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05 August 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Pretty Little Liars: "Last Dance" Episode Review  
Pretty Little Liars 6.09 "Last Dance"

Bummed that their school has prohibited them from attending their senior prom along with their graduation, the girls must settle for their own solo prom inside the Hastings barn. However Alison gets a text message from Charles telling her to meet him at the actual school prom, and when the girls get wind of this they follow her there. At the end, Alison gets captured by Charles and she sees who is behind the mask, with the episode going black before the reveal is made to the audience....


The Beginning Of The End Of Charles DiLaurentis

With next week being the grand mid-season finale and the final reveal of who Charles DiLaurentis is and whoever is helping them, I don't have much to say other than what I've already speculated in my previous reviews. I'm just rather anxious about what this reveal is going to be and how they'll manage to make continuity sense of it all. I know a lot of fans have been confused if not pessimistic by the concept surrounding Charles, like why this person, why now, why not someone we knew has always been a suspect. Well, if we're going by rumors this may very well be someone we've known since the beginning, it's just now it'll all (hopefully) click together.

I know this show has gotten quite convoluted over the seasons, with so much information and filler subplots clogging the main timeline that, true, they could very well pull something from their asses in attempt to hoodwink us. But I want to believe that it will all come together.

It's been said that there is a Big "A" and an Uber "A", and whichever Charles is will be unveiled next week. The upcoming storyline plot for the second half of the season will focus on the other "A" which, considering that they'll be doing a massive time jump in after the mid-season finale (flying past their college years and heading straight into their mid-twenties, I think is what I read), it should be interesting who picks up the slack of the "A" train and why, and whether it's still connected with the Charles situation or if it's something else entirely. Of course, that will all depend on what happens in the mid-season finale.


Things I liked about the episode:

++ THE MOMS. EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MOMS WAS GOLD AND I WANT MORE. Seriously, I've always adored the friendship the mothers have with each other, and it has been a shame that the show doesn't feature them hanging out with each other that often. But this episode had not just all of them together, but all of them pretty much having their own separate storyline which kind of mirrors the friendship and camaraderie between their daughters. I mean, from the impulsive investigating to showing more of their personalities outside of just being mothers. It was utterly perfect and beautiful and I want more of that, please. Hell, can we just have, like half of a season with just exploring this side of the mothers and their friendship and how they deal with the realities brought upon them from the situations they're in? That I'm here for.

++ The opening scene was nicely put together. In most finales or episodes-before-finales they have some very interesting cinematography or different perspectives in filming, and I really liked how the opening scene with interconnected everyone together.

++ Out of all the dresses, I liked Spencer's and Emily's the most. Also, Emily's earrings were outrageous and I want them. ♥

++ I totally called Clark not being involved with "A", though I definitely didn't see the undercover cop thing. I'm still curious on who hired him, why, and what his business is with Rhys. Which, I don't think Rhys is who everyone thinks he is, because it would be too easy, not to mention totally random.

++ I've been loving the progression between Spencer and Alison. These are two characters who have always kind of butted heads with each other, and this season really has placed all that bad blood aside for the sake of moving forward. I may dislike the whole Lorenzo thing, but Spencer coming to Alison's defense was a very sweet gesture. I love how she doesn't brush what Alison has done, present or past, under the rug, but she makes a very clear point that Alison has been through a lot, and that she has changed. Seeing this level of development is so wonderful to see.


Things I didn't like:

++ While I understand taking safety precautions, basically banning the girls from attending their own prom and high school graduation is kind of being over the top. The art gallery situation was bad, yes, but the issue should be about the security and the incompetence of the Rosewood police. It is not the girls' fault nor should they be punished for it. I mean, not that it matters anyway, they have found loopholes around these restrictions before and they certainly did by attending prom anyway, despite that a teacher/authority figure approached one of the girls once telling them to leave, but they didn't and they remained there, dancing and hanging around with nobody else approaching them. So, I guess all authority figures in this town are incompetent?

++ I'm disappointed that the show never explored further with what happened to the girls in the dollhouse. I mean, yeah, we got brief flashbacks here and there and showing the PTSD some of them were going through with the episode following their escape from that place, but we only got a couple of them of what they went through: Spencer (with being slept deprived and then tricked with being covered in blood) and Aria (the streaked red hair dye and cutting of her hair), and even then it was very minimal to remaining down there for nearly a month and what "A"/Charles put them through. What about Emily and Hanna, especially Hanna after her strong reaction from coming back? What happened to them in their respective rooms? What about them working through what happened between them down there, as vaguely implied through mentioning of talking with Dr. Sullivan but never quite got an answer to?

This is what should have been the focus on for the first half of the season. This is precisely the issue this show has had for some time now, introducing something that has potential, but never really exploring it further. Instead of introducing new characters or relationships that won't last, why not just focus on what you already have? Characters like Lorenzo and Sarah should not take priority over the characters and relationships that are already present, especially when there is hardly anything done with them aside from being filler. I mean, do we really know anything about Lorenzo and Sarah aside from them being there for most of the season and forcibly placed as love interests? Seriously, unless you take time with exploring and developing these characters outside of the romance filler aspect, nobody really cares.

(Speaking of, I'm getting a distinct impression that something will happen to Sarah in the mid-season finale, just judging from her words to Emily during the dance; the "no matter what happens" sounds quite suspicious that either something will be revealed about her or something will happen to her, because otherwise I cannot see Sarah surviving the time jump as a relevant character on the show. The same goes for Lorenzo.)

++ Also, there was no Mona. Shouldn't she be a part of this, as well, considering how she was also a victim of the same situation as the rest of them? She should have been there with Mike at the prom, or at least been invited to the barn prom that was originally setup for the girls.


Overall: With a few really fun things that were highly enjoyable, everything surrounding the mothers and their little adventure being the most memorable aspect of this episode (which we deserve more of, tbh, because these actresses are so fun together), this episode was mainly one huge setup for the grand mid-season finale. With Alison being taken by Charles, we'll have to see what happens with her and how the girls will get her out, and how Charles will eventually be captured in the end. I'm anticipating this mid-season finale, honestly. There is so much riding on how satisfactory it will be for the fans and whether or not it will deliver.
 
 
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Julie: AoT ★ in stillnessragnarok_08 on August 5th, 2015 09:13 pm (UTC)
While I understand taking safety precautions, basically banning the girls from attending their own prom and high school graduation is kind of being over the top.

I agree with you on that. That really did feel over the top.
Samar: [Teen Wolf] Allison Happysakuraberries on August 6th, 2015 05:25 pm (UTC)
(flying past their college years and heading straight into their mid-twenties, I think is what I read)

WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?? I heard there would be a time jump but I assumed it would just be a few months or something. This is, wow, I don't know that I've ever seen a show do such a massive time jump mid-series and then just continue the show (well, there's BSG, but surely changing the girls from teens to twenties would change the tone greatly)! I mean, I'm not complaining, since I absolutely love time jumps and at least the girls will finally look their age (except for Alison). Very interesting, especially considering there's a seventh season. And we'll get to see what the girls have studied and done in their lives and whether they're still with the same people (I'm rooting for Hanna and Caleb!)...this is so exciting! Now I really can't wait for the rest of this season!

THE MOMS. EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MOMS WAS GOLD AND I WANT MORE.

I'M SO WITH YOU THERE. OMG, I adore the moms and their interactions. I want so much more of this!

While I understand taking safety precautions, basically banning the girls from attending their own prom and high school graduation

Yeah, I was side-eyeing the prom, but the graduation is just unbelievable. I just highly doubt that would fly in RL.

I really really really hate when shows go cliffhanger right before a big reveal. Ugh. Though Alison's expression seemed to indicate recognition it could also just be shock at seeing her grown-up brother for the first time (perhaps he's grown up to look exactly like Jason?) but I really hope it's the former. I want a good twist, dammit!
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on August 8th, 2015 05:49 am (UTC)
WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?? I heard there would be a time jump but I assumed it would just be a few months or something. This is, wow, I don't know that I've ever seen a show do such a massive time jump mid-series and then just continue the show

Yeah, and there's been official confirmation along with the first look at what the girls will look like five years later. I don't think it's spoilery, there is just some details on what to expect in S6B when they do their massive time jump.

I'm not complaining either, because it's such a smart move, in my opinion. It just makes sense because the show timeline is slow moving that the girls essentially have been in high school for six seasons. I know some of the actors have mentioned they didn't want the show to continue on for more seasons if the girls were to still be high schoolers, and thankfully they're taking this plunge into just skipping ahead after their college years. It makes for better room to see them actually making lives for themselves, establishing their careers and their relationships, and just having that space in between what they've gone through and what will happen next with them.

(I hear that there may be talk about having an eighth season and/or a movie, which I'm kind of on the fence about. If they have enough material to make it work for a good mystery, that's great, but I don't want them to drag the show on more than necessary.)

Yeah, I was side-eyeing the prom, but the graduation is just unbelievable. I just highly doubt that would fly in RL.

I would've thought that at least the parents would be making more of a fuss about that, though. So it surprised me that they were all about them missing out on walking across the stage getting their diplomas. I mean, I understand the helpless situation especially from being threatened after everything those girls have gone through, but graduation is kind of a big deal. I would've at least figured they would've fought for there to be an alternative or something.

I want a good twist, dammit!

Same here. I really want it all to make sense, to connect together everything that has happened over the course of the show so far.
Naomi: PLL First texts after funeralfrelling_tralk on August 6th, 2015 09:48 pm (UTC)
The Mom's were all so great, especially when Vanessa gets drunk and starts ranting about Jessica being buried in her backyard lol

And I agree on it seeming really harsh that the girls were banned from prom and graduation, that didn't ring true to me that there wouldn't be more protests (outside of the girls themselves I mean) at them basically being penalised for someone else victimising them, I'm surprised that all of their parents went along with their daughters missing graduation

And I'm also wondering where Mona was, they really haven't used her enough this season, it feels like her role should be a lot more pivotal and she should be working with the girls more after everything they have all been through together, it's distracting how she only pops up occasionally
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on August 8th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
I loved it when the moms were getting tipsy, but Veronica basically revealing and unleashing the things she kept hidden all these years, ranting about Kenneth DiLaurentis and then deciding to just go over to his home to confront him was absolute gold. Just everything with them was a masterpiece and I wish we could have that more frequently. They were all a delight. ♥

It always seems like the girls are often isolated whenever something happens to them. The explanation could be for their protection, but it always backfires in some form or another. I mean, remember when they were forbidden to see each other in the beginning of the second season? Yeah. But I agree, it's still very odd that nobody really gave an uproar considering how they've all been victimized, and how their parents weren't even protesting. I would've figured they wanted their daughters to have a normal celebration, even with their graduation, ffs. I mean, the did go to prom and, aside from that one teacher, nobody gave a fuss about them being there. But it still doesn't excuse those restrictions and trying to isolate them, further isolating them from at least trying to have a normal school experience for what they can in their final days as seniors.

Mona has seriously been underused this season. It's disappointing considering that she suffered so much, not to mention how vital of a character she has been to the overall investigation to the plot and her role with the rest of the girls. I mean, I wanted more of her and Hanna reconnecting with each other after everything, now more than ever after what they all went through together.

I mean, I would've preferred more Mona than Sarah, tbh.
Chelsea: Peanuts → Snoopy happysictransits on August 8th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
I really enjoyed all the scenes with the moms, too.

I'm curious who hired Clark, too. I wasn't expecting him to be an undercover cop at all, but I knew he wasn't working with A since they made him look too suspicious.

I thought it was weird only one teacher told them to leave the prom, and then when they stayed no one said anything, lol. But I guess they had to be able to stay there for the story.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Emily.rogueslayer452 on August 8th, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
but I knew he wasn't working with A since they made him look too suspicious.

Anytime the show intentionally makes someone suspicious it almost always means that they're not, or if they are revealed to be somewhat sketchy it's not for the reasons they initially accused someone of being.

But I guess they had to be able to stay there for the story.

Yeah, the only way for them to keep tabs on Alison, at least for the little while they could, and keep and eye out for Charles was to physically be at prom. But it seemed very strange that they were heavily restricted, but nobody even bothered to check them even when they entered? No one else managed to make a fuss about it aside from that one teacher/chaperone, not even other students who are fully aware who they are.