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I know you won't tell what I said, `cause 2 can keep a secret if 1 of them is dead
on 30 October 2014
I don't know how the people involved in making this wonderful series manage to keep everything both the same and yet different from year to year. All the things good about Seasons 1 and 2 are still there in Season 3, yet it is still new, interesting and sometimes moving. The few reviewers who disagree possibly watched this Season too soon after the end of Season 2; you must take a break or it becomes too much.
As ever, enigmas are solved only to reveal more mysteries behind them; a mid-season revelation of who else is working for "A" is quite a shock. The 'extras' include alternative versions of that scene in each of which a different character is revealed as `A's agent; I do not know if these were filmed because the writers had not yet decided who it would be or (more likely) to keep people guessing if contradictory rumours escaped from the production prior to broadcast.
As this series has now been approved in the States for an eventual total of 7 Seasons to be made, I hope they can continue to keep up the same high standard of characters, acting, ingenuity of plot and even the girls' fashions and backing music. (I especially like the extended excerpt from Lana Del Rey's `Ride' in Spencer's love scene in the last episode, but I can't tell you who Spencer has the love scene with, following Toby's disappearance, without giving away too much of the plot!)
I also hope the mystery makes sense when the last parts of it are presumably revealed in the final season!
Great credit to I. Marlene King, of whose career I know nothing except that she devised and runs this television show. I assume credit also due to Sarah Shepherd for writing the books on which it is based, although I confess I have not read them yet.
As ever, the regular cast are both good and reassuringly stable; most of the same actors and characters from the first season are still there, including the four girls of course. I have always liked especially Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery and Troian Ambrosiano as Spencer Hastings, but this season increasingly like Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin as well. I really hope Pretty Little Liars hangs on to the same talented cast in future Seasons, and hope we shall see more of the cast members in other good programmes and films in future.
Of their parents, the mothers make more impression than the fathers. I especially like Laura Leighton as Mrs Marin (Hannah's mother) and Holly Marie Coombs as Mrs Montgomery (Aria's mother). Keegan Allen as Toby continues to be good among the boys.
If you want to be pedantic I am sure you could sit down and list quite a few things about the plot that considered objectively are improbable, including, as often in American television, a cast of supposed high school pupils played by actors and actresses mostly in their mid or late twenties. However, to be pedantic about realism in a work of fiction is to `let daylight in upon magic'; so don't, just enjoy this programme.