Two years after its release in the United States, the spin-off of “Pretty Little Liars”, “The Perfectionists”, finally arrives in France on Salto. Is this more adult spin-off series centered around Alison, Mona, and a whole new mystery successful?
What is it about ?
In the small town of Beacon Heights, everything is perfect… on the surface. One day, the stress linked to the constant search for perfection in each of the inhabitants ends up leading to the inevitable: a murder is committed within this community. And behind every perfectionist hides a secret, a lie and an alibi …
Pretty Little Liars spin-off centered on the characters of Alison and Mona.
Available from November 12 on Salto. 10 out of 10 episodes seen.
Who is it with?
Aired in spring 2019 on the American channel Freeform – two years after the end of the mother series at the end of 7 seasons and 160 episodes – Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists sees Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish resume their characters of Alison DiLaurentis and of Mona Vanderwaal for 10 episodes that plunge them into a new spiral of murders, lies, and secrets, apparently unrelated to the events that rocked the town of Rosewood for years.
In front of them, Salto subscribers will notably find Sofia Carson, seen in the Descendants franchise and in Feel The Beat, Sydney Park, recently in the credits of the slasher Killer Game on Netflix, Eli Brown, who today holds one of the roles main of the reboot of Gossip Girl, or Hayley Erin.
Without forgetting Kelly Rutherford (Melrose Place, Gossip Girl), who plays the all-powerful Claire Hotchkiss, who undoubtedly hides many secrets.
Well worth a look ?
Broadcast between 2010 and 2017 in the United States on ABC Family then Freeform, Pretty Little Liars will undeniably have marked a whole generation of teen series fans. Whether it is for its cast of promising young actresses (Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, and Ashley Benson), its twists and turns, or its intrigues all more far-fetched than the others.
Refusing to see the franchise die, Freeform and creator I. Marlene King therefore had the idea of mixing the universe of the mother series, via the characters of Alison and Mona, with the plot of the novel The Perfectionists, which we also owe to the author Sara Shepard, but which has no connection at the base with the adventures of the high school girls of Rosewood.
A funny mix that was puzzling on paper, so contrived it looked, but ultimately spawned a spinoff series to match – we’re talking Pretty Little Liars after all, which doesn’t. was not a masterpiece. A spin-off that manages to keep the spirit of the original while deploying a narrative and a more adult atmosphere, which at times recalls Murder, with his teachers and his students who all seem to have something to hide and to be ashamed of. .
If we disregard a few express references to Emily, Mary Drake, or Alex in the first episode, The Perfectionists is mainly interested in a gallery of new characters, who all evolve within the University of Beacon Heights, submissive to an ultra-advanced high-tech surveillance system, and in which Alison will come to teach. For better and especially for worse.
Indeed, it is in this disturbing setting, where the pressure is constant for students in search of perfection, that a murder will be committed from the beginning of the series. The starting point of an always so complicated plot – Pretty Little Liars obliges – where appearances are deceptive and where everyone is a potential culprit.
From plague number 1 in high school to a young woman and mother in full redemption, Alison DiLaurentis, still camped by Sasha Pieterse, has somewhat lost her bite but still manages to establish herself as an endearing heroine, rid of her demons and his family of psychopaths. But no Mona, whom she will quickly meet on her way and with whom she will form a rather cheerful pair of Sunday investigators. Mona bringing a bit of madness to an ensemble that often takes itself too seriously, it must be admitted.
Around them, Eli Brown, Sydney Park, and Sofia Carson come out with honors and form a pretty band of liars, to whom one becomes attached rather quickly. But not too much anyway, since Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists was canceled by the Freeform channel at the end of its first season of 10 episodes. So don’t be surprised if the series doesn’t deliver all of its answers once its tenth (and final) episode is closed.
Despite this, this spin-off is made for …