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.
- 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.
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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