I keep telling myself that I’m a human being, an imperfect human being who’s not made to look like a doll, and that who I am as a person is more important than whether at that moment I have a nice figure.
~ Emma Watson
~ Emma Watson
How to Train Your Dragon – On the island of Berk, where battling dragons is a means for survival, there is a boy named Hiccup who doesn’t exactly fit in. Between the way, he sees things and says things not to mention his slim demeanor he was the ultimate outsider, despite him even being the chief’s son. That all changed though when he met Toothless; his clan was keen on dragon fighting and Hiccup was deperate for approval which is what caused him to shot down a Nightfury but no one believes him. Looking for proof so he can finallu gain respect from his clan but most of all his father, Hiccup sets off to the wood. When he finds the Nightfury though he’s unable to kill him and stead releases him, but the dragon was left wonded and unable to really fly away. In the process of trying to fix the dragon’s tail the two begin to bond and trust each other. Eventually he befriends the dragon and names him Toothless. Hiccup shows compassion to the dragon and soon learns that everything they think they know is wrong. Now Hiccup must navigate through the things he’s told versus the things he know, whatever he decided could change the lives of his poeople forever.
I really adore this movie, and the entire franchise really. To being with it’s funny, adorable and heartfelt. But what I love about it is the depth that exists within the stories and the characters. Not only is it about the devlopment of the bond between Hiccup and Toothless but as whole it’s about family, friendship, and community but also growing up and finding your place not always in the world but rather right where you are.
Whether you choose to just watch the movies or like me delve into to shows, you can’t go wrong with this franchise. The visuals are outstanding but most of all there is an amazing story that you can’t help but love and get completely attached to. If you haven’t seen it yet I would definitely recommend you add How to Train Your Dragon to your watch list.
Truth be told I was hoping to find a bottle in the sand or something kind of whimsical to look but I had no lucks. With that, I went for option 2, maybe 3, logs on the shore. I’m not actually sure if these logs were washed onto the shore if they are there for some other reason. Either way they are part of what make this beach what it is so you can’t help but appriciate it. As for how it realtes to the prompt, I focused more on transient in the sense of motion, which turns out to be inaccurate, over it being temporaty. But I guess the shoreline can be considered as temporary, you know with high tide and low tide, not to mention rising sea levels, and yes that is another nudge to global warming. If that doesn’t work there’s always the clouds to consider; however you want to see it it’s a place that I feel changes into something new but feels familar every visit.
~ Winnie the Pooh
Tonight’s the night, it’s the Pretty Little Liars series finale. It’s the last night for answers and Rosewood mystery and for there to be happy endings, we hope.
Time for the biggest question to finally be revealed, who is Uber A slash A.D as he/she/it is currently being called. My prediction is that Melissa Hastings is A. Since the beginning Melissa has always been on the very top of my A-list. Melissa’s always suspicious of something and now the only answer is that she was the big bad of Pretty Little Lairs. It always seemed like Melissa was just at the edge of every scandal and suspicion but was never actually involved enough to be a real suspect. It’s like she was just a victim or a loving sister in every possible scenario and she has always known how to play it. The reason I say ‘play’ is that even in her most emotional moments, it was like she could instantly switch off the tears and just go off acting completely normal. It just seems like nothing ever truly affected her, expect maybe Ian’s death. Speaking of Ian, he’s one of the people who she had a story with that makes her suspicious but I can’t really explain it; it’s like it always seemed like Melissa was being manipulated but then he killed himself and for me, it just made everything a lot more complex. Then there is the Cece thing, I mean it may have never been explored but there is a connection there. From Melissa being at Cape May during the notorious summer to Jason thinking he saw Cece and Melissa talking on the night Alison disappear to Cece calling Wren while institutionalized, there is some history. She may or may not have been A-moji, the person who wanted to find Charlotte’s killer, but she is my top pick for being Uber A slash A.D. Her being out of reach and all her twisted relations plus her being hyped as the smartest character, and some probably some other things are what make Melissa Hasting my ultimate guess for Uber A.
Not only have I thought about my theory of who Uber A is but I’ve also put lots of thought into what exactly the goal of Uber A may be. I mean with Mona it was her hatred of Ali and she was sick, with Cece it was her twisted desire to have Ali and she was sick but I think that if A.D is supposed to be the biggest bad the show ever had its something more. If you not only consider when A came into play but when it took a break from harassing the girls and it makes me wonder if it’s less about hurting them than it is about separating them. It’s just that A always comes back when the Liars get back together; after discovering ‘Ali’s’ body, after the summer break, after identifying Bethany and after Charlotte’s death. Every time, the girls had separated and then something pulled them back together and A would strike. The theory also works with my Melissa theory because if she did care about Spencer but think her friends were toxic this could have been the twisted answer to keep them apart.
The second big question that this last season has been about is who killed Charlotte DiLaurentis, and I know that it was revealed last week to be Mona and an accident but I had already thought out my theory and want to share. My guess for this is Mona Vanderwaal. When Mona came to Charlotte’s hearing and testified to get her released it was suspicious. Plus the whole Two Crows thing, we know Mona always has a plan and it rarely goes unfinished. With Charlotte’s death to follow it seemed pretty clear as to why she wanted her released. Including the fact that it was also revealed that on the night Alison disappeared Mona had wanted to kill Alison and even attempted to do so, but it turned out to be Bethany. I’m not saying trying to make her sound evil or anything but the truth is I wouldn’t be surprised for Mona to end up being the killer.
Next question is who is the Emison baby daddy. So I thought about the guys that could be on the A Team and my answer came to Wren Kingston. I’m pretty confident that it can’t be Lucas mainly because I don’t think he would ever in a million years want Alison to be carrying his child, game or not, plus he loves Hanna way too much to be part of something intended to hurt her. The other person I considered was Noel but that just didn’t seem right to me either. I mean whoever it is, has to be loyal to Uber A and really hate the Liars; I just feel like Noel was too complex overall to be simply a minion of A. Honestly I think he’s never been on anyone’s side other than his own. I always thought that Wren was suspicious, he’s even high on my A-list, between that, his repeat loyalty to Melissa plus him getting Veronica thrown off of Ashley’s case during the Wilden murder investigation, I think the chances are high. I could see Wren being the ultimate minion to whoever Uber A is.
Question number three goes to who shot Spencer and I think whoever it was is the same person who kidnapped and tortured Hanna. I really can’t think of who it may be in specific but it has to be someone close to Uber A. I’m thinking if not Uber A or the baby daddy than some other A-minion. Also, the reason I think it’s the same person is that I don’t think it was Archer who tortured Hanna, honestly I just think A.D was using his desire for vengeance, in a sense. Plus I don’t think that this A-team is very big at least in the sense of how many people are willingly part of it, meaning I think people like Jenna are being blackmailed into helping destroy the Liars.
Now it’s time to tackle down some rumors. The first one I heard about is that there are is going to be not only one but two wedding for season 7B. With Hanna and Caleb officially married, which was a moment that I completely squealed over and couldn’t stop smiling during, my guess is that the second is an Emison wedding. I know Ezra and Aria are engaged and they seem like the most obvious next wedding but I just don’t feel like their relationship was ever meant to be happily ever after. They started as hard, in a way tragic, and I think that is how they are going to ultimately end. As for why I think Emison will be that wedding is that there in this bliss and it’s like whenever they’ve connected romantically it was always untouched bliss. Plus they are having a baby and they both have this emphasis about family so I just feel like. Not mention I saw this tweet about the script where someone says something about vows and ugly crying and I can totally imagine Ali saying that. Also as a bonus thing, I am really hoping they have a girl; I’m just imagining an Emison baby and can’t help but think of like a warrior woman, you strong, kind, the best of both of them.
Rumor number two is that there is going to be two, maybe three major character deaths. My first guess is Ezra or Mona. I don’t really think I can explain why I think it’s them, I just feel like their stories are meant to have a tragic ending. I don’t want it to true, especially about Mona, but they are the two I’d guess for not making it. Now the prediction I am confident about is that whoever Uber A is will not make it; if you ask me the ultimate End Game won’t be jail or a mental institute, the ultimate end would be death, not trying to be cynical or anything.
One thing I’m still curious about but am expecting to never get answered is what happened to the moms on prom night. I am wondering if its just suppose to be an up in the air thing and the answer is just super simple but I still want to know, I mean it was drunk, emotional moms stuck in a basement. Considering the show I shouldn’t be expecting a funny answer, on a practical level they were probably found by police and taken to their daughters who just got questioned about Cece, but a girl can still wonder and hope for something more fun.
Oh and the whole Spencer has a twin theory, I hate that theory. Honestly, if the answer is that A.D is Spencer’s twin I think that’s kind of a give-up-plot. I mean maybe if that is the answer and they explain it really, really well I might be able to accept but after the Charlotte storyline, I don’t want it to be. Mary being Spencer’s biological mother was a total shock for me and I really did like the storyline, which was surprising but I don’t want to see another traumatized evil secret sibling. The main reason people are giving is how Spencer’s behavior is different but I don’t think that has anything to do with her being two people. Frankly, I think she just changed, in the five years they were and since coming back, I mean a lot of things happened, especially for Spencer. Honestly, I think there is only one Spencer and she just isn’t as blindly driven anymore. And quoting her from the season five premiere, she’s not the person who wants to win anymore, she just wants to be happy, and I think that’s all she been trying to do. Plus Marlene said that she has known who Uber A was since the beginning and another messy, secret family member doesn’t seem like the ultimate reveal at this point.
Predictions aside all I know for sure is that the last couple of episodes have been unbelievable great and the season finale have always played out amazing so I am just expecting that the series is going to be an exciting, probably even emotional event.
~ I. Marlene King
1. Mona is Alive – After the Liars woke up panicked, locked inside exact replicas of their bedrooms a voice came over the loudspeaker telling them to exit the room and follow the lighted pathway. They follow the lights to a replica of Alison’s living room and find a blonde in an Ali mask and yellow top playing the piano. The girl removes her mask and it is revealed to be Mona but when an emotional Hanna says her name Mona scoffs and says she’s Alison. When the girls sit for some tea Mona continues to act like Alison and when a bell chimes she leads the others to another room with a game board. During this game, they get prom invites and the game is to find their prom dates and when Hanna sees a picture of Caleb she warns A that if he is hurt she will kill ‘him, her, it, bitch.’ The outburst causes a loud siren to go off and Mona informs them that the only way to make it stop was to return to their rooms, which they did and the doors slammed behind them, turning off the sirens and leaving them alone. That night, when the generator powers down Mona gets the girls and explains that they have three minutes. She explains what she had learned since being brought to the Dollhouse, punishments and all. Hanna then realizes that Mona does, in fact, know who she is and Mona releases that A wants her to pretend to be Alison and she goes along with it so long as A is watching. With time almost up the girls rush back to their rooms and get locked in again.
I don’t think I can fully describe how amazing, and emotional, this moment or even this episode was. I mean the whole situation, heck even this half of the season was just filled with unbelievably high stakes and this was the climax. Finding out Mona was alive was also definitely one of my favorite surprises though; between her death being an absolutely heartbreaking moment and the fact that Mona is my second favorite character, first being Hanna, I have admitted it was a good and happy surprise. The only downfall was the fact that they were trapped in the dollhouse, storyline wise though this was definitely my favorite. It was really strong and from the Thanksgiving episode to Prom, which is when Charles was revealed, it was just really intense. This show, in general, has a lot of moments that keep you on the edge of your seat and this one just happens to be my personal favorite.
~ Sara Shepard
Veronica Calls Out Wilden – On the day of the S.A.Ts, there is a storm, thus leaving the students of Rosewood locked in until further notice. During this time Wilden gets Emily alone, and eventually all the Liars when they go looking for her. Wilden then accuses Emily of not only trashing Alison’s memory bit of her murder; followed by him essentially out Emily by telling the Liars about a letter she had written to Alison. As things begin to escalate Veronica walks in and is instantly outraged about the fact that the girls isolated and being questioned alone. Learning about the situation Veronica stepped further up and warned Wilden of the laws he was sidelining and that she was going to get him off the case. I love this moment for two reasons; first, how all the girls stuck together even with two shocks all that mattered to them was staying on the same side. Most of all I loved Mrs. Hastings going full-on mama bear against Wilden, no questions asked, to protect her daughter and her friends.
Pam Confronts McCullers – Because his daughter wasn’t the anchor during a swim meet, Paige’s dad comes to the school and makes a sense, suggesting Emily was getting special treatment because she’s gay. When Pam finds this out she first pulls Emily aside to find out why she never told her but Emily gets defensive, assuming her mother would have sided with McCullers. When Pam spots McCullers across the room she confronts him, giving him a piece of her mind and threatens him to drop the issue or she will show him what an agenda looks like. I thought that was a really strong scene, ever since she was outed Emily and her mom seemed so separate but then when her daughter’s skill and integrate was brought into question in a very outrageous manner everything just seemed to fall together. It was the moment that fixed things for the Fields family and personally, I think it was done beautifully.
Helping Mike – During a time of ups and downs for the Montgomery family, a change in Mike goes unnoticed that is until he has completely fallen off. When the family finally does notice the way to help him is debated but eventually, they have to stop lying and hiding and deal with reality. This isn’t just one scene but rather a storyline being built up during the first half of season 2 but I really like and wanted to mention it. I feel like it was done subtly so it may have not seemed like a huge moment but I think it was. I mean the Liars deal with this big obvious threat that sometimes the more mundane things aren’t noticed to be as serious but it is and that’s how it was treated. Also, I think it was a significant moment in the development of their family, which I think is important to note too.
Hanna Confronts the Past – The morning after a double date to help Lucas with a girl he likes turns into a success Lucas comes to Hanna’s to express his thanks. He didn’t want to thank her for the date though it was because what she did was selfless, it was just about helping him and was nothing about her gain. When he mentioned that what she did made her nothing like Alison something resonated with Hanna and sent her to Dr. Sullivan. She tells Sullivan about how she really felt about Alison and after an exercise, Hanna is able to let go of Ali’s ghost and move on. I really love Lucas and Hanna’s friendship but that’s not why I love this moment. It feels like it was a big stepping stone in Hanna’s character development. For all the Liars Alison kept them in a certain way and in Hanna’s case, her admiring made her do stuff she wasn’t always sure of and insecure about her own decision. But between Lucas’s words and her session with Dr. Sullivan she was able to put all that away and move forward.
The Liars Tell Sullivan – Having finally reached their breaking point the Liars decide to finally reach out to someone. After realizing how bad Emily has really been pushed, even wondering if she ran away, the rest of the girls go where they think they might find her, Dr. Sullivan. When Emily arrives the Liars discuss being threatened and not sure, but then Sullivan asks who they’re talking about. That’s when told her about A, how the threats began just before Alison funeral, about their suspicions, being framed and being wrong many times. After all this the Liars all feel relieved even a bit empowered but worried. And they were right to, by the end of the episode Dr. Sullivan figured out who A was but by the time the Liars got to her office A had taken her. This was a very significant moment if you ask me, I mean for them to all trust someone enough to tell them the whole truth. Plus the fact that once they finally did that person was taken. They are left not knowing if she is dead or alive, that person who went out of her to help them, the person who they all learned to trust opening was now gone. It really magnified A to another scary level.
Hanna Pretends as Red Coat – Suspicious of Spencer’s involvement with A the rest of the Liars make a plan to find the truth. During the swim meet Spencer spots someone in a red trench coat and follows her. After temporarily losing her Spencer finally corners the red coat in the girl’s bathroom, but when she turns around it’s Hanna; soon Emily and Aria follow out from the stalls. They were testing Spencer to see if she was on the A-team; her following met she was still one of them. Spencer then explains how she joined, that Mona was not in charge and how the party is a setup to get them all together. With the truth, the Liars finally felt like they had the advantage. The reason I like this moment is that even when they had proof of Spencer being against them the Lairs still had faith that there had to be more to it. It really is an example of how no matter what they are not only going to stick together but they will always be on the same side, no matter how hard A tries to pull them apart.
Mona Shows Video of Alison – Feeling paranoid about someone following her Alison flees into the church. After sending out an S.O.S she turns to find Mona behind her. Alison tells Mona she is not afraid of her to which Mona responds about having proof of the Liars being in New York and how she wanted Alison to leave Rosewood. After some back and forth Alison believes Mona is scared and that she has the upper hand, causing Alison to hold her ground about staying and saying Mona is afraid that everyone wants to be her friend and that she can make her Loser Mona again. In anger, Mona slaps Alison causing Alison to slap her back before demanding she leaves her alone. What Alison hadn’t expected was Mona recording the interaction and showing it in her favor, shocking the school and the Liars. What I love most about this moment is how well Mona managed to play this scene, not only with the video but also by ensuring that the Liars would waver about Alison. Also, it’s a good display of how easy the tables can turn for the ‘victim’ which is something I feel happens quite often with this show.
Article About their Families – After being trapped in the Dollhouse for weeks Charles lets the Liars out of their rooms, all looking traumatized. As they reunited a voice came over the loudspeaker instructing them to Alison’s room to ‘prepare for the arrival.’ They find boxes filled with Alison’s things, soon realizing that Mona was missing and Alison was coming. After finishing with Alison’s room the girls return to their own to discover their own boxes filled with their personal belongs. Among her things, Hanna finds a newspaper with an article about their families. It was about how they were struggling since the abduction and how Hanna’s mom had since been hospitalized. This caused the girls to truly realize their families were not only losing hope but suffering from not knowing where they are or if they are alive. This moment really broke my heart, I mean the whole Dollhouse scenario is just really emotional and extreme but just hearing Hanna talk about her mom and hearing about the isolation for the first time was just incredibly emotional and hard.
Mom’s on Prom Night – While chaperoning their daughters and their dates on prom night they decide to enjoy themselves a little too. After some bottles of wine and confessions about the DiLaurentis-Hastings relation, the moms begin to have their own theories. – Honestly, I love this so much because it is really funny but also kind of emotional. I mean the moms of the show have gone through so much emotionally and I feel like this showed how they that affected them. The Liars have each other to deal with everything thrown at them but the parents don’t. They’re moms that don’t know who to help their daughters; I kind of wish there were more moments like this.
Spencer Reads Mary’s Letter – Having found out the truth about her lineage, that she was, in fact, the child of Mary Drake, Spencer begins to question her existence, then came the game. — I’m actually surprised by how much I ended up actually being interested in Mary and Spencer’s relationship. I mean I was expecting it to feel like Cece and Ali but this feels like so much more and it all started with that letter. As much as I like Veronica Hastings and how bad I feel for her I can’t deny that I’ve liked watching Spencer and Mary’s heart-to-heart moments.
~ Troian Bellisario