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La Brea Season 2 Episode 6 Lazarus Recap and Review – James and the Tower is just the beginning

November 2, 2022

La Brea Season 2 Episode 6 was the most successful this season because we got real answers to the questions we’ve been asking ourselves since the beginning. What caused time dilation? How does our group return to its time? Why did this happen? After all the prehistoric animals and shady rival tribes, we finally know what’s going on, and it was a fun but predictable plotline. Similar to Prime Video’s The Peripheral, the future intertwines with the past without regard to the things that inhabit that time.

La Brea season 2 episode 6LA BREA – “Lazarus” Episode 206 – Pictured: (lr) Rohan Mirchandaney as Scott, Josh McKenzie as Lucas – (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

What a difference a few episodes make! Silas, who looked like the sleaziest cat around, is becoming one of the few people our group should trust. Sure, he’s taciturn and lonely, but he’s at least been helpful. On the other hand, Gavin’s father is deceitful and selfish, even when it comes to his son and grandchildren. At the end of the episode, we have an extended look inside the tower, meet Gavin’s parents, and our group was reunited in 1988. However, for whatever is thrown at us, I’m now desperate to see 2076. It’s not very far from now, and interestingly, it’s very close to the end of the device jackpot. So maybe we should all be careful. We seem to be on the tipping point of world annihilation.

Our group is discovered when the heavily guarded tower sees Silas hiding. Everyone manages to escape, but Gavin is taken into the Tower. Unfortunately, Lucas was also zapped by the same gun that fried Eddie. Lucas doesn’t have long before succumbing to the burn if this dead guy is to be believed.

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Scott and Lucas continue to be a bright spot together. These two make a perfect odd couple of mismatched but complementary traits. Scott is cerebral but cautious, almost mistakenly, while Lucas is stubborn and reactionary. They developed a great chemistry that would be missing if he died from the attack. On the other hand, Veronica and Lucas are not so convincing. I love both characters independently but together; they don’t read naturally. Maybe Lily Santiago and Josh McKenzie need some time to gel? Assuming Josh’s condition at the end of La Brea Season 2 Episode 6 is a red herring; I can’t wait to see these two relationships grow.

In 1988, Riley and Josh go on a nice date and work with Caroline. She and Gavin’s father opened a portal around 10,000 BC. The portal is unstable, however, and creates chasms across the timeline that put lives at risk. However, she works to develop a virus to stop Lazarus if she doesn’t get caught first. She is actively hunted, presumably by James’ people. While Riley and Josh are preoccupied at the ice rink where Caroline siphoned off electricity, they find Caroline. She might, however, give them a hint before being caught. Hidden in the Wheaties box was an electronics box. It looks like some nondescript transmitter and could be a delivery system for his virus or a way to open a portal.

Riley, who proved to be the smarter of the two, in 1988 found Sam, who, after a few disturbing attempts at flirting with his daughter, memorized her message for him to have in the future. The memory appears in Sam’s mind in 10,000 BC, and this knowledge is enough to force James’ hand after their capture.

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James, who captures the whole group, had lied to Gavin about what the portal could do. He speaks in half-truths and clearly has a personal agenda that taints everything he does. Silas may have seemed sleazy before, but he’s obviously the most trustworthy. Gavin’s father tells him that he is from 2076 and is there to plunder resources. This should be a red flag immediately. As selfless as his work on vaccines and extinct animals may seem, he is a pirate who only cares about his time. The black rock contains uranium which is used to power the portal. What happens when they use up all the rock, though?

Despite all the talk James talks about taking care of Gavin, he doesn’t want to be honest with him or let him save Josh. Instead, he lies about the portal’s destination. Thanks to Sam’s implanted memory, everyone knows he’s lying, and he reluctantly lets the group travel to 1988 to save their children. James has a practical morality of lying easily and turning past mistakes into proof that he has changed. He shouldn’t be trusted, but at least for now, Sam and Riley and Gavin, Eve, Josh, Izzy and Levi are all together in 1988. Unfortunately, there’s an impending sinkhole and tidal wave on the way unless they find a way to stop it.

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In 10,000 BC, there are two separate issues. First, Lucas is dying or possibly dead, although he is too integral a character to be lost. The second is something that has been casually shown twice. Judah wants to be a leader in the clearing. He has strong ideas that go against our hard core. In the clearing, treats and food are commonplace, and he has some in the form of candy bars, which he uses for support. Without the coalition for reasonableness, he can completely take over. This could be disastrous, especially when everyone learns that they can all go to the future or the past whenever they want.

It has been frustrating to deal with the stingy responses week after week. Our patience was eventually rewarded with an overabundance of information that should inform the second half of the season. La Brea Season 2 Episode 7 was all we could ask for and left us with a great cliffhanger. Find all of our La Brea coverage here.

Tracy Palm Tree

As the editor of Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the editor.

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