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La Brea Review – The New Arrival (1×04)

LA BREA -- "The New Arrival" Episode 104 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jack Martin as Josh Harris, Natalie Zea as Eve Harris, Chiké Okonkwo as Ty Coleman -- (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

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Just when you think you’ve figured La Brea out, it introduces a compelling plot twist that changes everything. 

We’re only four episodes in, but the series has really found its groove and figured out the pacing. The episodes don’t beat around the bush. No time is wasted; when you finish an episode, you’ve gained a lot more information than you had prior to watching. 

We’re experiencing all the new findings at the same time as the survivors that are stuck in 10,000 B.C.

And despite not being having any working technology or the ability to connect with the present day, they pretty much know exactly what’s going on back at home. These communication skills are impressive. 

While it’s harder for them to connect with the people back at home, they also have an advantage with Gavin, whose visions are helping lead the way. 

Once he was able to confirm that Levi was alive and reconnected with the rest of the survivors, he spent most of the episode tracking down Dr. Nathan in hopes of setting up another rescue mission. 

Of course, the government was against it because Levi’s venture down under caused a seismic reaction that shook Los Angeles to its core. 

It’s understandable that they would want to be a bit more cautious considering the very real effects the sinkhole has on the current reality, however, giving up seems like a wasted opportunity. 

When it’s revealed that this is the fourth sinkhole of its kind, the fact that they have a prototype plane ready to go makes a lot more sense, but it also makes you wonder why they’re giving up so quickly.

Surely, there should be a plan B if plan A fails considering these time-traveling sinkholes aren’t quite the anomaly we were led to believe. 

Gavin is determined to secure another rescue mission for his family at all costs. After all, with saber tooths, bears, and other extinct animals running around, and the threat of starvation looming large, they don’t have too much time on their hands. 

While things seemed bleak for a bit when Gavin couldn’t get ahold of Dr. Nathan, thankfully, he was able to track down Dr. Rebecca Aldridge, who was featured in a photo that was conveniently left behind in the open on Dr. Nathan’s desk. 

I’ll let that one go, honestly. 

Dr. Aldridge explained that she was part of an exploratory crew that was sent down through a sinkhole in the Mojave. Unfortunately, the sinkhole closed up before they were able to come back. She was a scapegoat for the botched job and has since spent the remainder of her time secluded on a farm preparing yet another prototype in the event another sinkhole opens up. 

Rebecca’s existence raises a series of questions. 

For starters, why were Gavin and Izzy able to find her information and address so easily if she’s trying to say off the grid?

Secondly, why didn’t Nathan attempt to persuade the government to use Rebecca’s prototype instead/this time? If Rebecca is certain that her creation will be able to withstand the effect of time travel, shouldn’t they at least give it a whirl?

And thirdly, where did she get all the money for this? I’m sure she took a hefty payout to keep quiet about what happened on the mission, but even then, this is some next-level technology!

It’s likely none of those questions will be answers and we just have to suspend disbelief in order to embrace the series. 

Rebecca informs Gavin that his arrival was a “stroke of fate” because she needs a pilot to go through the light and save them all. 

“Stroke of fate” is a stretch considering Dr. Nathan could’ve just given Gavin a ring. We know he’s 100% down to pilot his way into the green light to save his family. 

And if he does, successfully, he’ll be the savior that they always wanted him to be. 

It’s obvious that Gavin was always meant to be the hero. After all, his visions cannot be for naught. 

Levi definitely seemed more heroic to Eve when she realized he risked everything — without knowing if he would be able to come back — to save her. 

Her perspective changed, however, when Levi informed her that Gavin was the reason he was down there — Gavin was the reason the whole rescue mission was happening because he proved that his visions were real. 

At this point, you could see Eve just tense up and feel guilty and shameful for assuming her husband was never there for the family. 

He was literally planning for this very moment all to be told that he wasn’t doing enough for his loved ones.

Of course, you can’t blame Eve for thinking Gavin was losing it. It’s not every day that a man’s visions of the past are actually legit.

Again, it’s messy since both men have good intentions. 

Even was definitely taken aback by Levi’s arrival, but it was obviously comforting to see a familiar face. 

The survivors saw the plane come crashing through the force field, so a group of them decided to make their way to the wreckage to see if there was anyone that might be able to save them. 

While he wasn’t able to whisk them all home, he did come prepared with provisions, information, and a vessel that allowed them to detect a nearby signal. 

Signal? Here? How? 

Those are all valid questions and the same questions the survivors have. 

At this point, they have nothing to lose. If they walk into the lion’s den, they might end up dead. If they don’t, they might also end up dead.

It’s unclear how a signal deep within the woods is possible, but it eventually led them to an area populated by huts that indicates that there are others in the area. 

Could this man-made neighborhood be Rebecca’s crew? If so, this means they might know a lot more about what’s going on down here than anyone else. 

Though, the man that tried to warn Lilly when she stumbled upon Eddie’s lifeless body doesn’t strike me as a government crew member. 

The man ooked like a native. He had a handprint on his back that matched the handprint seen at the entrance of the village. 

The whole storyline with Lily and her sister Veronica is really strange. Veronica doesn’t want Lily to speak, she’s possessive over her, she’s violent, and she keeps insisting that they aren’t here to “help these people.”

It’s almost as if she believes they’re a different breed. 

There’s definitely some resentment about their father. Veronica seems to have a lot of respect for him, while Lily doesn’t seem to be all that fond of him. 

What’s the deal here?

And will Veronica retaliate against Lily for rebelling?

Elsewhere, Sam and Riley parted ways. She almost lost her life to a giant anaconda in the river, while he was championed the remaining survivors to take turns watching the grounds for whoever (or whatever) killed Eddie. 

There was also a subplot with Scott and Lucas after the latter found out that the former found his drugs and dumped them. I know Scott was just getting rid of the heroine as a protective measure, but since it came in handy as a pain medication once, why wouldn’t they hold onto it in the event that someone else got injured?

Also, who is Lucas trying to sell all this heroine to in the past? It’s not like there are hoards of buyers lining up!

While Scott and Lucas don’t seem like main characters, they’re definitely stealing the show away from Josh and Izzy. 

Why are the children of the man with the visions and the leader of the pack the dullest?

What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below now! 


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La Brea Season 1 Finale Review – Topanga

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A finale that had me sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to see how this would unfold.

Throughout its freshman run, La Brea has managed to deliver several unexpected twists with the latest being yet another jump to a new time period.

At least, that’s definitely what it seemed like happened on La Brea Season 1 Episode 10 when Josh, Riley, and Lilly got sucked up by the blue light in its final hoorah.

The light was the portal to 1988, so while we didn’t see where they ended up, it’s safe to say, the 80s are the new 2021. 

And that happened juuust as Gavin, Izzy, and Ella jumped into the sinkhole in Seattle to set out on their quest to reunite the family. 

I mean, could the timing be worse?

Just when you think everyone in the family is in 10,000 B.C., Josh goes and screws it up. 

I kid, of course. While I love all the adventure and drama that the pre-historic ages offer, I’m intrigued to see how the trio navigates the 1980’s. 

More specifically, how Josh can exist in the same timeline as his father, who is a young boy by the name of Isaiah. 

The original story is that Gavin and Ella walked down a road together before they got adopted by different families in 1988. Since they didn’t go through the portal together this time, does that mean the present has been changed?

Gavin and Lilly also didn’t remember anything when they arrived in 1988 — hence why we’re filling in all these blanks. Does that mean Josh and Riley won’t have any recollection of what happened either?

Hey, at least the map of past and present sinkholes made it there safely with Lilly. Or did it? What if they didn’t go to 1988 at all? What if they went back to a different time period or even to the future? What’s to say? And how would Eve and Sam know?

The episode largely focused on the journey to get Isaiah to the portal that would transport him to the 1980s. And it wasn’t without its fair share of hiccups as Silas aimed to stop Eve at every turn. 

While we still don’t know much more about Silas or where he’s from — though, I really enjoy a theory that a reader left suggesting that Silas is also Gavin! — Rebecca Aldridge revealed that he was a scientist like her who was also partially responsible for the sinkholes opening up. Are these two early researchers of time travel?

Once again, I’d really love if Rebecca was just a teensy bit more forthcoming with information, but at least she took Scott and showed him the skyscraper she built. And yes, it qualifies as a skyscraper in 10K B.C.!

It’s unclear how she got all the materials and managed to do all of this, but let’s not get bogged down by minutia (as the creator told TV Line ahead of the finale.) 

It’s also unclear what is inside the building that stands out like a sore thumb, but my guess is research and, for everyone’s sake, some kind of garden that would provide them with nourishments. 

La Brea Review Topanga Season 1 Episode 10

LA BREA — “Topanga” Episode 110 — Pictured: (l-r) Eoin Macken as Gavin Harris, Zyra Gorecki as Izzy Harris — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

These people have been putting in the miles — they need to refuel somehow and mushrooms simply aren’t going to cut it! 

This, however, proves that Rebecca has been in this time period before and managed to get out. She’s the key to getting them home, so again, why isn’t she more forthcoming with information?

What is she hiding?

Going off of the theory that Silas = Gavin, I can’t shake the fact that I think Rebecca is Lilly. How else would she know so much and know Ella and Gavin’s real identities?

And why else would Lilly trust Rebecca wholeheartedly? Another solid theory is that she’s Gavin/ Isaiah’s mother. I vibe with both theories. 

Back to Isaiah, though. Once Silas gave up trying to stop his grandson from abandoning him, he safely made it to 1988 because both Izzy and Josh stopped experiencing pain. 

Shortly after, Josh disappeared, while Izzy made the conscious decision to leap into the sinkhole with dad and Ella. 

I know that they’re desperate to save their family, but this sinkhole opened up in Seattle, which is 1,200 miles away from Los Angeles.

There aren’t cars, trains, or automobiles in 10K B.C., and while riding a wooly mammoth sounds fun in theory, I don’t think it’s advisable. Making a 1,000 plus mile trek without food or any kind of weapons seems daunting, risky, and downright stupid. I expected better. 

That is unless they were somehow thrust into Los Angeles despite entering in Seattle.

Anything is possible.

Ella, who was pretty adamant that she wasn’t from the prehistoric ages just a few episodes, eagerly took the jump because she wanted to save Veronica after seeing a vision of herself as a child leaving behind her sister/kidnapper. 

While the hatred towards Veronica was initially understandable, she’s made great strides in becoming a better person. She, too, was a victim of a kidnapping, and she had no other family aside from Lilly. It makes sense that she would want a fresh start with the girl she considered her sister. 

However, it was also valid that Lilly wanted to reunite with her real family. Yet, she still has plenty of love for Veronica because she didn’t want to give up on her when she got caught by the trap. 

While Lilly couldn’t make good on her promise to come back and save her, Ella definitely could. It was a heartbreaking scene but hopefully one that leads to a sweet reconciliation. 

Other 10K B.C. Musings

    • Paraa and Ty’s connection is so pure. He knows he’s dying, and while he could go back and ease his pain, he chose to stay behind because of his feelings for her!
    • Markman definitely put his career on the line by trusting some map from the prehistoric ages, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. By taking action, he was possibly avoiding another catastrophe. Plus, now the government has another sinkhole to study that is more off the radar than the one in La Brea. 
    • Also, Markman has to be a believer now, right?
    • Riley and Josh are also really adorable. 
    • Marybeth died! But is she really dead? She’s resilient, so I’m not convinced. However, if it is a death that sticks, at least she and Luke made amends before she took her last breath and she was able to die in his arms. All she’s ever wanted was to make up with her son. And while he’ll likely never forgive himself for wasting so much time with his mother, at least he stepped up when it really mattered. 
    • Can you imagine how things will go down once Gavin arrives and Eve is torn between her husband and Levi?

What did you think of the La Brea Season 1 finale? How obsessed are you with the show?

Do you have any theories?


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La Brea Review – Ella’s Identity is Revealed (1×09)

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La Brea has figured out the formula for keeping audiences invested. 

But, unfortunately, as with every time-traveling show, it’s also gotten increasingly complex. To make sense of the shocking developments, you have to keep in mind the one thing Dr. Rebecca told the sky people in the clearing: time is a circle. 

The past, the present, and the future are all happening at once, somehow. 

And the rule of thumb remains true — if you change something in the past, it ripples down into the present and ultimately, the future. 

After the revelation that young Isaiah is actually Gavin, much of the episode focused on Eve, Levi, and Josh’s plan to find Isaiah and safely get him to the top of a mountain that housed a sinkhole connecting to 1988. 

Yep, that’s a thing. 

Of course, they couldn’t just outright tell Isaiah that he was Eve’s husband in the future, but it’s a big ask to want a kid to leave his home and jump into a portal that takes him to a different timeline. 

Unfortunately, they didn’t have a choice since Izzy and Josh’s lives were on the line. 

And though they never said it outright, my guess is that Gavin would also cease to exist or would at least exist in a different reality if Isaiah didn’t go through the sinkhole. 

The mission has now changed from “how are they getting out of this time period” to “how can they save Eve’s whole family while hopefully saving themselves in the process.”

While we don’t know how this is going to pan out, their fate doesn’t only hinge on Isaiah/Gavin. 

In this week’s shocking twist, it’s revealed that Ella is Lily… yes, Veronica’s Lily, the one that was kidnapped. 

Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how this is possible. 

After all, Lily fell through the sinkhole with Veronica and Aaron (who was killed moments into his time in 10K B.C) from 2021. 

How does she exist in both forms as an adult and a kid in the present?

It’s possible I’m missing something or I just don’t understand the idea of traveling through space and time. 

Either way, in the present day, Gavin, Izzy, and Dr. Sophia have dedicated themselves to convincing Ella, who was found wandering on the side of the road with Isaiah in 88, that she’s also from 10K B.C. 

It’s a wild thing to tell someone, and she’s obviously hesitant to believe it, so Gavin breaks into the dig site to find proof. 

Eventually, Ella taps into some memories from her time in the past and digs up a map that we see Dr. Rebecca give her. 

The map includes all the sinkholes and the exact dates they opened/ are set to open, including one in Seattle that is scheduled for the following day. 

Rebecca stole this map from Silas, Isaiah’s grandfather, so it’s really suspicious. 

La Brea Review Father & Son Season 1 Episode 9

LA BREA — “Father & Son” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Chloe De Los Santos as Lilly Castillo, Lily Santiago as Veronica Castillo — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Why does he have this in his possession?

I’m deeply intrigued by Isaiah and Silas and want to know more about them. How did they get here? Where did they come from? Why is Silas so hellbent on keeping Isaiah in this timeline?

And how does he know Rebecca?

Considering all the information Rebecca has and the fact that Silas recognized her, I’m still running with my theory that Rebecca is Gavin’s mother. 

It’s also a mystery as to how Rebecca was able to escape this time period, though, I agree with Sam and Riley — if there’s a sinkhole to 1988 then there has to be a sinkhole back to 2021. 

The option to go to 1988 was given to the sky people in the clearing, and while Veronica and Lily decided to take it, I also wonder what that will do if someone who existed in the 80s arrives in that time period. Is that possible? And how does their arrival in 1988 change the present?

Scott, on the other hand, decided to stay behind to unearth more mysteries in 10K B.C. After finding a cow, he saw that it was branded with a UPC code which means that more sky people are likely not too far behind. 

I can’t believe no one else wanted to help Scott scout for the cow. She’s a source of dairy and meat, it was the only logical thing to do! 

There were a lot of moving parts to the episode. Elsewhere, Ty and Para kissed in the midst of all the action, and it was so cute. 

I love Ty, so I hope that his illness is cured by traveling back in time. Plus, I’m seriously shipping them as a couple. 

Josh also found out about Levi and Eve’s relationship from Isaiah — talk about awkward — and confronted Levi about it after they were taken prisoner by Silas. 

Honestly, Josh has every right to be mad, but he shouldn’t just hold it against Levi. His mother was just as responsible. And, let’s be real, even he’s aware of how disappointing Gavin was during those times. 

He might be taking “father of the year” now, but that wasn’t always the case. 

At least now Gavin’s visions have proven useful, and since he knows where he comes from, he no longer has to wonder about his childhood or who his family was. Losing his family to the sinkhole might have been the worst thing to happen to him, but it has also allowed him to fill in the pieces about his past. 

And hopefully, he keeps filling them in. 

What did you think of the episode? Were you shocked that Ella turned out to be Lily?

Do you want to know more about Gavin’s past? Who is Rebecca Aldridge and why is she so connected to all of this? Do you think anyone should travel back to 1988?

And now that Gavin, Izzy, and Sophia have the blueprints to the sinkholes that are set to open up, can they intervene and stop them before more people get swallowed up?

Can they use the map to reverse-engineer a way to bring everyone back home?

Will Isaiah make it to the mountain so that Josh and Izzy are spared? Will Eve find a way to save Josh and Levi from Silas?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 


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La Brea Review – Origins (1×08)

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Well, well, well. 

Now, that’s a twist. Things are starting to get personal… like really personal. 

We knew everything was centered around Gavin, but now we’re finding out a little more as to why Gavin is such a crucial piece of the puzzle. 

In the final moments of La Brea Season 1 Episode, Dr. Rebecca Aldridge revealed that Isaiah, the young boy in the village who took pity on Eve and the rest of the “sky people” when they were caught snooping around is actually young Gavin. 

“I’m from that place,” Gavin mutters as he has yet another vision. 

Only now we know that these aren’t visions, they’re some kind of repressed memories. 

And since Isaiah was spying on the newcomers, Gavin was seeing what he was witnessing. It all makes sense!

This revelation opens up a can of worms and questions, mainly: how?

How is this possible?

It definitely seems as though Rebecca had some kind of personal connection to Gavin considering his grandfather recognized her immediately and informed her that he wasn’t going to let her take him. 

Could it be that Rebecca is Gavin’s mother? Yes, I actually wrote that sentence.

Playing with various timelines allows the show to explore the wonkiest of possibilities. 

How did Gavin get to 10K B.C.? What is his grandfather? Rebecca was very adamant about the fact that he’s not who they think he is, but honestly, would it kill her to give any more insight into what she knew?

The grandfather stabbed her for crying out loud so the least she could do is give up all the knowledge she has on the situation. 

If she was Gavin’s mother, it would explain why she knew so much about him in the present day, though, and why she was so eager to withhold information from him. 

The next question that comes to mind is how did Isaiah/Gavin escape?

And it confirms that there is a way to make it back to the present day despite the green light closing up. 

Imagine how Eve feels right about now knowing that she’s literally been hanging out with her husband in child form. How eerie. 

Gavin isn’t the only person with ties to the prehistoric world as Ella somehow also plays into it. 

At first, I thought that maybe Paara was actually Ella, and then I thought that maybe Ella is Riley’s mom and Sam’s wife. 

I was almost sure of it when Izzy met Riley’s brother, Ethan, at the vigil. It would explain why there’s such a focus on these two families. Will she tell him everything she knows soon enough?

However, it didn’t seem like she was the woman Gavin was looking for so that lead might be dead. 

When Rebecca jumped from the plane, I thought it was possible that she parachuted all the way down to the past, but I wasn’t sure. 

She knows so much more than she’s letting on, so my guess is that she’s been there before, which is how she also knew that there was a way to get out. 

La Brea Review Origins Season 1 Episode 8

LA BREA — “Origins” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Jon Seda as Dr. Samuel Valez, Nicholas Gonzalez as Levi Delgado, Natalie Zea as Eve Harris — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Again, if she could just tell them what she knows that would be so helpful. 

A meeting between the newcomers and the villagers also revealed that many more sinkholes like this one have opened up before, including one in the ocean which is how the village was formed in the first place. 

I love that the series is addressing all of our questions. The answers might not come all at once, but they aren’t leaving us hanging either which is promising and likely a reason so many people are coming back. 

With a second season locked it, there’s obviously a long-term plan in place that doesn’t require the audience to be kept in the dark the whole time. 

The series has found a way to be forthcoming while keeping the suspense all at the same time. 

Much like little Isaiah, it’s laying a trail of breadcrumbs for us to follow and each reveal is juicer than the next. 

I’m hooked — La Brea is the best show to grace our screens. 

Much of the episode saw the newcomers looking towards the villagers for help in terms of survival. After the storm wiped mostly everything they had, including those mushrooms, they had no idea how to sustain themselves in this world. 

Thankfully, Paraa entrusted them with her village’s secrets mainly because of the relationship she built with Ty. 

I’m still rooting for them romantically. 

Of course, with all these new revelations, things are getting quite complicated, but at least they’ve found people that they can turn to as a guide. 

The people in the clearing aren’t alone, which should quell some anxieties. 

And the anxieties were in full swing. 

Sam opened up about his PTSD to Riley, which bonded them in a completely new way. 

However, that was only after he handcuffed Veronica to the steering wheel of a car, which triggered a near-death anxiety attack. 

Here’s the thing — Veronica cannot be trusted. She kidnapped Lily and proved on multiple occasions that she’s a violent person by slapping Lily around and hurting Ty.

But it’s also a little dramatic to leave her tied up in the current predicament since that means she’s not able to defend herself from external forces. 

Sam may have meant well, but he crossed a line, and I’m glad the rest of the team was there to pull him back. 

Elsewhere, Josh and Riley allowed their relationship to blossom proving that there is a silver lining to any situation.

What did you think of the episode?

Are you loving La Brea as much as I am?

Manifest’s calling card may be that it’s all connected, but that also rings true for La Brea — despite the hundreds of years standing in the way, the past and present have never felt more connected.

Do you think Rebecca will survive the stabbing and finally give up everything that she knows, including her connection to Gavin/Isaiah? 

What do you think the deal is with Ella? Is she Gavin’s long-lost sister? And why did she drive away? What does she know that she doesn’t want to share with him?

And is there any rhyme or reason to these sinkholes? Why these specific people?

Also, are you team Gavin or team Levi? I’m rooting for Gavin, but man, it’s hard not to root for Levi as well. Eve is smack dab in the middle of two really great dudes who love her unconditionally. 


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