“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.
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!
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.)
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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