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?

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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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If you read the books, you will find that the real Ali had a twin sister that lived at the mental hospital. She was able to escape and get the real Ali committed instead. It was this sister that was killed. Maybe they are now trying to introduce this aspect of the books into the show.


Why would Ali fake her own death?Cause she's scared of Aor the guy she thought impregnated her?Her family would have to come I'd the body and the ME would've done dental records, fingerprints, DnA tests to I'd/confirm I'd and Rosewoods small so people would recognize Ali or if it wasn't her.Even twins have slightly different DNA.Her family would've seen her at the visitation and known it wasn't her.Why would she put her family and only few friends through she died?How would she be able to sneak into the hospital and Radley and other places without been seen,recognized or caught on camera and being revealed that she's alive?Was she the one Jason hid in his house in season two?Or could that have been Garret or Ian, NAT members?


It sucked


I think this finale was a bit pale compared to the winter finale. That was what a finale should be made of. This was too frustrating. Who's on whose side? Who's A?? Who's B??? WHAT IS GOING ON IN ROSEWOOD???Do the writer's even know at this point?? I am pretty sure they are just making up any nonsense they can think of.. Please don't introduce another conspiracy in this show Marlene..We already are stuck in 'A' quagmire!!


I just have one thought: the writers and producer need to establish a deadline for PLL. If they're going to make what's left of the series interesting and give us a proper answer they need to establish a deadline so they can know where they're going. I think that the plot is still great BUT they don't know how to give us answers without giving away the big answer. Well, I don't know what's the big question anymore...who killed Allison? Who is red coat? I don't know anymore. This show has been confusing me over the last half of the season. But that doesn't mean I have no faith in it, I just really want some solid answers.
One thing I was super frustrated about was the last scene. I HATE when season finales end with a cliffhanger, less alone with a cliffhanger I CAN'T SEE! Like, come on writers! Give us a small answer. But I'm pretty sure whatever that was in that trunk will cause more questions than answers.
Well, as for me, I will surely tune next season. I'm hoping it won't be their last but they will develop the plot in a logic way that measures up to what we have been expecting.


This show is just pissin me off and all this episode did was make me want to throw my remote at the tv. It was so frustrating!!!! Whatever. I'm done. Even if they do reveal who A is I have a feeling it won't make any damn sense.


And by teasers, I mean articles in EW and TV Guide. There was no where near the concrete answers and revelations, we were led to believe there would be. Be warned - you start losin viewers when you lie to them and they feel you're not trustworthy anymore.


the interior of that car looked pretty good for being in a lake not to mention the laptop still worked. kinda figured they wouldn't show us who was in the trunk. guess we have to wait till june now.


Top 3 candidates of having their body in the Trunk of the car, which I though was silly that Hannah and Aria didn't check the car before pushing it in the water. I always thought there was something incriminating in there. 1) Jason (NAT member- so far only they have died and he is MIA but after all if Alison or her twin sister are alive would they really stoop to killing her own brother maybe if she is psycho) 2) Cece- (Storyline might be to early to kill her off but would fit w/ the storyline) she has seemed sketchy because of the snake in the dressing room it's just way to perfectly setup she's in on something 3) Lucas (which has been MIA for a while now)


How was Ali strong enough to save all four girls by herself and Emily in season two Midseason finale?If Ali's part of A team,why did she save Emily, the girls from the fire and Aria from Merdiths drugging?Why would/does Ali hate the girls so much she would torture them like this?Why would Marlene lie about Toby's intentions, saying he's evil then turn around and havev him tell Spencer he's doing it to protect her?Unless Toby's lying to Spencer.Why are Jenna,Shauna,Melissa working together to take down the girls?

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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.