"Haven" served up somewhat of a tear-jerker this week, ending a string of sub-par episodes that began, not coincidentally, when Jason Priestly's character Chris turned up. Now that he is gone, at least temporarily, Audrey (Emily Rose) and Nathan (Lucas Bryant) get back to exploring the troubles without silly complications.
While investigating an apparent drowning, Audrey and Nathan meet a family, the Glendowers, who are transitioning into water breathers. Apparently, this only happens when the troubles surface. But that is not all they discover. It turns out that the Reverend's wife (Brenda Bazinet), who supposedly died decades earlier, is alive and well and married to the patriarch of this troubled family, Cole Glendower (Kenneth Walsh).
In the end, they find out who committed the murder, and the Glendowers go into the sea in what might be "Haven's" saddest moment to date. While the ending was strong, the whole conflict between the Glendowers and Reverend Driscoll (Stephen McHattie) seemed a bit overly complicated and a bit contrived, but it did not hurt the episode at all. All in all, it was one of the better episodes of the sophomore season.
Points Of Interest
Excellent song choice at the end of the episode, using Enya's 1988 song "Exile" while the Glendower's went into the ocean to stay, at least until the troubles pass.
Getting rid of Jason Priestly helped the show immensely. His character was just an unnecessary addition. Unfortunately, he will probably be back, but here's hoping the writers see the light and realize that sometimes less is more.
I doubt Stephen King has much to do with this series, but the creepy kids at the beginning gave this story a very strong "Stephen King" vibe. It was a bit reminiscent of "Children of the Corn."
What Didn't Work
Another episode with Dave (John Dunsworth) and Vince(Richard Donat).
GGiving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Haven" stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. "The Tides That Bind" was written by Gabrielle Stanton. It was directed by Paolo Barzman.
"Haven" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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