'La Brea' Episode 7 Review: Who is Ella? Hunt for Gavin's past may reveal secrets
With Episode 7 of 'La Brea', titled 'The Storm', it seems as though the series aims to answer a few questions before the Season 1 finale. However, the question remains -- in doing so, have they given off more than they should have? In Episode 6, fans so Gavin (Eoin Macken) abandons his rescue mission while convincing Eve (Natalie Zea) to abandon hers as well. And now, the survivors face a sense of uncertainty.
If you're looking to catch up on the previous episodes, you can read about Episode 1, Episode 2 - 'Day Two', Episode 3 - 'The Hunt' and Episode 4 - 'The New Arrival'.
'La Brea' Episode 5: Veronica's dark secret revealed, Eve makes a shocking discovery
'La Brea' Episode 6: Eve stops Levi's rescue mission as Gavin fails to save survivors
Episode 6 certainly posed a range of questions and while Episode 7 aims to answer them, it seems to give off far more. While Gavin has abandoned his rescue mission and goes on to sign an NDA, Aldrige's words, regarding how he should revisit November 16, 1988, haunts him. Dr Nathan too has no idea why Aldridge jumped out of the plane and where she is now but decides to help Gavin for the sake of Diana. Gavin reveals that the date Alridge mentioned was the day he was adopted, having been given up to child protection services. And thus begins the not-so-long chase into Gavin's past.
Turns out, he was reported to Child Protective Services by the clergy of a church in Topanga. Determined to know more, he visits the church and finds a Reverand who was not only present when they found him, but also remembers him. The Reverand explained that she along with her clergy group found Gavin walking by the side of the road, lost and confused. He remembered nothing, not even his own name. She even mentions that the girl with him was in a dazed state, explaining that she was about 12 years old and just as lost. With a new lead, the hunt for the 'girl' begins. Her name is Ella and it doesn't take very long for Gavin and Dr Nathan to track her down. She is an artist and as one would suspect, the moment Gavin steps into her rock sculpture garden, he notices a hand like sculpture, the symbol we've seen repeatedly, triggering his curiosity.
At this point, it is glaringly obvious that Ella is from the world under and possibly so is Gavin. However, there is no explanation for why Diana's photos are able to trigger visions of her in real-time, yet images of 'the hand' seem to conjure up nothing. Gavin's course through the series seems fairly clear cut at this point -- expect him to save his family, find out the truth of his origins and possibly deal with conflict. You know how it goes!
Meanwhile, Ty's (Chiké Okonkwo) newfound friendship with a woman from the settlement named Paara feels as though he should approach her with more caution, seeing that he knows one of the survivors and a Mohave dessert scientist, Jonathan, were killed by them. While he is at her mercy largely after being injured, the two seem to strike up the most unlikely friendship and instead of seeking shelter. In an attempt to earn her trust, he opens up about his divorce and it seems to work, for now. This connection if anything, seems all too convenient, for now.
Catch 'La Brea' Season 1 on Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.