Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pretty Little Liars: "Grave New World" (4x13)

Last night marked the premiere of the 3rd PLL Halloween special AND the 13th episode of this season. It featured a crossover with new show Ravenswood, serving as sort of a prequel to that series. Toby and Spencer were the first Rosewood residents to visit Ravenswood back in "Under the Gun", and "Grave New World" picked up right where "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" left off... in the spooky town of Ravenswood.


The Liars found Edwardian-wear for the Ravenswood Gala at Bindful Things. (I'm guessing that's a nod to the corset Hanna was complaining about.) After a quick change into costume, the Liars were on their way to a celebration in Ravenswood Memorial Cemetary.


Ezra called Aria to see what she was up to, and she told him that she was in a Cemetary, in Ravenswood, and that it wasn't a good time to talk. Forget mysterious, but yes... She'll be careful. Aria hung up, and the camera panned to Ezra watching her, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna from behind a gravestone. Creepy.

After their thorough inspection of A's Lair, Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna are on the lookout for "A" in his gas mask costume. They see a random guy in a gas mask costume, talking to a girl in a white dress, named Lea. The boy is her cousin, and I'm guessing it's Luke from Ravenswood. Originally, the actress playing Lea was to play Luke's twin, and the producers took her character in a different direction. So much so, that they actually recast the role. Either way... It was random... Very Red Herring but might be pivotal later?

But, I digress.

The girls saw Ali and followed her into an underground tunnel. They found themselves in a windy section and Hanna was separated from the group. Hanna found her way into Grunwald's mansion (cough, cough, funeral parlor), got locked in a phone booth, saw Alison, saw Gas Mask, and was rescued by Miranda, the scene-stealer from Ravenswood.

Spencer broke off from the group next, and found herself face to face with A. She sliced his hand, knocked him down, but then made a biiiiig mistake of trying to unmAsk him before he was properly secured. Soooo, he knocked her out cold.

Em and Aria found their way to a room with an open window. Em was about to jump out to get help, but was distracted by Alison's voice... a welcome distraction, considering the pane of glass that fell when she was just out of its reach prooooobably would've killed her.

Still searching for Hanna, Em and Aria found Spencer knocked out, and she recounted her fight with A. They followed the sound of Alison's voice to a Reel-to-Reel machine. Grunwald found them in the room, told them they shouldn't be in the house, and also claimed that the Reel was from one of her sessions with Alison... and it had been stolen 6 months prior to that evening. Duh, Duh, Duh.

On the other side of the mansion door, Hanna and Caleb had their Casablanca moment, and the four girls reunited, eager to leave Ravenswood behind. But Spencer's SUV had a flat tire, and that spare? It was never replaced after her and Melissa's accident from waaaaaay back in the Season 1 Finale. How on earth will they get home?

Oh, look. Headlights. Someone is here to save the day...

Ezra, of all people shows up and offers the girls a ride. Of course, they take him up on it, because they have no idea that he's A a.k.a. Evil Incarnate. Is he getting creepier, or has he been this creepy all along?

Ezra dropped off the girls and pulled away, just in time for another Red Coat sighting. Only this time... the Liars followed after her, caught up to her, and she revealed herself to be...

Alison DiLaurentis!

Yep. ALIVE and in the flesh, y'all. 

So, what did Ali D have to say for herself?


"Did you miss me?"

AND...

"Look, I don't have much time. It's still not safe for me to be here. Look, I wanna come home, but you have to help me. Remember what I told you at the hospital Hanna."


"Shhh."

Ali left just before Ezra came back. Aria left her phone in his car, and he was oh-so-nicely returning it to her. MmmmmHmmmm. Suuuuuuure. Whateeeever you say, EzrA.

Lightning flashed, and the Liars turned to find Alison gone. The episode ended with Miranda and Caleb still in Ravenswood, lurking in the cemetery.

My Thoughts

There was a lot of buildup to this episode, and I don't really know that it lived up to they hype. So much of the hour was dedicated to fleshing out the Ravenswood story and Miranda's backstory. Sure, we got a big reveal... but we also have a LOT more questions.

Like...

  • Why doesn't Alison warn the girls about Ezra?
  • Does she not know that he's A?
  • How does she know where A's lair is, but not know WHO A is?
  • Why is Ezra so obsessed with tracking her?
  • Alison claimed that the girls know what happened that night. Specifically, she claimed that they "knew more about that night than you think you do."
  • What got Ali into so much trouble?

And those are just the tip of the iceberg, really. We have no more information about Shana, Melissa, Mona, Wren, Jenna, or Jason or what they're up to. We have no idea how the N.A.T. club ties into the whole Alison-is-missing, Ezra-is-A world of Rosewood. We also STILL don't know who murdered Ian, Garrett, or Wilden.

I'm not sure at what point this happened, but PLL 4x13 was originally titled, Let the Maid Go. I'm not exactly sure why that changed or even when it happened. Either way, Grave New World really didn't tell us much, other than what we (and the Liars) have been suspecting for a while. Alison's alive, but if A has his way... she won't be for long!

Season 4B of Pretty Little Liars kicks off on Tuesday, January 7th with the appropriately titled episode, "Who's in the Box." My question exactly!

-S


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