Pretty Little Liars Review: An Impossible Game

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Pretty Little Liars has finally moved from mysteriously complex to downright improbable.

"A dAngerous gAme," the Season 3 finale, may have featured tons of action and drama, but it was so unbelievably frustrating that I couldn't really enjoy it.

In classic Pretty Little Liars fashion, the hour needlessly complicated the plot of show. Over and over again, the series gives us no real answers because its constantly undoing the work of the previous episodes. What are we really suppose to believe when everything that is asserted one week is completely upended later on? How can we really narrow down our suspects when the drama constantly throws new characters into the mix?

Unfortunately, PLL has reached the point that all programs built around a central mystery eventually encounter: how can you answer the questions without writing yourself out of a job?

The Pretty Little Liars

Shows such as Lost "solved" the problem by setting a clear end date and mapping out the storylines from that point on. With Pretty Little Liars, it feels like the writers have no clear sense of the ultimate direction. Or they need to continue to obscure it by retreading over the same clues from different angles. 

For example, when Toby was revealed as A, Marlene King announced that he was definitely evil and wasn't working undercover for good reasons. Yet, Toby claims that he is just working with the A-team to keep Spencer safe. Who are we suppose to believe? If you remember, the big Mona reveal was met with some derision because the creators claimed they weren't following the plot of the book series. So I guess if your a Spoby fan, you'll believe that Toby's really protecting Spencer and you probably squealed a little at their reunion.

It was nice to know that Spencer was actually trying to protect her friends in the end because it did seem like she was going to betray them for a guy. The deal she made with Mona was to serve up the girls on a silver platter for Red Coat in order to get Toby back. Luckily, she was working towards helping the girls figure things out...but even that seemed a little convoluted. It seems a little much to expect that Malcolm would someone how see the photo she sent and identify her so that Hanna would know.

Side note: how ridiculous was it that despite the fact that she was holding her cell phone, Hanna told Malcolm she was going to use the house phone to call Emily,  leaving him to conveniently play games on her cell phone? How many houses even have landlines these days? But I digress.

The big showdown with Red Coat didn't go as planned. Someone locked Mona, Hanna, Emily and Aria (and possibly hoped to get Toby and Spencer) in that lodge and set it on fire. We know it wasn't Spencer or Toby. Red Coat was still getting off the plane. The most likely suspects are Jenna, Shana and Melissa.

Yep, these three ladies were together talking about the gathering at the Lodge and some videos (plus there was some talk about "those bitches getting what they deserved"). And Jenna and Shana helped Wilden the night he got hit by his own car, as we recently found out. They all seem to want to make the As (and the girls) pay for something, and it looks like Jenna may have also been being blackmailed by A as well. (And her eyes are getting bad again.)

And everyone wants to know who Red Coat is. The answer is *spoiler alert* Allison....Or someone who looks a lot like her. What was crazy about this reveal (other than the fact that Ali is supposed to be dead) is that no one knows who Red Coat is. To hear Mona tell it, she is all powerful and all-knowing. Is she a girl or a superhero?? It's just ridiculous to think that there is a person who is that omniscient and omnipresent and have no one (not even the people working for her) know what she looks like. This character is an outrageous improbability, making it impossible for anyone to fight against her.

Mona also revealed that she was working alone as A until Red Coat showed up at Radley and took over. And now it seems that Mona will be one of A's victims.

The final scene of the hand reaching out the ground nicely referenced us back to the Halloween episode that ended in the same way. Only this time, another hand came onto the screen to help the buried person pull themselves free. I'm guessing the buried person is Ali since we're suppose to believe that she is the girl in the red coat.

In other season finale partial reveals, Wilden's car made a reappearance and exposed Jenna and Shana's involvement with Wilden. And there was a little surprise waiting in the trunk...but of course we don't get to see what it is. CeCe's body anyone?

Oh, and Ezra and Aria finally broke up.

What are your thoughts on the Pretty Little Liars Season 3 finale? Will you be tuning in next season?


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What's interesting now is that there are two factions of people who may or may not be calling themselves As: there's Mona, Toby, Redcoat, etc....and there's the other little group of Melissa, Jenna, Shawna (Shauna?), etc. They seem to both have the girls targeted, but possibly for different reasons. The common denominator for both groups, though, appears to be Allison and/or her relationship to the four girls. Also--it's about time that Aria and Ezra moved on. It was like watching a man with a toy doll. It's time for Aria to enjoy herself with someone her own age and that doesn't mean Ezra's brother, either.


I've never read the books but it does seem like it could be heading to Ali having a twin. Or Ali might've been the twin who was supposed to be locked up all along and that's why Ali really seemed like a horrific person.
There are too many contradictions in this show at this point. I think the writers have confused themselves as well. It's just gotten a little too convoluted. I guess we are supposed to assume that it was someone on the A-Team that killed both Ian and Garrett but we just don't know which one actually pulled the trigger so to speak. It was more teamwork.
The main reason I enjoy the show is Aria and Ezra and they are now over. I'm not looking forward to the start of next season. It doesn't seem too promising.


The only thing that surprised me in this episode is that jenna and shana was probably hooking up that was it...I enjoyed the new series twisted that came on right after this better than I enjoyed this finale.


The show is beyond ridiculous at this point. It's a headache. I agree with with the posts about not having answers to a lot of stuff. Like, who is the black swan? We never found that out, and yet, all the focus now is on the red coat girl? Huh? Last season ended with the girl in the red coat visitng Mona in the loony bin. "I did everything youy asked," Mona told her. But in the finale she said that she doesn't know who red coat girl is. This doesn't make sense. Why would you go through such great lenghts, for a person you don't know?


I thought it was absolutely ridiculous that the waitress at the diner referred to Toby as "Pretty eyes." First off, who refers to a guy as "pretty?" Guys are handsome, not pretty, that is almost always a girl. So once again we were mislead. Secondly, 'pretty eyes' was said all the way back when the therapist was balckmail. So Toby's been on the A-team since then? Dumb. This show has too many unanswered questions. I'm still trying to figure out who killed Ian from season 2. When he died in the church, he saw someone in a black hoodie and said, "What are you doing here?" Who was he talking to? Are we really suppose to believe that that was Mona? And if Mona has been working solo all this time, could she realy carry Ian's body from the church to that old barn? Same with Allison. Are we really suppose to be believe that a 16-17 year old could drag 4 bodies out of a burning builidng? Get real!


to me that was a horrible episode. no answers, to speak of, just more questions.I can't watch this anymore, too frustrating. Melissa is the hateful culprit. what a horrible sister.vengeful little witch, who is so jealous of her sister, that she murders people and uses them for her own gain.She is soo hateful. hates all those girls.Aria, for her relationship with the teacher, Fitz.(I think the same thing happened to her)Spencer, for finding someone she really loves.Emily, well that one is obvious, and blondie, who has also a great relationship with her boyfriend and Mom.


I feel the show needs an end game now. We don't even have answers to questions from season 2 like who killed Ian and hung his body or who killed Garret in season 3 and put Aria's body in the trunk with his on the train? There are too many unanswered questions from the past to add anymore and then, the writers do anyway. The writing seems sloppy and the plots disjointed. It no longer is satisfying for viewers when there are too many plot holes. Don't even get me started on the girls. They always lie. They never tell the truth. We're all supposed to think all the adults in the girls lives are liars too? They seldom if ever tell the truth and they have no morality or sense of right and wrong either? Please. Noone does the right thing here ever! It is hard to watch. There is no resolution to any of their problems and we as a viewing audience are supposed to believe these girls who be physicaly and mentally ok after everything


How/why did Ali hide for two years keeping she was alive a secret?I thought we were supposed to find out who Jason hid in his house this season?And that all the A team members were revealed and confirmed? If that's true, Ali, Mona,Toby,Spencer,Shauna,Jenna,Melissa are the A team.Its a liittle unbelievable that that many people would want to destroy four girls lives.Are Shuana.Jenna, Melissa on the A team?


This show is so frustrating, I'm debating if I am returning next season. For any good mystery, you need to be fair. Lay out all the suspects, clues and let us figure it out. This show made us believe for 3-4 episodes that Toby was dead, only that he wasn't. What was the point? Who is Shanna, a new character who all of sudden is on the A-team? Melissa comes and goes, Jenna has been missing half the season and all of a sudden, they too are the on the A-team? Makes no sense. A has already punished, and nearly killed all four of these girls, sometimes even their families. What more can A do to them? I don't get why anyone hates them so much, what did the PLL do so horrible? Mona, why are you working for someone that you don't know? She is going through all these extememe lenghts to get back at the girls....for what? It makes no sense the the show continues to not give us real answers, more dumb red herrings and more questions and mysteries when they haven't wrapped up the original premise of the show: Who killed Allison?


This finale was stupid. The Spoby reunion fell flat since he could've told her what he was doing when she first caught him. His betrayal turned her into an unlikable bitch and his "death" put her in a mental ward. Spencer kidnapped Malcolm and Aria wasn't angry about this at all?? It just was not good.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 24 Quotes

Aria: Spencer went in there at rock bottom and she came out like a shiny new penny.
Hanna: Are you thinking shock treatment?

She wanted to break me so she could put me back together like her own Humpty-Dumpty.