La Brea delivered an explosive event in its back-to-back episodes, “The Wedding” and “The Swarm.”
Ty and Paara’s wedding is supposed to be a happy occasion that could boost morale and bring fun and enjoyment back to the lives of the sinkhole survivors who had faced more than their share of tragedy and difficulty. But, unfortunately, a wedding is not the only massive change La Brea meets throughout the two episodes.
Levi’s return is integral as he continues his plan to kill James. But, Levi’s plan does not stem from having crucial knowledge about how James’ actions had caused ripples in the timestream from using his machine to return to a point when Gavin was still Isaiah. Instead, Levi’s motivation is far more personal.
Levi had been married and had a daughter, and both had tragically passed away due to a sinkhole James would have caused. Levi’s determination to kill James and destroy the building he put so much work into leads to a big cliffhanger. Still, it also puts Levi’s desperation into perspective when Izzy confronts Levi during the countdown to the building’s demise.
Did Levi’s actions ensure that no one would ever be able to return home? While La Brea needs to keep everyone in 10,000 B.C. for the show’s premise to work, there is nearly always another way to move forward.
Otherwise, La Brea also says goodbye to two characters and their funerals within the two-hour event. First, Caroline is killed at Ty and Paara’s wedding and is given a small funeral by Gavin, Eve, and James.
Caroline’s demise seems to play a role in James’ continued wish to go back in time. However, he can prevent Caroline from dying and stop Isaiah from being taken. Still, Eve’s discovery of James’ plans may hinder his ability to have Gavin trust him if or when Eve tells Gavin the truth about James’ willingness to wipe Josh and Izzy from existence.
Ella also meets a devastating end in “The Swarm.” While Ella had been a big part of season one in her adult and child counterparts, season two has not included her as profoundly. Although Ella initially returns to 10,000 B.C. because she knows Veronica is in trouble, Veronica is quickly saved, and Ella’s role in La Brea gets smaller.
Unfortunately, rather than include Ella more in the story, her character was given a tragic end when there was one EpiPen, and she and Veronica had both been stung by fatal wasps.
While La Brea opens the door for Veronica to find a new friend in Riley, Veronica has so much history with Ella, and the two have looked out for each other for a long time.
With season two coming to a close, La Brea must push ahead to overcome new obstacles while keeping hope alive for the survivors to return home.