Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The PLL Game - What's the game, how many teams are there and who are the players?

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It started off with us wondering who "A" was.  Then when we found out it was Mona, she immediately got us thinking about the rest of the "A Team" when she told Spencer that you have to "earn the right to be a part of it" and then pretty much gave her 2 choices: join the A Team or die.  

Later on, it became about more than the team, but whose side the A Team is on in the ultimate "game"... and what game the players are even playing.  This show makes many references to "the game," but we're never really told what it is... Let's just say that Ali was right in that dream sequence/hallucination/whatever it was in episode 2x24.  "This isn't Yahtzee, sweetie.  This is some seriously messed up stuff."  However, I'm not so sure about her contention that we're "getting warmer."  Let's try, though.  

Saturday, May 11, 2013

PLL: CeCe Drake, Melissa Hastings & Ali : What REALLY Happened?

I was perusing the PLL message board on IMDB's website, and I found a post whose author inquired whether or not CeCe and Melissa are working together on Pretty Little Liars.  I credit the author of that post for triggering me to think about this more.  Here are my thoughts on the subject:

The whole thing with CeCe is weird. We've seen flashbacks of CeCe and Ali where they clearly got along well, one of which took place during the summer before Ali disappeared. If it's true that Ali got CeCe kicked out of school and CeCe hates her for it, exactly when did that take place? It would have had to have happened sometime BEFORE the flashback of Ali telling CeCe that she might be pregnant, and if that's true, why were CeCe and Ali still on good terms during that summer? 

Also, IF we're buying into that story, we're also supposed to believe that (as you said) CeCe started visiting Mona in Radley after finding out that she was in there because MELISSA called and told her. Think about this for a minute. Melissa claims that she got an anonymous text threatening her & that's why she had to dress as the black swan and "distract Jenna." She said she believed the text came from Mona, and when we heard this story from Lucas, he thought the same thing. I have about a million problems with this, lol, so try and bare with me. 

1) If Melissa believes that Mona was threatening her, why would she want to help her later by getting CeCe to visit Mona in Radley? Melissa is, to say the least, not the nicest girl in the world, but would she really want to help a girl who not only threatened her, but spent the past year tormenting her sister and friends? If so, WHY? 

2) If Melissa is working with Jenna, why would she comply with a text message instructing her to distract Jenna? 

3) Distract Jenna from what? In the same episode, we know that Jenna had some sort of plan for that night ("they're all going to be at the party, you know what you need to do"). Don't get me started on that person Jenna was talking to turning out to be Shana; that's a story for a different day. But: 

4) Did Mona find out about Jenna's plan (whatever it may have been) and send those texts to Melissa and Lucas to stop her from going through with it? Did Mona send them any texts at all? Maybe it wasn't her. When Lucas told his story to Hanna, he said that Mona sent him this anonymous text AND he said that Mona tried to run him over. We know that he was incorrect about the second part; we saw that it was TOBY that tried to run him over. How do we know that Mona really sent those texts? Maybe Jenna sent the texts wanting Melissa and Lucas to believe that Mona did it, and this was her way of starting her OWN team. 

5) Am I the only person who finds it odd that Jenna and Melissa would work together when both of them dated Garrett, first of all, and second, Melissa knows Jenna is the reason Garrett was arrested. Jenna screwed Garrett over by turning in page 5 of Ali's autopsy report to the police, and Melissa claims that Garrett is the only guy out of all the guys she's dealt with who was always honest with her. Why on Earth would she and Jenna work together? My only guess is because they both want the videos. 

6) If CeCe hated Ali like Wren says, why wouldn't Jason think to mention this piece of information to Spencer and the other girls? If CeCe despised Ali, I highly doubt she's hanging out with her old friends with good intentions. 

I hope in season 4, this crazy knot that's been tied between all sorts of characters begins to unravel into something that makes sense.  I'm especially excited for Jenna's story; she's been an interesting character from the very beginning.  See my post on my TV & The Law website about season 1, episode 2, of Pretty Little Liars, "The Jenna Thing" to refresh your memories on the beginning of Jenna Marshall's complicated story.  

Theory/Comment on the A-Team, their lack of Communication, and Why Anyone can be "A" in Pretty Little Liars

First of all, I want everyone who reads this blog to know that I've recently started another blog that I think you might be interested in as well.  It is a TV Recaps & the Law website that essentially recaps episodes of TV shows AND includes detailed information about the broken laws in the episodes.  I started with Pretty Little Liars (surprise, surprise), but will be adding more shows.  Come check out the main page here.  The most recent entry is on PLL episode 5, "Reality Bites Me."

NOW, onto my rant about the A Team: 

Did anybody else think it was odd that in the season 3 finale, when Spencer was on the A-Team, it was implied to us that when members of the A-Team communicate with each other, they still sign their texts as "A?" 

We saw Spencer text Toby to meet her at the Grille, and she signed that message from "A." Toby showed up to the Grille expecting Mona, which suggests that he's received similar messages from Mona in the past. 

I feel like this leaves SO much room for abuse. If this is the way the A-Team members communicate, it's no wonder we don't know who's on the team. Do they even know who's on the team? Anybody can buy one of those phones that sends anonymous texts (we've seen the girls do it to Ian in earlier episodes), and therefore anyone can send one of the known A-Team members a text message and sign it "A." Is that all it takes to mess them up? If so, it would be easy for anyone who learned this information to mess with/threaten etc anybody they wanted via text messages and sign those text messages as "A" to guarantee that nobody would suspect them. 

That could be how, if there are two teams, the second one came to exist. Maybe the other team consists of people who have received texts from "A." If that's true, it's possible that some of them might suspect that the PLLs sent them texts from "A." 

The way they showed the scene with Spencer and Toby, anyone in the entire town could become "A" if they wanted to. In fact, I think I'll go to Rosewood now, buy a black hoodie and a prepaid phone and take care of business, lol. It seems so absurd to me.