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Pretty Little Liars-Whirly Ball (5×02)



“The truth will bury you in a New York minute.”

I can’t say I’m completely impressed with season 5 of Pretty Little Liars, because I’m not. Don’t get me wrong, I was super hyped for the whole season and then episode one was kind of a let down and episode 2 wasn’t any better. I know that the shocking ending with Mrs. D was suppose to have me screAming, but it didn’t. The only thing that finding Mrs. DiLaurentis’ body did was confirm what I already knew– that someone killed her and buried her alive, the same way she once buried her daughter alive. Was it A? Was it the same person? Bonus points for having Mrs. D’s burial scene and the scene where the cops came and found her body, play out the same way as they did when they found Ali’s body. It was like dejavu- a nice touch on the whole mother/daughter relationship.

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Although I’m mostly disappointed at how stupid the liars have gotten. By killing Shawna, they’re completely convinced that A is dead. Hello! What about A being a TEAM?! It doesn’t take Einstein to figure out that theres more than one person torturing these girls. Shawna was not A. Nowhere close. She was a minion in A’s game. He/She wanted Aria, or one of the liars to kill Shawna so that he/she could in turn torment her. He/She wanted them to think he/she was dead so that he could strike again, twice as hard. How do they not realize this? How can they be so calm? Honestly, maybe seeing Mrs. D in the grave will prove to them that theres some serious shit going down. And it’s stuff that couldn’t have been done by one crushed out swimmer high schooler.

But Mrs. D’s death doesn’t thrill me either. No, it completely dissapoints me because now we’re back at square one with absolutley no answers. The only person who knew who tried to kill Ali that night is dead….  She had all the answers… and she can’t be answering from the grave. So whoever A is, is brilliant because they covered all of their bases. They’ve tired all those loose ends. What we do know now is that Jason wasn’t the person who killed his mother. That look on his face was utter shock, which means that he also wasn’t the person who tried killing Ali (given we’re suppose to assume it’s the same person). Although, nothing explains him creepily lurking in Ali’s room at night watching her… nothing. Just like nothing ever explained him taking up-close photos of Aria.  But could he possibly have some answers to give his sisters/their friends? Maybe Mrs. D told him what went down that night? Unfortunately, it’s not a guarantee that he’ll talk, so where do we from here? This whole situation is just so frustrating because as confused as I am about who A is, the liars are even further down the rabbit hole. They are speculating and wondering and contemplating things that don’t even make sense at this point.


Everyone is Rosewood has lost their marbles. Everyone except for Mona, who continues to be the strongest character on this show. Even when she’s not A, she’s terrifying. But are we sure she’s not A? She’s playing these two personalities really well and she’s playing Aria’s brother like a fiddle… or a violin if you want to get technical. Whoever A is, he/she is watching these girls closely. But Mona is also paying close attention. After arriving back in Rosewood from their New York adventure, the girls agreed that Ali would turn herself into the police. She was going to come clean about everything– her mother trying to bury her alive, Mona helping her escape, A torturing her and her friends. It would all be out in the open. But right as she entered the police station, she got a text a la A style, which basically forced Ali to make up a story about how she got kidnapped by some dude right on the spot. While the girls weren’t sure what was going on, they knew one thing; they were suddenly on planet Alison again. Thankfully, Ali’s actions got cleared up really quickly and the girls understood after she admitted to getting the creepy text. For a second there I thought maybe Ali hadn’t really changed and was back to her old ways. Wouldn’t that be something. But no, she needs her friends. She has a lot of enemies in Rosewood already and she hasn’t even left her house. One enemy being Mona, who confronted Ali visiting her own grave and told her that she should have stayed dead. Oh and she also sent that text which means theres a reason she didn’t want the police to know the truth. Could it really be just because she was saving her own ass? Maybe. But she also admitted to spying on the girls, which is a very A thing to do.

And then there’s Aria being haunted by visions and nightmares of killing Shawna. Those nightmares are being brought out by violin music that is coming from somewhere in her backyard… or Mikes room? That same music is also uploaded to her ipod…. the ipod Mona has access to because she’s rendezvousing with Mike again. Gross. Why are you blind Mike? Can you not see through Mona’s facade? Of course he can’t, he’s a boy. While sweet Mona is leading him on and buying whistles for all the girls in the school for “protection” she’s also up to a lot more than just snooping around what Ali’s been up to. A confrontation between her and Aria gets really ugly, really fast when Mona asks about Mr. Fitz and his New York recovery. How does she know everything. And if Mona knows that the liars were in New York that night, then it’s only a matter of time before Mona connects the dots and places the liars at Shawna’s death. I really can’t wait for Ezra to wake up and explain why he thought/how he knew Shawna was A!

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In other episode developments, Jason might not have known his mother was dead but he’s totally up to something. First off, detective Spencer went through his trash and found a bag from a place in New York. Whoa, why was Jason in New York? Could he have been the person to try and shoot Ezra and the girls? He hasn’t been too excited by Ali’s return… maybe he never wanted her back in the first place? His relationship with his father is also really strange (you think maybe his dad knows he’s not really his son??). The two were at each others throats, with his dad thinking he was hiding Mrs. D in Philly. Obviously, not. But if it isn’t Mrs. D, who does he so urgently need to see? Melissa maybe? Maybe the secret is that the two of them are in love? Ha. It seemed rather urgent and after creepily confronting Hannah and Emily about staying out of peoples business, he went to this super shady place to drop some stuff off for said mystery person. Who could it be? Who lives there? Who was he visiting?

Also, kudos to the scooby-duo for their really impressive, not obvious stalker skills and fantastic one liners. Don’t worry Han, after Jason’s sneak attack, I too needed a change of underwear. Also, can someone please feed Emily? All she wants to do is eat dinner with her crushes family! Sheesh. Wait, do we still care about Emily and Paige? She doesn’t seem to be too upset about the break-up and for good reason when she finds out Paige has joined team Mona.


And while it was nice to see Spencer and Toby get it in (honestly who can think about sex with A on the loose?) after the strains that last season put on their relationship, a lot is still up in the air. First off, why did Toby go to London? If he really wanted to get answers from Melissa, wouldn’t you think he would have told her. Plus, who is actually telling the truth? Spencer’s mom admitted that Melissa said she came home from London because Toby found her there and asked her to, but Toby admits he never saw Melissa and that when he went to visit Wren, he told him that Melissa wasn’t living with him. Has Melissa even been in London? What has she been up to? And what is her big secret? I need the answers to these questions like yesterday!  Something tells me that while Mrs. D might be useless, Mr. Hastings might have some answers to the questions we’re all dying to know. He is after all, father to Melissa and Jason. While I don’t know what Melissa’s big secret could be, I do think that whoever hurt Ali that night escaped from Radley. Her mother seemed intent on keeping her at home but Ali didn’t listen. Maybe it always has been Jason? And that’s why she was on the board at Radley? And Mr. Hasting’s knows? Or maybe, it has something to do with Toby’s mother? That storyline still needs some closure right? Oh, will this madness ever end? Ever? (No, there’s two more seasons guaranteed. There, I answered my own question.)

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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. 

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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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