With mixed reviews following the pilot episode of La Brea, the second episode was significantly better in terms of acting and believability.
Maybe it’s because we’ve already gotten over the initial hump of “this is absolutely impossible,” and now we’re more familiar with the world down under, so to speak.
And so are the folks that fell through the massive sinkhole, who have officially established that they have been transported to a timeline around 10,000 B.C.
Eve makes the connection when she sees what she believes to be the Hollywood Hills, and her theory is confirmed when they are attacked by a saber tooth tiger. You don’t really see those around these days.
Scott, who should probably take calculated hits from his weed pen so that he doesn’t run out anytime soon (who knows how long they’ll be trapped here), pieced it together by stopping a group of camels from falling into the tar pits. He recalled learning about this moment recently when camel bones were exhumed, which allowed him to pinpoint the timeline.
While he didn’t seem like a major character at first, it’ll be very beneficial to have a budding archeologist on the team to navigate this new, albeit very, very old, reality.
I’m more intrigued about the aspect of possibly changing the present-day reality via their actions more than I am with any rescue mission.
It sounds mean, but it’s true.
Did Scott change the course of history by saving the camels?
There were several crucial revelations throughout the episode, many of which zoned in on how astute the people that fell through the sinkhole really are.
If I were to be stuck with a group of random people in the past, I would want it to be the kind of people who pick up on the fact that there was a trap laid out for the saber tooth tigers indicating they aren’t here alone.
Odds are that whoever laid this trap has been here for much longer than anyone else, as they’ve barely gotten their bearings let alone know how to trap an extinct animal.
In the pilot, we saw a man hiding in the woods when Mary Beth sent up a flare, so it’s only a matter of time before they bump paths with him. How much does he know? How long has he been here? Does he know Gavin?
Scott also deduced that they weren’t alone when he assisted Veronica in finding her father and saw the grave someone set up for him.
There was definitely something off about Veronica from the getgo. I understand the religious aspect of giving your loved one a burial, but when it can literally put your life in more danger, most people would just shrug it off and figure that it isn’t worth it.
There were other oddities about her that I just chalked up to the religious aspect (ie. “drugs are a sin), that is until she saw her sister, Lily, with a phone and got visibly angry.
Even though she told her she wasn’t mad, Veronica became hostile before warning Lily that they can’t trust these people because they wouldn’t understand them.
She also made everyone think Lily didn’t speak when she, in fact, does.
What’s the situation here? Are Lily and Veronica from the past or something? Have they time traveled in this way before? Could they be involved with the sinkhole that opened up in the Mojave Dessert that Dr. Nathan mentioned to Gavin?
And more importantly, what secret are they hiding?
Eve, Ty, and Sam barely made the trek back to camp with the medication because, well, see: saber-tooth tiger attack.
It’s honestly unbelievable that Sam and Josh both survived their life-threatening ordeals, but they are crucial characters in the grand scheme, so they can’t die just yet.
It did get pretty hairy there for a minute. Eve definitely is on Riley’s hate list for leaving behind Sam when she spent day and night by Josh’s side to make sure he was okay.
Though, to be fair, these are such unprecedented situations that it’s difficult to get mad at anyone.
Ty really pulled through for Scott, but it was tough on him. He seems to be in denial about his illness, and while they didn’t specify what he had, my guess is that it’s cancer solely based on the symptoms. It would be a shame to have him survive a whole ordeal with a prehistoric animal only to succumb to the most human of deaths, but then again, that’s life, right? He can’t exactly get medical treatment in a place that hasn’t yet been set up with the technology.
I’ll be interested to learn his backstory just like I’m interested in learning about Mary Beth and her son, the owner of the car with all the drugs.
They made it seem like she was hunting down a dangerous criminal, and while he might not make the best personal choices, he came through to save Scott, so that has to say something about his character and morals.
I’m more concerned about Mary Beth because there’s something so off about her, I just can’t put my finger on it.
One of the more intense developments was happening in the present-day as the National Department of Homeland Security was looking further into the sinkhole.
Dr. Nathan promised to get proof to the NDHS, so she had someone follow Gavin and steal his wife’s ring, which carbon-dated back to 10k B.C thus proving that beyond the thin shred of light is a way to travel back in time.
Gavin’s vision, which was once deemed a mental health hazard when no one could benefit from them, now became the most crucial development in the investigation of the sinkhole.
Through him, they are able to confirm that there are survivors thus securing a rescue mission that he’s obviously going to pilot. He’s their only connection at this point, which guarantees his survival.
Who would have thought that NBC would deliver a story in which the government can be trusted to do the right thing? Well, at least for now.
Dr. Nathan even explained her theory that while Gavin was piloting a flight in 2018, he flew by a sinkhole opening up in the Mojave, which gave him the ability to have visions of a prehistoric era.
If that’s not all, Nathan pulled out all the stops by showing him the striker prototype, which the government plans on using to fly down into the sinkhole.
Hopefully, they accounted for the fact that no modern-day technology can work down there.
All of this must be a relief to Gavin — not only is his wife alive, but he’s not crazy after all!
There was also a flashback right after his accident where he told Eve all about his visions, so I don’t understand why she hasn’t put two and two together just yet.
Only time will reveal whether the rescue mission goes smoothly and what’s in store for the accidental time travelers who now have to deal with Ice Age conditions.
But La Brea, with its quirky and sensational premise, may turn out to be the biggest surprise of the fall lineup with its intriguing mystery!
Is the show growing on you? Are you giving it a chance or are you scared to get invested because you think it will get cancelled? Sound off in the comments below!
La Brea Fall Finale Review – 1988 (207)
And that’s a wrap on the first half of season 2.
But did La Brea transport you to a satisfactory point in the story? Personally, I can’t say that it did.
I was feeling pretty indifferent about the finale up until the final few seconds. I know that the series has to end an episode, especially one that isn’t going to be on again until January 31, with a cliffhanger, but it made me so mad. After everything they’ve been through across all the different timelines, did Gavin not learn anything about being honest and forthcoming with his family, especially as they pertain to his visions?
The memory basically indicated that going back to 10K B.C. was going to be dangerous, if not deadly, for Eve. I know Gavin would never willingly put Eve or his family in danger, but withholding what he was deliberately omitting an important fact from the vision so that his family would jump into the sinkhole and go back in time once again alongside him.
Why wouldn’t he tell his family to stay in 1988 where they would at least have a greater chance of survival with this newfound knowledge? And if there is a way to get back, he would find it and return to them?
I know the family just got back together and their whole motto is that they would never separate again, but it just seemed careless considering the dangerous reality of the mission at hand.
Caroline informed Gavin, who initially agreed to stay behind in 1988 and build a life with his family, that, aside from his father, he was the only one who could get through security so that they could upload the virus and shut everything down. And that means that he would become trapped in 10K B.C…. and that’s considering he would even manage to infiltrate the building again and accomplish what needed to be done. Surely, his father is going to put up a fight considering the lengths he went through to send agents to 1988 to stop Caroline in the first place.
It was a massive leap into the unknown for most of them, aside from Gavin, who saw that there’s possibly a dire outcome for the very person he loves the most.
That being said, James designed this whole glass building in the past, so my guess is he has a fail-safe that would bring him and his loved ones to his timeline. I’m not convinced that there’s no way back home just yet, so maybe being in 10K B.C. where all the masterminds are is their best bet to getting back to 2022.
Sam and Riley both decided to jump into the sinkhole and back to 10K B.C. in hopes of finding a way back to the present and their family. I think Riley’s decision was largely influenced by the fact that Josh and his family were also going back to the prehistoric ages as she likely wants to explore their connection further.
The only person that didn’t jump into the sinkhole was our boy, Levi. He lost the battle for Eve’s heart, and while it was the only outcome that made sense for the storyline, man, I was heartbroken. I really wished that Eve would follow her heart because, at every turn, it was very clearly pulling her toward Levi. However, when it became that Gavin needed to go to 10K B.C. and her kids were in agreement that they needed to support their father in the way they didn’t when they thought he was just a drunk, she didn’t have much of a choice in the matter if she didn’t want to lose them all. Choosing Levi meant that she would be turning her back on her family and potentially never seeing them again. And Eve could never survive that—she could never survive being without her kids.
As Ty once warned her, Eve had to make a choice, and she chose to stay faithful to her promise to Gavin and the family. They were a unit that had to stick together. Levi was naturally heartbroken and disappointed, but he understood. He didn’t try to fight it or convince Eve because he knew that there was no chance of winning this one when her mind was already made up. She would never be happy with him in this scenario.
And while a beer on the beach in the ’80s sounds really great after all that they’ve been through, it was also bittersweet. Levi is all alone in this world–he has no one else here. At least in 10K B.C., he had a group of people who were in this situation with him, but he was completely alone in 1988. Not to mention he could never reunite with these people or even keep in touch with them as they wouldn’t be in the same era as him. It wasn’t a goodbye for now, it was a permanent goodbye. And that’s honestly more terrifying than any Wooly Mammoth.
While I definitely trust Caroline way more than I trust James, I still can’t shake the feeling that she’s not telling Gavin everything. He seems to be on a need-to-know basis for information, which simply isn’t ideal when his whole family is gambling their existence. When everyone has something to gain, it becomes harder to believe that they are telling the truth.
Back in 10K B.C., things weren’t any more promising. Scott tried to broker a deal with the Exile leader in exchange for the cure for Lucas, but Tamet played him like a fiddle. If Scott hadn’t meddled, Ty would’ve won the trial by combat using psychological warfare—he had an upper hand that truly messed with Tamet’s mind. Unfortunately, Scott tried to be helpful and resourceful for his friend (he wanted to be the hero he never was), and was forced to set Tamet free, which means he will surely try to get revenge on Paraa and her people. And the one person he truly can’t stand is Ty because he is now dating his wife, who Tamet still has feelings for. Man, this sure really loves its love triangles.
The silver lining is that Lucas survived to see another day, though it was looking pretty bleak there for a minute. Veronica was so scared that he was going to die that she took the plunge and kissed him, which also instilled some hope and fight for survival in him. However, Tamet told Scott that he left out a key ingredient in the cure that would ensure Lucas survives, and while I initially thought he was messing with Scott, the fact that Lucas still can’t feel his hand concerns me. I’ve grown a soft spot for Lucas, so I hope that they figure out what’s going on with him sooner than later. I don’t hate his relationship with Veronica, but I do hope that there’s more to their connection than simply being in the same place at the same time and going though a shared experience. I do think they were both lost and flawed individuals who have the power to help each other become better and live a more fulfilled life.
I wish the episode was a bit more forthcoming with information. It was clear that Caroline would eventually finish the virus and they would end up going back to 10K B.C. It wasn’t even shocking when she suggested that Gavin had no other choice. All of the moves on the finale were predictable. That being said, they set us up for some great premiere content. What happens when they all finally arrive to wherever the sinkhole leads? Will they get split up? Will they all survive? Since they only have about 24 hours to upload the virus before the tidal wave swallows Los Angeles in 88, will they make it in time? Will they ever see Levi again?
And how will they get the rest of the people that fell through the sinkhole into the prehistoric ages back to the present-day without a working portal?
- It was risky for Sam to steal his dad’s car knowing that he could easily run into himself in this timeline. Isn’t that the first rule of time traveling?
- I feel like the first meeting between Caroline and her now adult son (who she just saw as a kid) lacked so much emotion. I was hoping for so much more after all the build up.
- I really loved Veronica’s story about her birth mom’s ritual of burning away the parts of herself she didn’t like. It’s cathartic and definitely helped Lucas get rid of all the pain and regret he was harboring that made him feel like he didn’t deserve a second chance at life. The fact that so many people were risking it all and fighting for him was proof that he was reformed and definitely deserved it.
- What was up with Sam telling Riley that the Harris’ aren’t their family? These people are connected in a very unique way, why does he not want anything to do with them?
- Are we about to see a 10K B.C. wedding? Ty proposed to Paraa and they are tying the knot! I love Ty’s storyline because he proves that you can find beauty in what some may consider the worst parts of your life.
What did you think of the finale? Share your thoughts in the comments below, and I’ll see you in 2023!
When Does ‘La Brea’ Come Back On?
Fans may have been quite upset when they tuned in on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, only to find that La Brea wasn’t airing a new episode.
The hit sci-fi series took a week hiatus, likely so as to not interfere with Election Day coverage, but don’t worry, a new episode will air next week, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022.
And it’s not just any old episode as the drama will wrap up the first half of its second season. Yep, that’s right, the La Brea midseason fall finale will be airing next week.
Here’s the synopsis for La Brea Season 2 Episode 7 titled “1988”:
La Brea Review – Lazarus (206)
No matter how far-fetched, La Brea Season 2 Episode 6 finally provided some answers.
And we were even introduced to the show’s ultimate villain, who walked the walk, talked the talk, and looked the part—James, Gavin’s father. The “I am your father” reveal was underwhelming because it was kind of to be expected, but I’m not knocking it just yet because there’s something unnerving about James. Nothing about him screamed “you can trust this man,” so I’m glad Gavin kept his guard up despite finally getting some clarity about the family he always wondered about.
The episode picked up with Gavin, Eve, Sam, and Izzy arriving at the gates to infiltrate the Lazarus Tower, but they didn’t stand a chance as there were eyes on them from every corner; they were immediately identified and Gavin was captured.
Within moments, Gavin learned the truth about his past, but thankfully, he wasn’t buying James’ act. You could tell that James was trying to paint everything through rose-colored glasses and not telling Gavin the whole truth about the Lazarus project, which is that while it may have originally been well-intentioned, it was causing real-world damage far greater than whatever was happening in 2076, which is the year James, Caroline, and Gavin are actually from.
James tried to gloss over the reality of the damage his plan was causing by explaining his desire to help humanity from famine, extinction, and the death of natural resources, and while that may be true, he left out a lot of information… like the fact that everything he’s doing is bleeding through the timelines and altering reality and destroying the earth as we know it. NBD!
James’ credibility was also shot the minute he lied to Gavin about the portal, proving he still thinks of him as some naive child rather than acknowledging that he’s an adult man with a world of experiences. Gavin has a good read on people—he trusted Silas and Aldridge, and neither of them had much to gain from lying to him.
While Gavin didn’t know the extent of it what James was really hiding, audiences were able to piece it together with the information obtained by Riley and Josh in 1988 via Caroline, who revealed that she was trying to stop Lazarus and close the portal to prevent the natural disasters and ripple effects that kept occurring… aka the intensifying and increasingly devastating sink holes.
Caroline also informed her nephew and Riley that she was being “hunted,” and by the end of the episode, the mysterious group of people, who I guess work for James, found her and shut down her operation. The timing of it was especially suspicious as it seems that James didn’t know Caroline was in 1988 until Gavin told her, which is when his people went to capture her. If that’s the case, James truly is evil.
Thankfully, Josh and Riley weren’t there at the time, so they remain incognito, and Caroline left them a fail-safe plan inside a box of Wheaties. It’s unclear what the device does, but with all these brilliant minds finally—Gavin, Eve, Sam, and Izzy all arrived in Los Angeles— in one place, I think they’ll be able to piece it together. The question is, where do they go from here? Do they risk it all again and go back to 10K B.C. to stop James and save everyone in the Clearing? And how would they even go about doing it? The portal, and the world, obviously can’t handle the strain of continuous time jumps.
Their arrival, however comforting to Josh and Riley, likely wasn’t good news for the tidal wave gearing up to eviscerate Los Angeles. The earthquake was proof that Caroline wasn’t lying about the effects of the portal on the planet.
While there were a lot of tense moments, we did get some relief with Josh and Riley finally admitting what we all know—they have the hots for each other. And the roller rink scene, though brief, gave some serious Stranger Things vibes… much like in season 4, it’s the calm before the storm.
Riley also got this genius idea to locate her teen dad in the ’80s and relay a message to him, hoping he’d get a new memory in 10K B.C. and remember it. I don’t precisely understand the logistics of it, but it worked, so I guess we now know that we can communicate without technology across different time periods.
Back to James and Lazarus—no matter how well-intentioned the original idea may have been, there are obviously dire consequences to time travel and siphoning the past’s resources to help the future that no one realized at first.
It seems Caroline, Silas, and Aldridge realized the error of their ways and broke away from James in order to prevent further catastrophes, but it got out of their hands. They’ve all been working together ever since to stop him, even putting their lives on the line. Caroline and Silas are now the only ones actively trying to undo the damage and essentially stop James, who seems power-hungry and ego-driven—both qualities that don’t make for a good leader. James even mentioned Gavin played in the tower as a kid (which we’re not even sure is true), and if that’s the case, they’ve been doing this for quite some time. Is the damage even reversible?
It’s admirable to want to save people, but at what cost? There has to be another way to save the future without destroying the past and present in the process. Not to mention the harm that the sinkholes have already caused with so many innocent people transported to a world they know nothing about where it’s basically survival of the fittest—they are suffering and stranded without any basic necessities, and James doesn’t seem to care about any of them, including Gavin’s friends in the clearing.
When Scott and Lucas jumped into the action to help save Eve, Sam, Izzy, and Levi from the Lazarus guards, the latter ended up getting electrocuted with a rod that caused a gnarly infection that began spreading rapidly through his body.
And I’m mad about it. Lucas has had tremendous character growth, going above and beyond to help others and do the right thing. He doesn’t deserve this.
Scott tried his best to stop the infection by rigging a tourniquet, but it didn’t work, and when Lucas and Veronica were finally having a moment—I’m honestly rooting for them—he fell unconscious.
At this point, it doesn’t seem like the infection spreading through his body is reversible, and with all the people that have any pull in 1988, his chances of survival are slim.
He needs a miracle to survive this as we all saw what happened to the last guy with the same markings.
What did you think of the episode? Do you like the direction La Brea is going in?
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