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La Brea Season 1 Finale Review – Topanga

LA BREA -- "Topanga" Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r)Natalie Zea as Eve Harris, Diesel La Torraca as Isiah -- (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

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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 wrapped up the first half of its second season in November.

The bad news is that we’re going to have to wait a little longer for new episodes, but the good news is that the network is going to make it worth your while.

NBC is supersizing the return of the prehistoric drama, so when it returns on January 31, 2023, the series will air two hour-long episodes back-to-back. This means that both La Brea Season 2 Episode 8 and Episode 9 will air that Tuesday night. 

The eighth episode of the sophomore season is titled “Stampede,” and will pick up with the aftermath of the Harris family’s decision to jump through the Los Angeles sinkhole and return to 10K B.C. to upload the virus necessary to shut down the time-traveling machine, and, essentially, save humanity, even if it means stranding themselves in the prehistoric-era in the process. 

Per TVLine, the episode will see an “unlikely leader” rallying “the Clearing to face an oncoming prehistoric threat.”

Next up—there’s danger lurking everywhere, especially when the survivors begin to turn into enemies. 

The second episode of the season, titled “Murder in the Clearing,” is kind of self-explanatory in that there is a murder in the Clearing that sends everyone into a bit of a frenzy, with Lucas and Sam leading an investigation to find the killer. It seems that Woolly Mammoths are the least of their worries these days!

Weaved in through both episodes will be Gavin’s struggle with trying to prevent Eve’s death, which he saw in the vision right before they all took the plunge through the sinkhole. Will he be able to stop it? Will keeping this vision a secret from his family drive a wedge between them?

Here’s a look at the trailer for the double dose of episodes! 

You can catch up on our fall finale review now—and check out the full 2023 midseason TV schedule right here

And we’ll see you back here on January 31, Cravers!

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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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La Brea Review – Lazarus (206)

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La Brea Recap Lazarus Season 2 Episode 6

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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