Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pretty Little Liars - Playtime

Pretty Little Liars returns for its final stretch of episodes with "Playtime" which deals mainly from the fallout of the season's mid-season finale which puts both Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Toby (Keegan Allen) in the hospital, leaves Aria (Lucy Hale) unsure of her relationship with Ezra's (Ian Harding), answers some questions about the truth of Mary Drake's (Andrea Parker) statements concerning one of the Liars, and confirms that neither Noel Kahn's (Brant Daugherty) nor Jenna Marshall (Tammin Sursok) is A.D. There's quite a bit of drama in "Playtime," but other than setting up A.D.'s final gambit (which involves an overly elaborate game board to dish out rewards and punishment) the Liars spend the majority of the episode dealing with their own drama rather than that caused by their unknown adversary.

"Playtime" takes Alison (Sasha Pieterse) three-steps back with the arrival of both Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Paige (Lindsey Shaw) as teachers at Rosewood High School. After softening the character a bit in the first-half of this season, it appears Alison is reverting back to form. As for Emily, I'm really hoping the show decides to let her get clear of both characters. Extending the Ezra/Aria drama feels a bit awkward as, given recent events, you would expect something to be discussed concerning the pair's uncertain future. The only relationship on solid ground appears to be Hanna (Ashley Benson) and (Tyler Blackburn, although Hanna does get into a dust-up with Mona (Janel Parrish) whose attempts to help Hanna's business initially appear to be helping Mona more than Hanna.

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