Ranking the Pretty Little Liars Winter Premieres — Which One Was the Best?
With another Pretty Little Liars’ winter premiere thankfully right around the corner, we’ve spent some time reflecting on hiatus-enders past. Now in it’s fourth season, PLL has shocked, delighted, and enticed us with many a winter premiere in its run. Which one was our favorite and which one fell, sadly, short of expectation? We rank them below...
The Worst: Season 3, Episode 14 (“She’s Better Now”)
The Season 3 winter premiere had the difficult task of following one of our all-time favorite episodes of PLL: the Season 3 Halloween episode, “This Is a Dark Ride.” And, perhaps because of that fact, it comes off a bit lacking. In “She’s Better Now,” Mona comes back to Rosewood High after her rehabilitation at Radley and man is it awkward. Caleb puts a cow brain in her locker and the Liars try their best to ignore her. In other news, Meredith is now Aria’s teacher and Hanna’s grandma is in town. This episode juggles a lot of plotlines without really ever committing to any of them, and ends up being the weaker for it.
The In-Between: Season 1, Episode 13 (“Moments Later”)
The Season 1 winter premiere picked up literally moments after the summer finale saw Hanna run down by a car — presumably “A.” The half-season opener was compelling. We got some classic scenes, including a “hallucination” of Ali dressed as Candy Striper visiting Hanna in the hospital, which we now know to have really happened. The Liars figured out that “A” and the person who killed Ali might not be the same person (Shocker!). And Emily came out to her parents. Points for both some “A” plot developments and compelling character moments. All in all, a solid episode that, admittedly, feels a bit dated with its revelations three years on.
The Best: Season 2, Episode 14 (“Through Many Dangers, Toils, and Snares”)
The Season 2 winter premiere picks up a month after “A”’s framing of the Liars for digging up Ali’s body. The Liars are on mandatory community service duty and things are looking bleak, especially for Emily, who seems to be at odds with the other Liars. Until it is revealed that the Liars are faking it to lure “A” into a trap! This is a pretty cool set-up, with the Liars taking their “A”-related fates into their own hands after she manipulated them so skillfully in the mid-season finale. The payoff could be better — obviously, the Liars do not discover the identity of “A” — but it is actually legitimately scary when Em is seemingly left on her own to fight the masked figure. We still get chills thinking about it!
Which winter premiere is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Where do you think the upcoming episode will fall in the rankings? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 winter premiere on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
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