La Brea: Izzy And Ty Make Important Moves In "Don't Look Up"

LA BREA -- "Sierra" Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zyra Gorecki as Izzy, Chiké Okonkwo as Ty -- (Photo by: Mark Taylor/NBC)
LA BREA -- "Sierra" Episode 301 -- Pictured: (l-r) Zyra Gorecki as Izzy, Chiké Okonkwo as Ty -- (Photo by: Mark Taylor/NBC) /

"Don't Look Up" saw the aftermath of Josh, Riley, and Ty's departure from 10,000 B.C. as Sam is on edge at being separated from his daughter while Ty realizes he may have the ability to save everyone with his arrival back to September 2021, weeks before the La Brea sinkhole opened.

Unsurprisingly, Josh, Riley, and Eve's whereabouts are still a secret, and the unanswered question if the three are together or separated leaves Gavin and Sam desperate for answers.

But, while the dangers surrounding dinosaur attacks allow there to still be a sense of dangerous stakes in 10,000 B.C., two of the main parts of the episode are either about bringing hope to finally getting everyone home or characters finally stepping into their individuality.

In Ty's case, his main storyline is fascinating. He has the opportunity to alter his past and save his friends. He begins the process by reaching out to Sam, who is blissfully unaware of the horrors he is bound to face in a few weeks.

While Sam does not believe Ty at first, Ty's information about events that are going to occur later that day, as well as personal things Ty knows about Sam and Riley, lead Sam to give in and accept that there may be something important about Ty's statements and warnings.

But, while Ty's team-up with Sam gets the ball rolling, the two of them alone do not have enough information to go on to truly know what Sierra is. So, they go to the only other person who would, a hungover portrayal of Gavin.

There is something fascinating about seeing Ty, who has all this history with Gavin and Sam, try to work with these two friends of his, who at this point in time, had never actually met him before.

Will Ty, Sam, and Gavin have a chance of stopping the La Brea sinkhole before it opens? Could preventing it lead everything that has occurred on the show since the sinkhole opened to become irrelevant?

Everyone has undergone such important development since being trapped in 10,000 B.C. that letting them all forget it and prevent it all from having happened feels like it would have been hurtful for the characters, the narrative, and the audience.

However, on a more positive note, La Brea finally started making strides with Izzy. For the most part, Izzy's storyline has been locked into whoever she knew before the sinkhole opened. She was mostly attached to her parents, brother, and Levi and never had a stronger bond with anyone else.

But, Izzy's decision to start getting involved in the fight by learning how to use a bow-and-arrow finally gives the character something of her own, and hopefully, a continuing dynamic outside of her family.

Leyla is a formidable opponent, someone trained in how to use Izzy's weapon of choice. Their initial disagreements eventually turn into the two agreeing to work together. While it would still be exciting to see Izzy bond with more pre-established series regulars, such as Scott, Lucas, or Veronica, this is a good start, even if it may be coming a little late given the shortened final season.

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