Spoiler-Free Review of “Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin” on HBO Max: A Teen Slasher Series done right!

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“You can’t ignore the past forever…”

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin premiered on HBO Max on July 28th 2022. The teen mystery drama series (based on Pretty Little Liars) stars Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney, Maia Reficco, Malia Pyles, and Mallory Bechtel. There are three episodes available to stream now. The remaining seven episodes will air weekly. Each episode runs for approximately 50-52 minutes.

After a tragic event twenty years ago, a group of friends are targeted by A, connecting the past to the present.

Here is the trailer:

Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin may be the most entertaining spin-off series yet, as it gives fans of the original show plenty to be excited about with a clever slasher spin. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The slasher spin is genius!

I absolutely loved the original Pretty Little Liars series and looked forward to coming up with crazy theories about A every week. I watched both spin-off series after that and was really excited about this new series. 

The other series all focused on a teen mystery and so does this one, but it has a slasher vibe that will remind you more of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. A is still sneaky with the signature unknown texts and secret messages, but they are also a lot more brutal this time around and I am personally loving every second of it!

The past and present timelines are both interesting!

Similar to Yellowjackets, this new spin-off series does a good job of presenting us with an addicting mystery surrounding two timelines. Sometimes when shows go down this route, I prefer one timeline to the other, but so far I am invested in both and I am curious about how everything connects even though some parallels seem fairly obvious so far.

The Cons:

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The characters need some work…

I’m not really connecting to any of the characters yet, which is slightly disappointing. I loved the characters in the original series and we have some potential here, but I think that we need to learn more about everyone. So far we are spending a lot of time on two of the potential leads of the series, but I want to get to know everyone else too so that I care about what happens to them.

The forced pop culture and movie references are also a little nauseating at times. I get that the show is trying to be relevant, but it is a bit much so far.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This show is really addicting and I am loving the slasher style! It’s not easy pulling off a reboot or spin-off, but so far this series is headed in the right direction and I can’t wait to watch more!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “One of Us Is Lying” on Peacock: Everyone is a Suspect

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“Everybody has secrets…right?”

One of Us Is Lying is a new teen mystery drama series based on the best-selling book of the same name. It premiered on October 7th 2021, featuring six episodes available to stream now on Peacock (approximately 45-48 minutes in length). The remaining two episodes will air on October 21st 2021. The show stars Marianly Tejada, Cooper van Grootel, Annalisa Cochrane, Chibuikem Uche, and Mark McKenna.

One of Us Is Lying introduces us to five teens who wind up with detention, but things get interesting when one of them doesn’t make it out alive, involving them all within the mystery surrounding the death. The remaining characters try to cope with the aftermath, as we soon learn that they all have motives to murder their classmate, but who is the killer?

Here is the trailer:

One of Us Is Lying is very much Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars, but does it do enough to step away from the teenage clichés it wants to comment on? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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A solid mystery to keep you coming back for more.

Sure, I’ve seen this type of show before and I actually recently read this book as well, but I do think this mystery is decent enough to keep you hitting play on the next episode. It keeps you guessing and it reels the audience in that much more to keep you invested from start to finish.

Uses the gossip app in a more strategic way than some of its predecessors.

I was pretty disappointed with the Gossip Girl reboot and it’s hard to be relevant and original when so many of these shows overlap with similar premises, but I actually thought that this show used the gossip app more effectively.

The secrets that were exposed added to the mystery and I liked that we knew the author of the app immediately to prevent things from feeling too much like the original Gossip Girl.

The Cons:

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Fits neatly into the tropes it comments on…

The narrator in the opening episode talks about the clicks and clichés in your typical high school setting, but the show doesn’t actually do anything to set itself apart from this. Making a comment on it is not enough for me.

All of the characters fit neatly into tropes we have seen before in these types of high school mysteries and while the characters have some redeeming qualities, I wanted something a little bit deeper here.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

I like this type of show and I enjoyed the book for the most part. So far I am invested during my watch and I think that the mystery is good enough to keep you coming back for more. I would have liked to see this show take a few more risks and step out of its comfort zone so that it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of other teen mystery dramas, but it still is entertaining enough and the quick release of the episodes makes it easy to binge-watch.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on One of Us Is Lying in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Clarice” on CBS: The Silence is Over…kinda

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“To be a survivor, you have to be a victim…”

Clarice premiered on CBS on February 11th 2021. Episodes will air weekly and are also available to stream on CBS All Access. The series stars Rebecca Breeds, Michael Cudlitz, Nick Sandow, and Kal Penn. Each episode runs for approximately 52 minutes. 

The series takes place one year after the events that occurred in the iconic film, The Silence of the Lambs. We follow the untold story of Clarice, as she tries to piece her life back together again while taking on some new disturbing cases.

Here is the trailer:

Clarice has the potential to bring us back into this world while telling a unique story. However, it is difficult to find the perfect balance between the films and a new show. Hannibal was very effective at doing this, but can Clarice accomplish the same? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Rebecca Breeds is fantastic as Clarice.

It’s not easy stepping into a role like this and Rebecca Breeds certainly has some big shoes to fill. I was already a fan of hers and remember her from Pretty Little Liars and The Originals. I think that she is doing enough to honor the original performance while branching out and creating a more layered identity.

There are a lot of familiar faces in this cast. We have TWD’s Michael Cudlitz, Orange Is the New Black’s Nick Sandow, and Houses’s Kal Penn, which should give us a good character dynamic.

Good balance between past and present events.

The flashbacks bring us back to the film, but they don’t overwhelm the show. It looks like we will be following a weekly case formula, which could be very effective with a show like this. I thought that the new mystery was disturbing enough and Clarice stepped into her new assignment well.

The Cons:

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Nothing truly unique going on here.

While I thought that the pacing worked well for the opening episode, this show can quickly become stale and forgettable. The problem with it airing on a network like this, is that it becomes lost in the shuffle of every other crime show. I have seen plenty of television series premieres based on films and eventually, they run out of steam.

I think that Clarice has to pick up the pace and do something really different to keep us invested or it could find its way on the cancellation chopping block…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

This show was really not bad at all. I think that some critics are being a little hard on it. The pacing worked and I thought that the moody flashbacks were necessary to remind us about the actual premise of this show.

I really want to like this show because I like Rebecca Breeds and I think it has the potential to do well, but it needs to step away from the crime drama formula and give us a lot more. I’m invested for now, but that could quickly change if nothing too drastic happens. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will get there!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Clarice in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Walker” on The CW: Thoughtful character, but in need of more action!

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“Just Walker is fine…”

Walker premiered on The CW on January 21st 2021 with the pilot episode. New episodes will continue to air weekly. The series stars Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Keegan Allen, and Violet Brinson. Each episode runs for approximately 50 minutes. 

This show is a reboot of the iconic Walker, Texas Ranger starring Chuck Norris. It is clear from the pilot episode that we are getting a much more thoughtful lead character who seems to be more about family than he is about action, but it looks like we may be able to squeeze in that roundhouse kick…just not the way you were expecting.

Here is the trailer:

Walker has the opportunity to bring the classic show to a new audience with a modern perspective, but does it pack enough punch to keep us coming back for more? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fandom friendly cast.

We have Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki, The 100’s Lindsey Morgan, and Pretty Little Liars’s Keegan Allen. That’s bound to get this show some serious ratings and I have to admit it’s the main reason I tuned in. I watched the original show when I was younger, but I haven’t been entirely convinced about this show just yet.

Jared Padalecki needs to find his groove and abandon Sam Winchester a little bit more and I would love to see Lindsey Morgan’s character, Micki really show everyone who the real bad-ass is. Seriously, she’s my favorite part of the series right now!

Not just a carbon copy of the original.

I appreciate that this show is taking a different approach. However, I’m not sure that it is meeting the mark just yet and it is coming off as a watered down version of Justified without enough going on.

I think the show feels a little bit closer to shows like Brothers and Sisters and Everwood, but it’s still trying to figure out its own identity.

It has some big shoes to fill, but I think it does have the potential, but let’s hope it doesn’t take too long to reach it.

The Cons:

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Where’s the action?

It took a solid thirty minutes before we got an actual fight scene that was just kind of meh and then when we got to the fight later on, Lindsey Morgan’s character stole the show. While I am all for a more thoughtful, modern take on everything we need a lot more action…like way more…

So am I in or out?

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I’m about 50/50 on this one.

I love Jared and Lindsey so I am tempted to keep watching, but this show is off to a very slow start and it is frustrating because I think it can be so much better. There needs to be more fight scenes, more action, and less forced screams into the sky. I’m being hard on the show because I want it to do well and even though I know this show will get good ratings because of the cast, we deserve more! I’ll give it a few more episodes, but let’s hope things pick up soon!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Walker in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Light as a Feather” Season 2 Part 1 on Hulu: “Slumber Party with a Serial Killer…what can go wrong?”

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So maybe a slumber party with a serial killer isn’t the best idea, especially when you and your friends are being stalked by an evil supernatural force that has a thing for games, but where would be the fun in that?  After the addicting and fun premiere of Light as a Feather season 1, I have been anxiously waiting for new episodes to arrive and they are finally here!  If you are craving some Pretty Little Liars drama mixed in with an I Know What You Did Last Summer feel, then you are in the right place!

Light as a Feather is based on the popular Wattpad story written by Zoe Aarsen.  In season 1, five teenage girls head out to a graveyard for some underage drinking and a seemingly harmless game of Light as a Feather.  If you are not familiar with the popular slumber party game, now might be a good time to re-visit the film, The Craft, which is one of my personal favorites as well.

During the game, each girl takes a turn and their death is described to them in detail.  Things start to get weird when the girls begin dying exactly as it was determined in the game.  McKenna Brady and her friends realize that they are being targeted by something supernatural, but is there a way to end the game without hurting others in the process? 

Season 2 still centers around McKenna Brady, who now inherits the burden of carrying out the game, which leads to more players, more twists, and of course…more drama.  Season 2 will feature 16 episodes in total.  The first 8 episodes have been released on Hulu and are currently streaming as of July 26th 2019.  The remaining 8 episodes will be released October 4th 2019 on Hulu.

The show stars Liana Liberato, Haley Ramm, Brianne Tju, and Jordan Rodrigues.  We also get several new characters introduced into the mix, including characters played by The Walking Dead’s Katelyn Nacon and Angel and Dexter’s Julie Benz, who I am always happy to see!  Season 2 has a lot to live up to, but can it hold steady and keep the game going?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The performances of Haley Ramm (Violet), Liana Liberato (McKenna), and Brianne Tju (Alex).

It’s not easy living up to the success of season 1, but these three ladies rock!  They truly embrace their characters, which made the watch much more enjoyable for me.  Plus, while the first season focused more on the aspects of the game, we get some needed character growth and development in season 2.  I was particularly interested in Violet’s backstory, who is becoming one of my favorite female antagonists on TV and Ramm’s portrayal of her is fantastic!

Fast paced episodes and more cliffhangers!

I’ll say this, Light as a Feather does not disappoint when it comes to keeping you on the edge of your seat.  Season 2 provides us with more twists and the end of episode 8 will immediately have you wanting more.  I still thoroughly enjoyed the quick episodes, which run about 25-30 minutes in length, which means you can easily breeze through and binge-watch the first part of season 2 in about 4 hours, which comes in handy when you have a lot of other shows to watch!  This show can easily drag certain things out for too long so I appreciated that we kept the short episodes going and I enjoyed a lot of the twists thrown our way, which made the game and plot interesting enough for me.

The Cons:

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A lot of teenage drama.

I don’t personally mind watching some teenage drama and I am a fan of shows like PLL, but I also want to balance in the supernatural threat evenly with the social drama going on.  There are new relationships forming, break-ups, and arguments among friends, but it sometimes felt like our characters were more worried about these social issues rather than the supernatural one that could actually threaten their lives and everyone they care about…

Slow start to the game.

The first three episodes provide us with a lot of setup and things really don’t start taking off until episode 4.  Since we only have 8 episodes right now, that was slightly disappointing.  We also see the game from McKenna’s perspective and she deals with blackouts, which means we only get bits and pieces of the actual game, which made the threats to the new players slightly underwhelming for me.  There was a really creepy and gruesome vibe in season 1 and I was hoping that would continue in season 2, but I only saw some glimmers of it and I guess I just wanted to see more of the actual Light as a Feather game.

So am I in or out? 

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I am still a huge fan of the series and I will continue to watch it, but I was slightly disappointed with season 2.  The premise of this show makes it difficult to keep it new and fresh and I totally understand that, but I think that season 2 needed to find a better balance between the supernatural game and the teenage drama.  We still have the second half of season 2 and we are left with another huge cliffhanger, so I will definitely be tuning in to find out what happens next.

Overall, perhaps I set my expectations too high for season 2, but it was still an entertaining watch for me.  It just didn’t hold a candle to season 1.  If you enjoyed season 1, I still recommend that you watch season 2, but I am interested to find out what other fans think as well.  The game is far from over and it seems like we may explore the origins of it further, which has a lot of potential.  Plus, you never know which side Violet is going to end up on and McKenna has her own inner turmoil to deal with, so there is a lot left to uncover.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Light as a Feather in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 10: “Enter the Professor”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 10 season finale, I learned that “just when everything’s going the way it’s supposed to,” something bad is bound to happen.  That is, if you attend Beacon Heights University.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Enter the Professor,” everyone is glad that the threat is over after Jeremy is taken away in an ambulance, but is it really over?  Meanwhile, Alison and Mona contemplate whether or not they should stay at Beacon Heights University, Dylan confronts a former bully, and Ava gets a surprise visitor.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 10 season finale are:

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“Some puzzles are just not meant to be solved.”

That may be true, but Mona is not about to give up that easily.  After it initially seems like the threat is over, Mona reveals to Alison that she never found out more about the list she discovered that connected several of our characters and Ray Hogadorn.  Mona always senses when there is more to the story, but Alison suggests that perhaps it really isn’t meant to be solved.  Only there are no coincidences when it comes to Rosewood or Beacon Heights University, as we are about to find out.  This town may “breed drama,” but it’s not always easy to leave that behind, especially when your past is filled with it.

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“I’m keeping my job.”

After Mona is fired by Claire, she is ready to pack up and get a fresh start, but Mason is not going to let her walk out just yet, revealing a secret that changes everything.  Mona confronts Claire and tells her that she’s keeping her job and explains that she knows about how her and Mason “comforted each other” after Nolan’s death.  Gross.  Mona turns the tables on Claire, who agrees to reinstate Mona, which keeps our girl in Beacon Heights for now.  Only Claire is always watching so Mona better watch her back for sure.  Mona promises that the affair with Mason is over, but it’s clear that there are still unresolved feelings here.  As much as I ship these two together, I don’t want Mona to get in any further trouble with Claire.

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“I am nothing like you.”

When Ava returns to her room, she discovers that her father is there waiting for her.  Ava is more than surprised to see him and he asks for his daughter’s help.  Ava is supposed to pick up some package for her father, which he claims will help make everything right, but Dana Booker is on to her and reveals how much her father has actually stolen and says that he is using her.  Ava connects the dots on her own and realizes what her father is up to.

She stands up for herself and refuses to turn over the information and her father tells her, “I’m sorry that I turned you into me.”  Ava remains strong here and says that she is nothing like him and ends up returning the funds that were stolen to Zach’s family, along with several other clients.  Dana seems impressed and I have to say that I am extremely proud of Ava’s actions here as well.  Ava clearly loves her father so much, but she also knows right from wrong and she makes a huge decision here.  I’m looking forward to seeing what she does next if we get a season two and I really hope we do!

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“You can’t win the game if you don’t know the rules.”

After a somewhat uneventful start, our characters all receive invitations to the Crimson Society, which we learn is a rumored secret society on campus that can “make your dreams come true.”  Our group shows up, not really knowing what to expect and are shocked when the television screen in front of them shows Taylor shooting Jeremy and how they all covered it up.  Someone out there knows the truth and his or her name is…the professor! 

The professor welcomes our characters to “the experiment, phase two” and we learn that he or she is the real person who killed Nolan, explaining that Jeremy was only doing surveillance, but he is not the real killer.  We know that there are always more twists and turns in the PLL world and this spin-off continues to carry on with that tradition.  The professor will be watching and our characters are about to be tested again.  It looks like we have a lot to learn about the professor, who must actually really be a professor on campus, as Zach greets him or her while bringing over an order.  Is it a professor we have already seen or someone new?  I can’t wait to find out!

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“I’m afraid of…”

At the end of the episode, our characters are tasked with revealing their greatest fears.  Each character looks into the camera and reveals to the Professor this vulnerability.  Alison is afraid that she is too broken to be fixed, but I have been thoroughly impressed with Alison’s character growth and she has really come so far.  Plus, it will be interesting to see what she does next in the psychology department and the professor she is working for could be a suspect for sure.  Caitlin states that she is afraid of failure, but she takes a huge step by telling her mother that she wants to stay at Beacon Heights University and I know that she is capable of proving herself here.

Ava says that she is afraid of turning into her father, but she has already shown that she has a generous and good heart.  Dylan reveals that he is afraid of going home, but his talent is so incredible and it looks like his life may get even more complicated when his former bully reveals that he is gay as well.  Finally, our girl Mona does not disappoint when she says that she is afraid of never finding out who the Professor is, accepting this challenge.  What’s next for our characters?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out so hopefully we get a season 2 renewal announcement soon!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 9: “Live Together, Die Together”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 9, I learned that “good people can make bad mistakes,” but “you can’t be defined by one mistake,” can you?  Well I’m not sure that attempted murder applies here, but you never know at Beacon University.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In Wednesday night’s episode, “Live Together, Die Together,” everyone gets ready for the Gala and dresses to the nines, but drama is never too far away.  Meanwhile, Taylor decides to go after Jeremy, but is she about to make a fatal mistake?  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 9 are:

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“We can leave together or we can say goodbye.”

In the beginning of the episode, we immediately flash to Caitlin and Jeremy.  Jeremy reveals to Caitlin, “You wanted him gone too,” meaning Nolan, but he doesn’t exactly confess to murder.  Jeremy is ready to get out of town and wants Caitlin to come with him, but he leaves the choice up to her.  Caitlin has a lot to process here, but it doesn’t seem like she can fully believe that Jeremy is capable of Nolan’s murder.  Is Jeremy confessing to something else or is he the mysterious killer we have been looking for?

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“You’re terminated.”

Even though I ship Mona and Mason, I was worried in last week’s episode that someone might find out about the affair and use it against Mona and unfortunately this did happen.  While Mason is with Mona, he gets a message from Claire Hotchkiss.  Mona thinks this is slightly odd, but Mason explains that they have kept in touch after Nolan’s death.  The Mona we all know would have normally been ten steps ahead of Claire, but perhaps her feelings for Mason have been clouding her better judgment.

Claire puts “active surveillance” on Mason and discovers the affair.  She confronts Mona at the ball, who looked stunning in a red dress by the way, and terminates her.  Mona now realizes her huge mistake and tells Mason that she cannot see him anymore.  Is this truly the end for these two or will Mona find a way to make things right?

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“Taylor’s stronger than you give her credit for.”

Alison continues to have Taylor’s back in this episode and even stands up to Claire for her.  However, perhaps Taylor is hiding more than Alison realizes.  Claire tells Alison that there are things she doesn’t know about Taylor.  Taylor later reveals that she created Beacon Guard when she was younger to keep people safe, but her mother found out and ended up using it, locking her out.  Is this the reason why Taylor has been targeted?  As the creator of the original Beacon Guard, she may possess knowledge and secrets that could be very dangerous in the wrong hands…but what if those wrongs hands belong to her mother?

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“I believe in you.”

Even though things don’t exactly work out for Mona and Mason right now, love is still blooming in the air.  Dylan and Andrew have a sweet moment together, as Dylan finally plays, “A Song for Andrew,” to celebrate their anniversary.  I’m really glad he got the chance to play for him, as Dylan has been so stressed out about possibly being kicked out of school.  At the Gala, Andrew comes through and even has Dylan’s piece played before the entire audience, preventing Claire from having much say in kicking him out.  Go Andrew! 

Later on, sparks also continue to fly between Ava and Zach.  Ava covers for Zach and tells him to go talk to the representative about his art, believing in his talent and in him, which was a really sweet moment.  Again, it’s really amazing to see the transformation of these characters, as something so horrible has also brought them all together, allowing them to inspire others and truly make a difference.  Let’s just hope this new “A” doesn’t ruin a good thing.

1

“He was getting away…”

At the end of the episode, our group gathers down at Caitlin’s meeting with Jeremy, determined to get to the bottom of everything.  Only Taylor has brought a gun with her and refuses to let Jeremy get away with murder.  Taylor shoots Jeremy and her friends immediately have her back, saying that he was running toward her, determined to protect Taylor no matter what.  Caitlin rushes over to Jeremy and is beyond heartbroken…only Jeremy may be alive after all.  What will he do now that Taylor has just taken a shot at him?  Is he truly the big bad or is there still another mystery player to unmask?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 8: “Act Normal Bitches”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 8, I learned that you may think that you’re “in the circle, but you’ll never be in the circle.”  But being an outsider can be a dangerous thing, especially when everyone is a suspect.  So do you keep your friends close and your enemies closer or do you maintain your distance?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In Wednesday night’s episode, “Hook, Line and Booker,” romance is in the air, as Alison and Mona contemplate potential new relationships.  Meanwhile, Ava has some memories about her and Nolan and Caitlin begins to worry about Jeremy’s loyalty.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 8 are:

5

“Isn’t it funny how sometimes we become the thing that we hate?”

In this episode, Mona and Dana Booker continue to clash, as Mona sits down during a teachers’ mixer to get to know Dana a little better.  While Mona plays the game to perfection and asks the appropriate questions, Dana cuts right to the chase and starts asking Mona more about Alison and Nolan’s murder, proving that she has no time for chit-chat.  Mona doesn’t waver; however, as she continues to hold her ground, putting Dana in her place, but it’s only a matter of time before the gloves come off between these two.  My money is on Mona!

4

“Thank you for the dance…”

During the teachers’ mixer, Alison meets a language professor named Gabriel and the two of them seem to hit it off right away.  Alison even gets a private dance lesson with him and shows off some of her Dancing with the Stars skills.  See you’re not out of practice!  It seems like romance is in the air, but Alison learns that Gabriel has an open relationship with his wife and she is not about to get mixed up in any drama right now.  I have to say that I was really proud of Alison in this moment.  She is still clearly hurting over her divorce with Emily, but she makes the right decision here and walks away.  Plus, I’m sensing some major sparks between her and Taylor Hotchkiss…

3

“Nothing makes me happier than to see you happy.”

Ava continues to grow closer to Zach in this episode, but this brings up memories of Nolan, which initially makes her sad.  We see a sweet moment between Nolan and Ava on Christmas morning, revealing that perhaps he did have a good side after all.  Ava later remembers Nolan telling her that her being happy makes him happy and decides to move forward with Zach.  I’m not sure if they are end game or not, but it’s nice to see Ava smiling for once and she does have a terrific laugh.

2

“I can’t stop thinking about you…”

Now that Bad Bishop’s identity has been revealed, Mona realizes that they are not just playing chess anymore.  Mona makes the decision to walk away from Mason, as she is an advisor at the school, which makes things more than complicated.  However, Mason later knocks on her door and tells her that he can’t stop thinking about her, which leads to a passionate moment between these two.  I have to say that I think these two are really cute together and I would love to see Mona happy for once, but could Dana Booker use this against her if she finds out?  Watch your back, Mona.

1

“You shouldn’t have followed me…”

My major theory has been that Caitlin’s boyfriend, Jeremy, is perhaps the threat everyone has been so worried about and it seems like things may be leaning in that direction now.  Caitlin follows Jeremy and sees him disposing something, but she’s too far away to really get a good look.  Either way, there is something suspicious going on here, but Jeremy discovers Caitlin before she can walk away.  Jeremy tells her to get in the car, but what does this mean?  Has Caitlin just stumbled upon something dangerous?  It’s clear that Jeremy is up to no good, but let’s hope that Alison, Mona, and the rest of the gang can track her down before it’s too late.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy dark fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

**Book Two of the Dreaming of Wonderland series, Embracing the Looking-Glass, is scheduled to be released June 5th 2019!!!!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 7: “She’s not an A”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 7, I learned that “you can’t will someone to be trustworthy,” but “if you’re honest, there are no wrong answers” when it comes to who you are.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In Wednesday night’s episode, “Dead Week,” Mona realizes that she is now a major player in the game, but is she ready to play?  Meanwhile, Alison comes clean with the group about Taylor and tries to get through to her.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 7 are:

5

“I wanted you to hear it from me first.”

In the beginning of the episode, Alison lets the group know that Taylor is really alive.  She knows that this news is about to be broadcasted all over the place and she thinks it is important to share it with Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan first.  She explains that Nolan knew and that he was trying to keep them safe.  We know that Taylor was running away from someone who was threatening her, so is the same person now threatening Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but the cat is finally out of the bag and Taylor is now out in the open.  But can she truly be trusted?

4

“He only hates you because he loves you.”

Dylan continues to try and win back Andrew’s affection in this episode, but Andrew has made it clear that he needs some time after learning about Dylan’s secret past with Nolan.  Andrew finally comes around at the end of the episode and the two of them have a sweet moment together, as they slow dance.  It looks like the two of them are home now, but they make it clear that there will be no more secrets between them, but we know that the drama is nowhere near over.  Will Andrew be able to fully support Dylan?

3

“I know who this is!”

So I’ve been wondering who Bad Bishop is for quite some time and our girl Mona finally figures it out after Bad Bishop says that “chess is the art of math.”  Mona remembers that Mason said something similar about playing piano during their counseling session and she confronts him.  Mason admits to being Bad Bishop and asks what comes next and Mona says, “Start a new game,” as their conversation is interrupted when Nolan’s identification card is used somewhere, luring Mona away.  Now that we know that Mason is Bad Bishop, what does this mean for Mona?  Is this a new potential romance for her or a good friend?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Mason has been cleared of any involvement in Nolan’s murder, but let’s hope that he has good intentions for Mona.

2

“So reinvent yourself and follow through.”

I love the growing friendship between Alison and Mona on this spin-off and they have another truly significant moment together.  Alison has been feeling torn over Taylor, recognizing the connection here.  She has been trying to balance her life and make time for her family while also making a difference in the lives of her students, but she is feeling slightly defeated.  Mona gives her a pep talk and tells her to follow through on starting over so that Alison can truly get her fresh start.  I think that Mona and Alison have a great dynamic and they make a terrific tag team.  Let’s just hope they can bring this new “A” down before it’s too late!

1

“Let’s take this bitch down.”

After Mona gets an interesting set of cupcakes featuring a creepy message asking:  “Can we be pals?” she realizes that she has just become a major player in the new A’s game.  Mona realizes that whoever broke into her apartment and left the cupcakes has Nolan’s ID card and she is determined to get to the bottom of this.  After tracking the ID card to Dana Booker, Mona realizes that she is going to need someone on the inside as well and she tells Alison, “I refuse to be a doll.”  Mona is ready to take on whoever she needs to and I think Dana Booker better watch her back.  She may be clever, but there is no one like our girl, Mona.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy dark fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 6: “So you think the dead girl should live again?”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 6, I remembered why I fell in love with Pretty Little Liars in the first place.  The twists keep coming and even when you think you may have figured out one part, there are that many more pieces of the puzzle left to discover.  The spin-off has now caught up to the original, as I found myself completely immersed in the mystery, wanting to know more and more!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Lost and Found,” Alison tries to track down Taylor after she sneaks out of her house with Mona’s help.  Meanwhile, Caitlin’s fate is revealed and Ava and Dylan team up to try and find Mason’s phone.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 6 are:

5

“We’re here to support our friend…no matter what.”

In the beginning of the episode, we learn that Caitlin is in surgery and she ends up pulling through.  Phew!  The bond between her, Ava, and Dylan is that much stronger now, as they realize how important it is to stick together, especially when Dana Booker is lurking around and causing trouble.  Throughout the episode, Caitlin has to deal with her own fair share of drama with her mother, as she makes the decision to continue lying for her about the affair, but is this the right call?  Caitlin wants to do what is right for her family, but look where her secrets have gotten her so far.

4

“So you think the dead girl should live again?”

After doing some investigation work of her own, Alison realizes that Taylor must be hiding out at the cemetery and she is right.  Alison understands what Taylor is going through because she went through something very similar in her own past.  Alison explains that “hiding in the shadows makes you an easy target” and encourages Taylor to come forward.  Alison brings Taylor to her mother, Claire, but what will happen once everyone finds out that she faked her own death?  Taylor has been hiding from a threat, but has it gone away or will this only make everything worse for her?

3

“Play again?”

Mona keeps chatting with Bad Bishop, who claims that something came up when they were supposed to meet.  Mona continues to play with Bad Bishop, but when are we going to meet this player face-to-face?  Mona begins to uncover some interesting things as well in Taylor’s trailer, as she finds a secret drawer that leads her to Beacon Guard.  Mona realizes that the program can track where people are, but it also mentions someone named BH4.  So “who the hell is BH4?”  I’m not sure, but is Mona now in danger for discovering this?  Mona is an excellent player at any game, but she may have just opened the door to something very dangerous.  Perhaps the same person who was after Taylor may be after her next?  We’ll have to wait to find out.

2

“Sometimes the most beautiful things can come from the ugliest places.”

While Ava and Dylan try to track down Mason’s phone, Ava’s fashion show is going on, which is very important to her.  When Ava and Dylan return, they are covered in sewage, which doesn’t really make the best impression, especially since someone from Vogue is there to scout out Ava’s talent.  However, Ava turns it around and embraces it.  She walks out with confidence and talks about how she previously used to try to make everything perfect, but that our imperfections make us truly beautiful and that we can’t always be perfect and clean and that we shouldn’t have to be.  Ava’s speech makes a great impression and it looks like the fashion show was a success.  I thought this was a really great moment for Ava and so far, I am liking her the most out of the new characters on the show.

1

“Whatever it takes.”

Even though there was a lot of drama going on during the fashion show, the real drama took place when Ava and Dylan tried to track down Mason’s phone.  Ava ends up pulled into the sewer by something…or someone, bringing me back to the movie, It.  Someone dressed in a pig costume is behind it, but we don’t get to see the man or woman behind the mask.  Dylan helps Ava get out of there and they run right into Dana Booker.  It seems like Dana is popping up all over the place and she has just become their new suspect since Mason has been ruled out because of his alibi.  Is this too obvious still, however?

While Dana Booker is certainly a pest right now, I’m still leaning toward Caitlin’s boyfriend, Jeremy.  I just don’t trust him.  Either way, the mystery is not even close to being over, as the Beacon Guard program shows that dead Nolan is somehow in Mona’s apartment?  Who is actually there and is our main suspect the master mind behind Beacon Guard?   I’m not sure, but let’s take a look at some of our suspects so far:

Claire Hotchkiss:  She may not have killed her son, but I don’t trust her for one second.  She seems to be very powerful and could be behind Beacon Guard.

Andrew:  Caitlin’s boyfriend, who definitely has the skills to pull this off.  Is he working for Claire or does he have another motive?

Dana Booker:  Why is Dana so focused on bringing down Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan?  Is there something of her own that she is hiding as well?

Mason:  He may have been cleared with his alibi, but he’s not really innocent either.

Bad Bishop:  Who is Bad Bishop and could he or she link us to the real suspect?

Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

**I am so excited to announce that my book, The Search for Alice, is now available!  If you enjoy dark fantasy, fairy-tale retellings, paranormal romance, horror, and mystery, then this might be the book for you or someone you know!  Thank you for taking the time to check it out and I appreciate any feedback as well.  I hope you enjoy!

**Book Two of the Dreaming of Wonderland series is scheduled to come out in June 2019 so stay tuned on that!!!!!

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