Pretty Little Liars: The Complete Second Season (DVD)
Filled with mystery, scandal and intrigue, the hit drama, nominated for a People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Obsession, continues for another suspenseful season. In season one, as four 16-year-old girlfriends - Aria , Hanna, Spencer and Emily - dealt with the aftermath of their best friend Alison's mysterious disappearance and death, they thought their secrets were safe forever. Yet they began to receive messages from someone named "A" who seemed to know their most private details - details they wanted to keep hidden - threatening everything they held dear as secrets, lies and betrayals continued to unfold. Season two begins moments after the explosive season one finale and the girls are the talk of the town. Surprises and challenges will be in store for each, and "A" may succeed in her quest. The series also stars Holly Marie Combs, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton and Chad Lowe.
High school is a turbulent time for any teenager, but factor in the murder of a good friend and constant stalking by a relentless blackmailer, and four Rosewood teens are living unbelievably stressful, dangerous lives. In the second season of Pretty Little Liars, Emily, Hanna, Spencer, and Aria are crumbling under the constant pressure of A's relentless texts and the knowledge that A inexplicably knows every little detail of their lives, including their thoughts, and is watching and anticipating the girls' every move. The season opens with Ian, the girls' prime suspect for murdering Alison, falling from the bell tower, but the girls' relief is short-lived as Ian's body disappears and the police refuse to believe their account of what happened. Eventually the mystery around Ian clears up, but just when it looks like Alison's murder has finally been solved, the girls discover that things are once again not what they seem. Meanwhile, Spencer's family is falling apart, with Melissa now pregnant and husbandless and Alison's brother Jason stirring things up by moving back in next door. Aria and Ezra's relationship gets even more complicated, and Aria's brother Mike finds himself in trouble with the law, while their parents find themselves tested like never before. Emily's shot at a swimming scholarship get derailed, and she ends up moving in with Hanna and her mom, who have their own problems, thanks to Hanna's dad's impending remarriage and move. Add in a therapist, assorted boyfriends and girlfriends who get pulled into the mess to varying degrees, Jenna's chance to regain her sight, Hanna's new stepsister, increasing parental suspicion, and the never-ending interest of the local police, and there's plenty of drama, and trauma, for these Rosewood teens, who've never felt more alone. The last few episodes of the season culminate in the discovery of A's identity, and it looks like A's reign of terror over the four girls will finally end--unless.…
What makes this series based on the books by Sara Shepard so addictive is the constant intensity of suspense and mystery, and the realization that these girls are basically not that different from the average teenager struggling to discover their own identity and sense of self-worth. The fact that these teens have been pushed to such extremes by desperate circumstances leaves viewers contemplating the frightening thought of just how they might react in a similar situation. (Ages 13 and older) --Tami Horiuchi