Pretty Little Liars Season 4B – Shadow Play

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!

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Roadtrippin’ – Questions from Pretty Little Liars 4B Episode 2

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.

Questions from Pretty Little Liars Season 4B Episode 1

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.

Pretty Little Liars – Grave New World

I would have to say out of the hours upon hours of television that I watch, my number one guilty pleasure would have to be Pretty Little Liars.  I find the show smart, funny and just the perfect amount of convoluted.  I’ve been a big mystery nerd my entire life.  Agatha Christie was my favorite author from elementary school on, and my favorite Babysitter’s Club books were the Babysitter’s Mysteries (I had all of them).  Pretty Little Liars speaks to that part of me.   I love the hints and clues, and I’m pretty good at picking up on things.  For example, I totally called *SPOILER ALERT* that Ezra was A or at least on Team A.  Assuming they don’t eventually pull a Toby, it also gave me mad respect for the show’s writers.  (They’ve literally be giving us clues since the beginning if you go back and look!)  Anyway, without further ado here were some of my favorite moments from the Halloween episode, as well as some delightfully ridiculous ones.

  • When the girls first appeared in their Edwardian gear I could not believe how ridiculous they looked.  Mostly because of the hats.  But seriously, Edwardian is such a weirdly specific theme.

Seriously, what are these hats?

  • I think the writers are trying to make it clear that Ezra isn’t going to be a red herring or a double agent like Toby.  It was especially evident in the moment where Ezra calls Aria.  As a viewer, you can clearly see that the dynamic has changed and it’s a bit unsettling.  That being said I totally love it.

Oh just wait.

  • Creepy red twins!  These were a bit of a let down when they were finally revealed (just regular old citizens of Ravenswood).  It would have been so much better had they been a cameo by the creepy ghost twins from past Halloween episodes.

So creepy.

  • Poor Emily always seems to get the short end of the stick.  Of course, she is the one first confronted by Grundlewald.  Of course, she’s almost cut in half by a jagged glass window.  Give the gay a break!

  • When the four Liars are bantering together I get giddy.  So well written.  Also, Spencer and Hannah please don’t ever change.

Oh shut up, you totally are.

  • Oh Ali.  Just your typical zombie/ghost friend disappearing through hidden doors in a tomb.

  • HANNA GETS REPLACED BY A STATUE!  This one I was actually surprised by.  Also how was Hanna the one who kept her hat the longest?  Probably because it was shoved so far on her head she couldn’t see past the brim.

  • RATS!  God that was the worst part of the whole episode.  Can’t handle it.  Poor Hanna.

  • What the hell was with the weird alien things outside of the phone booth?  But Ali’s face and DoughboyEzra showing up afterward were totally freaky.

  • Okay, writers, you know I love you, but stop trying to make Ravenswood happen on Pretty Little Liars.  I’m planning on watching the damn show in minutes.  Please don’t take away time from the main PLL storyline to give us backstory on this weird hobo girl.  Seriously the time spent with Miranda made me not want to watch the damn show.

But not today, because you’ve put me off of it. Look for a Ravenswood review on Friday.

  • I loved Spencer beating the shit out of DoughboyEzra and ALMOST unmasking him.  I also love that he seems to have seriously contemplated killing her.  I wonder why he didn’t.

  • Come on guys did we really not think that was a recording of Ali’s voice.

  • Best moment of the episode:

Spencer: “One of us knows how to change a tire right?”
Emily: “Are you looking at me cause I’m gay?”

So gay.

  • Really?  Hanna is going to ask Caleb to stay in Ravenswood?  No just no.

  • Ezra picking up the girls was perfect.  Everything he does now is suspicious.  But how did he drive all the way back to Rosewood without exposing his cut hand?

  • And the biggest non-surprise of all – Ali is alive.

The countdown is on for January!  In the meantime, I’ll get over my apathy and get to reviewing Ravenswood.  Let’s hope it fill the void until 4B.