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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. 

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La Brea Series Finale Review – How Did It All End?

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Everything that was once broken was made whole again on La Brea Season 3 Episode 6—the conclusion to a wild story that needed to be seen (and live through) to be believed. 

Falling through a sinkhole and landing in 10K B.C. doesn’t sound like something that will turn your life around for the better, but everyone (well, mostly everyone) came out better because of it. 

Despite many bleak moments, there was a thread of hope, with the series ending on a hopeful note, proving that no matter what life throws your way (an angry T-Rex, even), there’s always a way to overcome it and come out on the other side, stronger than ever. 

We saw that strength through many character developments throughout the show’s three seasons—though we can all safely agree that it was Lucas and Scott who had the biggest transformation after being forced to navigate the complexities of the prehistoric ages.

While I was rooting for everyone to make it, I was especially crossing my fingers for those two to have a happy ending; and when Lucas stayed behind to help Gavin and his family while Veronica went through the aurora to 2021, I was worried that he wasn’t going to make it.

Thankfully, through sheer luck, determination, and wit (who would ever consider incorporating a T-Rex into their plan?), along with a group of allies from the Village, they were able to defeat Maya Schmidt and her squad of soldiers. At times, it felt a little too easy—these people had machine guns, after all, but they were somehow defeated by gut punches and spears—but then you have to remember all that they’ve already been through; they’ve earned this “easy escape.” It’s a shame that these auroras weren’t around and accessible earlier so that everyone could just walk right through back to their timeline and call it a day, but there’d still be the little issue of Maya Schmidt’s dangerous technology.

After the aurora—their only hope of getting back to 2021—blew up, things once again seemed rather grim, until it dawned on Gavin that this is the moment he’s been waiting for! Not only was he a trained pilot who spearheaded the flight project, but he was in possession of the microchip (that I’m hoping they destroyed after) that could turn said jet into a time machine. Who needs an aurora when you have the holy grail?

Once it was established that they all had a way home, the only obstacle left on their path was a dinosaur, who didn’t stand a chance against that torque. Though, I will say I’ll never have to wonder if a T-Rex would win in a fight against machine guns… but I was surprised they didn’t even injure him. 

Throughout the episode, Gavin, Izzy and Helena jumped from 10K B.C. to 1965 (where they found Josh) back to the prehistoric era, without ever finding Eve. Helena claimed that she was in agreement that destroying the servers at the Pasadena research farm was necessary to end it all, but the only thing we had to go on was her word. Thankfully, her word was golden, and mere hours later back in their present timeline, the whole Harris family reunited under a tree that was significant to Gavin and Eve. Given what they’ve all just been through, I was expecting Eve to be a little more disheveled, but I guess everyone looking fresh and clean despite their adventures has always been the show’s running joke. 

The Harris family wasn’t the only one that started broken but found their way back to each other, as 10K B.C. made it very clear to everyone that family is worth fighting for and they never knew what they had until it was gone. 

Sam trekked to 1965 to find Riley, who was receiving treatment in a hospital, though not the right treatment as MRIs and procedures that she needed for a collapsed lung simply weren’t discovered or made common practice yet. The good news is that Sam was a doctor with the necessary skills to get her treated, before somehow (I wish we’d seen this) sneaking her out of the hospital and getting her through a portal to 2021 so she could get the necessary antibiotics. Riley pulled through—and like Eve, looked flawless after her brush with death—and reunited with Josh in 2021, as they professed their love to each other and called back on the first time they laid eyes on one another before they fell through the sinkhole. They’ve come a long way with a solid foundation that has survived several time periods. In the end, they always found a way back to each other.

Riley and Sam also reunited with her brother and mother, with Sam making good on his promise to do right by his family with this second chance.

Lucas also pulled through and made it back just in time to see an ultrasound of his “strong” baby with Veronica. There was so much joy in this moment since it was a moment that neither of them ever thought they’d live to see. Veronica finally opened up about her fears of having a baby in the prehistoric ages, and those fears were warranted as mere moments later, they were outrunning a T-Rex. But it’s one heck of a story to tell a child conceived in 10K B.C. 

And Scott was right, what happens in 10K B.C. doesn’t stay there as they were all now connected and bonded by shared trauma and an experience of a lifetime that no one else would ever truly understand. Scott, however, wasn’t one of the lucky ones who met a significant other after falling through the sinkhole, though he used that time to work on himself and become the man that he knew Emily, the one that got away, always knew he could be. 

Upon returning to 2021, he sought out his ex and promised that he was now a man worthy of her love—and his confidence earned him the girl. 

The only thing I’m bummed about is that we didn’t get to see Scott, Veronica, and Lucas’ brunch date (though I’m hoping that’s a standing weekend appointment), nor did we get any closure on Petra. Scott mentioned that he was taking her to her grandparents since her mother was killed, but it would be nice to see if Scott checked in on her every now and then since they formed a sweet bond together. I hope this isn’t Petra’s villain origin story and she doesn’t follow in her mother’s footsteps trying to recreate the whole situation—though that would be a good excuse for a sequel! (I know, I know, it just ended!) 

Ty said goodbye to his longtime friends (and I’m bummed that the triumphant trio of Ty, Gavin and Sam has been broken up), but he was never focused on getting back to 2021; he found purpose for himself in 10K B.C with the love of his life. I am surprised that none of these people decided to jump into 2021 given the chance; I can’t imagine living with the fear of getting attacked by dinosaurs is something you get used to. However, I do love that he stayed true to himself and prioritized his happiness. The risk was all worth it to him as he came down here a many without a future and stayed a man with a very promising one. 

LA BREA — “The Road Home Part 2” Episode 306 — Pictured: (l-r) Rohan Mirchandaney as Scott, Chiké Okonkwo as Ty — (Photo by: NBC)

The person I expected to jump to 2021 was Leila since she talked so much about getting out of her village and seeing what else is out there. I assumed that her love for Izzy would bring her back to the modern world, but that never happened, and we never got proper closure between them aside from Leila saving Izzy’s life. It was a sweet gesture and a moment that showed just how far both of them have come on their journeys of being warriors—though I wish their romance didn’t just fizzle out due to circumstances. 

And finally, my biggest complaint is that it wasn’t exactly clear how much time had passed since they fell into the sinkhole once everyone was back in Los Angeles. Was it a few days? A few months? Would their homes just simply be waiting for them? How did they all just jump back into their everyday lives without as much as a hiccup? Considering Scott knew where to find Emily and she hadn’t moved on, I don’t think that much time passed, but it would’ve been nice to get a clear timeline. 

Mostly everyone got their happy ending—and as far as final episodes go that stare down the hard task of wrapping up a very complex situation, it provided a fitting conclusion to a bonkers series that relied heavily on dedicated and patient audiences suspending disbelief.

I think we can all say that we appreciate the developments of the modern world so much more after watching the series…and we definitely don’t need a time machine to the prehistoric ages anytime soon.

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La Brea Season 3 Episode 5 Review – [SPOILER] Dies

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There’s a lot to digest on La Brea’s penultimate episode (Season 3 Episode 5), but there’s never been more of an incentive to take down and destroy Maya Schmidt and everything that she’s built. 

Everyone learned the hard way that Maya was a dangerous woman at the head of this whole operation running outside of Ladera Air Base, which is stationed throughout many moments in time, including 10K B.C. and 1965. 

Her main objective is to equip fighter jets with the time-traveling device, though she’s missing one key ingredient to making it all happen—a fossilized plant that Scott wrote about in an essay—hence why she scouted him to get intel and likely why they are all in the prehistoric ages, to begin with. But what makes it super terrifying is the fact that she plans to sell her invention to the highest bidder, without taking into account all the damage that it might cause to the world and ignoring all the very real destruction already happening with the sinkholes.

And thus, the mission isn’t about just saving Eve—though it’s a huge piece of the puzzle for Gavin as he’s determined to reunite his family and make good on the promises he broke to his sister Helena (which, quite honestly, that storyline just doesn’t track and I could’ve done without her inclusion in the storyline)—it’s about saving the world from an evil, ruthless villain. 

At the end of the episode, they try to find the detention center where Eve’s being held, only to stumble upon an aurora instead. The red one, as we’ve learned, leads to 1965, so they all decide to walk through it and get the girl, find Josh and Riley (finally), and light things on fire.

It’ll be interesting to see them all play in a more current timeline as we’ve pretty much gotten used to them operating in the prehistoric era, but it does beg the question—will they ever return to 1965? How will they save all their other friends from the Clearing?

Of course, going between time periods isn’t as difficult as one assumed previously, thanks to the convenient auroras, but plenty of people have left behind those they love in 10K B.C., including Izzy, who was developing a real connection to Leila (before she found out that Leila was working for Maya as a spy in hopes of getting a shot at a new life in the present day. Hopefully, they’ll be able to bounce back from that), and Ty, who returned back to the past in hopes of finding Paraa, only to realize she never made it back home from her trip with James. Will he ever see her again?

One of the most heartbreaking moments of the episode, though inevitable considering the dangers posed by this time period, was Levi’s death. However, it was a valiant one as he went out going above and beyond to save his friends, including Gavin, who he has been trying to find peace with ever since he destroyed the trust built between them by sleeping with Eve. 

After Scott was taken into custody by the military, he realized Levi was a traitor, but then we found out he was actually just infiltrating because he wanted to find Eve and help everyone out of this mess (does this mean Levi knew the whole time that Gavin was communicating with Maya and didn’t say anything? It’s just not adding up.). Levi’s story, admittedly, got a little jumbled with his time jump and his desire to get revenge for his late wife and daughter, which I don’t think ever happened… unless they were killed by Maya’s Rye group. 

Still, Levi was a constant from day one, so his loss was deeply felt, and when you say Izzy broke down, you couldn’t help but shed a tear alongside her. There are always casualties of war—and he took one for the team so that they could make some real progress. 

As we move into the season finale, the hope is that everything falls into place in a way that provides a fitting conclusion to this wildly twisted, chaotic, and oftentimes, unorganized and hard-to-follow, adventure. I’ve enjoyed La Brea at face value, but I do think that they tried to do too much with too little time, and some storylines, like Gavin’s sisters’ inclusion, simply didn’t resonate the way they hoped.

The finale needs to do a few things—like reunite the Harris family, along with Riley and her dad, and give closure to Ty and Paraa, one of the fandom’s favorite couples. It would also be nice to see James and Silas again considering they were such a key part of the storyline in the first few seasons. 

Will Veronica and Lucas choose to go back to the present or will they hang back in 10K B.C. having found that they enjoy their life there more? Neither of them really has anything to go back to in the present, aside from luxuries like fast food, technology, and modern healthcare (comes in handy for a baby), and no dinosaurs, oversized crocs, or the like. 

And finally, I hope La Brea doesn’t take a page from Manifest’s playbook and undo all the progress that they made. It worked for Manifest, but it would be detrimental to La Brea considering how much all of these characters have grown—for the better—during their escapades in 10K B.C. They’ve gained a new perspective and outlook on life that has forged a better path for them and their families, and even if they do make it back to the present, I hope that they keep those experiences with them and close to heart. 

What did you think of the episode?

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La Brea Review Season 3 Episode 4 – Fire Storm

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If it’s not dinosaurs destroying the Clearing, it’s forest fire spreading quickly and threatening the home that they’ve built within Paraa/Ruth’s village. And on top of that, throw in a dash of betrayal from Maya Schmidt—because who didn’t see that coming, right? Well, apparently, Scott didn’t, which is kind of upsetting because I feel like he should’ve been weary from the moment Gavin and Sam were saved by her at the Ladera base. Coincidence? I think not.

There were only two ways this could pan out—Maya would’ve legitimately helped Gavin and co. or she would’ve betrayed them, and the latter is far more enticing. 

Maya just so happened to be around when Gavin and Sam got caught snooping around the airbase, and then immediately had the solution to Gavin restoring his memories. It’s almost as if she, oh, I don’t know, needed him to remember something. 

Gavin blindly believed Maya because his need to save Eve superseded everything else, and the implications of that have major consequences. 

Eve is just one piece of it, but Gavin—and thus Sam and even Ty—prioritized saving her over doing the right thing for humanity and the world.

Back in 2021, Gavin was kidnapped by the woman from last week’s episode who was stalking them and wielding a gun. Eventually, we learned that her name was Helena and she was Gavin’s sister, who was on a mission to right the wrongs her family committed and preserve their legacy—but she needed Gavin’s help.

I’m not even going to try to understand the time-traveling aspect that happened here, but it seems Gavin’s memory loss was pretty extensive since he forgot he had a whole sister before even arriving in 10K BC. 

However, he trusted Helena enough to help her open a vault that contained the stolen hard drive that Maya Schmidt is on the hunt for in 10K B.C.

Maya hoped that by allowing Gavin to tap into those memories and remember where the drive was, he’d go above and beyond to get it and she would be able to snatch it from him and complete her mission to turn fighter jets into a time-traveling machine that could give military an advantage in war. 

Gavin successfully managed to send a message through the tarpits to Scott in 2021, who was now in the fold with Ty and Sam, though he didn’t exactly trust them. Through this scene, fans were able to get to know the person Scott was before falling through the sinkhole—the one who lost the woman of his dreams. He’s come so far despite all that’s been stacked against him.

And then it was time for Gavin of 2021 to make a choice—give his sister the drive to go back to where the program originated (1965, which is presumably where Josh and Riley were transported to) and shut it all down, effectively saving the world, or go to 10K B.C. and risk it all to save Eve. 

The wise and correct choice would be to help Helena, but considering personal motivations and emotions have a huge draw here—and Ty, the person who would’ve typically thought rationally desperately wanted to see Paraa again so he was agreeable—Gavin chose to hand the drive to his 10K B.C self and thus let it get in the vicinity of the wrong hands. 

He didn’t even try to keep it a secret, holding the drive right in the purview of Maya, whose villain was showing. 

Also, what did she do to our angel Scott? And why isn’t anyone more concerned that “they” aka the military people took Scott? No one even questioned that she wasn’t caught right alongside him. I wish Scott had taken his findings about Maya being a bad guy and told Gavin and Sam before confronting her.

Scott was the only one who connected that Maya was the woman from Gavin’s vision, but hopefully, before Gavin just hands over the only thing that can ensure their exit from 10K B.C., he’ll think about the consequences of it getting in the wrong hands.

There’s been no word of Riley or Josh (though knowing the time period they are in definitely helped), nor is there any insight into what’s going on with Levi, though he’s likely chilling somewhere with Eve at the airbase. 

Veronica and Lucas seemingly abandoned any hope of returning to the present day, focusing on adjusting to their new life in 10K B.C. instead. Veronica feels a sense of pride and purpose by joining the ranks of the council (and this time, she had Lucas’ support), and while her decision to walk into the fire was careless considering she’s pregnant, she was also key to breaking open the dam and helping them fight the fire. She proved her worth already, I just hope she exerts a little more caution and puts her family first. 

Also, you’d think with these auroras being so prevalent, more people would be seeking them out to find their way back to the present day!

As for Lucas and Sam, they adopted a lost little wolf—which almost cost them their lives when they ran into the burning woods after it—but it’s nice that they have an emotional support animal that they can all lean on when times get tough. This is likely how domesticated dogs came to be, and it tracks with the group’s “save everyone in need” mentality.

Now, if Gavin could just start prioritizing everyone over his wife, it would be nice.

What did you think of the episode? We only have 2 left until the series finale—do you think all of our burning questions will get answered in time?

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