“Why does everything always lead back to Radley? Cause Radley is where everyone goes to leave their secrets.”
The winter premiere of PLL was the most tweeted about season premiere in TV history!! Did ya’ll hear that? WE made history!! According to deadline.com, “Tuesday’s debut generated more than 1.3 million tweets by nearly 700,000 contributors, peaking at a rate of 30,000 tweets per minute.” All that excitement and we didn’t even get to the best part.
Alison is alive. It doesn’t matter how many times I say it, I can’t believe it. And it seems like neither can any of the girls. Nor do they want to. The fact that Alison isn’t dead really changes up the game and poses a lot of questions. We have to be open to the fact that Alison could have been A this whole time. This could just be one of the games she is playing on the girls. Or she could really be in trouble, which means the girls are in deep as well. For Emily, the fact that Ali is alive brings back memories of how cruel she was, or should I say soulless. Emily spends much of the episode recalling the time that Ali allowed her to kiss her. She didn’t do it out of love, but out of the need to control. This leaves Em’s thinking it would have been better off with Ali just gone. She snaps at Paige a little too.
We still don’t have the answers! After all of this time. We think Ezra is A, but is he? Since the huge finale reveal, the writers and producers have been playing Ezra up to be quite evil, something that isn’t too common when we see Ezra on screen. Has anyone else noticed it? Whenever he’s on he looks around nervously and when he sees the girls he looks over suspiciously and the music gets dark and moody? So now I don’t know if I should really believe it. All I do know is that Marlene King is dropping signs like there’s no tomorrow. His lecture on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde can be his interpretation of himself, and it seems like Mona’s onto Mr. Fitz. But than something strange happened! After Mona confronted Ezra, he actually threatened her and Mona was terrified. Yes, Mona!!! So does that mean we have something to worry about?
Ezra’s also been making an attempt to get back into Aria’s life. She’s seeing Jake, but since he’s away Ezra’s got some wiggly room. After Aria see’s how happy Hannah is when Caleb returns, she turns to Ezra and he whisks her away to some cabin in the woods with no WiFi or cell service. Creepy, for sure. He also gives her a key to this secret cabin, which he confesses belongs to a friend whose out of the country. Sure… Or its A’s other secret lair. He than begins to tell her how much he wants her back and wishes he could turn back time and the rest is history. We can’t blame Aria for falling again for the man she loved, but how could Ezra lead her on like this? After they do the deed, Ezra is freakishly watching her from the other room and looks down at the floor, where the rug is uncovering a not-so-secret passage way down. At the end of the episode, we see A walk into the house and go straight for that floor door. When he opens it, we see nothing but blackness. There’s a couple of theories here. Many people suspect that Aria is A. This theory could be totally possible. Firstly, she has the key to the secret apartment. Secondly, she was looking out the window when Ezra was looking at the secret door. Maybe she saw him doing it and came back to check what it was? The obvious guess is that “A” who came at the end, was really just Ezra. I’m still holding out that he wouldn’t hurt Aria like that. The spoilers did say that she would be in danger though and so would Spencer, whose catching onto Ezra. Maybe Spence has a talk with Mona and than puts the pieces of Ezra’s hurt hand the night of Halloween together? Also, the only two people not in the room when A sent out the mission of who will find Ali first to the other girls are Ezra and Aria. Maybe they really are working two-for-two!
Meanwhile, Hannah’s on a bond girl streak as she thinks of plans to figure out who the hell is in Ali’s coffin and who was identified as Ali. The only way to find this out is to obviously look back at the date of her ‘death’ and see who else disappeared around the same time. After some extensive research and googling, she stumbles upon a site of another girl, close to Rosewood that went missing the same date. After meeting her friends, who oddly looked a lot like Ems and Hannah, the girls established that it could not have been their friend who was stolen and buried instead of Ali. But things aren’t always as they seem. Sara might of not been buried instead of Ali, but maybe she was the one in the coffin? Who’s in the box still remains a mystery, but I don’t think Marlene King would introduce this new core group of girls if she didn’t have a bigger plan. Especially since one of the girls, Clare, confessed to Emily about just how much she wanted Sarah gone. Wait, did Em’s just get mixed up in a might have murder? And do we really think that the fact that Sarah’s manipulative and Ali-like personality is just a coincidence? I think not!!!
Caleb and Hannah also made a lot of headway on the relationship front. We finally saw the long awaited breakup scene, as Caleb made a return from Ravenswood to finalize things with Hannah as he fears for her safety. As we know, things are getting a bit wild in Ravenswood. I was pretty upset by how vague Caleb was to Hannah. I mean, of all people Hannah would believe the supernatural things Caleb was telling her. She’s being psycho-stalked by someone named A, while her supposed dead best friend is really alive. Weirder things have happened than some curse. The way things ended between the two left Hannah thinking Caleb was leaving her because of his feelings for Miranda. She had no clue Miranda was actually dead. But I mean, there is something going on between Caleb and ghost Miranda, so maybe its a good thing Caleb didn’t admit that. I applaud Hannah for being the bigger person in this situation and handling their ‘breakup/goodbye’ in such a civil and gracious manner.
Spencer has been kind off of the Ali trail this week as she’s dealing with Toby and his newly acquired evidence about his mother not actually committing suicide in Radley. As much as I love Toby and want him to get answers about mommy dearest, I really hope this connection helps the girls with the Ali/A debacle. Radley is owned by a huge corporation called Decladine and a scandal like this could really cause problems for their image. Spencer and Toby track down the mayor of the healthcare company and Spencer uses her lawyer skills to draft up a letter that makes Radley recant their statement about Toby’s mom with the truth. When her dad gets wind of this, he realizes that theres an opportunity to actually shut down Radley. Something he’s been doing for quite some time. But why? What’s in Radley that he want’s to keep hidden so badly? Leave it up to the Hastings to be competitive.. even about this. But this could mean that many more secrets can come out. About Ali. And Mona. And how Wilden was paid off for many lies. And maybe, maybe we’ll just find out why!
Things are really shaping up in Rosewood. As we inch closer to A’s identity, we also get further from the truth. Could Ali really be A? Is Ezra A? Will he hurt Aria? Is Spencer onto him? Where does Radley’s existence safe? Is Mona safe from Mr. Fitz? Why is Ali’s mom such a creep and why is she hiring Hannah’s mom? Does she know Ali is alive? Where’s Jason? Gah!!!
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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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