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La Brea Review – The Great Escape (203)

LA BREA -- “The Great Escape” Episode 203 -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Zea as Eve, Eoin Macken as Gavin -- (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

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La Brea Season 1 Episode 3 felt stale.

While there was plenty of action going around with Gavin, Eve, and Levi planning their “great escape” and Luke, Veronica, and Scott sneaking into Para’s village to steal food, I think my biggest grievance stems from the plot not contributing anything new and worthy. I’d love for the series to be a bit more forthcoming in terms of information since, at the moment, we’re not really learning anything fresh about the setting, the characters, or any of the key players that are seemingly controlling these sinkholes. We still have no idea what Silas and Aldridge are up to, nor do we have any clue how these sinkholes formed or if there’s even a way out. Plus, the episode lacked Riley and Josh scenes entirely, which was frustrating considering their time period likely plays a crucial role in what’s happening and time is running out before the next sinkhole opens up and swallows 1988 LA entirely.

But sure, let’s spend way too much time focusing on the lackluster conversation between Gavin and Eve upon reuniting in 10K B.C. I was looking forward to this reunion, but the way it unfolded was annoying as I was distracted the whole time wondering how they were just able to communicate out in the open without the Exiles noticing. (Sidenote: how are they so clean after mining for rocks for days?!)

Then, Levi came out and they just sat there in the open looking at the map Silas gave him without getting caught all while underscoring that they were in grave danger. The Exiles should’ve split them up immediately and seized the map, giving them no other option but to rely on Levi’s subpar plan to rush the gates. It would’ve been more believable than Eve agreeing that his plan was better. 

No matter how much they distrusted Silas, it was the better option of the two. It was far riskier to rely on a bunch of tired, overworked, and hungry prisoners to take on a bunch of strong and armed guards. I know they are determined, but let’s be realistic here. The risks of Levi’s plan far outweighed the benefits. And whatever Silas’ end game is, it all hinges on Gavin escaping and surviving. I think that Silas is in cahoots with the Exiles, so they couldn’t hurt him. It didn’t make sense that the leader didn’t just slit Gavin’s throat right then and there when he caught them all escaping, nor did it make sense that they let him go back to Levi and Eve after taking him away to make an “example out of him.”

I’m convinced the Exiles were under orders not to harm Gavin—you could even tell by the way that the leader looked at him when he was first captured. He knew something or recognized him. And when Gavin mentioned he grew up with some Tagalong people in his village, it became clear that he probably knew the leader when they were children.

We continue to be in the dark just like those stranded in 10K B.C., and while we don’t know much, what we do know is that something bigger is at play here. The powers at be have been waiting for Gavin to arrive as he’s a key piece of the puzzle. Nothing that’s happening is coincidental or even accidental; it’s part of some plan forged by Silas and Aldrige, most likely, who I still believe are Gavin’s parents. 

Gavin recognized the rock that the Exiles were mining as something that provides fuel, and they later overheard that it fuels “the building,” which could truly only apply to the high-rise that Scott and Aldridge attempted to break into. And I’m assuming that’s where Silas went off to after leading Gavin to the Exiles. 

How do we know Silas is involved with the building instead of Aldridge? One of the key bits of information that did become available during the episode was that Aldrige’s first attempt at breaking in was unsuccessful. And the only reason Scott returned to the Clearing was to convince Lucas and Veronica to break into Para’s village so that he could steal an ID card from Silas’ hut that would allow them to enter the building. 

The card featured the name Lazarus, which might be a reference to the biblical story of Lazarus being brought back to life, and I’m assuming is the name of the company orchestrating these sinkholes. Maybe it’s who employs Aldridge and Silas. Are they trying to bring someone back to life? Is Gavin supposed to symbolize Jesus? And why is this starting to give off Manifest vibes… and not in a good way?

Either way, it’s unclear what lies behind those glass walls, but wouldn’t it be insane if it was some kind of Hunger Games situation where everyone in the Clearing was part of an experiment that’s being observed through secret cameras outfitted all around the village? I don’t know how any of that would be possible, but at this point, I’m not ruling it out. 

Scott was put in an impossible situation as Aldridge’s right-hand man. He felt guilty about lying to his friends and risking their lives, but she informed him that she was doing all of this to protect them. He’s right about her being cagey, so I don’t know how much I believe her since she’s keeping him on a need-to-know basis while requiring him to risk his life. She also claimed that there’s a way to get Josh and Riley back from 1988 and to that, I raise the question: how? How do you force someone to time-travel through sinkholes? Unless they’ve figured out a way to communicate through different time periods and they can activate sleeper agents or something. If Silas, Aldridge, and whoever else is in the building, are from the future, they could find a way to create electricity and technology in 10K B.C (thus the rocks for fuel!). They aren’t limited to prehistoric knowledge, which is a game changer. 

It’s a far-fetched theory for an already far-fetched show making it a hard sell for audiences no matter how willing they are to suspend disbelief.

It’s only a matter of time before everyone at the Clearing pieces together that Scott’s working for Aldridge. Veronica and Lucas were already suspicious of his behavior—maybe they even followed him and saw him conspiring with her. Obviously, Scott has no choice and must believe that she has a plan that will help them in the long run, otherwise, he would likely just tell his friends all about the building. 

Gavin, Levi, and Eve made their way back to the Clearing, which also featured an emotional reunion with Izzy, who Eve thought she’d never see again. This was one of the more believable moments in the episode considering Eve really thought she might die as a prisoner of the Exiles in 10K B.C., so the odds of her seeing her daughter again were slim. 

The trio has yet to address the elephant—or the mammoth—in the room regarding their relationship. Just as Eve accepted her feelings for Levi and acted on them, Gavin showed up promising to win back her trust and make them a family again. And Eve even noticed the change in him, noting that he was like the guy she once knew—confident and self-assured—which means there’s a part of her that still loves him and desires for things to be the way they once were. One could even argue that they are soulmates as Gavin reminded her that when they first met, they felt as if they had known each other their whole life (and since she met Isaiah, they technically have!). Levi definitely took notice of Gavin’s attempts to get his wife back, and he knows that their time together might be limited. It’s an unfortunate situation all around as Levi and Gavin are friends, but Gavin also understands why Eve turned to Levi. In the end, I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer, and it might not even matter if they don’t make it out of here alive. It’s possible Gavin might not even have a future with his family as there seems to be some mysterious plan for him in this timeline that Silas simply hasn’t revealed just yet. 

The series is growing slightly frustrating, but I’m determined to figure out how it all connects back to 1988 and the present day, in addition to figuring out who is behind the sinkholes. 

What did you think of the episode?


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La Brea Fall Finale Review – 1988 (207)

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La Brea Fall Finale Recap 1988 Season 2 Episode 7

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. 

La Brea Fall Finale Recap 1988 Season 2 Episode 7

LA BREA — “1988” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Dr. Sam, Veronica St. Clair as Riley — (Photo by: Sara Enticknap)

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?

Other Thoughts

  • 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!


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When Does ‘La Brea’ Come Back On?

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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”:

“A reunited Harris family leads the effort to rescue Caroline and stop the sinkholes from happening, only to face forces that threaten to tear their family apart; with Lucas’ life on the line, Ty accepts a challenge to win his friend a cure.”
 
Here’s a look at the teaser trailer:
 

 
After this episode, the series will take a break until 2023, unfortunately, with a planned return for Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. It’s a long time to wait for new episodes, but the good news is fans will get a double dose with two episodes airing that evening. 
 
You can read the fall finale review right here—and check out the full 2023 midseason TV schedule right here


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La Brea Review – Lazarus (206)

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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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