The world premiere of Ravenswood sets a dark tone for the show, focusing on a town haunted by a curse and plagued by death. Oh and it doesn’t have a website, so don’t even plan on googling and going there. Maybe because it doesn’t exist! I feel like in the hour that I watched the pilot I can see everyone dying and being ghosts. Eerie. We were introduced to each character individually and got a little bit of background about their story. This was a little overwhelming to me because despite the mystery aspect to all of them, I felt like I was being thrown into a new school with new friends and I was honestly a little lost.
We have Remy who works at the town gazette with her father the editor. Her mother was in Afghanistan when there was an attack that killed her whole troop. She was the only survivor and she’s troubled by the fact that she doesn’t know why she’s still alive. Remy is dating Luke. We meet Luke and his sister Liv at the cemetary. Their mother is vigorously trying to remove red paint that reads, ‘black widow.’ We soon come to realize that in this small town, people are very unforgiving and very judgemental. Story has it that Luke and Liv’s father passed away recently and the town believes that their mother killed him. While the mom is taking this really hard locking herself in her room and avoiding society, Luke has gone from the popular guy to an angry dude who lashes out at anyone that looks at him the wrong way. He’s also dating Remy, but has distanced himself from her recently and Remy is seeing him behind her father’s back, since he also thinks Luke’s mom killed his dad. Liv seems to be one of the popular girls as well, trying to hold onto her popularity and not letting her fathers death bring her down. Despite Luke’s warning’s about how cruel people in this town are, she decides to run for homecoming queen at the town’s annual parade. She quickly learns her lesson when she gets red paint that resembles blood splashed all over her.
Meanwhile, we meet Miranda and Caleb exactly where we left them on the Halloween episode of Pretty Little Liars. Swift transition for sure. The two sidekicks emerge on a journey to meet Miranda’s uncle, who literally looks like a mixture of Johnny Depp in that new Vampire movie and someone from the Adam’s family. Awkward and lifeless is an understatement. From the very beginning his obsession with dead people, his cold appearance and his pale white skin makes me think that he might be on the unliving side. He also acts like he doesn’t really want Miranda to be there and tries to convince Caleb to make her leave. Heck, I don’t want these two to be there. But when Caleb brings up the headstones with their names and pictures, he gets brushed off, only to find out later that they had been replaced with different people, meaning someone (aka Uncle Raymond) doesn’t want them to find out whatever is hiding behind those tombstones.
Honestly, this place really freaks me out. As Caleb becomes more curious about the history of the town and his ancestors, weird things start happening and I’m secretly praying he catches the next bus right out of crazyville. Miranda starts seeing some creepy black haired lady that’s dripping wet, because she probably crawled out of the well from The Ring and made her way to the funeral home. (Really, she’s just the girl from the curse that drowned). Literally, its my worst nightmare, so you might lose me on this show if she keeps appearing in store windows and behind blinds. Caleb is also probably scarred for life when it comes to bathtubs after someone tried drowning him during his bath. No wonder he prefers showers. Could it have been the uncle or Mrs. Grunwald? This poor lady also knows a lot more than she’s leading onto. She has secrets about Alison, now about the Collin’s family. It’s becoming a lot to handle and it escalated so quickly.
But finally, after doing some research with Remy, who seems to believe their tombstone changing story, she admits that there’s something pretty freaky going on in this town. First off, the lookalike of Miranda and Caleb were actually a couple, high school seniors, that drowned in a boating accidents. Remy also made a vague connection that every time a soldier comes back from war and is the only one alive after an ambush, five teens end up dying. That’s all we really got out of it, but I’m sure the ‘curse’ will be better explained in episodes to come. Especially because in the last couple of minutes of the episode, all five teens ended up in the car together, which is the linkage of them all together, when they saw the creepy grudge lady and flew off the bridge into the water, where they were left to drown. Maybe this is kind of an idea of history repeating itself?
From the previews I kind of interpreted that each one of them is going to die, but never really disappear just continue existing in some supernatural form. I must admit this is a much different and more ambiguous angle for the show than I had originally envisioned in my head. I’m not sure if I like it nor am I really impressed. At least with Pretty Little Liars, there is an aspect of normal comedic life along with a very twisted mysterious plot. This show seems morbid, gloomy and dark. If all of them die because of some curse, what’s the optimism? And how does Caleb go back from Ravenswood to date Hannah. It just doesn’t click. Is he going to be a ghost? I’m intrigued, but also a little put off. And seriously, can someone please let the producers know that they need to nix the ring girl?!
ABC Family has pulled the plug on the Pretty Little Liars spinoff, Ravenswood. After just one short season, (well half) the network has cancelled the ghostly, supernatural show.
Are you surprised by this decision?? At first, we at CraveYouTV hated the show. But with time, and that insane cliffhanging winter finale, we’re craving more!!!! This decision is totally disappointing!! On what grounds ABC Family??!?!?!
It also raises so many questions. What’s going to happen to the five teens? And Abbadon? And Colins? Will those poor souls affected by the curse ever be freed? And what about Caleb and Miranda? Will we ever see closure to their relationship? I mean, she’s dead. It’s not like she can really come cruising into Rosewood.
On the upside, Caleb is heading back to Rosewood to spend more time with his sugar plum Hannah!!! Woohoo reunion!!! Will he just forget about his friends in Ravenswood and the curse though? How are the writers going to play this out!?!?
What do you think? Share your thoughts with us!!! And if you want to make a difference, check out this PETITION that was started to bring back Ravenswood!
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Ravenswood- My Haunted Heart (1×10)
“Whoever questions this gets the same answer: death”
Hannah arrives in Ravenswood, while the five teens a lot of answers regarding the curse, Collin’s and the real story of what happened to Luke and Liv’s father. Tragically, or not, a (sort of) main character dies, while another one possibly finds love…
After some digging Remy figured out that the kid she keeps seeing in her “visions” with the bleeding eyes was actually a blind teen killed by the curse, who is trying to show them the truth. He’s appeared to Remy multiple times and once to Liv, and showed them certain situations which would help them better understand the curse (the signing of the pact, Collins’ meeting with Dillon). Desperate for answers, they thought that if they went to Luke and Liv’s dads old office, he would come and show them who really killed their father. It’s a long stretch, but it worked. The teen transported them back to the day of their fathers death. Papa Matheson was on the phone with Mama and looking at articles about the curse (ah so he knew!), when Dillon bolted in and stabbed him with the three edged blade. As much as we all wanted answers, this scene was a punch to the gut and was painful to watch. I mean, imagine seeing your boyfriend kill your father!!! It was unsettling and showed us just how in deep Dillon had actually gotten with the curse. Thankfully, while Liv was balling her eyes out on Luke’s shoulder, Remy noticed that Dillon touched a book leaving his fingerprint with some blood. Evidence putting Dillon at the scene of the crime!!!
While this could be exactly what Mama Matheson needs to get the po-po off her trail, it makes no difference to Dillon. (I know its bad to rejoice, but I can’t help it.) Back at home, Remy was attacked by the man of the hour himself. She put up a good fight but ultimately, ended up getting knocked out and dragged out of her house. Cue the missing person’s report. When we’re dealing with supernatural forces, there’s not much the police can really do. Dillon kidnapped Remy in order to bring all the five teens together in the chapel for Reverend Gabriel. In a blurry of red-light and confusion, Abaddon started chanting a curse while Miranda started getting her pulse back. Suddenly Collin’s ran in to stop him to stop the spell and spill some beans about the curse. While, Miranda really wanted to come back to life, it was a trap. The reason none of the other teens died, is because they all had to be alive in order to die. That’s why they were in the car together, but something went wrong because only Miranda died. Which technically means, their all semi-safe.. as long as Miranda stays a dead sacrifice and no one figures out how to bring her back.
All of this left Dillon really confused. It’s safe to say the deals that Dillon was making with “him” was with Reverend Abadon and not Collin’s. It’s still unclear what Dillon and Collin’s talked about in the car the night Remy saw him, but it seems like Collin’s is actually good, which makes Miranda a happy camper. While Abaddon was trying to bring Miranda back to the living, Dillon ran for it (probably thinking he was getting sacrificed to bring her back). On his run, he encountered Max, the creepy little blonde girl who told him she would help him. As Dillon followed her, he fell on train tracks and well, you can figure out the rest. It’s safe to say you can’t cheat death. And you can’t make deals with him either.
When Caleb confronted Collins about Dillon being the murder, he was actually really surprised and shocked by the information. Collin’s has been helping this whole time. I think that’s when the pieces started coming together for him and why he ultimately ended up at the church. When he spoke to Caleb he admitted that everyone he knew who tried to break the curse died. He wasn’t going to risk that, so in order to keep the souls taken by the curse safe, he kept them in locked in the jars. This was his way of keeping order in an un-orderly town. When Collin’s went to help the teens and stop the chant from bringing Miranda back to the dead, he traded Abadon something, or should I say someone, who was much more powerful: Caleb Rivers the original one. At the end of the episode, we see Miranda still dead sulking in the cemetery when old Caleb finds her. For him it seems like a reunion with the love of his life. Could this be the Caleb she’s really in love with? Is Miranda actually old Miranda??? What does any of this mean?
It would be good if old Caleb and new Miranda started a relationship because her chances with new Caleb are slim to none. Also, maybe old Caleb can shed some light on breaking the curse! After all, Caleb and Miranda are more powerful than Abaddon when together. Does it matter which Caleb and Miranda? While new Caleb does have feelings for her, he’s in love with Hannah, who made a surprise visit this week and kind of reconciled her relationship with her ex. There were a lot of emotions associated with this reunion as Hannah finally found out that Miranda is actually dead. Isn’t that a trip. She comes to Ravenswood to give Miranda a piece of her mind for stealing her boyfriend and finds out homegirl is dead. Even better? That her boyfriend can still see her and talks to her on a daily basis. Yeah, I’d be like “sayonara” too. But, Hannah’s reasonable. She’s got enough craziness going on in Rosewood with A drama that she can kind of believe Caleb’s story. She has an emotional but sweet telepathic conversation with Miranda in the church, than finds a sulking Caleb and explains that as sad as she is that Miranda died, it breaks her heart that he almost did too. Thank god she doesn’t know about the curse of 5!!! She gives Caleb a big kiss and is on her merry way to safety…. Well, not really. I don’t think she’s any safer in Rosewood than she is here now with Spencer on the Ezra trail but at least these two got their happy ending! With such a season finale, it’s going to be impossible to wait till next season!!!
Other Burning Questions
- So it seems that when Caleb was in the chapel with Miranda, the list of six names was originally the people who were suppose to be in the pact. Those names only included Dillon and Caleb’s, so what about the others? Obviously, Dillon traded his spot with Liv’s but that didn’t really help him. Now that he’s dead, is she safe? Did other families switch? Did getting married change curse last names? If so, it would mean only six families were royally screwed every time there was a war…
- Will Dillon stick around and be a ghostly companion to Miranda?? It’s a possibility. Maybe Collin’s has his hair follicle in a jar too. He would be able to shed some light on the curse too, although its too bad Olivia can’t get her revenge.
- Alright… lets talk about Max. Who is she? First she tried to trick Miranda into thinking her parents were alive. Than she was working with Dillon. And recently she wanted to lure in Hannah. Plus, we saw her in the Halloween episode and she wasn’t less creepy. What’s the deal with her?
- Is it safe to conclude that the spider lady was just Abaddon in disguise?
- Is new Miranda the same as old Miranda? If not, why is her meeting with old Caleb so important? If the original Miranda and Caleb were the only two people that had the power to break the curse, could old Miranda be substituted by new Miranda? Is that why Abaddon didn’t want Miranda dead?
- Will the police find evidence incriminating Dillon or was it just a waste of time informing the cops? Will they finally let momma of the hook?
- Collins keeps the souls of the victims safe until the contract is broken. How can that happen? What do we need to do?? I say we form a huge group and work on breaking it right now!!!
Ravenswood: Along Came a Spider (1×09)
“You can still crave something you can’t have.”
Amidst all the crazy and spooky things happening in Ravenswood, Caleb (and the others) still has to go to school. His first day offers some new revelations as it pertains to the curse. And while we’ve ditch the scary nightmares, we’ve moved on to deserted chapels and steamy saunas….
Caleb’s probably the only one who attended school and its a good thing he did because his history teacher Mr. Price ended up giving him some insight on Collins. Price has never trusted Collin’s and mentioned that it’s odd that Colin’s wont let anyone into the little chapel in the cemetery. Obviously, this sparks Caleb’s curiosity, but Miranda assures him that there isn’t anything out of the ordinary there. Once inside, a beam of light shines onto a tile on the floor, which reveals all of the members that signed the pact for the curse. Caleb’s last name, River’s, is the only one on the tile, along with Dillon’s last name. Also, Caleb pretty much alienates everyone by chatting up with his ghost friend, you know something normal people do. It was cute, but definitely set himself up for being the freak of the school. The perks of being a ghost though is that you can totally slam lockers and haunt the people that are mean to your friend!
The Matheson’s just really can’t catch a break. On their first day of school, Luke and Liv’s mom is arrested. Shocker. At this point we’re 9 episodes in and I think she’s been arrested in like 7 of them. Despite that, the twins stay home and fret about what to do. While the family doesn’t have enough money to post her bail, Miranda snoops in on a conversation between Rochelle and Raymond and urges Liv to take Collin’s up on his offer to help their mother. He ends up mortgaging his funeral home and getting her out of jail. But, at what price? While Miranda might have seen a softer side of Raymond, I still don’t think he’s trust worthy. What will he want in exchange for Rochelle’s freedom? He’s already keeping the curse from everyone…. unless the mom knows more than she’s letting on.
Dillon finally shows up and sweet talks his way back into naive Liv’s heart. All her anger and Springer’s warning go out the door when Dillon mentions that he was at bible camp after his mom found condoms in his drawer. Yeah, ok. Can’t believe Liv fell for that one. She might be book smart, but she’s really lacking the common sense gene. But Luke being the overprotective brother, doesn’t believe Dillon’s story for a second. He confronts Dillon in the locker room after the game, and gets a lot more than he asked for. Dillon confesses that he made a deal (with the devil) and sacrificed Olivia to “him”… him being the ultimate demon man running the whole show! Meaning he was suppose to be in that car that went off the bridge, but made a deal to get out of it. Yeah… Worst boyfriend award for sure. He also warns Luke that he can’t hurt him because he’s got backup and his supernatural friends fog up the locker room and strangle Luke until they get bored. When he’s finally home and tells Liv the news, she seems hesitant to believe him. After all, she knows Dillon best right?!
Luke really has a lot on his mind now. Aside from his mom getting arrested, his girlfriend sleep stabbing/ drawing, a curse that is suppose to kill him, a funeral man getting cozy with his mom, and his sister’s psychotic boyfriend, he’s also pretty upset after finding out she slept with Dillon. A part of it is the fact that she’s sleeping with some crazy evil guy, but most of the anger is at the fact that his sister did it before him. When he mentions this to Remy, he makes her feel a little guilty that she wanted to wait till they graduate high school. Poor girl has enough on her plate trying to get answers from Springer and getting shunned from her father’s magazine for printing an article questioning if Springer’s father was wrongfully put into prison. That article was her bribe for Springer to tell the cops he planted the knife in Liv’s backyard. She’s trying to do her friends a favor!! But ultimately, I feel like she’s the next one to die from the group. She came really close during her nightmare and now she’s just getting weird chilly vibes when walking around town almost as if the universe is saying, ‘You’re next.’
– If you’re a ghost, one of your biggest worries is not being able to drink papaya juice. It sounds pleasant, yet depressing all at the same time.
-The scary lady Luke’s seeing that has a spider crawling out of her face! What’s that all about? I have no idea, but I hope never to see it again. It was gross. Did I mention I hate spiders?? A lot!!
– Why is Collins in the car with Dillon at the end of the episode? Did Dillon make a deal with Collins and that’s why he’s safe?
– Since Remy saw the two of them at the end, does that mean she’s going to pay for ‘seeing too much’ again.
-When Hannah comes to Ravenswood in next weeks season finale, will she finally find out the truth about everything???? Will Hannah and Caleb get back together!!! AHHH… fingers crossed!
– On the tile, there are only two names of the teens that are supposedly in this curse. Who are the others? Did their last names change along the way cause of marriages?? What are we not piecing together here?
– By sleeping with Dillon, did Olivia seal the deal and his fate that he would live? Is she going to get pregnant now in some twisted turn of events?
– Why does at least one person take nightly strolls?? These people are just asking to get killed. Where are you even going??!?!
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