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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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Spindae 2o

Overall a solid episode! it was a bit of a letdown but okay! We are USED to!
My guess for the trunk body is Jason if it's a body.
I will still tune in cause I want answers!

Spindae 2o

SOOOOOOOO! I'm not happy!
Aria
-and Ezra! Huh! I hope it's finally over OVER. It was messy and useless from the begging! Aria deserves better. I really like her character, but Ezria was so bad.
Emily
-Barely noticed she was there.
Hanna
-Sneaky Sneaky Hanna! The way she played with Mason was really good. Her shock treatment comment was nice.
Spencer
I loved her hidden act! It was interesting. I was so happy with Spencers acting the previous eps. But this destroyed everything. I was a STOBY fan they were amazing and his betray. And now everything is COOL!? Bad writing. really bad.I hate when Writers JUST give us what the FANS want and not what should REALLY happen.
Team A
-what a nice throw in! After 2 scenes I already thought Shawna is an "A".
-Monna was nice to watch. and is mona now A or not A!?
-AND where it Shawna and Jenna put the house on fire! Did they thought Ali was in!!?
-I loved Sasha Pierce in the Flashbacks so seems like she will come into the show real time.
-And is JASON the body in the trunk!?

Saad702

I am beginning to think that the writers are going to go the route of Gossip Girl and make the reveal in the series finale feel very anti climatic. This episode was a let down in a lot of way. I had a feeling Toby was only in this because he wanted to help Spencer. Marlene King knew people would jump to that conclusion immediately so that is why she stated out right that Toby was evil. I mean he could still be evil. Nothing is as what it seems. I agree with the review, Ms. Lopez: They should set clear goals and get ABCFamily to tell them how many seasons they still have so they can map out everything and work on it already.

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Glad that Toby (hopefully) is good after all. The rest of the episode was a letdown.

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All those question still unanswered.... -What happened to Jason? Was he the one who almost pushed Aria out of the Halloween train?
-So Mona said she was the only A until she ended up at Radley. So was she the same A who was blackmailing Ali as we've seen in the flashbacks?
-What happened to Meredith, Paige, Wren, Noel, Cece and Lucas?
-Are Melissa, Jenna and the other swimming girl on the A team?
-Can we really trust Toby?
-Is Ali the red coat or not?
-Who was in the trunk?
-And what the hell happened to Aria's brother? It seems the writers don't know what the endgame is, it's all too complicated and when everything is revealed, some things won't make sense, just like the reveal of Gossip Girl.

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I feel like there something wrong with toby and spencer getting back together. Toby said he did all for her to protect her but I feel that he loves her but I think his motive is different. I don't think he just joined the a team just to perfect her. I want answer about everything. How long was he on the a team, why would Ali try to torture her friend. What the hell is with mellisa, Jenna and the other girl. Is season 4 going to be like Emily, spencer, Hanna, aria, Mona and toby against them. I feel clueless. This show is all over the place. Why would the director say toby isn't on the a team to be good. I wounder if he is going to in up being that guy and that he's working with another person who as high purpose. That this episode with him and spencer was just another act. Cause I feel like that can be it. I just want him to feel more on what he did. Like more sad. I probably thinking way to much.

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it was a let down it hasnt been as good since season 2 finale - ive been looking forward to this episode for a while and didnt think it was up to scractch

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So what if they didn't see her face. I'm pretty sure they would know her voice. Too many questions, not enough answers. And how did little Alison have enough power to get four unconscious teen girls out of a burning building?

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and i was so excited for this episode. 3 seasons down and i still fall for it. smh

Danielle50

S, she said that Ali was wearing a mask when she showed up at Radley. Then my Spoby heart was definitely squealing. I knew Tony was working for Spencer no matter what Marlene had said. I think that next season will be the last season. I do not think Ali set the fire so I think that Jenna and them is not working with her. I cannot wait until next season with the PLLs teaming up with Toby and Mona against Ali, Jenna, Shana, and Melissa.

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.

Spencer