“Pretty Little Liars” is a very complex show. As in, it doesn’t make any sense. But the upside is that you really don’t care because it’s entertaining enough to make you forget that nothing that’s happening is even remotely possible.
The first half of the second season of the ABC Family hit continues with the mystery of who killed Ali and who the elusive (and apparent stalker) A is. Now first of all, the murderer of Ali seems to have been revealed in the finale (the mid-season finale; ABC Family splits one season into two chunks, this being the first of the two), but on this show nothing is ever really concrete. The only problem with the reveal is that, well, it’s not much of a reveal because it was certainly hinted at for some time. Then again, we still don’t know exactly how the murder went down or why exactly (although the culprit(s) certainly had a lot of reasons) she was killed.
The biggest overall problem with the show, aside from the bad (but funny and very entertaining which, really, is all you need for a show to be successful, unless you’re looking to win awards) writing and sometimes (Shay Mitchell and Keegan Allen, whom are certainly likable, but…) terrible acting is how A manages to be everywhere all of the time. They know everything that is happening to the girls, when it’s happening, and where it’s happening. It’s like they have recording equipment set up in each of the girls’ pretty little heads. Whoever A is really must have a lot of time on their hands.
Now with the bad stuff out of the way, here’s the good news: it’s just so very enjoyable. Keegan Allen’s (Toby) acting was mentioned above, but it really doesn’t hinder the show. You find yourself looking forward to his scenes because the character, along with the actor, is likable enough to make up for it. The writing is funny and the mystery is juicy, whether it makes sense or not. The girls are mostly likable as well and, while they certainly make a lot of bad decisions, they’re also certainly interesting.
If you want to watch a show that makes sense and is actually good, then watch something that’s nominated for an Emmy. If you want something that you’ll simply enjoy, give this show a shot.