La Brea season 1, episode 3 recap – “The Hunt” bear necessities

October 13, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
NBC, Weekly TV
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Summary

“The Hunt” displays some more very questionable CGI, but also yields some intriguing new developments.

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Summary

“The Hunt” displays some more very questionable CGI, but also yields some intriguing new developments.

This recap of La Brea season 1, episode 3, “The Hunt”, contains spoilers.


La Brea is not a good-looking show. And I know that shouldn’t necessarily matter since it has lots of other things going for it, but it’s pretty difficult not to be distracted by the woeful CGI every time it crops up – which is more than you’d think given how bad it looks. In part that’s because this week’s episode, “The Hunt”, is about the gang foraging for food, which basically mandates the presence of prehistoric beasties. But a part of me suspects it’s also because someone thinks the visual effects are a lot better than they are and wants to keep showing them off. That person’s friends are lying to them.

La Brea season 1, episode 3 recap

Anyway, La Brea’s proximity to New Amsterdam must have rubbed off, since an inordinate amount of time is spent once again on pre-med Riley having to perform life-saving medical procedures without the necessary experience. But with Josh on the mend, this time her attention falls on her own father, Sam, who is still temporarily paralyzed and is looking at being permanently paralyzed if she doesn’t drain some fluid from his spine. This becomes problematic when everyone realizes that the only sedative they have on-hand is the heroin in Lucas’s trunk, and even more so when Sam takes a bit too much and conks out just as he’s dispensing very important advice about the procedure. It’s a classic trope, but it’s funny, so you have to let it slide. At this point, Riley is easily the most qualified medical professional in the entire show. I hope she has to save a life in some elaborately tense way every week.

The food thing is much less successful. It all comes about when everyone rounds up the available goodies and begins the process of rationing it out, only for a giant, hilariously fake-looking sloth thing to turn up and snaffle it all. This is the first moment when someone – and it’s Eve, obviously – realizes they’re going to need to actually hunt for food, a task complicated by the fact that, as Scott explains, they’re in 10,000BC L.A., and the food hunts back. They’re eventually able to trap a rabbit, but then they have to use that rabbit to distract a big bear, and then the bear chases them into a cave and smashes the entrance in. I told you this was all a disaster.

It does, though, yield an interesting discovery. Inside, Ty leads everyone through a pool, and on the other side, they discover a skeleton in a Mojave sweatshirt and the gun it presumably used to top itself. Remember in last week’s episode when Sophia told Gavin about another sinkhole opening up in the Mojave desert? Well, there’s the connection.

Speaking of Gavin, he roped in an old buddy to man the drone that Sophia wants to use to explore the sinkhole, but that dredged up a whole host of personal issues, since his buddy, Levi Delgado (Nicholas Gonzalez), is an old friend who was sleeping with Eve when Gavin’s drinking and visions were causing turmoil in their relationship. Not only that, but she was with him during the accident that cost Izzy her leg. So, there are a whole lot of feelings bundled up here, and they’re revealed to us at such a rate that any savvy viewer is bound to become a bit suspicious. Of course, it’s all in service of the next twist, which is that the drone malfunctions while Levi is piloting it and sends him parachuting straight into 10,000BC – and one assumes straight into the arms of Eve.

You can catch La Brea season 1, episode 3, “The Hunt”, on NBC.

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