Pretty Little Liars Season 6 Premiere Review: Good Luck, Chuck

Pretty Little LiarsS06E01: "Game On, Charles"

Witnessing the suffering these girls have endured over the course of five seasons is almost a numbing thing to watch. We started with them escaping out of the doll-bunker as they did at the end of last season, passing by the girl kidnapped from the Alt-Universe Liars years ago as she marked her days with a wall of tallies. And then the Liars plus Mona found themselves trapped outside for three nights and two days, in the rain, in the sun, with no food (I'm assuming survivalists Spencer and Mona found a way to collect water from the rain) only to have the door open back up to them, to return to the doll-bunker, and face some other kind of horror. A kind of horror that they refused to talk about. And these were girls that talk about all of their horrors. Their horrors did, after all, take up most of their days (and their nights when Spencer's on her funny pills).

But while they were struggling through the night within the confines of an electric fence and razor wire, shunned by their captor in a limbo of the elements, Aria said she didn't know if she could handle it anymore. And Mona, with all the confidence of someone broken several times over only to reconstitute herself every time, said, "You can handle it, Aria. We all can."

While that's reassuring for the characters and further fed into this ongoing narrative that these girls were in a war-like struggle they had to manage themselves through, it might also be a little bit reassuring for us, the audience. This show has worn people down. Many have surrendered or are preparing to hoist their white flags. Many more felt like they've been beaten into submission by this show and continued only because they knew no life without it. The realism shattered long ago, the red herrings stunk up the joint, the twists and turns made people so very nauseous. For as many audience members that were gripped by the show, there were still others who were ready to give up the fight for finding the answers they wanted. It's too much. And a #SummerOfAnswers hashtag felt like another manipulative ploy.

So Mona's plea with you all was this: hang in there. You can take it. You'll be stronger in the end? It's not a perfect metaphor, you guys. But the season premiere did show some promise for at least Season 6A.

For one, you got a couple answers right from the top. We knew what happened to Sara Harvey, the leader of the Other Liars, and none of it involved getting buried in a hole in the backyard like so many other blonde teens in this town. Interestingly, Sara Harvey was kidnapped the night of Alison's disappearance, so the person we now know as A has been plotting this dollhouse thing since before Mona started torturing the girls herself. Before there was A, there was this monster we're now calling Charles. Or Chuck for short. Never Chuckie. The doll thing is a little too on the nose.


What's unfortunate about Chuck was that he's a pretty industrious guy. The hole in his heart caused by a lifetime of being marginalized has diverted a workmanlike trajectory that could've led to creating some kind of boundless energy source or blasting a rocket to Mars. Maybe he could've even found a way to cure the men of Rosewood of their pedo virus plague. Instead, he built this dollhouse with elaborate punishment systems, committed long-game burglary to grab items from the Liars' actual homes over a period of years, staged a fake prom, and hired voice actors to tell the Liars what to do. I mean, the organization that runs this dollhouse bunker was pretty sophisticated. I'm not sure where they got their endowment from, but man, was it being put to work. They even got an OnStar guy to tell Alison everything she needed was in her trunk. Do you think everyone involved all had W-2s? What were the benefits like? I'm not looking to be hired. I'm just keeping my options open.

It looked like the entire organization was going to have to relocate now that the main office was badly burned and what's left was crawling with police. In the Liars' consistent scorched-earth policy, they literally set ablaze large chunks of Chuck's "I was a DiLaurentis" collection (what the police might call "evidence") in order to create leverage to get out of their prison. I'm not blaming the Liars. I'm just saying that everyone's got their something and short-sightedly destroying important things was theirs. And Spencer has been dying to set something on fire for, like, the entire series. Also: burning a doll head will never not be creepy.

Eventually, the girls found their way out of the back entrance of The Swan after Chuck peaced out ("I'll see you in another life, Liars") and abandoned what must have been his masterpiece (I'd really hate to see what his Plan A was if this was Plan B). Mona's safe. Sara's safe. The Liars were safe. The plan for Ali to be bait worked out, but not in the way anyone planned. It got Caleb and Pouty Ezra (he was so pouty driving that car) to the site so they could call the police (even though Alison had no bars) and uncover the abandoned factory Chuck used to build his dollhouse bunker in the middle of a state park (?). But with the hesitation Charles had between addressing the Liars destroying his lost childhood and seeing the sister he's been trying to replace with knock-offs for years, I expected there to be more of a confrontation. Oh well. I guess that's why it's the #SummerOfAnswers and not the #June2ndOfAnswers.

There's a lot that happened in that last scene that's hard to swallow if you're still the kind of viewer that wanted things to make sense. I don't blame you. You're only human. But this show has no interest in being realistic anymore. Something that came up in a number of interviews since the end of last season (see the Bros Watch PLL, Too podcast) was Pretty Little Liars intentionally dispensing with realism. Maybe it's an industrially-motivated talking point to quiet the naysayers when they asked silly questions about how much time had passed in the show, whether supernatural powers existed in Rosewood, or how it was possible that A/Charles/anyone had enough money and free time when not making that money to create a doll bunker. Gambit or not, from a production standpoint, they didn't seem to care whether it made sense. 6A was supposed to have everything you wanted from the high-school chapter of this story, presumably so that 6B and 7 could act as an extended epilogue and they're going to get there whether it meant pulling a Grunwald or not.

While I've never thought this show went off the rails, it's wobbled pretty severely on these tracks. By telling people to settle down and enjoy the ride, they're distracting you from thinking the train was dangerously close to careening sideways into the Pennsylvania countryside while convincing you that all that wobbling was just the engineer doing sick train tricks. What I'm saying was that the show, by putting it out there that their storyworld only vaguely resembled what you understand to be true and that their narrative shouldn't be compared to any reality that we recognize, was telling you to hold on. Just get through this. Everything will make sense to you as long as you realized that Rosewood was its own special place. The destination will be worth it. You can handle this. And maybe, just maybe, especially now that they're so close, this might get a whole lot more interesting.



NOTES


— Was there anything sadder than Sara Harvey drawing sunshine on the walls of her cell? The thing about her was that she was steeled to the manipulation and abuse that Alison prepared the Liars for. Her only real crime was being popular and being blonde (as far as we know). That's an interesting storyline, this casualty of supervillain crazy. I'm curious what happens with Sara as we continue.

— You have to give Chuck some credit with the "Liars on the slab" bit in order to convince their families to stop looking for them. That's pretty ingenious. But the implication here was that Charles also stripped them nude to make it work. Along with whatever their "surprises" were in the rooms—the aforementioned unspeakable horrors—it felt like the show trespassed a new boundary between A and the Liars and a new level of abuse but was able to skirt by the network with a three-week time jump. And Mona has also been put in a hole worse than solitary? It's all really horrifying to think about.

— Did you also think the reporter at Ali's press conference said, "the fourteen girls" instead of, "the four teen girls?" I was intrigued for just a second.

— That guy looked like he'd been waiting to say, "the caller is in the house" his whole life.

— Do people still use screensavers?

— With all the music cues and references, I think Andrew Campbell is the wrong guy unless he really is 50-60 years old. The only way to narratively explain Chuck's obsession with all this public-domain music is that the A stands for AARP.

— Okay, there was something sadder than Sara drawing sunshine and that's Mona in the hole. This show is really into punishing that girl.

— Is Emily the only Liar not to holler at Charles's security cameras about something?

— Tanner was reading a diary from Andrew Campbell's house. Did that look like a dude's handwriting to you? Maybe he just likes rounded letters. It's also pretty incriminating. Which makes me think Andrew had nothing to do with that diary.


— "Say goodbye to your soul!" Okay, you know what you do, Aria? You buy yourself a tape recorder, you just record yourself for a whole day. I think you’re going to be surprised at some of your phrasing.

— No Moment of A this week, so I leave you with the Pig Hoodie. A clear reference to Toby, who used to be a Hoodie, now parading as a cop. But mostly I like that this was the maniacal manifestation of a rebellious teen's perception of the po-po. Like an oft-displaced skaterat would think this was really funny.

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Jun 10, 2015
So I have a theory..an interesting one I think. I think Mrs.D gave birth to twins Jason and Charles however in the video from the apple farm they are clearly not dressed alike , almost like they were raised by different people? Jason in blue laces was asked to kiss his sister but not the boy in Pink laces, almost like he didn't know the baby as his sister. Mr.Hasting is Jason's father so if indeed twins he would also be Charles' Father. Charles as we know has an obsession with dolls, not a manly thing now is it? If the boys at some point didn't get along who better to raise one of them than the Hastings? The boy in pink laces didn't acknowledge Ali as his sister cause he'd been getting raised as a Hasting. The hasting did mention bringing the kids to the same farm. I think there is more to that video to be shown and the Hastings are present. Could the pink laces indicate Charles being a girly boy obsessed with dolls? Perhaps the hasting let him be who he wanted to be and Charles became Mellisa.Once she found out Jason was her brother, pretty humiliating since he once kissed her so she started to go crazy and resent Mrs.D . They only told her he was her half brother to keep them apart, Mrs H new about the affair so this makes sense and she didn't want Melissa to know she wasn't her birth mother so they kept the twins a hush hush. Melissa discovers the truth on her own and becomes A seems her bio mommy didn't want her, perhaps because she was a girly boy . The jealousy of Ali sinks in as Ali is the girl Mrs.D did love and Charles/Melissa wanted to be. So the obsession with Ali begins. Melissa discovers her bio mommy had other secrets and got around having affairs with multiple men including Bethany Young's father as well as Sara Harvey's father. We saw Mrs'D had created a bond with Bethany and if she had an affair with Sara's dad she would of possible bonded with Sara as well, all the more reason for Charles/Melissa to resent Mrs.D and to want these girls out of the picture so Sara is kidnapped and the goal was to kidnap both Bethany and Ali as well only Bethany may have gotten away and headed to warn Ali ( perhaps the phone call Mrs.D received) She was dressed like Ali cause Charles/Melissa had dressed her that way. Mrs.D saw Melissa that night and told her she would take care of it and to go. Melissa burring Bethany Alive was no accident. She ended up with only Sara that night. The big question is was Melissa ever really pregnant? She was to be pregnant the summer Allison went missing and went with Ian to Hilton Head to get an abortion, but lost the baby before they got there..how convenient? A lie to keep Ian who had a wondering Eye, only plan backfired and he didn't want a kid resulting in her faking a miscarriage ? He did have an Eye for Spencer so it's possible. Melissa announces anew pregnancy in which when the sisters are hit by a car Melissa is in the hospital but we here nothing directly from doctors just what Spencer was told, probably from Mellisa which is the baby is fine but still being monitored, Mrs.H who would no she can't get pregnant asks monitored for what? like it was an odd thing for her to hear. It cuts to Melissa who appears asleep but with an odd smirk , Ian attacks Spencer at the bell tower accusing her of killing Ali and burring her and he's doing this because he loves Melissa and Ian is pushed by A saving Spencer. After losing her second baby, she lied to Spencer and everyone by continuing a fake pregnancy for months until she claimed to have had a stillborn. Mrs.H helped cover these lies being told the plan was to adopt but for everyone to think the child was her own. Mrs.H could relate to that as everyone thinks Melissa is her own. Melissa left the hospital that night I believe and is the one who wrote Ian's suicide note and killed him, she had put it in his head that Spencer was the guilty party and she was protecting Spencer because he saw he bury Bethany and since he couldn't leave it alone and attacked Spencer he ultimately had to be sacrificed. I mean who would suspect a pregnant woman right?

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Jun 07, 2015
This first episode of this Season was better than the entire 5th Season (in my opinion). But with the way that this show is, I've come to the conclusion that this whole thing is just one long a** mystery/thriller book that Ezra has been writing. There's no way that they can keep this "-A" plot up for 2 more Seasons.
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Jun 07, 2015
One of the better episodes in a long, long time.

I was sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the episode, and actually felt like I was watching a scary movie the whole episode.
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Jun 06, 2015
If PLL was a serious show for adults I would say that at the best case scenario the Liars were "only" sexually abused (we know that they were at least once undressed without their consent) and at the worst case they were raped during these 3 weeks they don't want to talk about. The girls should be taken to hospital ASAP. And the investigation should be taken over by SVU squad.

However, since this is PLL which has nothing to do with realism I suspect nothing bad happened to the Liars and they will be perfectly fine next episode.

Also Mona got a role in the remake of Silence of the Lambs.
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Jun 05, 2015
First off, AMAZING episode. One of the best.

Second, why is the unrealism such an issue for you people? I trust that you're aware that you're watching fiction. I think of TV as storytime. You let the speaker do the talking. I don't understand why you have to question it; it's not your story. Just WATCH it and ENJOY it, that's the whole point of fiction!
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Jun 08, 2015
One, and this is nothing personal, but I hate the response that people should just "stop thinking" or "just watch it instead of questioning it." We are adult or near-adult humans. We should be thinking about everything we consume. And we do think about everything we consume, at least passively. This isn't about critical analysis of every episode. This is just about people watching something and getting thrown out of the show because it doesn't score well on a passive consumption test.

When people say it's "unrealistic," it's another way of saying that the narrative hasn't justified the actions that take place in that storyworld.

Everyone that watches or reads fiction starts with a baseline of their own reality; it's the bias that every reader (the broad sense of reader, reader as a consumer of content) brings to any work. Now, when you watch Adventure Time or Game of Thrones, readers don't have trouble reestablishing what they think is normal for a storyworld because (a) the narrative does a decent job of resetting expectations and (b) they're very much helped by a fantasy setting.

When you have a real world setting, however, there's a burden on the author (again, the broad sense of content creator) to make sure any changes to a world we recognize have a rational or at least reasonable process to those conclusions. Like, if you have a show that's set in suburbia and one of the kids on the way to school sees a unicorn dancing under a traffic light and he thinks nothing of it, and the tone of the show is basically Parenthood, you'll have a realism problem.

So that's the problem with Pretty Little Liars. The viewers have had to make a lot of concessions in order for the events of series to piece together. There's a suspension of disbelief that happens for any reader and that can only be stretched so far before a reader has to decide if this story has enough value to continue with the stretching or if it's become untenable. This isn't necessarily an active process, especially if you like the characters, the relationships, how the show feels in tone, etc.

What I'm talking about in this review is that viewers have come to a point of no return. If you've been able to get this far, even if you've limped in after getting beaten up by the impossibilities and the nonsense, you have to come to terms with the lack of realism since we're so close to Marlene King's admitted "end." This show does such a great job in other aspects and has an obscured if not hidden intelligence. But, from a narrative perspective, unless the ending is somehow magical, there are a lot of areas that don't feel real.

And the fact that I've heard from multiple sources during the break that the show has no intention of being realistic gives me reason to believe that even the content creators know the show has a realism problem. But it doesn't matter. Because we're in season 6, the #SummerOfAnswers is here, the end is nigh, and we've come so far, baby. Deep breath. Let's go.
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Jun 19, 2015
I understand your point well, and I appreciate the professional response. However, I must stick by my feeling that many people would discover that watching this show and others would be a more enjoyable experience if they didn't let themselves get hung up on how unrealistic it is for 'A' to pull off this entire scheme for so long. No matter how unlikely, it COULD happen by the laws of nature. There are exceptions of course (damn Ravenswood), but by and large there's nothing supernatural or fantastical taking place here. In this particular narrative, the chain of events just happened to be linked in this sequence. I do wish people could accept that, I suppose that's my problem.

And I'm absolutely not saying we shouldn't analyze and think about the thematic worth of a show. I see now that I may have made it sound that way. PLL is my all-time favorite BECAUSE of the wonderful intelligence level and number of allusions baked into it that allow quasi-scholarly discussions such as those regularly posed by Heather Hogan of Autostraddle and the Bros Watch PLL Too podcast.
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Jun 04, 2015
The pig was also a MAJOR throwback to one of the most frustrating answers to one of the most frustrating cliff hangers: the dead pig in wilden's trunk

You are so right, in order to enjoy PLL you need to let go of any sort of reality and you just need to let this 0 gravity madness take you. If you think about it too much the whole dreamscape gets ruined. Just like the liars said the question is now about how it's about why
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Jun 04, 2015
And all of the pig references are part of A's general disdain for authority. Which is an interesting thread. Obviously, with all the wrong-doing A does, a supervillain wouldn't necessarily love Johnny Law. But A taunts the police almost as much as the Liars. And in a much more juvenile way. The mask on the hoodie is basically the dramatic version of walking by a bunch of cops and saying out loud, "I smell bacon."
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Jun 06, 2015
A didn't place the pig hoodie though, that was Caleb, Ezra, Toby and Ali as a diversion to get Ali away from the cops so that she could meet A at the kissing rock and try and follow him to get to the Liars.
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Jun 07, 2015
Oh, that's true. Good call.

One day, Alison might be above suspicion for me. That day hasn't come yet.
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Jun 04, 2015
"You daughter will have police protection 24 hours a day" LMAO, this being RPD fat guy in a wheelchair wold be better protection

Also, when Alison was told to change clothes she didn't think to take GPS tracker with her. It's not as if she didn't know where it is or would be hard to remove.

As for rest, well, it was in some ways typical PLL ep. Plans are made, counter plans are made, plans fall through, we don't learn who A is, we need to stop asking how people got around building these lairs and how they can afford it,
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Jun 04, 2015
"....uncover the abandoned factory Chuck used to build his dollhouse bunker in the middle of a state park (?)."

Uh, obviously Charles built the bunker, and then opened the state park, he's a planner. But for real, though, at this point I don't care which hoodie is 'A', just give me the benefactor and I'd be satisfied. No, but really, who is funding this? Follow the money, isn't that a standard policing procedure? Or am I just misappropriating an episode of 'Veronica Mars'?
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Jun 04, 2015
I mean that's also The Wire so I consider it to be a police fact.
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Jun 04, 2015
No way the girls were raped. That would be way too dark for a show that aires on abc family. But it was pretty weird how all of them woke up without their clothes, and none of them seemed the least bit horrified that Charles had stripped them naked.
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Jul 09, 2015
I know! I was waiting for something to be said by one of the girls about being naked, but the whole subject was just left untouched.
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Jun 04, 2015
There was a rape storyline on The Fosters. .. just staying.
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Jun 04, 2015
I think what I liked about this episode so much is that I felt that the stakes were really high this time. "A" wasn't playing around anymore. The torture (mentally and physically) was BROUGHT. He tortured the liars with whatever happened in their rooms for three weeks. He tortured poor Mona by letting her to rot. And even that girl Sarah had been there for who knows how long. This time there was no bluffing/bullsh*t from "A". He was all the way in. It felt like a more mature-adult episode. They stopped "flirting" with the idea of torture and harassment and they brought the torture and harassment. And that was very nice and interesting to watch. I would love to watch more of that, but sadly they escaped (hahaha, just kidding... sort of).

PS. Poor Mrs. Marin :(
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Jun 04, 2015
So, how did aria cut and dyed her hair? Lol... A really took care of her...
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Jun 07, 2015
I think A did that because thats how her hair used to be before Ali "disappeared". Think back to the flashbacks of her seeing her dad cheating on her mum.
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Jun 03, 2015
I got a aquarium screensaver. So pretty. Better than a episode of PLL.
It drains the battery though. I really tried to watch PLL but the "A arc" went on for 1 1/2 season! After that i had to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital for three months. diagnosis: severe mental PLL breakdown with suicidal tendencies. I don't wanna go through that again.
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Jun 03, 2015
This episode proved once again that Spencer and Caleb are awesome. They pulled a full Brain and the Hacker without even needing to communicate.

Also, I totally thought Toby was gonna cave and tell Tanner too soon and ruin the plan and get Ali captured. I'm also surprised that Tanner didn't notice Toby acting so obvious. Frankly, I wish Wren would come back, questionable motives or not, at least he was intelligent. Plus, there's the whole hot face and accent and the chemistry between him and Spencer was insane.

I'm curious as to what happened to the girls that would be so horrible. I highly doubt it was rape since they screamed after going into their separate bedrooms.

I have to wonder why Charles isn't more intrigued with Spencer though. Spencer said that he seemed oddly familiar and it seems like they knew each other as kids, so how come he loops her in with Aria, Hanna, and Emily and not with Ali? Something's off about that. Also, when Ali was little she found two matching yellow dresses. Is Pretty Little Liars going to pull A House at the End of the Street and have the girl actually be a boy forced to pretend to be girl who snaps? Or a girl forced to pretend to be a boy? Maybe Sara is A/Charles? Maybe he was forced to pretend to be a girl until he snapped and now has like a split personality and became Sara again to evade capture? Plus Andrew's notebook was some serious girl handwriting. Ooh, maybe he was forced to pretend to be Ali? Maybe that's why he/she is so fascinated with her? And that's why "Sara" was like another version of her! And why Mona was forced to pretend to be Ali!

I swear this show is like the show Lost, they give you like three answers and fifty more questions until everything makes you paranoid and nothing makes sense.
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Jun 03, 2015
It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again....
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Jun 03, 2015
Poll

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Jun 03, 2015
Ha nice Arrested Development reference Nick.
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Jun 04, 2015
I try.
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Jun 03, 2015
"Did you also think the reporter at Ali's press conference said, "the fourteen girls" instead of, "the four teen girls?" I was intrigued for just a second."

YES, multiple times even.

OK, this is quite a promising season premiere :) Season 5 was kinda boring, and you're right - at this point everyone that's interested in keeping up with the show should defintiely let go of their 'realistic view'. I'm kinda starting to like that, its kind-of-surrealism.. It's usually what I like about tv show: things that in no possible way could ever happen in real life. Just a little 'escape' from real life.

The show finally moved sort-of forward :)
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Jun 04, 2015
well we weren't that far off
6 girls were found in the dollhouse he could have 8 more teen blondes parading in yellow shirts
you guys wasn't this the perfect opportunity to bring Maya back? I mean if there was one teen girl that disappeared under sketchy circumstances it was Maya.
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Jun 05, 2015
If I remember correctly, Maya was found dead in Emily's yard, so her return would be kinda hard to explain, but then again it's PLL...
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Jun 04, 2015
Yeah, but didn't that other guy already confess to killing her? :P
Not that that would mean anything in something like PLL ;)
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Jun 03, 2015
This was my frustration level with Season 5: I finally got around to watching the last six episodes over the last 2 days. There was definitely a sense of "well, I've stuck with it this long and I want some form of answers" that made me save those episodes versus deleting them off my DVR and watching the premiere. And I'm kind of happy I did.

Was this a brilliant episode? No, but it was one of the better episodes in a long time. It brought the torture up to a level that it's never been before and I thought was kind of ballsy, especially for a Disney owned network. While we don't know exactly what was done to them, the simple fact that they don't want to talk about it speaks volumes and leaves a lot open to the imagination and I think the show had to go there. Just trapping them in the quasi-dollhouse wasn't going to be enough.

The girls are essentially going from one dollhouse to the other. With everyone knowing about A now (FINALLY) those girls are going to be watched and hounded even more than usual and that's not exactly helpful when dealing with trauma. I'm really hoping they let it all blow up. That just needs to happen.
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Jun 04, 2015
The episode made it really clear that the girls didn't want to talk about what happened yet so we should be expecting flashbacks with whatever psychological torture they had to go through next episode
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Jun 05, 2015
I think they'll be spacing it out over the next several episodes. Giving us everything the next episode has never happened on this show. I just don't want them to push it under the rug like some other issues have been.
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Jun 03, 2015
Amazing premiere, up there with some of the best eps of the season - 6A is gonna be mind-blowing
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Jun 03, 2015
I missed the first half hour of the show (I forgot about it) and honestly think I caught most of what was going on in the second half hour. And for those of you who watched the whole hour, Ali, Caleb and Ezra were doing a lot of driving (my biggest observation was, wow, Caleb was missing Toby as his usual partner in crime).

I presume since Sarah was there for so long, for some propriety sake, we are going to find she wasn't so much complicit but was a dutiful prisoner and likely stripped the girls and did that to Aria's hair (probably to Charle's chagrin because that wasn't exactly how Aria was rocking the pink streaks before she left for Iceland). Just also because it was so overly planned with what he did, well, as a line from another show I am maybe too old to watch, every Dracula needs his Renfield.

Random thought, when Spencer was reunited with Toby and he told her they were looking for Andrew after what she observed of Charles, do you suppose she had the horrible thought of, wait, did I make out with my brother? They did, right? Back when he was just the most normal guy. Because those two kids looked awfully similar in age, she just better hope Charles isn't Andrew or isn't Jason's twin at least. Of course there is another theory that Charles is actually Wren and is actually the child of Mr. DiLaurentis and Toby's mother and was sent to live in England with relatives. Geez, this is like discussing who Jon Snow's parents are.
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Jun 03, 2015
That whole screaming thing,after they went into their rooms feels pretty disturbing. Like,what could possibly make them scream that much ? Showing Emily,how she'll never swim again? Spencer figuring out,that her boyfriend is a cop and that she'll never get out with his help? (Or any Rosewood finest).

As sick and twisted this world is,we think that they'd been raped,but I doubt PLL would go there. I am thinking something along the lines of :
Spencer misses Game Of Thrones and sees spoilers. She flips out
Aria thinks,how she's only 18 years old and then she figures,that age is already too old for Ezra.
Emily thinks maybe she could dance her way out of this jam,since her swimming days are over and also there's no water arouind:D
Hannah thinks she's in Amazon,so she feels great..
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Jun 03, 2015
Best episode since season 2. Hands down. Maybe the best episode ever of the show.
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Jun 03, 2015
I really enjoyed this episode. I loved how I was on the edge of my seat throughout. Season 5 was all over the place with some great episodes in between but this premiere episode knocked that out of the park. I'm so ready for this season.
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Jun 03, 2015
Girl I am right with you on that.
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Jun 03, 2015
Holy shit you guys, were the liars raped!?
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Jun 04, 2015
I thought so at first, but then I thought that he maybe tortured each of the liars. Maybe mentally more so than physically. OR, he made them torture each other in some way. I think I've been watching too many Criminal Minds episodes though :/ lol
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Jun 03, 2015
I doubt it.. Feel like it was something pertaining to their families like a death threat or a picture of their parents bein tortured... Who knows. But I doubt they were raped because.. For one how could they all have been raped at the same time? I mean they all screamed at the same time so ?
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Jun 04, 2015
yeah, that's true, if it happened i don't think it was like a key part of the torture, just something that could have happened to them along the way. Just based on how they acted when they met in the hall, not the screams when they first entered the rooms. Also, how were they not more creeped out when they realised that charles had stripped them down and manouvered them into position on those morgue bed things? (Sorry for so much talk about creepy rape stuff, hopefully this will make it better...


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Jun 03, 2015
Guilty pleasure #1 is back, and wow how it performed.
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Jun 03, 2015
one of if not the best episodes in a long while.
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Jun 03, 2015
What an amazing season premiere! Loved every minute of it. My full review here:


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Jun 03, 2015
Caleb has a real-time GPS tracker that he can hide in a shoe but never thought to use it any other times one of the gang went into a dangerous situation alone with poor cell phone service? Maybe put it in Alison's shoe when she was skulking around doing who knows what?

How did it take the girls 3 weeks to set their prison on fire?

So, Charles is collecting girls that he could make into Alison? Did he try to abduct Ali and thought he killed her or killed Bethany by mistake?

Also, what did I miss that made the RPD suspect Andrew?
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Jun 04, 2015
Caleb should be putting a GPS tracker on everyone and just monitoring what they do through an iPad. But I'm guessing with the rampant pedo virus he'd be horrified with what everyone is doing.

It seems like they were locked in their rooms for three weeks and incredibly shaken by whatever unspeakable horrors they endured. If there's anything PLL does well is how they use the burden and culture of fear to help dictate narrative.

I think whether Charles is involved in that night will be one of the chief questions to be answered by 6A. Because, as far as I've been able to piece together, this is all before Charles was A (Mona was still A here).

The Banana Guard starting suspecting Andrew by conflating two things: the Campbell family farm had all that surveillance equipment of the girls in the doll-bunker and Andrew is missing. Tanner was also reading a diary found among Andrew's personal effects that seems pretty incriminating. Which, I think we all know by now, probably means he's being set up.
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Jun 04, 2015
Oh right,they found that stuff at Campbell's farm. When did Andrew went missing? I forgot so many things about this show,it's so funny. I had no idea,who Sara was and when you mentioned,she was leader of Other Liars,I thought...wait,weren't those just some small girls at that tea party :D
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Jun 04, 2015
I think it was just because he also went missing.
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Jun 03, 2015
I think it's been around month,since Caleb,Ezra,Toby,Ali and Rosewood heard anything about girls. So they probably told them about Andrew at some point. Though I forgot,when did they learn anything about Andrew.
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Jun 03, 2015
very silence of the lambs

BEST EPSIODE for a very l
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Jun 03, 2015
**long time
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Jun 03, 2015
A welcome change of pace/change of game, as a whole! I still find myself plagued with wishing they stopped acting like complacent dolls and start -really- fighting- but I understand/accept that isn't the kinds of people they are. If I was in that sort of situation I'd be more prone to "ruin/spoil the game, rather than play the game- force a stalemate where Antagonist needs to deal with less expected circumstance. The burning of the room certainly seemed to upset the (two?), and they appear to be out for the time being- but that's a heck of a trap-dollhouse, hopefully next episode - and given the promo there may be some answers- leads to some proper revelations. The logistics of Antagonist creating a bunker are staggering, Please give us something from it, writers! Course, they do have the worlds worst police force.

But I digress from my nitpicking because I know I'll always hate the Liars sucking at survival instincts- it was a very good episode!
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Jun 03, 2015
Possibly the best episode of the entire series. So dark, twisted, and emotional. Everything was absolutely perfect and I could not be happier. There wasn't a single boring moment. This season looks like it's gonna be amazing.
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