Pretty Little Liars Episode Review: "Through a Glass, Darkly"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 5 episode that first aired on January 6, 2015.

Synopsis: Three months after Mona (Janel Parrish) was murdered, the PLLs continue to look for evidence that will link Alison (Sasha Pieterse) to her death and clear Spencer (Troian Bellisario) of her own murder charges. Their desperation results in Hanna (Ashley Benson) asking a familiar character for help finding Mona’s still-missing body. Meanwhile, Emily (Shay Mitchell) must say goodbye to Paige (Lindsey Shaw).

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Meg Foster as Carla Grunwald.

Did They Arrest the Wrong Person Again?

From the second I saw what looked like a blonde woman attack Mona, I figured someone was trying to set Alison up. After all, as I explained to my wife last night, Alison would have expected Mona to have hidden cameras in her house and certainly wouldn’t have been stupid enough to commit the murder herself. Not to mention it still doesn’t answer who exactly killed Alison’s mom. So, when she finally was arrested at the end of this episode, I wasn’t overly surprised to see evidence “A” was still on the loose.

If anything, this episode once again left me asking whether or not Mona is really dead. Sure, there’s plenty of evidence, including what looked like her body in the trunk of that car, to support it. But, nobody has found her corpse yet. And, maybe it’s just me, but that murder footage looked an awful lot like it was staged with the camera just happening to catch the perfect angle to show Mona being attacked but not the killer’s face, as though the assailant knew it was there.

Incidentally, on the subject of “A,” I’m still not completely convinced Ezra (Ian Harding) is completely innocent. Where exactly was he when Aria (Lucy Hale) was being attacked in his apartment by someone carrying her brother’s cell phone? It just seemed awfully convenient that “A” was there waiting for her when he should have been there.

I also would not be surprised if he is the reason Aria is failing to get accepted to any of her college choices, either because he’s directly feeding them bad information about her in an effort to keep her from leaving Rosewood or because word leaked out that she slept around with one of her teachers, bringing into question how much of an influence that had on her grades.

I wasn’t overly impressed with the appearance of Mrs. Grunwald in this episode, mainly because, while she was a good fit for the supernatural-themed Ravenswood, her psychic abilities just seem to be a little too weird for this series, especially that part with the flowers dying in this particular episode. I only hope the decision to write her into this episode was just a temporary thing and we won’t see her all the time.

Final Opinion

Overall, I think this was a good episode that ultimately answered some questions while raising some more. Since Alison is obviously not “A” after all, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the PLLs going forward.

My Grade: A

Updated: 01/07/2015, StevenHelmer
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