Thursday, January 21, 2016

Pretty Little Liars - Charlotte's Web

After introducing, but the quickly dismissing Aria (Lucy Hale) as a potential suspect in CeCe "Charlotte DiLaurentis" Drake's (Vanessa Ray) murder, the latest episode of Pretty Little Liars focuses on continuing to fill-in the lives of the Liars after they left Rosewood five years ago. "Charlotte's Web" not only introduces us to Hanna's (Ashley Benson) fiance (David Coussins) but also gives us a look into Aria's new office boyfriend (Roberto Aguire). Forced to return to Rosewood for work, Aria attempts to convince Ezra (Ian Harding) to finish his book for the publisher she now works for and face the possibility that Ezra could be the one who killed A.

While during an uncomfortable dinner with Alison (Sasha Pieterse), "Charlotte's Web" reveals the fact that Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) apparently haven't become romantically involved yet, although its obvious both harbor feelings for each other. The episode also begins to reveal at least some of the secrets Emily (Shay Mitchell) is keeping from her friends and her mother including flunking out of college and a medical condition she doesn't want anyone to know about.

Scared of their friend's possible involvement in Charlotte's death, the Liars take action to protect Aria which (given the show's formula to this point) will no doubt come back to bite them in the ass in the near future. The show wastes time in eliminating Aria as a viable suspect. Her emotionally-unstable former boyfriend, however, looks like the obvious prime suspect to this point, even if I'd consider Mona (Janel Parrish) and Sara Harvey (Dre Davis) as far more likely suspects. Although it's a little too convenient, wrapping in Spencer's college paper about a similar murder works as a nice touch to not only point the finger at Ezra but also possibly implicate the Liars as well. Whoever the Liars' new enemy is, they have certainly provided them with more than enough ammunition to begin making the girls' lives a living hell.

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