On the podcast we have praised the show for its new faster pace. We are no longer waiting weeks or even months for reveals. Since the time jump we get immediate satisfaction week to week. The sad part is that it is just a rehash of the first five seasons. The Liars find circumstantial evidence that leads them to believe Aria's dad is the killer. Whoops, it isn't him. Then the girls find circumstantial evidence that leads them to believe Ezra is the killer. Whoops, it isn't him. And on and on we go. When we came back from the hiatus the time jump was so fun and introduced so many new things! It was glorious! But we all too quickly fell back into the standard protocol.
My absolute favorite episodes of the entire series so far have been the dollhouse episodes. Those took such risks, gave us stakes, took us out of the standard operating procedure of PLL that we have come to know over six years, I had never been more on the edge of my seat while watching this show! That is what the show needs to tap into. Rolling through the suspect list, even at this advanced pace, is still all too familiar.
The writers need to quit acting beholden to the vocal minority of shippers who bitch and moan when Ezria, Spoby, Haleb and (especially) Emison isn't together. It is unspeakably dull, for example, when Liam and Aria have tension in their relationship since we know that he is nothing but a bland-white-muppet-voiced placeholder for Ezra. That is why I praise the Spaleb relationship. This one actually might have legs! Their chemistry far surpasses what Spoby had. It is amazing relationship drama! Why can't all the girls have that?
Marlene King told us endlessly how we would feel sympathy for A. Then we learned Charlotte was A and, guess what, no sympathy. Char-Dog had a sad story, don't get me wrong, but the audience failed to feel any sympathy for the person who had tormented their Liars for three-plus years. The show was unable to unravel all of her motivations and evoke emotion (including sympathy) from the audience in just 45 minutes. Why not flip the script and instead of giving us a twenty second A button at the end of each episode, why not make the last segment of each episode be all from A's perspective? Reveal Uber-A/Emoji-A to the audience but not the Liars. Take us inside their head. Your audience has grown up with this show, grow up with them! Challenge the audience more, take them to more uncomfortable places. There are just over 20 episodes of the series left. Go out with a bang rather than the whimper the current course is taking us on.