PLL – Final Review

For seven seasons I watched with the rest of you the ups and downs of four teenage girls that turned into women and their friends.  There was torture, sometimes pure horror, murder, many deaths but sometimes also fun, romance, silliness and always friendship.

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^No copyright infringement intended, just liked the picture of all of them together.^

If you recall originally I had plan to review each new season 7 episode but time wasn’t allowing that, too many changes in my life.  This review was written almost two months ago, I sent it to my bff and then moved on. I apologize for the delay.

In real life I would still want to have such close relations that is friends who get the who of me and still are able to fully communicate despite our differences.  In the show they go through a lot quite dramatically of course but they have what maybe is a universal closeness with others.  It was the all-it-could-be at times and a hot mess at others for certain.

I plan to stick with reviewing the main female characters with and without their spouse/boyfriend/companion instead of the storylines.

I will start with the littlest of the liars, though not the least, Aria Montgomery. When we first meet Aria she has only just returned from Iceland, for a year away from Rosewood with her family. The time away was precipitated in part by the fact that one of her best friends, Alison has gone missing.  The stress and strain on her and her friends was quite intense; the Montgomery’s chose to take Aria out of harm’s way or so that was the hope.  Another reason for the year long drip we find out is that Byron, Aria’s father had an affair with a student this information isn’t kept hidden too long in the first season.

Aria has her own little secrets it turns out her return to Rosewood has an unusual beginning, where she makes out with an older man in the bathroom of a bar/restaurant. We all know by now that not so much older man turned out to be the love of her life Ezra Fitzgerald. It  takes them through the years to finally get to the idos with Aria taking her time exploring a bit of a romance with Jason, Alison’s brother as well as a faux relationship with a co-worker, Liam.  I saw faux relationship because it didn’t seem quite real to me.

Some of the complaints I had with the show was the obvious wobbliness of the situations. For instance in one season we find out that Ezra has been watching the liars and he turns out to be a version of the big baddie A.  In hindsight or even in foresight that big reveal was the most bogus of all the False A’s.  Ezra as a bad guy who basically used Aria was just downright cruel. Especially since it flies in the face of the rest of the series, considering it as a whole.

Many times the writing on the show made me think of the demented painter from that horrible movie whose name escapes me, it’s like blood letting for the sake of it.

Now onto Hannah Marin who despite a slight airheadedness seems to find plenty of time to be spot on in the discovery stages of who killed Alison. I liked Hannah’s spunk it seems every time she had a thought that made sense with her Spencer would call her on the execution of the word/phrase. Nevertheless Hannah seem to take it in stride. Hannah starts out in the show as someone who has overcome being a fat kid and is now a slightly insecure fashionista.  She even has a fancy blonde beau and perky sidekick friend, Mona, whom she often shoplifts with.  The shoplifting is simple rebellion against her parents divorce though with the “we are adults” attitude of this tweens it really flies in the face of reality.  Hannah isn’t twelve but that way of relating definitely is, it is very much a FAIL of massive proportions, I am glad that stage was short.  Her poor morally bankrupt mother thought it was okay to spread her legs to get Hannah out trouble, another character FAIL.  Seriously, she parades this man/cop around like it’s no biggie for him to take the bait as long as Hannah gets off scott free for stealing.  Basically, if we are viewing this little divorcee family drama right, mom takes care of Hannah in whatever way is convenient while Hannah eats her feelings Or used to until Mona came into the picture.

Luckily Hannah has her own set of values, she straightens up and gets a boyfriend to boot, in walks Caleb Rivers. Bad boy Caleb is all about making cash on the side with his cyber hacker skills and lucky for the liars later on he comes in handy.  Caleb and Hannah are not the best match at first, she doesn’t know what to think of his brusk attitude but its love at first kiss when she takes him home like broken doll to live in her basement.

Hannah has to deal with daddy issues as her father decides to remarry and add a new little blonde daughter to the miss. Lets just call her a spawn from hell, she has everything a girl can want including horses but for no real reason hates Hannah.  The little hate Kate drama thankfully is short lived thanks to one of Hannah’s besties, Spencer Hastings.

Hannah’s winding road doesn’t include many men but by the last bell of the show she is back with her true love, Caleb.

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Emily Fields was just a tomboy with a boyfriend till she met Maya St. Germain.

Emily’s realization of her attraction to girls and reactions from her family are a big part of the first two seasons.  Her mother was totally against it while her father tried to be supportive despite Emily hearing them discuss it one night.

Admittedly, it is one of the better characterizations in the series. Emily has a chance to be minority representative in the group in more than one way.  There is much empathy and compassion toward the topic of other sexual designations. I can say BRAVO writers.

It is again desire at first kiss with Maya. Emily fights it at first even though she had in the past been in love with Alison, the silent kind of love, that no one ever acknowledged. Unfortunately, the tortured but sweet time with Maya is tragically cut short with Maya’s murder.  Heartbroken Emily ends up in the arms of a lecherous Paige. Paige had been eyeing Emily for years and I never saw any true chemistry with the two of them. I have been very vocal in my reviews about this mismatch. Not sure who was paid off to allow this to even happen. It is about as unreal as Lisa Braeden’s existence in Supernatural, but I digress.

Paige and her clinginess luckily doesn’t get a complete handle on Emily, who ends up with several others throughout the series. I will save this favored ending for the last.

Spencer Hastings the highly intelligent one in the series. Not only smart but oddly enough quite horny.  I find her character to be mismatch of strange proportions. She was often found kissing her sisters boyfriends, as I write this it makes me laugh.  I want to know when she had time to study what with solving the mystery of Alison with others and annoying her sister by her existence.  

I know she was the serious one, the one bound for the Ivy’s.  Her parents were lawyers and her sister seemed smart enough.  I say seem because all we really saw of big sis was her being devious and lying. She flaunted her beaus, pretended to be pregnant and watched the liars, all of that doesn’t necessarily show high intellect, nope just nosiness.

Spencer who was ever curious ended up falling for the felon, Tobey Cavanaugh, next door if you want to know the truth of it. No love is not a respecter of persons. Their winding road started with french lessons and she goes back to him in the end, hot and heavy to start again.  

In between times, we find that Spencer is NO Hastings heir but only the daughter of her adopted father and the neighbors twin sister.  How convoluted and twisted can a story be? I tell you it got downright crazy at the end of this tale.

If I were to guess the ending it would not have been this, admittedly I didn’t read the books.  Not only that but she has a twin sister, something that is so far in left field for us NONE book readers that it seemed thrown together.  Of all the people  in Rosewood, to have a twin, she would have been my last choice.

Well, her sister, Alex Drake, was the evil twin, but no so evil as desperate for a Man of all things, Yes you know it FAIL!!  To make this even weirder it makes her Alison’s cousin, Jason’s sister, Jason is Alison’s brother also and Cece Drake’s sister who was the original A, who is also called Charlie because of all the things happening in Rosewood  there was time for Charlie to change genders.  I guess in Radley Sanitarium they do nurture your entire psyche, that is if you are not a little blind baby. Oh never mind.

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The final Liar is Alison DiLaurentis, who had been missing a year at the start of the series. It was believed that she also was found in that beginning, but it seems not one or at least the girls didn’t see the body.

Let’s be clear about Alison, she had a reputation for being bossy and a bully. She treated her friends like whatever she had to say was the law. It seems she really never grew up and expected everyone to be at her beck and call.  She was popular for that behavior.  There were many of her classmates that she taunted including, Mona, Lucas and Paige. She also was heavy handed with giving advice to her closest friends, I wonder if any one of them was surprised she had gone missing.

During Alison’s time out on her own she endured some things that made a difference in her character and personality. Despite leaning on Cece who wasn’t always available because it turns out she was hanging with Wren and Alex, she was also abused by a young man who took her money.

It took time for the others and the town to take her serious in this change which of course created problems in the last two seasons.  Alison herself also had times of going into her previous persona such as her outbursts with Paige after she started to realize she loved Emily.

This ended up being my favorite part of the last season.  Emily was always the best friend to Alison despite her bad behavior and to see her protecting Alison after they began to grow close felt like a good situation for them both. Paige finally took the hint and left town while Alison had Emily’s twin girls and moved on with their lives.  I think that would have been a good ending.

Of course the actual ending, was a total rerun of the original first part of the series but with new characters, a whole new group of five girls with one gone missing, how Unoriginal.

All and all it was a fascinating ride, but the rumor that there may be a revival of sorts with two of the characters just sounds like a way to make more money, distasteful.  Generally, the actors have moved on with their lives as it should be.  Until the next review, pls comment and share thanks for reading.

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