La Brea is a show that isn’t necessarily good, but that’s part of its charm. So far, the show has exhibited some rather bad tendencies that have made it shlocky and forced. Being a supernatural disaster show though, it can get away with some things and the show has found its footing in the last two episodes. The seventh episode “The Storm” kicks off tonight and it’s enjoyable albeit brainless television.
If you’re a fan of the reality show Survivor you might dig how this episode opens as the survivors vote someone out of their camp. She used her gun on another survivor who had been stuck in the past three years longer than the others and now that person is dead. Even though these survivors have only been trapped in the past for three or four days they’re starting to lose their cool, especially with a few hours left before the portal in the sky closes forever.
On the reverse side, the survivors are brought together due to a blizzard that’s quickly moving into their area. They need to get wood together for fires, but a cave-in ends up trapping characters who need to be freed before they’re crushed. The storm allows multiple characters to split up and connect in different ways. As usual, the show creates problems that get resolved, so that by the end, the characters are relatively in the same place but they’ve each learned something along the way.
La Brea crosscuts to subplots on the regular, including Gavin (Eoin Macken) who was grounded in the last episode after he tried to fly a secret plane into the portal to save his wife Eve (Natalie Zea) and son Josh (Jack Martin). The show continues to bungle how it uses the government agents, who force Gavin to sign an NDA as if that’s all there is to all of this. You sign a piece of paper and you’re hanging up all opportunities to save your family, apparently.
The tension the creators of the show are trying to go for by having Gavin afraid to break an NDA is laughable at best. This plot is also frustrating since all progress in Gavin’s story starts anew here. It seems disingenuous that he went from a man who would do anything, practically crazed at that, to save his family to playing it by the book.
That said, Gavin’s backstory certainly seems intriguing, but shifting his entire purpose to a story about his adoption is a lot to ask with just three episodes to go. It’ll likely all wrap up well enough, but the character’s purpose seems entirely changed to serve a new mystery that needs resolving.
There’s also a plot involving Ty (Chiké Okonkwo) who was knocked unconscious last week and is now fending for himself with the prehistoric people. This story seems to be trying to drum up an emotional human connection to the people of the past. If you’re looking for emotion, Marybeth (Karina Logue) gets trapped with her son Lucas (Josh McKenzie). They are two characters who just so happen to need something to draw them back together after a falling out.
Once again, La Brea doesn’t earn many of the character and plot developments, but the melodrama is mostly why it’s watchable. This is a show that’s built for an audience that wants to check out for an hour, turn off their brain, and not work hard at all. For that reason, this isn’t a good show, but it serves a purpose for a modern audience. You will roll your eyes many times, but heck, that’s part of its charm.
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