Pretty Little Liars weaves characters in and out of episodes, which makes it hard to keep track of whose good and whose bad. Well, actually its not that difficult because every character thats ever been put on the show has some kind of ulterior motive and presents us with a moment that makes us doubt their every move. That was the case this week as we delved further into the story of CeCe, Ali, Wilden and the summer that murdered Ali. Although aside from that storyline, nothing really moved forward this week. No questions were answered. Wilden wasn’t confronted. Toby is still missing or just doing the dirty work without being seen. Ezra hasn’t returned from his trip to meet the son he never knew he had. Spencer still hasn’t told the girls Toby is A. Everything just kind of moved in slow motion setting the scene up the coming weeks.
We always knew Wilden had a connection to Ali. We knew that he was very immersed in her murder case and tried pinning the murder on the girls. Well maybe the reason he was trying to blame the girls for everything was because he was covering up for something he did. We didn’t know that at the time, but from recent discoveries, the idea that Ali was pregnant with Wilden’s child seems very probable. But aside from Wilden, CeCe plays a huge role in Ali’s dissapearance. What makes her seem very suspicious in this episode is when Emily asked if she knew about Wilden being with them in the summer she said she didn’t know of him, which is clearly a lie since they are all in a picture together. As you may recall, there was also that one flashback that she had where Ali was crying saying that she was late. This was also probably referring to her and Wilden’s relationship. But can any of these accusations be proved now? Do they even matter? Could Wilden have killed Alison for being knocked up? Could CeCe have been in love with Wilden and killed Ali cause she was jealous. Than theres the question of why she wanted to get so close to Aria. She asked her to come and shoot some footage for her website, inquired about her boyfriend and than basically tried pushing Aria to go for the younger brother. Whats in it for her? She left them alone and clearly lied about getting towed, but why? Where was she and what was she doing? Was she the one that was responsible for Jason’s elevator accident? Did she know that they were onto Wilden? And lastly the question on everyones mind. If Alison is really dead, is CeCe the girl in the red cloak calling all the shots???
For quite sometime fans were convinced that Jason might have been part of the A team. He’s not, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t a target. As a concerned brother trying to find out what happened to his sister, Jason has made allies with all the wrong people for information. He’s been close to Mona to find out who dug up his sisters body since she’s the only one who knows (probably cause she did it.) But for someone to get kidnapped from a hospital after getting brutally injured in a elevator fall. While that whole event seems pretty unlikely, it does make you wonder who could have kidnapped him. Mona wouldn’t have enough strength to just pick up some guy and rush him out of the hospital. Could Jason have done this willingly? But that would mean that he wanted to disappear from the hospital. So coming full circle, maybe he is part of the A team.
Aria is in for some trouble. Ezra has been missing from the picture for quite some time now as he’s getting to know his son and possibly snuggling up to his high school lover and Aria’s been spending some quality time with little Fitz. And by little Fitz, I mean his younger brother whose got a kind of delinquent side to him. Than bam, they end up kissing. We all knew it was going to happen, but in a way I felt sort of betrayed. Betrayed for Ezra, who clearly doesn’t deserve this at a time when he’s going through so much. See, this is why you don’t date girls in high school. How will this affect the Ezria relationship? Can we basically say this is their ending and she will start dating someone her own age?
Quite frankly, the most enticing character right now is Spencer, whose slowly falling into the role of Mona. I mean, she’s not technically crazy in the psychotic sense, but she’s mentally unstable. Who could blame her though? She was perfect all her life, down to the nitty gritty. Than this bomb is dropped on her. Her friends turn their back on her. Mona’s trying to sabotage her. And after everything that happened with Mona, people are actually taking her side. It just shows you how gullible people can be or how manipulative Mona can be. She’s getting exactly what she wants though and I wouldn’t be surprised if Spence ended up in Radley pretty soon. I think telling the girls that Toby is part of the A team would be really beneficial as they might be a good crutch for her to lean, while allowing her to keep her sanity. Also, it was great for Melissa to show up for one episode. We almost forgot she had a sister.
Lastly, Hannah’s a sweet girl and despite everything that has happened in her life with A she still gives people the benefit of the doubt. What she wanted was to do a good thing. She wanted to hook Caleb back up with his father. Every boy needs a father, And while the whole ordeal looked promising, like I said every character has a flaw. Calebs “uncle” seems to have a sticky hand. Stealing from the church is the lowest of the low, but if he’s capable of that, than what else is he capable of. Did he manipulate Hannah into feeling sorry for him because he wanted to build a relationship with Caleb to get some of the mothers money? Whats his reasoning for needing to be in his sons life?
- Hannah: I think people would know if Spencer was here. They’d run for cover.
- Aria: And give her a riddle. She needs to use that part of her brain again.
- A: If you rat out T, I take down on of your 3. A
- Spencer: Yeah I was just about to put out a new doormat that say go away.
- Spencer: But everything in life is a risk and you like to gamble.
- Hannah: If I stand up again its to pee and I’d rather do that in my pants than leave you two alone.
- Uncle: Classy girl.
- Caleb: Too proud.
- Emily: Who do you think would do something like that?
- Jason: Alison.
- Aria: I’m guessing CeCe made a few stains herself. Ok that came out wrong.
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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