Episode Name: Power Play
Director: Roger Kumble
Writer: Liljah J. Barasz
Producer: I. Marlene King
Running time: 42 min
Release Date: 09/05/2017
Genre: Mystery, Drama & Crime
Ali’s turn at the game forces her to face a monumental personal decision, made even more difficult when A.D. triggers Ali to remember a forgotten trauma. Spencer has a long overdue conversation with her father about his past sins and recent whereabouts. Emily continues to navigate working at Rosewood High with both Ali and Paige, especially when Ali comes to a troubling realization about her pregnancy, and Paige makes a big decision. Aria continues to question the fate of her relationship with Ezra and bristles under A.D.’s taunts. And, in the search for Mary Drake, Hanna and Spencer run into a familiar face with a shocking secret.
I gave this episode 3 stars mainly because it had less action than the previous episode, although I still liked watching it because of the information and the answers we got. I wasn’t as shocked as I thought I’d be, because this is PLL, and the answers were given away quite easily, not as I expected they would have been delivered.
In my last review, I wrote that I liked Furey a little more, but I don’t like him THAT much. I still totally ship SPOBY, so I didn’t really like Spencer being with Furey in THAT way. Ezria is doing better though. They seem to be working things out, not enough, but they are. And Paige and Emily are back together. I always liked them together. So this episode was full of ups and downs for our couples.
Okay, I did not consider Mary killing her own sister, but I didn’t like the way it was delivered. Peter has just kept this for himself for over 5 years and then almost instantly tells Spencer when she threatens to leave?? Maybe they’re doing that for the big reveal of A.D. so they have enough shock to lower the shock of the other smaller reveals. Speaking of the A.D. why was Sydney so easily willing to show herself just because Aria asked? And why would you betray your friends for it? She may as well tell Ezra or he’ll find out somewhere else.
The one thing I never expected was for Ted to be Charlotte’s/ Charles’s father. And I now must assume that Ashley is now longer engaged to Ted, because Hanna had said “nice to see you”, seeming that she hadn’t seem him in a while. The other thing I don’t understand, was the whole Emily-and-her-eggs thing. I get that Alison is now basically the surrogate but then who is the father? Very weird.
Overall, I did like this episode. But the ends don’t tie up for me, and I still don’t like the way some of the information was delivered and don’t get why it happened that way. But maybe that’s the point and it will all work out in the next episode, which Troian Bellisario (Spencer) is directing. And I’m very excited because she’s my favourite of the liars. But we have to wait two weeks *sigh*. Looking forward to see what happens next.