Pretty Little Liars Review: Tick Tock, Bitches (Season 7 Episode 1)

Hanna’s life is in peril on Pretty Little Liars Season 7 Episode 1, “Tick Tock, Bitches.”

Elliot: Just like you, Alison, karma can be such a bitch.

Just when you thought things couldn’t get crazier for the liars, they’re confronted with a terrible situation. In order to save Hanna’s life, they have to produce Charlotte’s true killer. Within 24 hours.

The torture Hanna is enduring is beyond what Charlotte did to them in the dollhouse. It’s sickening. As if she hasn’t suffered enough, she’s stripped, sprayed, and shocked while wet.

Ashley Benson truly did a terrific job. Hanna’s scream and pleas with her captor for release were heartbreaking and so, so desperate.

Hanna’s dream of her and Spencer may be the best that the show has done in all seven seasons. Surprisingly, it wasn’t Emily who came to her, but that is probably explained away to some sort of guilt Hanna feels toward Spencer now. After cheating with Caleb.

The dream was so sad, yet inspiring. Even in her head, her friends inspire her to live, to survive, to overcome adversity. These girls have been through so much together, they’re forever linked in a way they’ll never be with anyone else. Including Alison.

Whether you agree with Spencer being with Caleb, at least she asked her best friend’s permission and didn’t follow through with it until Hanna gave her blessing. Caleb and Hanna reuniting behind Spencer’s back is gross, and they’re in the wrong.

Plus, Caleb was a total dick in this episode. His concern with saving Hanna was stronger than that of anyone else, but the way he treated Spencer, after cheating on her, was disgusting. He treated her like she was nobody to him anymore. We all knew that he still carried a torch for Hanna, but do you really want Hanna with someone like this?

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This isn’t the Caleb she fell in love with in high school. That Caleb would’ve never treated anyone the way he treated Spencer, and his reckless behavior now risks both Hanna and Alison’s lives.

The most shocking event of the episode wasn’t the liars covering up the murder they seem to have committed, but that everyone suddenly became so convinced that Alison killed Charlotte.

Why would Alison have done that? She may be capable of a lot, but she’s not capable of cold-blooded murder. Throwing Ian off of the bell tower to save Spencer’s life was one thing, but killing her “sister” is another much more twisted idea.

AD: You’ve got 24 hours to give me Charlotte’s real killer, or Hanna dies. Tick tock, bitches.

Who could the liars have murdered? I suspect Elliot. Now that he’s revealed his true intentions to Alison, after Caleb and her “friends” helped frame her for Charlotte’s murder, her life is in severe danger. Accidentally killing him might save Alison for a moment, and he isn’t truly that important to the story. Well, he doesn’t seem to be.

Season 7 started strong with all of the characters coming together to finally put the pieces of this puzzle together, and hopefully it stays that way. The group dynamic, including Mona whom I love, adds more layers to the search for Uber A. This person is smarter than anyone they’ve ever faced, and the liars aren’t going to accidentally stumble upon their tormentor’s identity this time.

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Additionally, Andrea Parker coming back as a series regular to play Mary Drake, Jessica DiLaurentis’ long lost twin is fabulous. She’s such a talented actress, and Mary Drake actually seems to be an interesting villain. Her motives shallowly link back to Charlotte, but she endured behavior much worse than Charlotte did, and for much longer.

She was the undisclosed addition to her family, locked away in Radley until she was 18, and repeatedly returning for years after. Radley twisted everyone who was admitted there, can you imagine how over 20 years of that place could warp someone?

If the writers paid homage to the book series, it would be a very interesting twist to have Mary Drake actually be Jessica, and they switched places at some point during her life. That would explain her hatred for Alison and her family.

Spencer: Have we met?

Mary: A long time ago, but you wouldn’t remember.

Mary is familiar with Spencer’s family, which could boost my above theory. Both families are so twisted, it would make sense if Mary was intertwined between them as well.

Pretty Little Liars Season 7 is supposed to be the season of answers, but so far, we’ve been left with more questions. Did Alison kill Charlotte? What is Mary Drake’s motive? Who are the liars burying? What happens to Hanna?

Dear writers: tick tock, bitches. You’re running out of time to answer all of the questions you’ve given us over seven years.

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