La Brea

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Emily Clark

TV Series Review

When a giant sinkhole opens suddenly in the middle of Los Angeles, Eve Harris has only one thought: Run!

This momma throws her car into reverse, pulls up on the sidewalk and tries to get her two teenagers (Josh and Izzy)  to safety.

But they don’t quite make it.

The car crashes, and Eve, Josh and Izzy get out and run (made even more difficult by the fact that Izzy has an artificial leg).

But it’s not Izzy who falls behind, it’s Josh. He stops to help a fallen child and then gets trampled by others fleeing the danger. Eve goes back to help him, but she’s too late.

Josh falls into the sinkhole. Moments later, Eve is swallowed up too, leaving Izzy alone to find her dad, Gavin, and find out if anyone survived.

Lions and Sabretooth Tigers and People, Oh My!

A few years ago, Gavin (who was an Air Force pilot at the time) was in a mysterious plane crash. Ever since then, he’s had strange visions of fields and forests.

Doctors told him it was a residual effect of the concussion he experienced in the crash. But coincidentally, right after the sinkhole appears, he sees Eve and Josh among those fields and forests.

He immediately tells the government officials handling the situation. But they brush him off. Not because they don’t believe him, mind you, but because they know he’s right.

What they don’t know is that Gavin isn’t just going to give up. He’s going to find out what happened to his wife and son.

Rather than fall to their deaths, Eve and Josh (among other survivors) go through a mysterious green light and find themselves trapped in prehistoric Los Angeles.

In the sky, they can still see the mysterious wormhole they traveled through. But they’re more focused on the ground. Because in addition to this strange world having normal animals, like wolves, they’ve also gotta deal with sabretooth tigers and other pre-Ice Age predators.

The people aren’t much better. Resources are scarce, and although they’d probably stand a better chance working together, it’s survival of the fittest. Because you don’t have to outrun the wolf to survive—you just have to outrun the other guy running from it.

Lost 2.0

Fans of ABC’s Lost will find similarities in La Brea. It’s all drama and mystery and weirdness. (And it’s supposed to be according to showrunner David Appelbaum.)

But there’s some concerning content families will want to watch out for.

Language is mild, but present. Some cinematics are a bit disturbing, as well. People fall into the sinkhole, many of whom don’t survive. Then the survivors must fight for their lives almost immediately as they’re attacked by a pack of wolves. (One man, defending his family, is dragged off by his throat right before their—and our—eyes.) And a man attempts to kill himself in the first episode. He’s stopped by passersby, but that isn’t to say he won’t try again.

There’s a supernatural element in Gavin’s visions and the time-traveling sinkhole itself, which will likely be explained as the series continues.

And there’s depictions of drug and alcohol abuse. In addition to a perpetually high character and someone discovering a duffel bag full of heroin, we learn that Eve and Gavin separated because he was an alcoholic.

The show’s one positive aspect is that it’s about family and the lengths people will go to in order to protect their loved ones. But that doesn’t mean it’s the best pick for families.

Episode Reviews

Sept. 28, 2021: “Pilot”

When a sinkhole opens in the middle of Los Angeles, mother and son Eve and Josh Harris fall through to a prehistoric world while father and daughter Gavin and Izzy are left behind to find out where and when they went.

When the sinkhole opens, people, vehicles and buildings fall in, and it’s obvious that thousands are killed based on the size of the hole. However, there are some survivors since everything (and everyone) that falls in is transported through a mysterious green light to a prehistoric version of Los Angeles. We learn that a similar situation happened three years prior when Gavin crashed an Air Force plane in the Mojave desert. Since then, he’s been having visions of this other world, and he sees his wife and son there after they arrive.

A man points a gun at himself but is stopped from pulling the trigger by passersby. People are chased by wolves and a sabretooth tiger. One man is dragged off by his neck in front of his family. A boy bleeds heavily after getting bitten on his side. Someone shoots a wolf in self defense. We see the corpses of people who didn’t survive the sinkhole.

We learn that Gavin is an alcoholic and see him drinking. Izzy defends him, stating that he only drinks because he is in pain. (But it’s clear his actions have hurt his entire family, who moved away from him.) A man is high and we see him vaping. A girl finds a duffle bag full of heroin.

We see two different dads leave their daughters behind in order to help other people (and both daughters feel neglected). People try to steal and horde supplies despite a promise to share all resources. Government officials lie to the public. We hear misuses of God’s and Christ’s names, as well as “a–” and “h—.”

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Emily Clark
Emily Clark

Emily studied film and writing when she was in college. And when she isn’t being way too competitive while playing board games, she enjoys food, sleep, and indulging in her “nerdom,” which is the collective fan cultures of everything she loves, such as Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

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