This weeks episode focused on Spencer’s mental health, which didn’t give the other girls much screen time, and didn’t move the story much for next weeks season finale. What we do know is that Spencer does not have amnesia… Thank god. For a brief moment, she wanted to become someone other than Spencer Hastings and based on the things that have happened to her lately, who could blame her. Ultimately, Spencer realized that she was the weakest link of the four. She was the one who broke the circle and was unreliable to her friends. A has really pushed all of the liars’ buttons, but with Spencer, A pushed mountains. The only thing that we know from this episode is that Mona has the answers to most of the questions that the liars (and us, the viewers) have because possesses most of Ali’s diaries. One thing that we can take Mona’s word for is that Ali wasn’t really pregnant, which means we can cross Wilden off our suspect list. Or can we?
After Ashley fled town, er I mean, went to a promotion meeting in New York, Wilden took his chance at Hannah by throwing her a bone. If Hannah returned his car, he would disappear from her life and leave Ashley alone. Well, its not that easy now that the car is under water. The writers leave little clues that could possibly indicate that Wilden already knows where his car is. For example, he mentioned he went away fishing. The last scene in last weeks episode showed someone fishing in the little lake/pond where Aria and Hannah drowned his car. Also, what happened to him the night of the accident? Did he just get up, leave his car, pop in a cab and go fishing? I highly doubt it. He left his car for a reason. Either way, Ashley might be out of town, but A still has the evidence from the camera that was in the car. And if things aren’t bad enough for Ashley, I think Ted is suspecting that Ashley has some beef with the Rosewood PD as he questioned her about leaving because of some reason other than the promotion. What will happen when the reverend gets involved? Will Wilden take matters into his own hands because he can’t get his car? Hannah is literally taking on like 3 A battles at once.
Not much movement on the Aria front, except that Aria cannot keep herself from fibbing. First she lied to her parents about Ezra and his kid. Than she asked them for help by seeing if could help Ezra find a job. Than eventually when she was called into the principals office where she denied her relationship with Ezra to the principal, to ensure that Ezra got a fair chance at getting the substitute teaching job. Sure, her heart was in the right place but hasn’t she learned by now that secrets get out, especially when A is involved and when Mona is in the same class. After making their relationship exclusive, they will have to go into hiding again. How long do you think that will make their relationship last? The guy has a kid now. I’m sure he doesn’t need to stigma of dating one of his students. I know Rosewood is small but isn’t there any other high school in the area. Or even one outside of town?? Anything but Aria’s school? How is she going to take her teacher to prom? And to top it all off, her parents are helping Ezra with the hopes of pushing him back to Maggie and having Aria’s heart broken. Wicked people.
Emily didn’t really play a major part in this weeks episode, aside from being a mediator between the liars and Dr. Sullivan. Well, she did meet Missy Franklin, which might have been the writers way of introducing a key player into the picture, but it really just looked like Shauna’s attempt at trying to break up Emily and Paige for her own selfish reasons and trying to hook these two up. Either way, I’m not at all invested in any of Emily’s relationships because to me its like she’s single anyways.
Doesn’t Dr. Sullivan always comes into the picture at such suspicious times though? Is there really only one psychiatrist that could be called to analyze the situation? Is she working for the A team? Did Mona tip her off to come to Radley and analyze Spencer? I mean, Mona was the person who brought Spence to Radley, or at least knew she was there. Spencer was placed in her old room. Than Mona came to visit. In normal cases I would think its a coincidence, but on this show, it never is. Mona has had this planned for quite some time. But who is the mastermind behind it all? Is it Mona? Is she just blackmailing people into doing things for her?? And finally, is Toby alive? The writers tried to convince us that he was dead, but we never really saw his face. Now their questioning the validity of what Spencer really saw that night? Could it be that she was really just seeing things or did she see the body that may or may not have been Toby’s? We won’t know until the cops actually find that body or Toby’s family reports him missing. Which brings me to Jenna? Where the hell is Jenna in all of this??
As always,, so many unanswered questions from tonights episode. Spencer’s flashback to church with Alison revealed some rather interesting dialouge. In short, Ali referred to the diaries as something she’s writing for the girls to navigate through when she’s dead. Did Ali plan on dying? Was she getting threats and she wanted the girls to know whats up after someone killed her? Or did she fake her own death and is still the mastermind behind everything? We find out who the girl in the red coat is next week (promo pictures) but what happens when it really is Ali???
Secondly, who is Eddie Lamb? He’s clearly Toby’s secret identity. The real Eddie is someone who knew Toby when he was little because his mom was admitted into Radley. He basically implied that through the faulty system of Radley people were able to sneak in and sneak out and use others passes and stuff like that. Did he give Toby his pass? He also mentioned that whomever was corrupting the system at Radley was actually one of the employee’s. Of course, Dr. Sullivan looks suspicious, as mentioned above, but lets realize that the person that was on staff the whole time while Mona was locked up, was involved in Spencer, Hannah and Emily’s lives, and appeared the minute Mona called him about Spence was Wren!!!! He had access to the psych-ward, to Mona, to the girls, he very well could be part of the A team.
- Spencer: I’m Jane Doe. At least thats what it says on my chart.
- Eddie: Compared to county, this is Vegas.
- Eddie: You’re suppose to have amnesia.
- Spencer: Well if I do I certainly don’t remember it.
- Hannah: Nothing is wrong and we have to act like we believe it.
- Aria: You’re the one who went from 0 to daddy in 60 seconds.
- Emerson: Commit a crime and the world is made of glass.
- Melissa: Spencer what happened?
- Hannah: Well I’m a big fan of the easy way.
- Hannah: Nothing works under water. Its a scientific fact.
- Alison: You’re going to have to wait until I’m dead.
- Spencer: Don’t be so gruesome.
- Ali: I’m not I’m mysterious.
- Ali: You’re going to need them to carry on after I’m gone.
- Eddie: Do you believe in coincidences?
- Spencer: Not as much as I used to.
- Hannah: Theres a downside to being smart.
- Mona: I have the answers to questions you haven’t even thought of.
- Spencer: I’m sorry this can be really entertaining and there are people here with real problems.
- Spencer: How do you keep going when the worst thing has happened? What do you have to change inside to survive? Who do you have to become?
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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