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Haven Review: The Sky Is Falling!

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It's season finale time, and "Thanks for the Memories" delivered an interesting take on how to keep Audrey attached to Haven, while going into the barn. We learned a lot of fun new bits-n-bobs in the episode, so let's break it down.

As I said in my review of "Reunion," Audrey's apartment has to be the most insecure place in Haven. Nathan and Duke arranged for someone to watch over her during the night, but given as it was her last night in Haven, why in the Hell didn't they stay with her themselves so they could have skipped the dramatic discovery of broken deck chairs and a dead guard at her door? 

If it was going to be my last night on earth, I would have wanted to spend it with the man I love. Even though it didn't hit me while watching the former episode, it really hit me after she was gone. She may never have a night with Nathan. That's just unacceptable.

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It was good to finally get an explanation about who Agent Howard is, even if it still left many holes. His explanation to Audrey about why she had to go into the barn was plain and simple. If she doesn't go, the sky will fall and all will be destroyed. But, hey, it's her choice! With everything riding on the possibility that James may know how to change the course of the future, she was willing to chance the safety of Haven. I don't think that will win her many friends.

The whole story would have played out a little better if we had known more about James and his life, especially the love he shared with Arla. It's difficult to muster up any sympathy for her and James when all we have are their whispered "I love yous" to engage us. It could have been easy to feel sorry for Arla, but she was so nasty it didn't work.

I sure had myself mixed up in the Vince and Dave Teagues department, didn't I? Vince always seemed like a big teddy bear, but it was he who has been behind the push to keep using Audrey to stop the Troubles. Dave wanted to find a way to deal with the Troubles and save her the torment of reliving the same fate over and over. 

When Nathan said they need to take out the barn, he and Audrey were transported back in time to when Dave and Vince tried to blow up the barn to save Sarah from going in. They tried to destroy the barn, and they couldn't, Vince lost his resolve and decided they were out of options. Vince then must have become the leader of The Guard. But if they've always worked for Vince, how did Duke's grandfather have the tattoo and orders to kill Sarah before Vince even knew he couldn't collapse the barn? 

Didn't that seem to be out of sync? Vince is older, but is he old enough to have known about the previous incarnation of Sarah to start The Guard...or is he ageless? Which leads me to the age old question of who or what are the Teagues brothers? If The Guard has always reported to Vince, he's got his own supernatural thing going on. I can't see another way around that.

When Audrey questioned whether seeing Sarah and the Teagues was a real memory, Agent Howard decided to show them one that Nathan would recognize. Audrey glimpsing Nathan noshing on Sarah was quite a shock. It also showed that a lot more happened than we saw in "Sarah."

When James showed up in the barn right in front of the car, Audrey and Nathan ran after him. It took me a minute to realize Nathan didn't know he was James' father until he saw Sarah tell the Teagues outside the barn that James' father wasn't even born yet.

That scene was so confusing to me because I thought Sarah was saying that James wasn't born yet, and I was trying to determine how she could enter that barn with a baby in utero and still have him born to a life on the outside. Only rewatching the scene a couple of times made it clear to me. At least Nathan didn't know he was James' father until that moment.

Tell me it wasn't cool how the barn was similar to the Tardis on Doctor Who. Bigger on the inside? Such a strange inside for a rustic barn. I hope we get to search some of the inside of the barn during season four.

Does the ending pit Nathan and Audrey against each other? James thought one of his mothers incarnations meant him harm and said the only person who could keep her out of the barn was his father. At that time, I was so bloody confused!

Lucy said that killing someone was the only way to end the troubles, not just for 27 years, but forever. James thought his death didn't count because Audrey didn't really love him since they only just met. Going into the barn is required to recharge her love. What the Hell?? Does whatever Audrey is use all of her love by helping people with their Troubles? 

Two men, totally in love with Audrey. How lucky can a girl be? Then Jordan popped out and shot Nathan, Audrey and Duke were gone and the sky was still falling. Agent Howard said there were only two ways to end everything. One would end the Troubles for 27 years and the other forever. Going into the barn is the 27-year option, and killing Nathan would stop them forever. 

But Jordan shot Nathan. If he were to die, would Audrey have to find a new love to kill to stop the Troubles forever or would she be doomed to repeat every 27 years her very sad fate? With Duke and Arla disappearing into the barn with Audrey and the sky continuing to fall down upon Haven, how long can it hold on and wait for the barn to come back?

Nathan was shot, but we don't know how badly. Was Jordan sucked into the barn like Arla? James is destined to live in the barn forever, so will Arla just stay with him and be "restored?" So many questions! It would have been a travesty if Haven hadn't been renewed. What the writers have in store for us in season four is pretty much anybody's guess, but I'll be there for all the action. How about you?

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Noone said that killing Howard would close the barn forever. maybe it will maybe it won't. We don't know what happened maybe the barn is injured and it's recuperating we don't know that's the point of a cliffhanger. Audrey still has to be in Haven since the sky is still falling maybe the barn relocated to heal itself.I for one hope haven comes back right now.

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Sometimes reading reviews and comments makes me wonder if people actually paid any attention to the show before ranting. @ Jon
There are so many things wrong with your comment but I will just focus on one. "if you kill james they will end forever. bull $hit. if that was true it would have been over already because james was already in there for over 27 years"
- Audrey had to kill James herself. She had to kill someone she loved for the Troubles to end forever. Arla claimed it had been Lucy who killed James but there was no proof and it would go out of character for Lucy to kill her own son. "Going into the barn is required to recharge her love. What the Hell?? Does whatever Audrey is use all of her love by helping people with their Troubles?"
- It's actually leaving the barn that recharges her. Once she's recharged, she goes back into the barn which acts as an amplifier that stops the troubles in all of Haven. Also the scene where Sarah claims that James' father hasn't been born yet was very clear in pointing Nathan as the father.

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@Kerry-thank you so very much, but it doesn't change the fact that this was the most confusing episode of any show I have ever watched. I just don't get it, maybe im the idiot but until that is proven I am still very angry.

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@Jon - lighten up a bit. I was really impressed with last night's show. It left me wanting to come back next season and keep watching - which is the point. I was confused a little bit at times but all in all in was an emotional episode, so I think they hit the mark.
@Lourdes T - The destruction was supposed to end when the barn disappears with her in it. She was saying her final goodbyes and just went back in before Nathan shot Howard and then things went awry. It didn't disappear in the way it was supposed to so there is still destruction. Jordan tried to kill Nathan to stop him from killing Howard. She wanted the Barn to disappear like it was supposed to - but Nathan ruined that.

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I missed last nights shows. Does anyone know when HAVEN is coming back?

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(continued) 3. "Haven" is a fantasy show. It doesn't have to make sense. But seriously, writers, you could have come up with any number of cool explanations for why the troubles come and go and why Audrey comes and goes ... and THIS is what you go with? The troubles only exist when Audrey needs to recharge her LOVE BATTERIES? 4. None of what we saw tells us anything about where the troubles come from, what Audrey is, what the barn is, or how any of this craziness got started in the first place. 5. If Audrey can end the cycle by killing the one she loves ... That makes the whole thing sound like a witch's curse. "You are condemned to sustain your wretched town with your love forever, dearie! Unless you choose to kill the one you love. Then you will have suffered as much as I have. (Cackle, cackle)" Really?

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1. I was wondering how they were going to paint themselves out of the "Audrey enters the barn and the troubles go away" corner. I'm still wondering. If she and the troubles go away, there's no more show. If she stays and the troubles go away, there's still no more show. And there's no way the show is going to fast-forward to 2040 -- when everybody gets around in flying cars and jet packs -- for Audrey's return. 2. Obviously, the barn is going to reappear soon. It has to. The death (or destruction) of "Agent Howard" is probably the reason for the weird way the barn disappeared and the continuation of the meteor strikes. Or maybe the problem is that the barn doesn't like the extra passengers it sucked in. Presumably, the next episode mostly involves Audrey exploring the barn and finding the "off" switch. This will bring her back, end the meteor shower ... and fail to fix the troubles. 3. "Haven" is a fantasy show. It doesn't have to make sense. But seriously, writers, you could have come up with any number of cool explanations for why the troubles come and go and why Audrey comes and goes ... and THIS is what you go with? The troubles only exist when Audrey needs to recharge her love batteries?

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@Cinched
Good point. That whole "disaster movie" scenario should've stopped as soon as Audrey entered the barn.

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why the hell did they do this? I am so beyond pi$ed off. why god dang it. fine whatever, but what I got from this episode was simply that our good friend agent howard is nothing more than the barns gatekeeper. meening that if he dies, the gate will never open again. so please tell me, how does this all make sence. I mean you go from Audrey is supposed to go into the barn by herself to end the troubles for 27 years all the way to if you kill james they will end forever. bull $hit. if that was true it would have been over already because james was already in there for over 27 years. what about duke if howard was truly killed duke nor arla would have been able to enter that stupid barn. I don't get it, im angry, andy I am gone

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Overall i think they packed too much into this episode, even more than previous episodes. There wasn't enough time to deal with most emotions it was like the characters just moved from one reaction to another. The BGK was built up quite well during the season but for Arla to have done all that just to look pretty for James? And yes we had no reason to care about their relationship at all. James behaved like a whiny teenager throughout. I think Arla and Jordan will feature a bit in s4. By the way Vince is younger than Dave(mentioned in s1 episode 'as you were'). Though i think there's much more to those 2. Duke's grandpa worked for the untroubled faction not the guard

Haven Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

Duke: Maybe it's just me, but I thought the meteors were supposed to pass over Haven. Why are they hitting us?
Audrey: Because I won't go into the barn. And they're going to fall faster and faster until I find my son and he tells us how to stop this.

Audrey: Who the hell are you?
Agent Howard: Think of me as your ride. I drop you off and then, when the time is right, I pick you up.

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