I’ve been very bad about updating after Pretty Little Liars episodes, mostly because I’ve been quite busy and lazy. I will be better about that! After a slow start, this season has certainly picked up delivering two absolutely fantastic episodes, but none compare to Tuesday’s delightful “Shadow Play.” Spencer’s adderall addled brain produced an exquisite fever dream, pitch-perfect in tone and gorgeous to look at. Anyway, enough of my apologies and fangirling. Here are some other thoughts I had about the episode. (All images from Pretty Little Liars Wikia)
- All of these girls have the perfect faces for this genre. Let’s just make all episodes like this. I’d watch the shit out of that
- But seriously there were so many beautiful shots in this episode, let’s incorporate that film noir feel more intensely in the regular episodes.
- Paige certainly drew the wardrobe/styling short stick this week. I guess they were going for “spinster” school teacher?
- Speaking of Paily, since this episode takes place in Spencer’s head, does that mean she imagines Emily and Paige doing it? Weird.
- No matter how creepy Ezra is, he will never be a better A than Mona.
- Can Aria be any more pretentious naïve or annoying? I don’t think she can. Also, I’m pretty sure she clashed even in black and white.
- Toby had some of the best lines this episode, but I’m okay with losing him for the rest of the season, especially if that means we don’t have to deal with his dead mom storyline anymore.
Looking forward to next week’s episode, though I will miss the noir feel. My one desire for the rest of the season -let’s get Ezra figured out and defeated. A is like a hydra, when you lop one head off two will grow in its place. Defeating Ezra will be a nice reminder for the girls that 1. Everyone is a suspect and 2. They are never safe. Make it happen, Marlene!
Sadly, this episode of Pretty Little Liars was a bit of a snoozefest, but no need to fear the first couple of episodes are always a little slow before the show really gets going (and judging from next week’s preview it will really get going soon). Regardless, here are a few questions and observations.
I don’t think there was anything Aria wore in this episode that made me want to gouge my eyes out.
I’m not sure if it’s just because the actress is better or what, but it seems the older Ali gets the more she acts like a normal person and not just some bitchy 50 year old trapped in a teenage body.
What was Ezra’s plan if Ashley hadn’t gotten that phone call? Was he going to make an excuse to put the work in Hannah’s room or just knock her out? What was he going to do if she found him going through Hannah’s stuff? He had no way of knowing how long that phone call was going to be. Unless, it was another member of Team A that he had specifically employed to make the phone call. That would explain the confusion about the apartment number and needing Ashley to get the super’s number. Head cannon accepted.
Why doesn’t Aria just tell the girls she’s back with Ezra? They seem supportive. What’s the point in hiding? Also, even with the knowledge that Ezra is A this storyline lost it’s steam in Season 1B.
I want to stab Caleb in his pretty little English, Welsh, Czech, Swedish and Cherokee descended face for hurting Hannah. Especially since he broke up with her for a dead girl and a really shitty show. Also, Hannah you deserve better than that bald scarecrow looking faux cowboy.
I am pretty sure this is not the first time Emily’s car (that she mysteriously won at a dance) GPS has lead them astray. Have they not figured out that perhaps A is messing with it? Can’t someone just Siri it? Also, why does Emily always drive?
I’m kind of sad that Ezra already has the journal. Couldn’t we have had a couple more episodes with the liars discovering some deep dark secrets about each other and other people in the town?
One last thought.
Mike and Hannah. Ewwwww.
Today we celebrate the return of one of my favorite guilty pleasures – Pretty Little Liars. While the episode was scattered at best and not really up to the usual standards, it was a thousand times better than all five (or was it six) episodes of Ravenswood. Here are a few questions I had. Spoilers below for anyone who is not caught up.
- Considering the Halloween episode was basically just a poor written backdoor pilot for Ravenswood (except for one major reveal), doesn’t the last episode seem like forever ago?
- Exactly how much time has past? If we are using Ravenswood (and Caleb’s return) as a barometer then I would say about a week to a week and a half. What have the girls been doing in that time? Did they not discuss Allison’s return until now.
- What is Aria wearing? I mean just in life it’s pretty bad, but these weird red and black pants seem worse than usual.
- Did Ezra need to be quite so shady all the time? I LOVE that Ezra is A (don’t go back on that one, Marlene!) and I love the little things that they add in to highlight this (the Jekyll and Hyde lesson and the highlighted Evil Under the Sun book cover spring to mind), but dude needs to stop acting so shady all the time. That was the fun of him being A. He was this perfect guy and then all of a sudden you’re blindsided by this intense evil. They dialed it back a bit by the end of the episode, but the music certainly wasn’t doing him any favors. Making Ezra just be Ezra will make those moments where he shows his true face (like in the confrontation with Mona) even more powerful.
- Speaking of Mona, I know the hashtag ABCFamily was pushing was #MonaKnows, but does she really? If so, what does she know? Also, how does she know it? Why doesn’t she know it until now? What was her endgame in confronting Ezra? Lots of questions that will hopefully be answered soon.
- Didn’t Mrs. DiLaurentis say last season that Jason was restoring his Grandmother’s house in North (or maybe South) Carolina? Is he done? Why is he on a road trip now?
- Why is Spencer’s dad so into shutting down Radley? Spencer did not seem so into the idea.
- Why is Toby’s hair so puffy? And when did I start kind of hating Spoby? Move on Spencer, you can do better.
- Why does Caleb have to be so shady about Ravenswood? Why couldn’t he just say, “Hey, Hanna, it seems I have some deep family roots in Ravenswood and you know how I grew up a foster kid so I am really interested in family now that I know mine and really want to check this out. It might be a little while and you need to be there for your mom since she just got out of jail and all, but we’ll totally skype and it’s a short trip so I can visit sometimes, but I love you and am absolutely not cheating on you with the annoying runaway girl.”?
- Was there like a weird club of narcissistic blondes? Seems this new Sara girl is right in the vein of Allison and Cece? Are there more? Do they meet and trade notes on how to be the bitchiest?
- Was it really necessary to make Sara’s story almost exactly like Allison’s? I think your audience can draw parallels without having Hanna and Emily sitting across from fakeHanna and fakeEmily.