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La Brea Review – Operation Save Eve and Levi (202)

LA BREA -- "The Cave" Episode 202 -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Zea as Eve, Nicholas Gonzalez as Levi -- (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

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As one of the survivors of the La Brea sinkhole summed it up—”this is officially insane.”

I knew that Gavin’s arrival in 10K B.C. would be trippy, but I guess I never realized the extent of the trippiness until it happened on La Brea Season 2 Episode 2. 

Gavin, Ella (Lily), and Izzy reached the clearing only to be met with some disappointing news: Eve and Levi were captured by a rogue group of people while Josh and Riley jumped to 1988. 

This wasn’t what they were hoping to hear after trekking all this way and risking their lives to reunite the family, and it was even more frustrating for Gavin as he was now tasked with a new mission–save his estranged wife. 

Since he grew up in this timeline, he knows all about the men that took her, which he calls the exiles. He understands the dangers of the mission, especially as he’s meant to trust his grandfather, who is being held hostage until he tells them what he knows about bringing Josh and Riley home.

Sam reminds Gavin that his grandfather threatened to hurt his wife and children just a few days ago to which Gavin replies, “I remember.” And honestly, this is a new development because up until now, Gavin and Ella didn’t seem to remember much without their visions. 

I wish the show addressed this development a bit more. Is it fresh in their minds since they “just” saw it happen as Isaiah and Lily? Is it weird that they “know” all these people, like Ty and Sam, that they never actually met as adults? Does he remember meeting his wife while he was a child? It’s all kinds of bizarre, but the truth surrounding Gavin’s memory as Isaiah is largely glossed over.

Gavin promises to bring Silas back after he rescues Eve and Levi, but honestly, that’s an impossible promise to make. He may have grown up in these parts of town, but his grandfather has the upper hand.

And they are both aware that it won’t be an easy feat because the exiles are a ruthless bunch.

Throughout Gavin and Silas’ journey, the audience is kept in suspense about whether or not the latter can actually be trusted as he says. He keeps calling Gavin “my boy” and assuring him that he’s the most important thing in his life, but some of his actions are questionable initially before it’s revealed that he does actually want to help, despite not being forthcoming about what he knows. 

And trust me, that man knows a lot. I don’t know why he doesn’t want to reveal what he knows, but he definitely knows what’s going on, what Aldridge is up to, how to get back to another timeline, and much more. 

Silas delivers on his promise to bring Gavin to the exiles, but when he drugs his nephew right before they figure out a plan to break in, it throws audiences for yet another loop. What is Silas up to? Eventually, it’s revealed that the only way in is to be caught as a prisoner. And the only way out is through the tunnels that require the very map Silas slipped into Gavin’s pocket. “Go save your family,” he tells him.

Silas doesn’t seem scared of sending his nephew into the lion’s den, nor does he seem surprised when Gavin arrives at the clearing, which makes me think that my initial hunch that Silas is from the future and knows how everything is going to pan out is accurate. I think he’s playing the long game with his silence because he needs things to happen in a certain order. 

During their time together, Silas also tells Gavin that his parents are alive, though, he refuses to discuss it anymore because he promised them he would keep their secret and tell Gavin only what he needs to know. This is frustrating, of course, but it also makes me think that Silas is actually Gavin’s father while Aldridge is his mother. It would explain why these two people are the only two that know exactly what’s going on… and why Gavin is connected to all of it.

We also get an inside look into the land of the exiles, which, for 10K B.C., is pretty advanced. They are, however, ruthless, enslaving all their prisoners and forcing them to dig up some black rocks. It definitely seems like the end of the road for Eve and Levi, and she begins to come to terms with her true feelings for Levi, the ones she surpassed out of guilt.

When he stands up to one of the guards to protect Virgil, one of the many prisoners who fell through the La Brea sinkhole and were captured, he’s taken away, leading Eve to believe that he’s been killed. But when they bring Levi back by some miracle, she confesses her love and they lock lips, just as Gavin is captured and brought inside. I can’t wait to see that reunion pan out! Both of these men are risking everything for her, and she only ever sought comfort in Levi because she thought Gavin was a drunk. Now that it’s clear his visions were real, it changes everything. 

Can Gavin get his woman back? Or is it too late?

Back at the clearing, Veronica was having an out-of-body experience when she saw a now-adult Lily back in 10K B.C. The guilt over kidnapping Lily has been weighing on her, and when she realized that Lily, now Ella, put herself in the line of fire for her once again, she shut down. It’s unclear if there’s more to her comment about doing things that can’t be forgiven, but it seemed ominous enough to concern Ty. 

And finally, in 1988, Riley and Josh came to the conclusion that they can’t just jump into the sinkhole and hope for the best. This is partially because there were plenty of cops guarding the big hole in the ground, but also because they have a duty to prevent more sinkholes from opening up.

Riley was pretty observant when she realized a man that they saw at the Hollywood sign sinkhole was following them, but it was Josh who decided that they needed to stick around and help him in any way that they can. Josh saw firsthand what happened to his father when no one believed his theories and labeled him as crazy, so he feels like he owes it to Frank, who informs them he’s a professor of geology at Caltech. 

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LA BREA — “The Cave” Episode 202 — Pictured: (l-r) Jack Martin as Josh, Veronica St. Clair as Riley — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Frank isn’t directly connected to the sinkholes, but he’s been studying them and he knows that there’s more to them than meets the eye. He has figured out their pattern, and if his theories are correct, they have four days until the next sinkhole opens up and pretty much swallows half of Los Angeles as we know it, which would, in turn, alter the future as it could kill Riley’s father, Sam, likely making him disappear in the present-day, which is actually the past. 

It’s all very confusing, but the point is, it’s bad news. And the only two people with any real insight into what’s happening are Riley and Josh. Maybe they can find a way to corroborate Frank’s theories and get people to believe him before it’s too late. 

Of course, they don’t know the half of it since Silas and Aldridge haven’t exactly been forthcoming with information. However, Scott, who accompanied Aldridge into the secret high rise in the middle of nowhere, came back to the clearing in the final few moments of the episode to declare, “you’ll never believe what happened.” Let’s hope he has the sweet intel we’ve all been waiting for so that everyone can make sense of the situation.

But where is Aldridge? Why did she let them go? What’s in the building? Why did he come back alone?

There are so many questions that he could likely answer, which is keeping me invested. The series may be far-fetched, and answers may be far and few in between, but we’re already so deep into this mystery that we have to see it through till the end!


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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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