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La Brea Midseason Premiere Review – Stampede and Murder (209/210)

LA BREA -- "Murder in the Clearing" Episode 209 -- Pictured: (l-r) Josh Martin as Jack Harris, Melissa Neal as Dr. Caroline Clark, Eoin Macken as Gavin Harris -- (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

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La Brea returned from its two-month-long hiatus with two back-to-back episodes—and the wait was definitely worth it.

Both La Brea Season 2 Episode 9 and Episode 10 delivered action-packed episodes that picked up as if no time had passed—though that’s technically not true since the core group did return to 10K B.C. from 1988— and tapped into the momentum of “we have to shut this whole thing down.” The mission at hand centered on uploading the virus to shut down the portal and prevent any future catastrophes, including the sinkhole gearing up to open at the Santa Monica pier. 

What I found most promising is that for possibly the first time, I’m no longer doubting the series. The writers clearly have a plan, there’s direction, and there are plenty more stories left to tell. When La Brea first premiered, many questioned how a series about sinkholes dropping people in the prehistoric ages could/would sustain itself, but this episode has proven that there’s a roadmap built out to keep us all very entertained and knee-deep in the suspense. 

Much of the first episode, “Stampede,” focused on the 1988 group attempting to go through with their plan at all costs only for it to fall apart in the final moments.

You had one job, Gavin. Everyone put their faith in him, and yet, he somehow allowed his father to talk him into aborting the virus upload by tapping into his weakness—Eve.

I agree with Eve’s theory that James is using Gavin’s biggest fear—the possibility of losing his wife—to manipulate him into getting what he wants, but the good thing is that Gavin also seems aware. He’s not naive about the man his father is, so he’s making the decisions that are best for his family.

And it’s that glimmer of hope that maybe they can have their cake and eat it, too, that convinced him to push the button. Gavin wielded a lot of power at that moment, and it was not an easy call to make, but in his mind, if there was even the slightest chance that they can recalibrate the machine and find a way back home (while saving Eve in the process), he owes it to himself and everyone else stranded in the prehistoric ages to give it a try. Neither decision came with a guarantee, so he just trusted his gut. 

It would’ve been better if James hadn’t known about Gavin’s vision of Eve dying as I would’ve loved to see what he would’ve said to convince his son. Without that intel, James wouldn’t have had an upper hand in the situation, and we may have been able to judge him a bit more fairly. Instead, he came off as self-serving in his pleas, no matter how many times he promised to save Gavin’s wife. 

Then again, in this situation, where uploading the virus made things so final and permanent, I don’t think anyone actually needed much convincing. The moment they heard that there might be another way, everyone was eager to learn more and hope that James was telling the truth. 

No one actually wants to be stuck in 10K B.C. for the rest of their lives—they were all simply willing to make the sacrifice for the greater good. If they remained selfish, more sinkholes would open up, which would kill more innocent people, destroy timelines, and rip apart countless other families. They had no choice.

And it’s an incredibly difficult reality to accept, which is why I found myself having so much empathy for Sam. He knew what he was doing was wrong as he even admitted later on that he cracked and went down a dark path, but he couldn’t fathom the idea of never seeing his wife and son again. It’s uncharted territory for everyone and no matter how wrong it is, you can’t blame someone for having a human reaction. 

La Brea Season 2 Midseason Premiere Recap Episode 9 and 10 Stampede Murder in the Clearing

LA BREA — “Stampede” Episode 208 — Pictured: (l-r) Josh MeKenzie as Lucas, Rohan Mirchandaney as Scott, Chiké Okonkwo as Ty — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Eve and Gavin are lucky in that their whole family—grandparents and great-grandparents (they didn’t know existed)—all exist in the same timeline now, but that’s not the case for everyone else. They may not have the luxuries of the modern world, but they have each other, so sealing their fate in this era was a much easier decision for them.

It would be incredibly upsetting if James was lying to Gavin, but I also don’t understand why he would be. Everyone benefits if they work out the life-threatening kinks. 

I also don’t really understand how the Santa Monica pier sinkhole stopped opening up since they never finished uploading the virus. Maybe enough uploaded to interfere? All we know is that Caroline was definitely not lying about the dangers of the machine if the salt water rain and fish falling from the sky are any indications. 

It’s hard to trust James with his whole Bond-villain vibe. He has all of these luxuries at his disposal, and yet, he’s allowing all these “sky people” to just live out in the Clearing and fend for themselves. It feels like some twisted version of Hunger Games. While all these innocent people are foraging for mushrooms and rejoicing about a fishy doomsday moment, the dude is eating a prime steak and sipping wine. How could we trust him?

But he’s not wrong when he underscores that he and his team of scientists had years to work on the machine since Caroline left for 1988. That being said, I don’t fully trust Caroline either. She gives off the impression that she’s on the right side of things, but she’s been gone for so long, so how could she know what the present-day situation looks like? 

After James convinced Gavin to abort the virus, he informed him that they needed Dr. Howard Moore’s research to fix the machine, and since Caroline was good friends with him, he tasked Gavin with convincing her to find it. At this point, everyone is just manipulating each other as Gavin played the “you weren’t there for me as a kid, but you can be there for me now” card to get Caroline to agree.

And while she seemed eager to make amends, she wasn’t exactly forthcoming with the research once she and Riley found it in Moore’s cave bunker (the poor guy was a skeleton when they finally located him). What’s worse is that Caroline asked Riley to lie to Gavin and Josh about their findings, and while I actually think Caroline is being smart about withholding the research until she can verify that James’ intentions are genuine, I don’t like that she dragged Riley into it. Her loyalty is already being pulled in so many directions as earlier in the episode, she had to fight her father and beg him not to be reckless at the expense of the greater good. Riley is tired—leave her out of this. 

The reality is that there’s what James said, what Caroline said, and then the truth, and until everyone starts being completely transparent, we’re never going to have a full picture of the situation. And honestly, what about Silas? Why don’t they track him down? He was involved with Project Lazarus from the get-go, so I’d love to hear his input. Surely, he knows a thing or two about what’s been going on. 

The people in the Clearing were upset with the 1988 group for lying to them and not being upfront about the decision to seal their fate, which is completely understandable. They don’t have any control over what happens to them while Gavin and his family are practically 10K B.C. royalty. Heck, they even gave them flack for “relaxing in 1988” as if they weren’t all going above and beyond to find ways to save humanity.

Truthfully, it wouldn’t make sense to get everyone involved when time was of the essence. The 1988 group chose to ask for forgiveness rather than permission since it was the only option that made sense in the grand scheme of things, especially since things at the Clearing are so heated already. You can’t expect people who are that desperate to do the right thing when the stakes are so high—once again, Sam was a prime example. 

The residents of the Clearing had a lot to deal with, namely a stampede of buffalo who knew something was not right in the natural order of things followed by a murder! As if they didn’t have enough to deal with already, now one of their own is turning on them! 

One of the highlights of the episode was getting to see Lucas step up to the plate as a leader as he’s been wanting to change his life around and become the kind of guy that his mother, and Veronica, would be proud of. With Gavin, Sam, Levi, and Eve gone, this was Lucas’ chance to shine. And it was cool to see Scott put his education and knowledge to good use when figuring out a solution to save the home that they built in the Clearing from the stampede. Those two make a great team—they work well together, inspire each other, and have so much to bring to the table.

I wish Sam didn’t dismiss Lucas’ theory that Virgil was Wyatt’s killer so quickly. Lucas may not have had all the answers, but he checked off enough boxes to take Virgil in for questioning, which could’ve easily provided a motive once they broke him. Of course, once Scott confided in Sam about what happened with Tamet, Sam figured that the killer targeting members of the Clearing was surely someone from the Exiles. Lucas cut Virgil loose and apologized to him, but it was premature. Both things could be true—Virgil likely was the murderer, and he was doing it for Tamet/the Exiles. We saw him throw a handkerchief into the fire that featured the same symbol they found carved on the murder weapon and in the dirt next to Wyatt’s body. I hope Lucas still keeps tabs on Virgil despite “clearing” his name. What do we really know about Virgil aside from what he told them when they found him as a prisoner of the Exiles? He could easily be working for them. There could be a much bigger plan at play here and the truth is, they cannot just blindly trust anyone anymore. 

La Brea is such a far-fetched show, you have to go into it with an open mind and suspend disbelief, but even I couldn’t shake a few things about this episode, including how the buffalo just diverted from the Clearing’s path at such a sharp turn the moment they heard all the noise. It looked silly. Also, how did the bear not attack and kill Eve? And we’re just going to believe he casually moved the ginormous rock that entrapped her. How convenient! This whole scene was rather ridiculous, but I’ll get to that in a moment. 

But mostly, I couldn’t get over how Project Lazarus was able to get everything to build, furnish, and run the glass building in a time where there are no power grids or electricity. And how do they still have all this food and wine if they’ve been here for years? Wouldn’t getting all these materials here alone cause too many sinkholes to keep track of? I know this isn’t the point of the show, but I had to get that off my chest. 

La Brea Season 2 Midseason Premiere Recap Episode 9 and 10 Stampede Murder in the Clearing

LA BREA — “Murder in the Clearing” Episode 209 — Pictured: (l-r) Chiké Okonkwo as Ty, Zyra Gorecki as Izzy Harris — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Anyway, back to Eve, who chose to remain ignorant and pretend like nothing was wrong, which led to her near-brush with death in the cave. It was evident that this wasn’t the “moment” from Gavin’s vision as she was wearing a completely different outfit, but it was enough to scare her into confronting the real issues at hand. I was actually quite shocked that no one went looking for her despite knowing that she went missing, but it did make sense since there were more pressing matters. And as mentioned previously, it was frustrating that she was able to get out of a pretty bad jam so easily and without any assistance. Eve should be counting her blessings because she was almost a bear snack. Also, are we to believe Virgil pushed her into the cave? And why? I just have so many questions about this scene. I know it was supposed to be a wake-up call for her, but I wish they found another way to get her character to this point because this was bizarre. 

The red flowers that are part of Gavin’s vision are intriguing. Izzy noticed them at Lazarus, Eve saw them when she was trapped in the cave, and Lily/Ella and Veronica noticed them while exploring caves looking for an amethyst. Lily recalled drawing them at the request of their kidnapper, Aaron, which seemed to indicate that their arrival in 10K B.C. wasn’t random. She also recalled Aaron said that the flowers grew in his home, but James confirmed that the plant does not exist or grow outside of this timeline. Does this mean Aaron was here before? How does any of this factor in with Lily and Veronica? 

Is everyone from the Clearing here for a reason? Maybe Virgil isn’t even a random “sky person” but someone sent to infiltrate the group from day one. No one would have been the wiser. Maybe Aaron was also?

I’ve enjoyed watching Lily and Veronica evolve as characters, but this is definitely a twist I didn’t see coming. As for the flowers and how they relate to Eve’s death, I somehow think they are an omen warning them of James. I think he’s going to be responsible for her death. And if he is connected to Virgil and Aaron in any way, well, I think that tells us everything we need to know. 

And lastly, Ty’s cancer progression was heartbreaking. The terminal brain tumor caused more complications, including a scary collapse. I truly thought this was the end for Ty, but I’m glad that wasn’t the case. He tried to push himself as best he could to help his friends because he’s a genuinely good guy, but in the end, he realized that he was growing far too weak. Instead of returning to Paara’s village, he trekked over to Lazarus to see James and strike a deal with him—he wanted access to his hospital facilities in exchange for being James’ therapist.

Izzy warned him not to trust anyone in that building because they are “dangerous,” but it was a pretty naive and privileged comment considering she was talking to a man with a terminal illness. He would do anything to get better. And while working for the “bad” guy doesn’t exactly strike me as Ty’s MO, who could say no to the man who has the cure for cancer? James literally holds Ty’s life in his hands. And while I know there’s such a thing as patient/doctor confidentiality, does it really hold up in 10K B.C.? What if Ty finds out something that can help his friends?

As for the cure, I hope James isn’t lying because it would be a huge shame to lose Ty—he’s become one of the best and most loved characters in the series. I’m holding out for a Ty and Paara wedding once Lily makes the amethyst wedding ring. 

Do you think Ty is doing the right thing? Who do you think killed Wyatt? Was it Virgil? Or was his shady glance at the end purposefully misleading?

Did Gavin make the right choice by trusting his father and aborting the virus upload? Will they have another shot at getting back home? What does the key lead to that they found on Moore’s skeleton? 

Share your thoughts in the comments below! 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    What did you think of the episode?

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    La Brea Review Season 3 Episode 4 – Fire Storm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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