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La Brea Season 2 Premiere Review – We’ve Been to the Year 1988

LA BREA -- "The Next Day" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Natalie Zea as Eve Harris, Nicholas Gonzalez as Levi Delgado -- (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)



La Brea is one of those shows that I didn’t think would get a second season renewal, but I’m so glad that it did. 

With several timelines, there’s so much to explore, though, it seems we might not be sticking around in the present much this season as most of the characters, aside from Riley and Josh (for now) are in 10,000 B.C. It’s like a prehistoric family reunion!

Not only are you hooked by the premise and the mystery of how these characters are going to find a way back home, but there are so many relationships and alliances that draw you in and keep you invested.

As with season 1, you’re going to have to suspend disbelief a bit in order to get fully lost in these worlds and story, but it’s worth it simply to enjoy the wacky adventure of time traveling through sinkholes with a nefarious conspiracy behind them.

The La Brea Season 2 premiere opens with another sinkhole opening up in Los Angeles. And this time, standing on the edge of the Hollywood sign could lead to catastrophe as the iconic tourist spot concaves inward right in front of our very eyes. No one seems to fall victim to the sinkhole this time, thankfully, but it’s a strange occurrence nonetheless and something that isn’t addressed again until the final moments of the episode when Josh and Riley—who are now refueling in the 80s—notice the event on the front page of the newspaper.

Yep, the Hollywood sign sinkhole seemingly opened in 1988, but as Josh and Riley know (since they’re from the future), that never actually happened, which means that something is altering the past. But what could it be? The sinkhole raises plenty of questions, but Josh and Riley don’t have time to focus on them because they have now successfully found a promising way back to 10,000 B.C. And while, yes, they are crazy for wanting to go back to the prehistoric era where there’s no food or electricity, and plenty of carnivorous animals that want to kill them, it’s also understandable considering it’s where their family is. 

They could stick around and live a comfortable life in the 1980s, but they are losing their chance of ever returning to the present day. And that’s simply not a chance they are willing to take. By returning back to 10K B.C., they can provide their loved ones with peace of mind and hopefully, if they’re smart, backpacks filled with food and drinks.  Sure, you probably can survive off of mushrooms, but who wants to?

Josh and Riley’s relationship gets slightly complicated, Though it’s not really the best time to discuss romance, Josh is totally smitten with Riley, while she continues to push him away. She explains that she’s just overwhelmed and scared by the situation, which is valid, but she’s also being cautious by acknowledging that they may only be feeling this way towards each other because they’ve been thrown into an unimaginable situation together and have no other choice but to look out for one another. It’s almost like survivor’s guilt. No one else can understand what they are going through, so they cling to each other. There’s potential here for a real relationship, but it cannot stem from fear; it needs to be a genuine attraction. 

Out of the plethora of cast members, Riley and Josh are the only two that have managed to escape 10k B.C alongside Isaiah and Lilly, who are on the right path to making sure nothing changes in the future. 

Gavin, Emma and Izzy jumped into the sinkhole that opened in Seattle, but since their younger counterparts are no longer in 10K B.C., they’ve lost the connection. They aren’t experiencing any more flashbacks because they are no longer there to have any memories of what happens next. 

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LA BREA — “The Next Day” Episode 201 — Pictured:(l-r) Veronica St. Clair as Riley Velez, Jack Martin as Josh Harris — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

They are going in blind, which is definitely terrifying. They jumped in partly to save their family, and partly to seek out answers to the world’s biggest mystery. But there’s no denying that they could’ve been better prepared—would it kill them to bring some snacks? They knew the timeline they were going to—they knew there aren’t convenience stores in 10k B.C.

Upon arrival, they realized that it was a huge task to survive in this moment in history, and likely understood just how difficult the time has been for their loved ones. A few days in, and they were hunted by Woolly Rhinos while trying to hunt their own food.

Izzy’s prosthetic leg crack at the most inopportune time, and while she tried to suck it up and push through, it gave out at an even worst time, which almost made them prey to a rhino. Thankfully, they were able to keep on moving, eventually stumbling across the remnants of what would have been the Hollywood sign. 

It seems as though despite entering the sinkhole in Seattle, they were somehow dropped in near Los Angeles, which doesn’t really make sense, but it does shorten their journey significantly as they’ve already spotted base camp. It’s a win for them!

Of course, they’ll be quite shocked to learn that Josh is no longer in this timeline while their mother, along with Levi, was captured by a group of dangerous individuals. It’s unclear who they are, but they don’t take kindly to strangers. Lucas, Levi, and Eve were able to rescue Veronica, but in the process, Eve got captured. Once Levi found out, he turned himself over, assuring Eve that he was going to stand by his promise to never leave her again. It’s a brave sacrifice on his part, but I’m not surprised because Levi is in love with Eve. I mean, head over heels, do anything for her, in love. And Eve, well, she’s conflicted. On one hand, she has feelings for Levi, which are likely being intensified by their current situation (much like Riley and Josh’s), but, on the other hand, she still loves her husband. And unbeknownst to her, he’s on his way to save her at this very moment. 

It’s kind of hard to even hold anyone accountable for their actions when they are trapped in a prehistoric timeline. Eve doesn’t know if she’ll ever see Gavin again, so naturally, her desire to find comfort in Levi is understandable. But I really cannot wait to see what happens when she sees Gavin in 10K B.C. along with her daughter and realizes that he willingly jumped into a sinkhole to save her.

Gavin and Eve are separated, so her romance with Levi isn’t even technically cheating, but their split also happened because she was tired of the visions he claimed to have. When she can no longer blame those visions for breaking up the family and ruining their marriage, what happens? How does Levi play into all of this?

And why do I still find myself rooting for Levi?

There are two sides to every story, and that couldn’t be more true when it comes to Silas and Dr. Rebecca Aldridge. Both of these characters seem to be speaking in half-truths, which is frustrating. If someone has information about what’s going on here, it would be nice if they were forthcoming with it so that everyone could get on the same page. 

Scott accompanied Aldridge on her journey to a literal skyscraper in the middle of nowhere. She informed him that they needed to break into the place in order to save his loved ones, but she was also pretty clear that she was not welcome there. And the moment the people inside laid eyes on her, they would shoot her down. 

My guess is that the building belongs to the government and the sinkholes are part of some mission that they worked on alongside Aldridge. Something must have gone wrong, which is why she was iced out. But what’s their game plan? Is everyone really in danger? Or is Aldridge lying?

Silas, who was being held hostage by Sam and friends, finally cracked and told them about the building made of glass and steel that’s 30 stories high in the middle of the woods. He warned them of “dangers there you will not be prepared for” and made it seem as though their only chance to save their kids (Josh and Riley in 1988) was to find Rebecca, who was headed to that building. 

But again, why? What’s lurking behind those glass walls? Silas makes it seem like Rebecca Aldridge is the evil enemy behind everything, and for some reason, I believe him. I don’t think that she means well, and I do think she knows exactly what’s going on here and how to escape. 

As for Silas, I remain convinced that he is Gavin as an adult, but since Gavin is younger, he doesn’t have access to any of these memories as they haven’t happened to him yet. It’s complex, but I’m convinced that Gavin is the key somehow.

Elsewhere, Sam’s disease is starting to become problematic, but he’s still keeping it a secret and focusing on saving his daughter. Ty and Paraa continue to be the absolute sweetest, and I’m hoping they find a way to reverse his terminal illness. At the very least, I expect him to stay behind and live out his last days with Paaraa and her village.

What did you think of the La Brea Season 2 premiere? Let us know! Is there anything you hope to see this season?



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    La Brea Fall Finale Review – 1988 (207)



    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?



    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)



    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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