'La Brea' Episode 2: Eve saves Josh, Gavin's link to the sinkhole is revealed
For all you fans of NBC's 'La Brea', the series is off to an intriguing start, with Episode 1 leaving us with more questions than answers. Episode 1 saw a gravely injured Josh (Jack Martin) fight for his life as his mother Eve (Natalie Zea), Dr Samuel (Jon Seda) and Ty (Chiké Okonkwo) manage to find an ambulance with medical supplies, as Eve makes a startling discovery -- they are still in Los Angeles.
Episode 2 picks up pace right off the bat. Upon being attacked by a sabre tooth tiger, Eve, Ty and Samuel managed to take cover under a cliff. However, Samuel ends up falling. While Eve and Ty barely escape, the sabre tooth ends up caught in what looks like a human trap -- making Eve and Ty realize that they might not be the only humans here. They begin their hunt for Samuel in the hope of finding him and the supplies he has as Eve is determined to go back with him.
They find him shortly after, but he has injured his back and is unable to walk. He insists Eve takes the supplies and they leave him behind, but she refuses as she and Ty begin their slow journey back to basecamp while carrying an injured Samuel. However, Samuel insists that Eve go on ahead and save Josh first. She reluctantly leaves as Ty struggles to bring Samuel back to camp.
Meanwhile, at the camp, Veronica (Lily Santiago) and Lilly (Chloe De Los Santos), the daughters of the man who died trying to save them from wolves, are planning a burial for their father as they are deeply religious. Mary Beth (Karina Logue), who is asking around for a man named Lucas, babysits Lilly as Veronica goes to find and bury her father's body. She assures her that Lilly is mute and won't be a hindrance as Veronica gets Scott (Rohan Mirchandaney) to help her.
Mary Beth leaves to find Lucas, leaving Lilly in the care of a gay couple, who let her watch some videos on the phone to keep her occupied. Veronica and Scott stumble upon a few startling discoveries -- Scott manages to save a herd of camels from a tar pit. At the same time, Veronica finds her father's body, surrounded by stones made to resemble a hand, similar to the pattern Gavin (Eoin Macken) sees in his vision. Despite Scott warning her, she insists that God demands a proper burial and buries her father. On returning to the camp, Scott reveals to Riley that they are actually in LA during the Ice Age.
Meanwhile, Veronica takes Lilly aside and is harsh towards the girl. It is also revealed that Lilly can speak as Veronica tells her that no one will understand their situation, implying that there is something darker between the sisters. Eve manages to save Josh by giving him the medication to deal with a growing infection and an open wound. Riley, who is distraught over her father's injury, lashes out at Eve. However, they both breathe a sigh of relief when Ty, Samuel and an unknown man make it back in time. Sam and Ty are grateful for Lucas (Josh McKenzie), who claims he fell a mile away and helped them reach before sundown. Mary Beth finally finds Lucas, who is shocked to see her. It turns out that Lucas is her son and while she is a cop, Lucas has been peddling drugs. He asks her to stay away from him, implying they have a strained relationship.
Back in the modern-day, Gavin finds a way to prove he is right by having Eve's ring carbon dated. Homeland security soon whisks him away, taking him to Dr Sophia, who believes his story about his visions as Eve's ring carbon-dated back to 10,000 BC. She explains that on Oct 26, 2018, the same day Gavin crashed into the Mojave Desert, a similar sinkhole opened up in the desert, leading to his telepathic connection with whatever lies beyond it. They show him a striker prototype that has been designed to fly into sinkholes, seeing that they are now determined to save the people trapped below and figure out this mystery.
Catch Season 1 of 'La Brea' on Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.