The 2nd season of La Brea: The Lost Land has already begun, but the events of last year’s pilot episode of the hit drama series from NBC — about a time portal appearing in the middle of Los Angeles — could have taken up an entire season of the show.
Eve Harris (Natalie Zea) and her son, Josh (Jack Martin), are separated from the rest of their family when they fall, and appear in Los Angeles circa 10,000 BC, alongside a cast of characters also trying to find their way to return. for the present.
The twists and turns that follow are too numerous to name: Josh’s father Gavin (Eoin Macken) discovers that the visions that plagued his career as a pilot were actually memories of that primeval land; a team of obscure scientists have been experimenting on the sinkhole(s) for years; and various portals open and close during the first season, with Josh and others being transported to 1988 Los Angeles in the final episode.
Not to mention the slew of prehistoric predators and the mysterious modern skyscraper that was revealed at the end of last season.
Now, Season 2 promises even more unpredictable twists, from a new opening in 1988 to Eve being kidnapped by an army of mysterious medieval guards. Zea and Martin, currently finishing filming the second season in Australia, spoke with Variety about the show’s latest revelations. They discuss fan response, Zea’s moodboard of inspirational characters, and Martin’s unexpected real-life connection to the series.
What was different for you in Season 2?
JACK MARTIN: What was really different for me this year is that my character is in 1988. It’s a whole new story for him and his love interest, Riley. [Veronica St. Clair]. Because of this, the scenes are much more focused and the settings are very different. We’re in ’80s Los Angeles Last season I tended to be in these big group dynamics that were more about moving the plot forward and were filming in these wild outdoor locations that we still use, but it’s less of a focus for Josh here.
NATALIE ZEA: Jack and Veronica St. Clair, they’ve probably had the biggest change. They traveled literally tens of thousands of years. I have to change my sweater. That was a big deal. My story, plus many people who were left in the clearing, is really just a continuation of right where we left off because the name of the episode is “The Next Day”.
Do you know how much time has passed on the series so far?
ZEA: It was originally three weeks total, and then it changed to two weeks because we shortened the time between the finale and the opening episode that you see today.
MARTIN: My understanding is that each episode of season 1 was one day. And since 201 is called “The Day After,” it would be 11 days.
Your characters were on a rough road last season, and then you broke up. What does it mean for your characters to have lost each other at this point in the story?
ZEA: When we open this episode, Eve is pretty unraveled. She is dealing with the loss of not only her son, but she still has no idea where her daughter is. Now she’s feeling incredibly vulnerable and incredibly lost. She’s not handling it well. She’s been the hero who rises above it all and tries to set an example for this group of people, and she’s kind of low on gas right now because she’s feeling like hope might be lost.
MARTIN:After episode 7, when I, so to speak, voted her off the island, I got so many messages from people saying, “You’re so rude to your mom.” I was like, “This is acting! That’s the character!” I love Natalie, so we’re all fine. Josh is 17, and I know when I was 17 I was definitely annoying. So sometimes people can be hormonal and moody and not say that’s motivation, but he’s a character that is driven heavily by instinct and often acts and then thinks later. This definitely led to some conflict. And the other thing is that there was a big reveal about his father Gavin that visions of him were real all along, which is a totally groundbreaking change for the family. Josh is very hard on himself and takes it personally, and it also affected his relationship with his mother.
It’s the 80’s now. He doesn’t even know what happened. He is under the impression that he may never see his family again, and because of that, he carries a lot of guilt for these events I just mentioned. That’s a big motivating factor for him to come into play.
Natalie, now everyone is looking at you and Captain Levi Delgado (Nicholas Gonzalez), the man you had an affair with and who flew on a failed rescue mission through the sinkhole. At the end of Episode 1, he is being kidnapped alongside her, and viewers know that her husband Gavin is somewhere in 10,000 BC. What do you have to say to Eve and the situation she’s in right now?
ZEA: It’s hard, isn’t it? Because she’s in a life-or-death situation where obviously the main objective has to be survival. And then there are these peripheral emotional states that are happening simultaneously. For Eve, it’s a matter of compartmentalizing just for the sake of her life and the lives of those around her. There’s also a bit of denial there. There’s a little bit like, you know, “I’ll deal with my feelings later, once we’re sure everyone is alive and breathing.”
That’s going to be a theme for her throughout the season. We can’t be at 11 all the time or our adrenal glands would explode and we’d die of a heart attack. There have to be times when she takes a breath and becomes vulnerable. It’s just part of the experience she’s going through right now.
Coming into season two, you have a fan base that has been watching the show. What do you hear from fans?
MARTIN: I mean, it’s cool to see how excited people are. People really love the show.
I noticed fan theories all the time. People think I’m Silas, I get a lot of that, that I can’t talk about, but other theories like that. The show of love for the show is incredible.
ZEA: The only comment I got is that I was informed yesterday that my husband said something to my seven year old daughter, “Something something La Brea”, and she rolled her eyes and said, “God if you knew how many times I have to say that word in a day.” And he said, “What are you talking about?” and she said, “All I get is people at school asking me, ‘What program is your mom on?’” So she’s a fan.
What do you see coming from season two that people will be most excited about?
ZEA: We are able to explore personal relationships much more than when we were busy trying to survive, which we are still doing.
MARTIN: Yes, I totally agree with that. There will be some meetings, there will be some character interactions that people have been waiting to see. Definitely new animals, although I won’t say which ones. One thing the show does very well is answering questions before introducing new ones. It’s not one of those mysteries where there are endless, unsolved mysteries. So there will be a lot of answers about what is going on here.
Working on a show of this genre, do you look for style inspiration anywhere?
ZEA: When I start a job, I start from the outside in. So I gathered inspiration for what the character looks like and the way the character feels. I have Naomi Watts in “The Impossible”, Emily Blunt in “A Quiet Place”, Carrie-Anne Moss in “The Matrix”. That kind of very strong, troubled woman in danger. Very dirty, focused and blunt. From there, I just tried to embody the feeling of these characters. And if I get lost, that’s the touchstone I come back to.
MARTIN: I’ve been a fan of this genre for a while, you know, I’ve seen “Lost”, I’ve seen “The Walking Dead”. Something that was fun is that the new season of “Stranger Things” was coming out while we were filming, and they also went to LA in the ’80s. Joe Keery’s character on that show – there are differences, for sure – but I’d say it’s probably the closest character to Josh that is on TV right now.
The biggest mystery right now is this random skyscraper in the middle of 10,000 BC in Los Angeles. What were your reactions when you saw this element enter the script for the first time?
ZEA: Many of us knew this well in advance. It felt like the inevitable next step.
That there is another community there.
MARTIN: I agree. It is the natural progression and follows logically. What’s great about it is that it’s the kind of thing that other shows I’m a fan of might have left open as a mystery or not fully explained what was going on with it. But what’s good is that we really dive into it and really make it clear what’s going on and fully explore it, and it’s really interesting.
Can you still go to the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire? Can you look at that area of Los Angeles after seeing it swallowed up in a sinkhole?
MARTIN: Do you want to know something funny? I live there. It’s kind of absurd. My building would be in the sinkhole. I see that corner every day.
Did you live there before the series?
MARTIN: No, but that’s not why I moved. It had nothing to do with the show. I looked at a lot of apartments all over LA and ended up choosing this one. And honestly, it wasn’t until after I was moving out that I looked outside and was like, “Oh my God. I’m in the sinkhole.”
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Starring Natalie Zea, Eoin Macken, Nicholas Gonzalez and Jon Seda, La Brea revolves around a huge hole that suddenly opens up in downtown Los Angeles, into which dozens of people fall. These “survivors” realize that they (softly!) landed in Los Angeles around 10,000 BC (!), while those “above” in 2021 plan rescue missions.
La Brea: The Lost Land was the highest-rated premiere this fall. In the current season among the new free-to-air TV shows, the science fiction drama is number 1 in the ratings for 18-49 year olds. In total ratings, the series is second only to NCIS: Hawaii it’s from FBI: International of CBS, with an average of nearly 8 million viewers.
The second season premieres on the American channel on September 27. The first season is available on Globoplay.
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