The season of getting things done.
You can tell Pretty Little Liars isn’t on ABC Family anymore because there’s things I saw this season that I cannot unsee… namely Elliot in multiple stages of decay.
This weeks PLL took things up a notch as it revealed whether or not Alison’s insane husband was still alive and forced Aria to finally make a decision on whether she’d accept Ezra’s marriage proposal.
The girls are teetering with the thought that the man they killed and buried may have crawled out of his grave to come back for revenge. As unlikely as that may seem, this is PLL and it has happened before with Alison right? Hanna begin receiving menacing calls to Elliot’s burner phone from a man who sounds just like Elliot. Sure, this could be someone disguising their voice and the rest of the liars are convinced of it…. until Elliot calls Spencer and Hanna to tell them he’s about to get his revenge on Ali. The girls warn Alison, who invites a cop into her home, failing to realize that he’s wearing a mask and its actually “Elliot.” (Seriously, can we talk about how HORRIBLE the Rosewood PD really is? I wouldn’t EVER trust them.)
Cue the most nerve-wrecking scene as Ali reads, “Honey I’m home,” on her bedroom wall before she’s attacked by her “husband.” Thankfully, a siren scares him away before he does any real damager to Ali. But the incident does leave her shaken up, especially cause she doesn’t really know who she’s supposed to be afraid of. And whoever is torturing her tried to get her away from her friends, the people she needs now more than ever, including Emily, who she tried to push away this whole episode. Your moment is coming Emison fans.
We’ve seen triangles happen on many shows before but no one was ever as mature and graceful about it as Spencer and Hanna. The girls put their friendship before any guy despite the obvious feelings they both have for Caleb. Now, Spaleb fans, I’ve got bad news. Caleb resurfaced to finally talk things out with Spencer and it was even more heartbreaking than that time he talked to while Hanna listened. Basically, Caleb admitted that he’s still confused and Spencer told him she didn’t regret a thing because he finally allowed her to feel love and happiness again… something she hadn’t felt for a long time after her breakup with Toby. Jab in the heart. But the real nail in the coffin was when she told Hanna, who finally admitted that she broke things off with Jordan, to go tell Caleb. Seriously, despite her pain, Spencer encouraged her friend to go get the guy. That’s real friendship right there. Of course, all this had to wait because first they had to dig up Elliot’s body to see if he really was alive. The verdict – Elliot is very much dead and decaying!! And this was the perfect setup for AD to film the girls while they were unearthing the dead body, which gives him ammo to frame them!
So basically, the question is who is this new AD? If Elliot is still dead than who has taken over his vengeful roles and mask creating?
Mary Drake? The girls seem to believe her story that she’s also a victim in his little game, albeit a more guilty victim than the liars. That leaves us with Jenna and Sara… well actually just Jenna. Everyones least favorite dollhouse survivor, Sara Harvey, was finished off this week and it was brutal. An unlucky Radley hotel maid found Sara dead in a bath tub in her hotel room. But just minutes before her death, she was packing up to make her great escape, clearly afraid of someone. And earlier that day she told Emily that she was trying to protect her from someone… possibly that same someone she was running from. Jenna didn’t allow her to say who we should fear and now we’ll never find out.
But that means, Jenna could definitely play a bigger role in all of this than she’s letting on. However, the person who attacked Ali is definitely a man so that crosses Jenna off the list. Maybe Noel Kahn? Maybe he came back to help Jenna get her revenge? We now know that Jenna was responsible for getting “Archie” a job at Welby so that he could be with his one true love Charlotte. And apparently she was good friends with both of them and came to town furious when she heard “Archie” married Alison. She’s definitely got motive to be mad for his death.
My offbeat theory though – Archie was Wren’s brother. They’re both from Europe, both have accents and both were “doctors.” We’ve always suspected Wren might be a fake doctor and now that we know Jenna had a hand in making Archie a fake doc, she could have also helped out Wren and gotten him a job at Radley. And when Wren found out what happened, he came back to complete Archie’s mission. If this isn’t the storyline, IT SHOULD BE.
As for the love part of the story cause yes, there’s still love in this twisted town of Rosewood. Aria avoided Ezra for most of the episode after telling him she “needed time to think” about his marriage proposal. How could she marry a man when he wanted a wife and she might be a convict, she told Hanna. “What if that isn’t your decision to make,” Hanna said putting things into perspective for Aria. She couldn’t throw everything away because she was scared Ezra wouldn’t forgive her. And considering that he’s been a part of the A mumbo jumbo since day one and even did some shady things himself, he shouldn’t be one to judge. So Aria sat down and told him everything, we’re assuming though because it wasn’t really shown. When the truth was set free, Ezra got down on one knee again and asked Aria one more time to be his wife. This time, it felt much more authentic and romantic…. especially because Aria said YES!
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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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