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Pretty Little Liars: "A is for A-L-I-V-E" Season Premiere Review

Pretty Little Liars 4.01 "A is for A-L-I-V-E"

Picking up where we left off from the finale, the girls are shocked to find not a dead body, but a dead pig in the trunk of the police car. But later when the police are investigating the car, they see that Detective Wilden is lying dead on the ground. It is unknown who did it, but the girls are worried that "A" is going to set them up to take the fall again. Mona appears to be cooperating with the girls, revealing all that she knows, since now this new "A" is coming after them all now. But is she trustworthy enough? Mrs. DiLaurentis moves back into town, but is there another motive for her being there? Who is this new "A"? Is she Red Coat? Is Red Coat Alison? So many questions still, and a whole season to see if they'll answer them.

Mona Vanderwaal: One of the girls?

It's something that I've kind of always wanted, for Mona to be part of the group. She technically was for a little bit before it was revealed she was part of the "A" Team, but now it's an entirely new ballgame. Red Coat, or whoever is running the show now, is coming after all of them. So there is no place for her to hide except be with the girls and figuring out what is happening. But it does make you question how sincere she is being, considering her history with the girls and everything she's done to them. It's hard to trust someone who tormented and tortured you and your friends for so long. Perhaps she is trying to make amends, at least convince them that she's not playing "A"s game anymore. But she will definitely have her own reasons and secrets to keep to herself. I mean, this is Mona we're talking about. She can't not break her habit of sneaking around and seem suspicious, so the possibly of her having other motives is very high.

But nonetheless, I do like that she and the girls are all on the same page now. And that she revealed some of the mysteries that we've been wondering about for some time. Like how it was Lucas who gave Emily that massage, and how Jenna and Shanna met and how they're both afraid of Melissa, and that Melissa was on the train and responsible for locking Aria in that box. There are still some things left unanswered, like who got Wilden's car out of the lake and who killed Ian, but even Mona isn't all-knowing in that department.

Where does her character go from here? I'm hoping she still works with the girls, but I'm also hoping that we see that she's still doing other things, possibly for her own benefit at finding out who Red Coat is.

Theories on Red Coat / Black Veil

I'm still holding out on the theory that they are heading into the twin direction because it would make sense, especially now since considering that all those who were the last to see Alison alive are the ones dropping like flies, it is a high possibility that it's part of a revenge scheme. Or that both the twins are alive but playing opposite ends, that one is trying to help the girls while the other is trying to hurt them.

Red Coat is assumed to be Alison. She was the one who pulled them out of the fire. It is to be assumed that she's been the one who has been warning the girls, appearing to them in either "dreams" or "hallucinations", and that she's not the "A" ringleader.

Black Veil could be the twin, or it could be someone else entirely. But I'm assuming that they are the one behind "A", and their entire goal is to mess with people, recruiting others, manipulating, and basically being the center of all the chaos. At the end of the episode we see that they unveiled themselves only to reveal they were wearing a mask, and half of it was burnt. They were amongst the fire. But it is unclear whether they started it, were near it, or they were in the house at the time and had barely escaped themselves.

This leaves me to think about how Jenna, Shanna and Melissa's connections were. They were talking about the girls, but it makes me think who they were talking about. They mentioned "she" will be there with the girls. But who is this "she"? Alison? Her twin? Both of them? Mona? That's still the mystery.

Things I liked about the episode:

++ The parallels with the pilot. I just love parallels.

++ Toby and Spencer being back together, happy once again. After all the shit that's happened they got through it all. And of course Toby is going through his own thing at the moment, "A" is clearly not really giving him much of a choice. Plus the thing with the lighter. I kinda want them to talk about certain things though, like all that time that Spencer just completely had her emotional meltdown because she believed he was dead. Granted they could have already talked about it and left all of that behind them because they have bigger fish to fry. But all the same, I do want them to discuss some of the things that happened last season.

++ Even though it was a dream/daydreammare sequence, I do like that we did get a serious consequence if Aria and Ezra were ever found out by authorities. Though you'd think if that were to happen, it should have happened many seasons ago because they were never discreet about it, like ever.

++ Hanna and Mona hanging out. Although it's Hanna being cautious with her "keep enemies closer" thing, it's interesting that their relationship has taken a whole new turn now. First they were bffs, then they were enemies, now they're....idk what you'd call them. Old acquaintances who happen to be dealing with the same kind of nightmare? Needless to say, I like that Mona was trying to at least prove that she can be trusting, even if she knows she doesn't deserve it. She did give up the hard drive and show the girls everything she had on them, so that's at least a start?

++ With that, I really enjoy seeing Mona in this light. I loved her from the earlier seasons, I loved her when she was part of the "A" Team, I loved her when she was Mona 2.0 and playing on a whole new playing field. And I love her now that all of that has been stripped away from her and she's trapped, the same as the rest of the girls. I just think that Janel Parrish is phenomenal in this role.

++ Emily being happy with Paige. Okay, I wasn't thrilled with Paige as a character before, but I've gotten fond of her since then. Especially since Emily is happy being with her and her happiness is all that matters. I like that they're making plans for the future, of getting away from all of the Rosewood chaos and just being free and happy.

++ Also, how hot was Emily wearing that cropped blue shirt? *_*

++ Ms. Parker Mrs. DiLaurentis coming back. I'm intrigued about what is going to happen with her, and how her presence is going to affect the girls and the town. Particularly since she's re-setting up Alison's bedroom to look exactly the same as if she were still there. Again, playing with the "is Alison alive / twin" thing.

Overall: It's good to have this show back. :) I'm all geared up and ready for another season of mystery, suspense, what-the-fuckery, and best friends solving crimes and being awesome together. Should be quite a ride.

Music from the premiere: Digital Daggers - The Devil Within
"You'll never know what hit you
Won't see me closing in
I'm gonna make you suffer
This hell you put me in
I'm underneath your skin"
Appropriate not just for the episode, but for the entire mood of the whole series. The girls are constantly at the mercy of "A", the endless torments and of everything unraveling around them, but sometimes they also have their moments of stepping up their game, of one-upping their enemies. But even that has consequences, too.
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