With art direction usually reserved for David Lynch, the show’s aesthetic draws you in from the first.
After that, it’s tropes galore: the dangerous rich girl dressed in black turning up at the diner, just when the nice girl is about to reveal her feelings; the longing looks between teacher and student during assembly, punctuated by flashbacks to her car in the rain.
And it all looks so so good.
The show has the sense of being set in the recent past, settling you into a vibe that’s comfortable because of its distance. And, despite the Pretty Little Liars hard-to-keep-up-interest vibe, seeing the characters you used to know so well doing things they would probably do if they were reincarnated today is a surprisingly scintillating feeling.