Is it all over for the Liars? What about Toby and Spencer, Aria and Ezra?
In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, Editor-in-Chief Matt Richenthal is joined once again by staff writers Carissa Pavlica and Teresa Lopez as they break down the above issues and more in response to the intense Pretty Little Liars summer finale. As always, reader feedback is encouraged...
What was your favorite scene?
Matt: The appearance of those dolls, for two reasons: 1. Dolls are scary; 2. I enjoy the utterly ludicrous ways that A is stalking the girls. She projects film in to gravestones, she breaks into fashion show soundtracks, she can create talking toys. To paraphrase one of my favorite Anchorman quotes, the Liars shouldn't even be scared at this point. They should be impressed.
Carissa: Caleb's simple diss to Kate: "But you should know it gives you back fat." Perfection.
Teresa: I have to agree that Caleb's verbal bitch-slap was amazing to watch. Having Caleb back was not only great for Hanna, but for the viewers as well. I loved watching him put the cocky Kate in her place, especially since it involved back fat.
Is this it for Spencer and Toby?
Matt: The classic "I'm breaking up for you for your own good?" No chance. Unlike Wren's tongue down Spencer's throat, that reasoning never sticks.
Carissa: No. They have a true love for each other. They will find a way to be together for sure.
Teresa: I feel bad for saying this, but I kind of hope so. I'm a little bored with Toby and their relationship seems so "blah," even though they have that whole rich girl/poor boy dynamic. Wren seems like a more exciting possibility for Spencer and he is so much cuter. Here's to Wrencer! Or maybe Spren?Is Alison alive?
Matt: No. The show specializes in scenes that are simply meant to mislead the audience. Emily's dream was an example of this irritating pattern.
Carissa: At one time I thought she was, but Emily definitely had a vision and not a meeting. She was still with her as she came to. The missing page of the autopsy report and whatever Jenna did to her concern me, though. In short: I don't know!
Teresa: Nope. In the modern era of DNA testing, it would be difficult for the writers to say the body discovered was actually another one of A's tricks. And if they tried, I'd lose all respect for them.
Should Aria have threatened Jackie with the plagiarism charge?
Matt: No. I wrote it in my review and it bears repeating now: the girls constantly do whatever A threatens. Just once, wouldn't it be refreshing to see them NOT give in? It might help lead them to A's identity, forcing him/her to take some sort of actual action, as opposed to mostly sending text messages.
Carissa: She didn't have a choice. A isn't one to mess around with. Was Jackie the body they uncovered? Or was that a mannequin? I was unclear on that. If it's not Jackie, A will take her down eventually.
Teresa: Yes, it was totally necessary after what she overheard. I just think that Aria should have been more bitchy about her ultimatum. Maybe then Jackie wouldn't have turned it around on her.
Give this summer season a grade.
Matt: A for the relationships, as it's been fun to watch the progression of Aria and Ezra, Toby and Spencer, Hanna and Caleb, as well as the revolving door of girlfriends for Emily. But F for A herself. This storyline is played out and there's no logical way to wrap it up. No show can survive on a single mystery. Just resolve A as best you can and put her in the past, PLL. The angle was a strong way to establish the series and the character, but now it just feels forced and, literally, impossible to believe.
Carissa: Enjoyability factor, A. Answers and story progression, B-. Time to expose A and move on to a new mystery!
Teresa: I would give it a solid B+. There was plenty of drama and lots of exciting over-the-top moments, but not enough revelations and far too much evasiveness about A's identity. Just tell me who it is already!