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Pretty Little Liars Review: Will the Real A Please Stand Up?

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Anticipation for tonight's episode has been growing since the series premiered. In my excitement for the big reveal, I invited some fellow fans over for a Pretty Little Liars viewing party, and I'm pretty sure many others did the same.

"UnmAsked," as the title suggests, was meant to shock us all with the unveiling of A's real identity. But did we get what we were promised?

Mona and Spencer

To avoid further delay - *Spoiler Alert* - Mona is A. Yes, the frustration of losing Hanna to her former BFFs at the start of the series apparently drove her to start sending harassing text messages to each of them. But it was those very same messages that brought the girls closer together. When Mona showed up in the black hoodie, the collective reaction of this viewing group was: "Ummm... okay."

The buildup to this big reveal had the girls finding a secret hotel not far from the secluded landing strip that Ali used when she returned from Hilton Head. Once the girls arrived at the Lost Woods Resort, the show paid a not so subtle nod to Psycho. From the creepy owner to the taxidermy and the spooky photo of dear old mom, it was hard to miss the references. When Hanna got into that shower, we all got pretty nervous.

But the girls didn't have to worry about the hotel owner; it was Mona who delivered the final creepy monologue while sitting in the police station. Now, Mona being A was not such a surprising turn of events. Remember when she used her superior computing and deception skills to help Emily during the lock-in? Or how about last week when she had the perfect opportunity to send Hanna a message about making out with Caleb?

She's been present for a lot of key plot developments and manipulated her way into the group by pretending to get messages from A as well.

While her involvement makes sense, it was definitely a disappointing reveal. From the start of the series, we've been told that the show would follow a different A storyline. Lucy Hale even once said: "We're doing it completely different on the show."

So, what's different about Mona being A?

Perhaps it's the fact that Mona doesn't seem to be working alone. Despite Dr. Sullivan's (yep, she's finally back!) assertion that Mona's hyper-intelligence could give her the appearance of omnipresence, no one in my little viewing party thought that Mona could do it alone.

Plus, we saw Jenna meeting up with someone, possibly Mona, and revealing that she could see again. And then there was the strange gathering of Jenna, Lucas, and the mystery woman in the black swan outfit. On top of that, Melissa was acting all sorts of scary/threatening when she told the girls that she didn't believe Ian killed Alison, but that Garrett probably thought Ali deserved to die after blinding Jenna.

Mona asked Spencer to join team A, but who else is on that team? Mona even told her mystery visitor in the mental hospital that she had done what she asked to do. Is Mona just a puppet or was she the only A?

What really bothered me about the finale was that despite getting an identity for A, even that revelation wasn't 100% certain. As one of my friends very rightly pointed out, the problem with the show is that it can be so manipulative without being fully satisfying. Were you more satisfied or disappointed with the finale?

The parts of the finale that were satisfying and a little shocking didn't really involve A. We got confirmation that Aria and Ezra did take a big step in their physical relationship, and at the masquerade ball, Ezria finally went public. He removed Aria's mask to kiss her in front of all the attendees. I guess he figures he's done in Rosewood anyway so there aren't any remaining obstacles to their relationship. Except her parents.

Spoby also reunited, as Dr. Sullivan revealed that it was Toby who convinced her to return to Rosewood and face Mona. Toby confirmed that he was only pretending to hate Spencer.

And... Maya's dead? Emily's been getting messages and phone calls from Maya, but the police found Maya's body at Emily's home. Has she been dead all this time? If so, who's been contacting Emily? Was she the black swan at the masquerade? And more importantly, who killed her?

Sound off now, PLL fans: Were you happy with the reveal of A?

 

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Its pretty obvious that Mona is not A, she was just a replacement (temporary replacement). There's ALOT of unanswered questions, like how she was able to send most of the messages when she was with Hanna when she got them. She was covering for the Real A, and I think it was either black swan or the visitor at the end in the RED coat!!! Think People!!! I can't wait for season 3!!!"

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What a disappointment...I really wish PLL had thrown in a curve ball and made A be someone we never suspected: Ezra, Holden, Jenna, Melissa - heck even if Alison turned out to be not dead and was actually A, I wouldn't have mind. Then there was PLL going all movie fanatic with Psycho and Black Swan. The homage to Psycho was handled well, however I bet not many of the viewers got that - meaning those who have never seen or know what Psycho is (trust me, these people exist and are probably googling it now). Even though they revealed A, I too felt that they kind of took it back when they had that last scene with Mona talking to the mysterious person in red. Seriously, with all the build up I wish there had been more shock and surprise. Here's hoping season 3 will make up for it.

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i still believe every boyfriend is on A-team also Jenna and Lucas

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well,well,well,..look who is A and guess who got killed.not surprised mona is part A,definitely not shocked maya got killed...i mean the writers did character assassination for maya.. s1 maya was totally diff from s2.. I hope maya wasnt killed for paige cos it wud really fuck up paige/emily if they ever bcome a couple..with that said,dnt like maya/paige/samara..i hope they don't do what they did to shay/emily thru out s2 in s3,bcos that wud really b annoyin..hope they dont put her in a relationship when s3 starts,give her somtime to grief a bit and mayb have her do "no string attached" pple use sex to easy pain somtimes..emily needs to be a bit crazy/reckless shes too reserved and falls in love quickly...i wanna see crazy emily and bsides shay wud have more things to work on.

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What a complete mess that was! Honestly nothing about it made sense and no I haven't read the books, but seriously Mona?? Like what most of the posters are saying...she was friends with Hannah when Aria received her first text; the girls weren't close again and the only reason they grew together in the first place was due to A! And I love me some Ezra, but very unrealistic. Him "stepping up" and kissing Aria in public is REALLY not that big of a deal if there are no consequences. There are tons of people at the dance and NO ONE was shocked by it??? Now there is an A team? Well, of course!!! Who can be in 20 places at one time? No answers-not who is really behind A, who killed Alli, and now who killed Maya.

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So unimpressed with the season finale. The whole masked ball/hotel things were great, but the actual "reveals" and/or "shocking material" was hyped up WAY too much. The cast may not have thought they were lying when they said "A" was not like in the books, but it was still very misleading. It was essentially like they thought too many people had picked up on Mona and they wanted people to forget it before the finale. It clearly didn't work, as they was hardly anything shocking in the whole episode. Except maybe Toby randomly knowing Dr. Sullivan somehow and pretending not to love Spencer. WHY did he have to pretend that? That whole bit was too randomly thrown together and not congruent with any of the rest of the story.

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Figured it out in the beginning that Mona was in on it, but also that it is several A's. Have a guess who the big boss is too. a little disappointing and confusing episode actually.

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I have read the book series so I will not reveal who A is. I think that the mystery is the key thing here. I will say this however, A is first and foremost a group of people. There is one true A though. The big reveal will not happen until the show comes to an end or they reach the last book. Either way, the wait will be worth it. As for Mona, not that shocking. She has always been on the radar for a lot of people. Not surprising that they picked her as the first "A" to reveal. But folks, A is never done, and the "black swan" will be revealed. Trust me.

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Okay someone please clarify this if you remember!!!! In episode 2x10 Touched by an angel... when Emily is getting her massage and it turns out to be A, isn't Mona with Hanna trying on dresses/horse back riding??? I am not sure if I remember correctly but if it is right, then that clearly means there is another A or whatever.

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What happened to the whole N.A.T group with Garrett, Ian, Jason and all? I thought that was to play in somehow with who A was, considering all 3 had been suspects. Perhaps Dr. Sullivan's son was Noel? Because he was meant to be a main contender for A, and wasn't even in the episode. Although I liked the episode, I had also read that interview with Lucy Hale, and the many others, where the cast and crew said that in the books it was Mona, but the show was going to be different. Even if Mona is working for/with someone else, they should have said who it was, as, even though people will say that would end the mystery, the producers had said that they wanted to end the A mystery to give the fans some piece of mind. Also, Mona's motive was fairly stupid. Had she not always been A, it would have made more sense, but if we were to believe she was A since the Pilot, its stupid, because Hannah had only briefly spoken to Spencer by the time Aria got the first A text.

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 25 Quotes

Hide and seek was my favorite game with Melissa. You want to know why? I always won.

Spencer

I don't know about you guys, but A talking about body bags makes me very nervous.

Aria
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