Haven Review: Blindsided

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It's been a while since there has been a really evil Troubled person on Haven, so this week the show slung a sibling at us instead. 

"Magic Hour" reminded us again how vulnerable the Troubled are even to their own family members. That seems to be a running theme this year, and could be why we've been introduced to The Guard. 

Duke and Audrey During the Magic Hour

While The Guard is still ambiguous in an are-they-good or are-they-bad kind of way, they really are needed. As much as Audrey has done, and Lucy and Sarah before her, she could never do it alone. Jordan was genuinely freaked when she saw what the Bolt Gun Killer was doing, and even more so when she saw the connections between the killer and her friend Grady. Enough so that she turned to Dwight to look him up. Hey, Dwight makes great backup, what with his attraction for bullets and all. 

Things only ended up getting more confusing as Grady's mark revealed he was in hiding after being tracked by the police, and he never saw Grady. Dwight and Jordan later found Grady in a burned out car. Was there a rogue in the Haven P.D.? We didn't know anyone other than Audrey, Dwight and Tommy, right? I recalled a few faces from earlier seasons, but I hadn't seen them in a while. With Haven, the best reveals are always the most shocking, so I didn't expect the rogue, if there was one, to be an unknown.

But, eh, that can wait. Let's talk about Nederland, Colorado! It really is a tiny little town without much libation, but I'm guessing if Duke and Audrey found a senior home, they could have driven just a little farther to a bar. Nederland is just outside of Boulder, one of the party capitals of the world for goodness sakes. But I digress.

Audrey discovered James Cogan's mother knew not Lucy, but Sarah! Her lifetimes are merging together with every piece of information she gets and it's fascinating. Although Mrs. Cogan had Alzheimers, she recalled Sarah had red hair, giving Audrey the idea to show up wearing a red wig. That's when Audrey discovered that while she may have been in love with James as Lucy (or not?), she loved him as Sarah; because he was her son! That's right. Sarah took her son to the Cogan family to raise him safely (away from the Troubles? I couldn't tell). 

This is undoubtedly only the tip of the iceberg of Audrey's past lives, as we have six episode (is that all??) left to go in Haven Season 3, but the suspense is astounding. There is so much at stake, and every scene seems to have a connection to what's happening next. 

It was no surprise that in the middle of all this Audrey just wanted to live in the moment and she almost took advantage of Duke to do it. Thankfully she stopped herself, but not before removing her sweater and planting a deep kiss on his willing soul.

The thing with Duke is he understands where Audrey is coming from and didn't, even for an instant, hold her transgression against her. I'm sure he wanted to hold a lot more against her, but he's willing to be her friend and confident above all else. Duke's growth is indicative of the natural progression of all of the Haven universe and is incredibly refreshing.

Let's meander back to the town of Haven and that pesky rogue police officer. Rarely is it spelled out as easily as it was for Nathan when he saw on Tommy's GPS that he had recently traveled to Rt. 17. Then Tommy made a fuss about his trunk. Really? Why on earth would he hide his handy-dandy slickly modified bolt-gun in there? 

While we've all known that Tommy's acceptance of Nathan's offer to stay in Haven was due to ulterior motives, this smells a little fishy to me. I could be completely off base, but it's just too easy. Tommy wasn't stupid. THIS Tommy was bordering on idiocy. Could he be possessed or hidden somewhere while someone else wears his skin? It's Haven, it could happen. 

As it happened, he was discovered in a matter of minutes and shot Nathan. That's right. Shot him. In the chest. We have two things working in our favor. The Troubled girl who can heal people is lurking off in the woods somewhere, and Duke and Audrey just pulled up. I forgot about the third thing working in our favor. Lucas Bryant is one of the three stars of the show. That counts!

So ended the heart-pounding first hour of a two-hour story. I cannot wait for next Friday. Haven is, quite frankly, knocking my socks off. Where ARE my socks?


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Or maybe chris is right?


I like Jordan and Dwight too, just like I would like Duke and Jordan. She doesn't belong with Nathan. And for those wondering, I think the guy in car is the one Tommy killed when he first got to Haven. I remember he killed someone, it's probably him.


@Sandy-not-the-hurricane : I hope you're right. I would be perfect for Nathan to have slept with Sarah and have fathered the colorado kid. So both of them would be tied to him and each other.


Thank you for covering this show. Nice to know that others are appreciating this awesome endeavor.


@Mimi880. Agree completely about Duke. His character is great. Please, please, please don't criticise Duke's hair. The minute you do, they'll cut it off. I love his hair, I love that it is long. I don't know why people just hate long hair on men. They already cut off Nolan's hair on revenge because of all the people complaining about it. And yes, I know I just wrote a post on a man's hair but I have to beg on behalf of Duke's hair. Oh... and the episode was great. Both the reveal that the Colorado kid was Sarah's son and that Tommy is the bolt gun killer. I agree with @General Rapunzel, I think Tommy is a shape-shifter. Knowing this show, they still might find a way to surprise us again.


Season 3 has been really strong. Each week, a little piece of the puzzle gets answered. The best part, however, is that it all seems to be leading towards the arrival of the "hunter" meteor shower. I don't want to disparage previous seasons, since they too were good. But seasons 1 and 2 seemed more like a collection of mystery-of-the-week type episodes. This year, we have a real story arch. This is the BEST season so far.


I think the show is getting more interesting with every episode. Duke's character is especially well-written and fleshed out by Eric Balfour: the classic bad boy with the heart of gold. He is getting all the funny lines this season. I just with he could wash his hair once in awhile!


I've been a little disappointed with this season so far - too much angst/in-fighting and far too many new characters for my preference. The reveals and cliffhanger in this ep really brought me back to it, and I'm optimistic now. I find the speculation here about Nathan's possible connections to the Colorado Kid interesting. I've thought all along there's a resemblance.


Going back to the first episode where Tommy was introduced, we never saw what really happened in that hotel room. What if the Bolt Gun Killers trouble is shape shifting? What if the real Tommy was the body that was buried in the shallow grave? Good way to infiltrate the Haven PD, keep tabs on Audrey's search for the Colorado Kid and monitor Nathan's search for the killer.


Wow! Honestly did not see Tommy as the Bolt gun killer, interesting. Jordan and Dwight: enjoyed their paring. Duke & Audrey: was a little worried she wasn't going to pull away BUT glad she did, just proves to me that she really loves Duke as a friend.
Audrey/Sara: is the Colorado kids mother, did anyone notice that the picture she looked at of the CK looked like Nathan? I liked when Audrey/Duke arrived after Nathan got shot, so much emotion from both of them. Can't wait till next week. Thoughts: Could Nathan be a reoccurring person like Audrey. How could you explain Nathan being the CK father otherwise. LOVE this show!

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Haven Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

Audrey: I've been, what, at least three other people in my life and one of them was in love with The Colorado Kid and he could be on the other side of that door and all I can think of is I should have worn better pants.
Duke: Audrey, you are officially a girl. But look, let's just pray that he doesn't have a unibrow.

Ya know, I am all for Audrey staying on vantage. But you don't want to scare the guy. So I'm just suggesting, start soft. You know, small talk. Colorado Avalanche. I don't, personally, but some people do.