As a viewer who initially loved "Haven," I have been frustrated by the lack of originality, the addition of unnecessary characters and relationships, and the failure to advance the Colorado Kid storyline at all. In short, "Haven" has proven to be as frustrating as it is entertaining. This time around, entertainment beat out frustration by a decent margin.
Audrey (Emily Rose) and Nathan (Lucas Bryant) investigate some local disappearances and end up finding out that two young girls, Alexandria Benoit and Julia Hines, are Wendigos. Naturally, Nathan and Audrey do what they can to help, but are nearly thwarted by Reverend Driscoll (Stephen McHattie), who is determined to kill the troubled, and is shot and killed by Audrey.
Killing off a main character as a season draws to a close is nothing new, but killing off the central bad guy is a mild shocker. Hopefully, this development will get "Haven" moving again. After being mired in a formulaic rut for nearly the whole season, maybe the introduction of a new villain will re-energize the show. Here's hoping we get to finally meet the Colorado Kid.
Points Of Interest
I find it quite interesting that Reverend Driscoll was killed off. While I couldn't stand the guy, I don't think we were ever supposed to like him. In fact, I kind of liked hating him. It leaves "Haven" without an obvious villain, unless of course you consider the Colorado Kid. Still, it's hard to consider him a villain when we know nothing about him and have never seen him. Hopefully, the new bad guy will indeed be the Colorado Kid.
Absolutely loved the title of the episode: "Who, What, Where, Wendigo?" Clever.
What Didn't Work
"Haven" just doesn't seem to be going anywhere this season, but hopefully, that will change soon. Viewers have been fed a steady diet of mediocre to bad "monster of the week" episodes while the writers have failed to advance the central storyline of the Colorado Kid in a meaningful manner. It's unfortunate that programs introduce a central guiding piece for the series and then often get cancelled before allowing it to play it. This happened with another Stephen King adaptation, "The Dead Zone." If Haven is fortunate enough to get renewed, they better advance this storyline into coherence or they may lose what few fans they do have.
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Haven" stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. "Who, What Where, Wendigo?" was written by Jonathan Abrahams. It was directed by Lee Rose.
"Haven" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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