Review of Season 6A of Pretty Little Liars

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WARNING – Spoiler Alert! If you are not up to date with season six of the Pretty Little Liars series, do not continue reading this article.

So, Season 6 of Pretty Little Liars has come to an end and has left us all in an ambivalent slump. We just don’t know how to feel about the show, its questionable ending or the teaser trailer that provides a taster of what is yet to come.

Up until now the members of the regretful clique; Alison Delaurentis, Aria Montgomery, Spencer Hastings, Hannah Marin and Emily Fields, have all contributed to the scandals that transpire in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania. It’s hard to accept that the teenage mischief may no longer take place in that vulnerable high-school setting as the series’ attempts to ascend to the next part of the story.

By Dominick D [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Dominick D [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
 ‘From left to right Spencer Hastings (Trojan Bellisario), Hanna Marin (Ashley Benson), Aria Montgomery (Lucy Hale), Emily Fields (Shay Mitchell), Alison DeiLaurentis Sasha Pieterse)

Since the outset, our five gorgeous liars, who are somewhat physically mature for their portrayed ages, have endured questionable methods of torment from the mysterious figure and motives of the ever-meddling ‘A’, whose identity was unknown until the long awaited Season 6 finale.

We have witnessed hit and runs, arson, the use of sadistic dollhouses to re-enact the girls’ daily movements, undercover ‘friends’, hidden threatening messages, abduction and entrapment – the list goes on. Yet we can’t help but wonder just HOW one teenage girl continuously thwarted five others on numerous different occasions.

The reveal of CeCe Drake – or ‘A’ – or Charles – or Charlotte Delaurentis, the bitter and abandoned transgender mastermind as being the one behind the dramatic happenings that have retained the series’ exhilarating tone throughout, can’t help but feel somewhat anti-climactic. We FINALLY came face to face with THE ‘A’, who turned out to be the pretty blonde girl with daddy issues.

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Vanessa Ray (CeCe Drake) with Marlene King

 

Throughout Pretty Little Liars, we have been led to believe that the figure of ‘A’ embodies the epitome of all evil and this prolonged exposure to ‘A’s’ identity just doesn’t seems to fit the bill. Could this unsatisfactory reveal possibly have lost viewers’ interest in what comes next?

Since the big denouement, PLL has received mixed responses, including disappointment, and fans have even noticed some plot holes that suggest the character of ‘A’ was a last minute decision by the producers. Timelines are muddled, for example the suicide of Toby’s mother, and the fact that CeCe was willing to date her own brother to toy with the liars is just wrong – do we really believe CeCe is that messed up? It seems the producers may have struggled with thinking of anyone who would have had better motives to portray ‘A’.

However, it has been revealed that we are to expect characters far different from what we are used to and which will ultimately provide the series with a new sinister shade unlike the one we are so familiar with. New episodes will feature the girls’ transition into adulthood and will again portray their vulnerability to the torments of those who despise them which could ultimately change the reception and possibly provoke a change in target audience. The question is: Will this continue to be the relentless work of ‘A’, or will a new arch-enemy be discovered?

It seems that the next chapter will either make or break the PLL series. This new storyline could be seen as a poor attempt to carry on one that should have ended with the triumph over the enemy. Or it could provide the series with a fresh outlook needed to redeem the failure of the previous finale. Either way it could have already had long-lasting damaging effects on the story as we know it.

So the questions linger: Should there be another series of PLL? Will the Liars’ transition into adult-hood be an effective way to carry on the series? Will the actors be able to effectively portray new levels of maturity or has Pretty Little Liars dug itself a grave of disappointment that it can never climb out of? Season 6B is currently set to air in January 2016 so keep your eyes and ears open to find out more.

 

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