Ali got herself in this mess because she figured Mona out. And she either joined forces with Mona and that means “she made her popular” or Mona joined alliances with the evil twin and took matters into her own hands. But what does Mona want revenge for? Is it really because she lost Hannah as a friend? Or because the liars were too scared to stand up to Ali when she was bullying Mona? We see a clear motive from Mona for a split second only for it to be lost otherwise in the chaos of all the other potential suspects. I mean we understand Mona’s part in the game but why everyone else? We know for a fact that anyone and everyone in Rosewood is suspicious. 

Which brings us to the black swan. Who is she? Who did not so blind Jenna meet in the park? The only logical guess would be Vivian. But without knowing that for sure lets stick to calling her black swan. Black swan is also in alliance with Hermie or Lucas and Jenna. All three of those suckers had one thing in common: they all wanted revenge on Ali. Is that why Lucas got so close to Hannah? Why Mona stuck around for so long? Why Jenna played the I’m sorry card to thrown the liars of her trail? Did she light the house on fire and fake an attempt at death? This A alliance is much more complicated than one could imagine. And it leads us back to the original three players; Garrett, Ian and Melissa. What do they have in common? We all know Garrett was working with Jenna but why? To protect her and cover up for her as he knew she stole page 5?  Why is he now in a relationship with Melissa? What was Ian’s part in all of this. Are they just thrown into the puzzle to shake things up a bit or are they crucial players? 

The next question we have to attack…. Is Mona really crazy? In other words does she really have a split personality disorder or is she faking it for the sake of the plot? She looked psychotic sitting in that mental institution but who could want revenge to such an extreme level that they would go so far?  Its amazing that the enemy could be right under the liars noses and none of them assumed anything.I had my suspicions about Mona but I never assumed that she would have it in her to kill anyone, yet she had no problem knocking Spencer out in “A’s lair.” From the minute I saw Mona’s face as she was driving the car towards the lost resort I knew that she was up to something. She was way to happy to be included in the liars plan. Its hard for Hannah to think that one of her longest friends could betray her like that, but that takes some serious dedication. If she wasn’t crazy prior to this weeks incidents, she sure is now. 

Now what about Dr. Sullivan. Her relationship with Toby seems a bit suspicious and while Spencer was trying to protect Toby, he was actually protecting her. How did he catch on though? Is Jenna actually on his side or did he just realize Jenna was a big fraud? For a boy who keeps to himself he is actually pretty on top of his game. But could it possibly be that Dr. Sullivan is actually Toby’s mother? Dr. Sullivan seems to be the liars only protection at this point, and she did mention that Mona threatened to hurt her “son.” But does that mean that Toby and Dr. Sullivan could be trusted? Toby has been a slave to Jenna for some time now and at this point, anyone can be working for A. As adorable and heartwarming as the reunion scene with Spencer and Toby was, I can’t help but wonder how horribly messy it is about to get. 

On a brighter note, all the girls got a semi-happy ending today, relationship wise that is… All except for Emily. Aria and Ezra finally decided that nothing could stand in their way of happiness and Ezra became a man about it and publicly displayed his affection for Aria at a school dance. Yes, this could in every way be interpreted as creepy, but for the sake of the show; GO TEAM EZRIA. (Of course I’m still a Sparia fan hehe). Caleb and Hannah continue to stay adorable as Romeo and Juliet but here’s where the interesting thoughts start to creep up. In recent episodes Caleb and Mona have gotten really close… Almost too close. Could Caleb be A’s next victim? Its a scary thought when you imagine the love of your life bonding with a psycho path that wants to see you die, but literally thats exactly what has been happening. But if the A revelation wasn’t enough the writers decided to throw in yet another twist at us and confirm that the speculations I had were really on point. Maya has actually been dead for quite some time. The texts and phone calls Emily was getting were actually from A, or someone that works for A, similar to the Ian texts that Melissa received. Whats even creepier about all of this is that Maya was found in Alison’s old house. Sentimental right? Is it a warning sign to the girls that just because Mona has been taken care of doesn’t mean its over. 

As an episode that seemed to bringing the drama and craziness to an end, it is just the beginning. No one in the town can be trusted and the liars are caught up in some pretty disgusting stuff. If you can’t even trust your father or sister at this point, what makes you think that everyone else around you isn’t part of this twisted game?  If I was in their shoes I would book it out of town as fast as I could…. There is nothing left for them at Rosewood. And as much as they want to solve the Alison mystery, its safe to say Alison might have been playing them all along…. and if not, than we all now how this game ends.  

Memorable Quotes

  • Melisa: If he killed Alison its because he thought she deserved it.
  • Spencer: Hide and seek was the game we played with Melissa. You wanna know why? Cause I always won.
  • Aria: Parties and body bags go together like drinking and driving.
  • Hannah: A is all knowing alright. Its like a genius on steroids.
  • Spencer: Fitz is a sucker for a tragic love story.
  • Man: You check into the lost woods cause you don’t want to be found.
  • Spencer: You’re little but you’re big.
  • Spencer: A wasn’t watching Ali in Brookehaven! Ali was watching A.
  • Ezra: No matter how hard I try I can’t stay away from you.
  • Spencer: No one checks into room 2 because its been rented.
  • Mona: I admire you Spencer thats why you get to decide how this ends tonight. You can join the A team or you can disappear. 
  • Mona: They think its over. Loser Mona is going to the nut house and those precious liars are going home to sleep with their windows open and their doors unlocked. Don’t they know thats what we want.
  • Toby: Pretending not to love you was the hardest thing I’ve ever done.
  • Emily’s Mom: They found a body. They think its Maya’s.

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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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