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04 February 2015 @ 01:28 pm
Pretty Little Liars: "The Bin Of Sin" Episode Review  
Pretty Little Liars 5.17 "The Bin Of Sin"

"A" is threatening to frame Hanna with the contents of the storage unit, and she decides to construct a plan of action, with the help of Caleb, to break into the locker and take out the barrel and dispose of it elsewhere. Aria confesses to Ezra what she did in writing the letter. Spencer, Emily and Aria discover what Hanna is doing and tracks the laptop to confront her, only to find themselves in yet another "A" trap. Detective Tanner and Toby find the barrel.


What Is In The Barrel?

I highly doubt that it's Mona, otherwise it would have been said.

Something from the reactions from Tanner and Toby have me suspicious that there is something else going on with the contents of what is hidden inside the barrel. Is it remains of another person? Something else entirely? Who knows. But whatever it was, the reactions of both of them intrigued me. Toby obviously is withholding information from Spencer, and it seemed much more than following his job description. And Tanner seemed, not exactly disturbed, but something. Like she wasn't surprised but it still kind of rattled her in a subtle manner.

Also, having the barrel left there while everything else from the storage space had been cleared out is suspicious enough. It's like whoever did it wanted someone to discover it. To build a case against either one of the girls or against Alison, or just to give everyone the run around, who knows.


Things I liked about the episode:

++ Even though it was a horrible idea of getting involved even further, I did like that Hanna decided to be proactive and do something. She had it all mapped out with supplies and everything, she even specifically bought protective gloves, you guys. For this show that means there is some progression happening (even though it didn't matter in the end since their fingerprints are all over the storage area anyway). She had a plan of action and was going to go through with it no matter what. Caleb of course wasn't going to have her go alone, especially since he is Mr. Hacker guy. Sadly their plan of action didn't work as planned, and unfortunately both of them are going to be highly suspect when Tanner and Toby interrupted them. But overall, I did quite enjoy the fact that Hanna was planning on doing all this herself no matter what.

++ As I have said plenty times before, when the show is able to do suspense well they do it good. When the girls enter the abandoned factory the atmosphere is just right, along with getting locked inside the freezer and nearly freezing to death within seconds. Emily being badass was also a nice touch.


Things I didn't like:

++ The fact that the girls are so easily lured into an "A" trap is astounding to me. Oh wow, an abandoned factory, this is obviously where Hanna and Caleb are! Right, girls. Remember that brain thing? And the classic, "let's split up" line. I know it did work in their favor in the end, but JFC. Also, why is it that none of them are worried about being spied on from inside their homes? The laptop literally showed footage of Hanna's kitchen, and there have been previously examples of this kind of stuff from over the seasons, and yet the girls haven't even been concerned about what other inconspicuous traps "A" hid to spy on them. I know it's convenient for the show to have these kinds of situations for the suspense to happen, but the girls are smarter than this. To make them seem dumb even at this stage is starting to really frustrate me.

++ The fact that Spencer cannot understand that Toby has a job to do is also frustrating me. I know she wants answers but there is a line that shouldn't be crossed when it comes to something like that, and she should know this. Then again, having a teenager become a cop and be so personally invested with a case that his girlfriend is involved in already seems rather farfetched to me. At least Tanner called him out on that fact.

++ While telling Aria to think about her future without him was probably the most sensible thing Ezra has ever said (too little too late, though, I mean srsly), I can't help but feel like he's hiding something. He seemed far too nonchalant about her letter, even complimenting her on emotionally manipulating Jackie into getting her into the college. He then states that she would grow to resent him if they stayed together? Really, now why is that? That rings too suspicious for me, especially knowing his behavior. I'm not getting my hopes up though, it's clear that the show will never acknowledge his gross predatory behavior again. Still, shady motherfucker is shady as fuck.

++ I'm not that sold on Talia. This show has taught me to trust nobody new, also I dislike that the girls cannot remain single for a second without getting involved with someone else on the side. Never mind that she would have to get involved with someone who doesn't know what's going on and if they're not already secretly being shady then they would get caught in the crossfire and then have to break up, etc. She seems harmless so far, but again you never know.


Overall: While it did have some interesting moments here and there, this episode was again another filler. I wish they didn't have to drag out this whole barrel thing, never mind the whole "Alison is A" when everyone knows that she is not. I mean, it's pretty obvious how gung-ho the girls are set on blaming Alison for everything that it won't come to as a "shock" when the truth is inevitably revealed. Which I hope is soon.
 
 
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Creature Of Hobbit: toby cavanaughtellshannon815 on February 4th, 2015 10:03 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen 5x18 yet so don't know if this was answered, but when Toby was being so cagey with Spencer on the phone I did wonder if Melissa was in the barrel and Toby didn't feel he could tell Spencer that in a phone call.
Julie: AoE ★ heretiqueragnarok_08 on February 5th, 2015 02:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, the episode felt like filler to me too :/
Renéerogueslayer452 on February 6th, 2015 09:09 am (UTC)
Since having Alison put away, 5B has mostly been in this lull. I'm hoping that once we're dealing with Alison again it won't be anymore.
Naomi: PLL Allison in hospitalfrelling_tralk on February 5th, 2015 06:37 pm (UTC)
It was still filler, but Idk I liked it more than the previous couple of episodes for some reason (definitely all of these latest episodes have needed more Allison though!) I can't remember, will it be 22 or 24 episodes for this season? Because if it's 24 then it might be worth them thinking about doing the regular 22 episodes, it would make their seasons a lot tighter in the middle, they did not need to spend so many episodes drawing out the mystery of the barrel

++ The fact that Spencer cannot understand that Toby has a job to do is also frustrating me.

Tbh I've been more on Spencer's side in that whole conflict.Since becoming a cop, Toby seems to suddenly be very vocal in his disapproval of Spencer looking into mysteries and not staying strictly on the side of the law, even though that's how Spencer has always conducted herself, so it's not like she's going to stop her investigating and who she is just because Toby is a cop now. I mean I can understand Toby wanting to be a good cop and do it right, but he did originally join the force in order to help Spencer out from the inside, so he was always going to be compromised regardless.

++ I'm not that sold on Talia. This show has taught me to trust nobody new, also I dislike that the girls cannot remain single for a second without getting involved with someone else on the side.

Yeah I don't mind her, and she does have good chemistry with Emily, but it's hard for me to get very invested when she's so obviously just there to be the love interest, it hasn't exactly felt very organic!
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on February 6th, 2015 09:06 am (UTC)
definitely all of these latest episodes have needed more Allison though!

Agreed. :)

I can't remember, will it be 22 or 24 episodes for this season? Because if it's 24 then it might be worth them thinking about doing the regular 22 episodes, it would make their seasons a lot tighter in the middle

I just looked it up and apparently there will be 25 episodes this season. Which wouldn't necessarily bother me, but at the rate they're going I'm curious as to why. In general I much prefer shows to have shorter seasons, since it lessens the chance of risking having mostly filler episodes and drawing out certain storylines, much like with the show is doing at the moment in 5B.

I mean I can understand Toby wanting to be a good cop and do it right, but he did originally join the force in order to help Spencer out from the inside, so he was always going to be compromised regardless.

I think this is the main problem I'm having with this storyline, because I feel like I'm frustrated with both of them based on the situation they're in. They're both quite stubborn in their beliefs, Spencer on finding out the truth no matter what and Toby of wanting to keep her safe no matter what, that it was going to be inevitable that they would clash when he joined law enforcement, even for the right reasons. Since he does want to help solve the cases that the Rosewood police have been incompetent to for a long time, and that's a noble thing to want to be productive in based on all the shit he (and the others) have gone through, but it doesn't guarantee anything. It will only make things even more complicated than they already are. I feel like Toby would've been better becoming a private investigator rather than a cop (though let's be real, Spencer would more likely want to become that since she's already been Veronica Mars-ing for a while anyway).

I don't know, the more I think about it the more I'm not really liking this storyline since it's mostly putting a strain on the trust factor in their relationship, something I would've thought they would have discussed beforehand knowing the kinds of rules and restrictions the job description would require from him.

Edited at 2015-02-06 09:07 am (UTC)
Naomi: PLL Aria Sssh by sininfernofrelling_tralk on February 6th, 2015 11:20 am (UTC)
Hmm yeah 25 seems like a LOT, especially when they're going for seven seasons anyway and have plenty of time to tell their story. It just doesn't seem wise to me when people are already complaining about things being dragged out and too many possible A detours, but I guess they do it that way in order to keep the two halves of each season on screen for as long as possible to keep people talking

Toby wanting to be a private investigator would definitely have been a better fit! From what I remember, he went to police academy to get an inside track on what the cops know A though, so it does seem silly to me when he gets really uptight about Spencer wanting to ask him for info, or when she continues looking into A. It's not like he decided that being a cop was his path in life and Spencer keeps screwing that up, it was because of wanting to help out Spencer and the others and that's how he presented it to Spencer, but now it comes across that he's more annoyed when they comprise his career. They should have discussed it more definitely, I'm guessing that Spencer assumed that Toby wasn't going to take it all that seriously as a career, so it wouldn't be a problem for them?

Edited at 2015-02-06 11:24 am (UTC)