Leave it up to the liars to split up and leave each other alone when the power goes out in Rosewood. Cause you know, nothing bad ever happens there… Thankfully, most of the liars had someone to lean on, except for Hanna, who gladly traded in her heels for some boots and her luxurious life for a walk in Noel Kahn’s backyard.
Lately, all roads back to Noel Kahn… and Radley. We literally can’t ever get rid of that wretched place. This week on Pretty Little Liars, the girls are all 95% sure that Noel Kahn is A.D but that 5% is keeping them from actually going to the police. Aside from a gut feeling, they have no concrete evidence… that is until Spencer realizes that Kahn still LIVES at his parents house, which coincidentally is in the same little area where Hanna was when she was kidnapped. How did they not put this together soon? Spencer is just as shocked as you are.
Of course Spence and Emily decide to tear up Kahn’s house for some evidence and thankfully, find something REALLY incriminating. Remember their time in Charlotte’s dollhouse of terror? Turns out Kahn was in on it and working with Charlotte to keep the girls inside, thinking they’re loosing their marbles – to the point that there’s a video of him SMEARING blood (or paint) all over a knocked out Spencer. Why would you want footage of it you ask? Who knows… but he kept it in a hidden box marked with a symbol that Emily recognized from her time with Maya. The symbol Spencer informs us is one that would get you into Noel’s brothers “cool” parties. Anyone else getting a “Maya is still alive and part of this” vibe. Wouldn’t that be something?
But if that wasn’t enough, Aria and Jason went to the courthouse to find out more about Jason’s mysterious cousin. Low and behold, the judge who signed off on the “closed” adoption was Steven Kahn AKA Noel Kahn’s dad. I mean, HELLO people. Noel Kahn MUST be the child right? Well if we know ANYTHING about PLL logic, he’s definitely a red herring. And we’re definitely forgetting he also has a brother by the name of Eric Kahn. How old would Eric be? We meet him in “The Kahn Game” and we know he was romantically linked to CeCe and had all these parties that involved that symbol. It could be him? While Noel def looks guilty, he also looks like he’s working for someone. I mean, he STARTED off PLL as the nice guy who seemed to genuinely care about Aria. Where did he go wrong? (I think maybe when he wrote “I See You” on the back of her car at camp… ugh.)
While the liars are gathering all the evidence, Hanna is done playing games and taking matters into her own hands. Last week we saw her rent out some hotel room and cover the windows up with newspapers. This week, she’s recording a video about how she “might not make it out alive.” I’m assuming she’s created this low key space to drag Noel Kahn’s body into because well, her brilliant plan was to kidnap and torture him into admitting he’s A.D. Her efforts – clearly not as good as A.D’s however since she failed with drugging him. One thing she did do right? Hit him with her best shot… over the head… But now what? Well from the promos it looks like she’s def going to need Mona for this one.
On the relationship front we finally get some insight into Aria and Jason’s relationship. Can I just mention it seems like Aria has completely blocked out the fact that Jason used to be obsessed with her AND the fact that he had a THING with Hanna’s mom completely out. I can’t say I blame her, Jason is a hunk but still… some lines shouldn’t be crossed.
While spending time with him this week, she reminisced on her fling with him while he was finishing up training before embarking on his trip to Ethiopia. Five years ago, he invited Aria to go with him and “change the world” but she was focused on getting her first job in the field coincidentally at a company that published Ezra’s book. Turns out even when they were split up, Aria was hoping to find a way back to her “soulmate.” Admittedly, I love the idea of her and Jason, but wouldn’t want her to be the engaged girl who cheats on her fiancee when he’s in Colombia waiting to see if his ex-gf is still alive. Although she didn’t deny being Jason’s fiancee at the courthouse but we’ll write that off as her doing everything to get those adoption papers.
You can imagine Aria’s relief when Ezra texted her that Nicole wasn’t one of the several refugees saved. Yes, despite wanting Nicole to be alive, Aria was relieved that she wouldn’t be losing Ezra. But hey, they never said she was dead so just wait for it – she’ll pop up at Ezra’s door one of these days and once again give Aria doubts of whether on not she’s the one for him.
Marco came by Spencer’s bearing good news – he was officially off Alison’s case since Archer Dunhill was spotted in France. Are we sure it isn’t England? We’re looking at you Wren and Melissa! I refuse to believe Wren is innocent ESPECIALLY since he’ll be making an appearance in 7B!
With him off the case and Caleb and Toby both out of the picture, you’d think Spencer would pursue this new love interest, but nope. She turned him down until she found the dollhouse video in Kahn’s apartment. Ready to confess everything, she called him over but of course by the time he got there, a tree had fallen through Spencer’s kitchen window – thanks A.D – and the culprit stole the flash drive with all the evidence. You’d think they’d know better by now. Spencer asked Marco to stay anyways cause she “didn’t want to be alone” and we can’t blame her, but we CAN totally blame her for kissing Toby in next weeks promo. What?!?! As much as we’re ready to ship #Spoby again, we can’t help but notice Spencer is really, really, really confused about guys.
Emily realized that there’s no way she could have a normal relationship with A.D torturing her and her friends again so she decided to push Sabrina away. The whole time I kept wondering if Sabrina didn’t know Emily’s history because I mean, Rosewood is a small town so she should know Emily has her reasons for being “weird” and secretive. I’m also a little weary of Sabrina because lets face it, Emily doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to dating. Most of her love interests have wound up dead or working for the enemy.
I think that could be the case for Paige. I’ve never trusted her and I still don’t. Has everyone forgotten she tried to drown her? And then she comes back to town in the most opportune time and is creepily weasling back into Emily’s life, trying to find out all of her secrets and spying on Sabrina. What’s the deal?
Thoughts on this weeks episode? Will Hanna’s plan work? Is Noel Kahn’s A.D? Is Jenna working with him? Is Maya alive? Is Wren involved? Will Spencer and Toby get back together? Is Paige working on A.D’s team?
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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