Picking up where the fifth season left off, Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars finds Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Mona (Janel Parrish) find themselves still inside A’s “dollhouse,” having been subjected to torture. A is angrier than ever before, making it a daily struggle to survive. Eventually, the girls come up with a plan that frees them from captivity, but the struggle continues in the form of PTSD. Unable to simply readjust to home life, they all react to their time in captivity in a different way (Spencer develops a taste for marijuana laced snacks).
It’s obvious that one of this seasons major plotlines will be the search for the identity of ‘A,’ after the escape, and that’s what happens for the first ten episodes. Initially, Andrew Campbell (Brandon W. Jones) is arrested, but quickly released due to lack of evidence. No surprise there, he’s just a regular guy; not a master kidnapper. After that, the girls and police become convinced that A is someone named Charles, possibly with the last name DiLaurentis, making Charles a previously unknown sibling of Jason and Ali’s!
Alas after several shenanigans, and sorting out various leads, the search for answers ends on prom night when the girls find themselves face-to-face with A. This time, shocking secrets are revealed.
The second half of the season finds the producers making the rare choice to have events leap forward five years. A few years ago, One Tree Hill did the same thing, skipping the gang’s college years, in favor of focusing on a more adult drama. It seems the same thing has happened here, which seems a wise choice since none of the characters have been big on academics. Let’s just get to the juicy stuff! With that, another tragedy rocks Rosewood, and there’s another A. An Uber A. there’s another big reveal…some things never change. Season seven is scheduled to premiere on June 21, 2016 on Freeform.
Presented in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio, Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Sixth Season looks as good as a standard DVD presentation can. Colors are vibrant throughout, and fine detail is quite good. Skin tones appear natural, and compression artifacts are minimal.
As with past releases, the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track serves the series well. Dialogue is clean and clear throughout. The track is generally front heavy, with the exception of some environment effects and the music that bleeds into the surrounds. LFE provides some added depth to the musical cues. There are no audio distortions to speak of.
English subtitles are included.
The following extras are available:
- We Love the PLL Ships (5:57) Cast and crew take a look at the many relationships featured throughout the series’ first six seasons.
- A PLL Prom (7:08) A behind the scenes look at the filming of the prom in episode ten, “Game Over, Charles.”
- Inside the 5 Years (5:41) We get a look at where each of the characters has been before season 6B began.
- Homecoming: The PLL’s Return (7:21) A look at the Liars return to Rosewood after five years, and the affect the reveal of the Uber A has on their lives.
- Deleted Scenes: The expected deleted scenes are spread across the five-disc set.