five years later Pretty little Liars over, HBO Max brings us a new set of liars in a different but equally sleazy town with dark secrets. Co-creators Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Lindsay Calhoon Bring (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) developed Original sin intending to lean more into the horror genre, and they definitely succeeded. When the first episode ended with Rob Zombie’s “Living Dead Girl,” I knew this series was going in a direction I could go.
It’s not a prequel or sequel, and even though it’s called a reboot, I don’t see it that way either. What remains is the same basic principle – teenage girls receive anonymous texts with threats, taunts and disturbing riddles.
The goosebumps begin right away with the opening credits, which featured in a teaser for the show. We see A with a disturbing array of stolen photos and personal effects, creating their collage/kill plan. The haunting cover of “Secret” by The Pierces, the theme song to the original, plays in the background.
Original sin begins with a flashback to a warehouse in the year 2000 in Millwood, Pennsylvania. A distraught girl, Angela Waters (Gabriella Pizzolo, aka Suzie de stranger things!) weaves its way through a sea of partying teenagers and flashing lights, with the cover of Orgy’s 1998 “Blue Monday” at full blast. The party stops when she kills herself by jumping off the rafters onto the dance floor. It’s a gory mess that sets the tone for the show.
In the present day, we meet pregnant teenager Imogen Adams (Bailee Madison) and her mother Davie (Carly Pope), who was one of the teenagers in 1999. The night ends in tragedy, leaving Imogen traumatized and more vulnerable than ever. she already. was before. She is comforted by her friend Tabitha “Tabby” Haworthe (Chandler Kinney), an aspiring horror-obsessed filmmaker who deservedly works at the local cinema.
Karen Beasley (Mallory Bechtel), Imogen’s ex-best friend and resident villain, immediately confronts Imogen when she returns to school. Bechtel doubles down and plays Karen’s twin sister, Kelly, who is the sweeter of the two but still carries Karen’s authoritative attitude. His meanness and misplaced hatred for Imogen comes off a bit of caricature until Beasley’s overbearing patriarch (Eric Johnson), who is also the sheriff, gives his first “you’re not good enough” speech. at dinner. So it makes sense that Karen is so narcissistic. Kelly is more like her bullied mother, Martha (Jennifer Ferrin), just trying to stay away.
In truth The breakfast club fashion, Imogen and Tabby meet the other “liars” in detention: Noa Olivar (Maia Reficco), a track star currently wearing an ankle monitor after some time in detention. Minnie “Mouse” Honrada (Malia Pyles) is a teenager who is more comfortable with screens than with people. Faran Bryant (Zaria) is a hardworking ballerina under pressure from her mother and a strict instructor. From now on, their life becomes much more complicated and, at times, downright scary.
Pretty little Liars everyone kept secrets, including the parents. Original sin takes it a step further by placing the mums of Millwood at the center of the story. Tabby’s mother, Sidney (Sharon Leal), Noa’s mother, Marjorie (Elena Goode), Mouse’s mother, Elodie (Lea Salonga), Faran’s mother, Corey (Zakiya Young), and Imogen’s mother , Davie, share a secret that acts as the catalyst for this rampage.
In this series, we actually see more of A, who has the physique of Michael Myers and a penchant for sending cheerfully menacing taunts like Mona Vanderwaal. This new Aantagonist ditches the black hoodies and plastic face masks in favor of a mechanic jumpsuit and a stitched face (which probably isn’t made from someone’s skin, but certainly looks like what ‘it might be) adorned with a filiform. With this look, A might as well wield a chainsaw.
Hallways at Millwood High are much darker than those at Rosewood High. Cinematographers Joe Collins (For life) and Anka Malatynska (I know what you did last summer), who each worked on the first five episodes, used Dutch angles that maintained the unsettling atmosphere. Bailee Madison told Extra: “What I can say is that no one is safe in Millwood, and our show never wants you to get too comfortable.”
OG Pretty little Liars Former Lucy Hale (aka Aria Montgomery) hosted HBO Max’s Q&A panel with the new cast. Hale said that Original sin “dives deeper into the various tropes of the horror genre” from a “uniquely female perspective”, which is my favorite aspect of the series. One of the episodes is even titled “The (Fe)male Gaze”.
Tabby is a hardcore movie buff who can, and will, tell anyone how problematic a classic horror movie was. At first, his constant cinematic references were a bit too much, but that trait grew in me (over the five episodes available on screen). Chandler Kinney told BGN: “She definitely uses filmmaking, which is her biggest passion in life, as a coping mechanism and a way to help her process what she’s been through and what she’s been through. lived.”
Despite the occasional dialogue and the naming of the Queen Bee character titled Karen (a bit on the nose), the main characters are well-developed and unique within the friend group. It’s obvious that Aguirre-Sacasa and Bring value inclusivity given the wonderfully diverse cast, which doesn’t feel like “box-ticking” at all, but rather a genuine effort to reflect the world.
I can see a lot of people, especially young women, connecting with these characters. The show addresses social issues such as mental health, trauma, consent, sexism, toxic masculinity and racism. Faran has to deal with daily microaggressions from his ballet teacher (as well as Karen). Imogen can’t go a day without someone (the school nurse, the principal, and of course Karen) commenting on her pregnancy. Noa is despised for her run-in with the law. Mouse’s mothers are helicopter parents due to a past trauma suffered by their daughter.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin has a much darker vibe similar to shows like yellow jackets and the last season of stranger things. The series has a lot to offer, especially in terms of multi-dimensional characters and horror elements. uncompromising PLL fans will be hesitant to try this one, but if you like the scariest PLL episodes, like “Welcome to the Dollhouse” or one of the Halloween specials, Original sin is a must watch.
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin will debut July 28 on HBO Max with three episodes. Two new episodes will follow on August 4 and 11, with the final three episodes debuting on August 18, 2022.