Why I Prefer The Lying Game Over Pretty Little Liars

Yes I know I’m VERY LATE to the party, but I just finished catching up with 20 episodes of The Lying Game. And just like Revenge, I am grateful that someone has introduced me to this show. The Lying Game is essentially about long-lost twin sisters (Emma & Sutton) trying to find out who their birth mother is. And they start off by getting Emma to replace Sutton in her life (because barely anyone notices the difference) while Sutton goes off to find clues that will lead them to their birth mother.

Just like Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game is based on a book series written by none other than Sara Shepard herself; thus the comparison. Leslie Morgenstein is one of the exec producers on both shows BECAUSE (and I just found out this totally awesome fact) Leslie is actually known for “facilitating the adaptation of a number of book titles into television series” like Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, and The Nine Lives of Chloe King. So do go ahead and thank this brilliant man for contributing to a lot of top-rated shows. The Lying Game and Pretty Little Liars also share another similarity…they both have semi-creepy theme songs that WILL BURROW INTO YOUR BRAIN and never leave.

My main reason for preferring TLG over PLL are the characters. On PLL, I do not find the characters the smartest of people. Yes, their mistakes are the things that move the plotline forward and create the thrill the show is so greatly known for, but come on, 30% of the decisions they make are questionable okay. For instance, getting into a plane with a total stranger, that’s not the greatest idea Aria. Little things like this bug me and again, I do understand why they are there, but a quarter of the time I find myself screaming at the screen for bad reasons instead of good. I like watching smart characters; I like it when characters make the decision we would’ve made if we were in that situation; and I like it when a character does something because that is who the character is not because the character chooses to do so; and The Lying Game offers this more than Pretty Little Liars does.

Both of these shows come under the same categories: thriller, mystery, and teen drama. While PLL is heavy on all fronts, The Lying Game is more subtle. Facts and information are not revealed in the form of creepy dolls and videos, they are brought to light by the characters and their environment. Basically, it’s a whole different perspective that I appreciate.

PLL is more thriller than drama, but TLG is the other way around. And because it’s less fast paced, TLG has time to showcase some really endearing moments between family members, close friends, and lovers. PLL does showcase endearing moments of course, but TLG has more and does it better. In PLL, family members are constantly in trouble so it’s understandable that they have less time for good ol’ moments that warm your heart.

I prefer the major plotline of TLG over PLL too. In PLL, 2 major questions dominate the whole show. Who is A? Who killed Allison? The show is full of unanswered questions. But in TLG, they give you answers. And here’s the best part: they deceive the heck out of you. Those of you reading this that have already watched episode 20 know what I’m getting at here. This show will give you all the answers, make you feel like you know everything, and then turn the whole thing around. AND IT’S GOOD ENTERTAINMENT. Like, I am happy to be deceived. That’s a good difference between the shows, PLL withholds information, while TLG relies on deception. Although, no one does cliffhangers like PLL does. They are the queens of cliffhangers. While TLG will still make you want to watch more, they’re a bit weak on that front.

TLG is also full of love triangles which makes sense given the storyline. The whole thing reminds me of a Katherine-Damon-Elena love triangle. Sutton and Emma remind me of Katherine and Elena…because, how could it not? It’s too quick to judge whether the love plotlines on TLG are better than the ones in PLL because I remember loving Aria & Ezra in season 1. But in season 2, it’s gotten so messed up, i agree with Mike. Love can’t be that hard. In fact, PLL was just better the first season than the second. I’m hoping TLG doesn’t go down the same route. PLL also has WAY MORE things going on at a time than TLG. And PLL boarders on an insane amount of emotional trauma for the characters which scares me more than the dead bodies popping up everywhere. TLG is a bit laid back, so it all depends on what you prefer.

For those of you that have watched, did you prefer the first ten episodes over the next 10? Because I did. The first ten were new and original, then the next 10 episodes, hints of PLL and Revenge started entering. Btw, I do think that The Lying Game is a bit of a cross between Revenge and Pretty Little Liars. Also, is anybody else annoyed by the fact that they keep on using Sutton and Emma’s “twin sisterly relationship” to just automatically fix the biggest fights between them? Yes, they are entitled to use it, but don’t overuse it.

At the end of the day, this is just my opinion. It heavily relies on your own personal choice and both shows are really great. If you are going to start watching The Lying Game, whatever you do, do not check Wikipedia.

Geoff Stults is: The Finder

Walter Sherman a.k.a The Finder is coming to our tv screens on January 12, 2012. For those of you who regularly watch Bones, then you guys already know who this unique fellow is. The Finder is a spin-off tv series from Bones, also created by Hart Hanson. Season 6 Episode 19 of Bones appropriately titled “The Finder” introduces us to Walter and his “gift”. An inside preview to how this guy works and who his friends are. Even if you don’t watch Bones, and you think you could be interested in this, check the episode out.

Honest to God, before I watched the episode, I was imagining this guy who could psychically just find stuff. Sort of a cross between Psych & Bones. But how he actually works is way more interesting. Geoff Stults who portrays Walter Sherman (kind of an old man name don’t you think? Reminds me of Finding Nemo & Fringe) has been on How I Met Your Mother before as MAX. This one was a shock to me, he’s so different now. Got his own tv show, a whole new appeal, and the best glasses/sunglasses ever.

We learn from the episode of Bones that Walt has served two tours in Iraq and has suffered brain damage. This is where his “gift” supposedly enters, and paranoia as well. He just…finds stuff. And he’s super amazing at it, so amazing that he’s got all sorts of people who owe him for finding something of their (he makes great money out of it too).

The backdoor pilot introduced us to the scenes of Florida and showed us straight up that Walt doesn’t want to fix his brain because he’s afraid he’ll lose The Finder Power. His friend thinks that once there’s nothing else to find he’s majorly screwed, but he’s confident that there’s always something to find. The paranoia, the confidence, the charm, the “gift”. Makes for a good character to watch.

Supporting characters Leo & Ike are portrayed by Michael Clarke Duncan and Saffron Burrows. Leo is Walt’s legal advisor/poet/bodyguard and Ike is his bartender/pilot. They sort of act as his “handlers”. I find it really interesting that both of his friends have 3-letter names. Makes it much easier to remember, which is not something you usually do when you watch the first episode of a new show. Unfortunately though, Burrows has left the show and 2 other new female leads have been cast for the premiere. That’s definitely something new to look forward to right.

I enjoyed the episode of Bones, and I’m behind The Finder 100%. It also very much doesn’t hurt that Aaron Ginsburg (producer of Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe) is one of the writers of The Finder, he’s a cool guy.

Other new shows I plan on watching:

Scandal

Created by Shonda Rhimes and that’s definitely one of the key points of why I’m going to check this out even though I’m not at all into politics. She’s one of my idols, it’s part loyalty and part this is the first show she’s created that is not medical and I wanna see how it goes.

Kerry Washington portrays Olivia Pope (partially based on Judy Smith), and it’s story of how she quits working at the White House to start her own firm. I watched the promo for it, there’s a little of hilarity in it, the lead character is strong and straight forward (Adele as background music, what more do you need to know). She’s the lady you come to if you don’t want a story to get out. She has a team with her, and their all a bunch of lawyers…who don’t really do lawyer-esque work. I’m sure controlling a crisis in front of the media or whatever needs a lawyer, but these guys go way beyond their job description.

Alcatraz

If you’re like me and you didn’t watch Lost, here’s a chance to redeem yourself. Executive producer JJ Abrams is back with Jorge Garcia in tow! So about 100 years ago, all the inmates in Alcatraz just disappeared without a trace. Now in the present day, these badass criminals have resurfaced. And boy oh boy do they still clearly remember how to use a gun and kill people and stuff. Dr. Diego (Jorge Garcia) is an expert on the prison so he teams up with Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) the detective. Together, they try to figure out why dead people are coming back. It’s like some giant conspiracy, and just like Lost, we’re never going to know what’s really happening. I’m looking forward to seeing the infamous prison.

9 episodes of Revenge later….

EVERYONE WATCH THIS NOW!

BEST.NEW.SHOW.EVER

I watched all 9 episodes in a row today, this show is that good. It’s new, and it’s fresh, and it’s the kind of drama that doesn’t get stale over time. The storylines are amazing, and Emily VanCamp is extraordinary.

After watching the first few episodes, you can see the how the episodes work. Just like an episode of Psych or House, there’s always that one constant in each episode: the case. Revenge has this one constant, but they’re able to add an extra element to it. In some episodes, it’s hard to notice the constant, making this show more interesting to watch every episode. New twists and turns popping out from everywhere, but that’s already expected of course, because this show is a serial drama after all.

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For those of you who are already watching it:

OMG the plot is just, like I have no words. Maybe i’m too excited, but i’m just glad I didn’t pass on this new show. To plot a revenge on such magnitude, I don’t know how she does it. It’s like a giant chess board, where it’s one piece (Emily) against every one else. How do you control so many different variables? It’s beyond belief! Everytime she gets out her phone to call someone who the viewers are not introduced to yet, I’m like “who else does she have in her back pocket? holy wow much”.

In the first episode, Daniel gets shot. He has a very nice smile, I like his smile. Anyway….we know her revenge was never really on Daniel. But damn, why did he have to die? As in, she must be suffering from that loss too. I want her revenge to be directed to Conrad Grayson (am I the only one who thinks that would be a sweet name for a hotel?). She should know that Victoria Grayson is hurting from losing David Clarke too, sure yes she did choose her family over him. But, that’s only cause Conrad got into her head? I know Victoria is the evil queen on the show, but I don’t completely agree with that. Ya wanna know who I despise? Tyler. Man, that guy needs to get lost.

P.S: I didn’t get the poster for the tv show till like 4 episodes in, which is actually really stupid of me.