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Haven Review: The Same Old Girl We Used to Know

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"The New Girl" is a sham after all. My friend called it last week, but I didn't want to believe it, because I can't imagine how the show can continue on much longer with the return of Audrey Parker.

And yet, here we are. Haven Season 4 is a game changer. Everyone wanted Audrey back, but it feels a bit like the air has been let out of the balloon. Instead of a show about a quirky town and the citizens within it, it's going to be a game of cat and mouse. 

A few things have changed, and some of them were dead giveaways to the Lexie on Land not being the same one we met in the Bar(n).

Lexie vs Audrey

Emily Rose adopted a completely different stance, tone of voice and behavioral pattern for Lexie on Land than the one who didn't know who she was while trying to figure things out with William. So she did think on her feet and put on the mask to keep from killing Nathan upon arrival. 

I'm surprised Nathan couldn't see it. Perhaps he is just too hurt and defeated to recognize the woman he loves right now. Duke, however, knew it was Audrey when she supposedly put his life in danger to release the hold the Troubled guy, Tyler, had over him. I knew because she was talking too slow and wasn't as sharp as she was when she was with William. She also piled on the back story (complete with cuffs and bondage) just a little too thick in her attempt to throw people off her scent.

It may not work in her favor, however, as Jordan finally asked the one question I've been asking all along: What if Audrey's Trouble is The Troubles and, as Jordan suggested, Duke killing her would absorb that Trouble and end them all. Of course I don't think it would be any easier for Duke to kill Audrey than it would for Audrey to kill Nathan. However....

It appears that Jordan's plan is going to be to see if she can whip up that Trouble in Wade and, perhaps, get him to kill Audrey and release the town of their Troubles. Is that what you took away from their little meet-n-greet at the end? There is the added difference in Audrey's return that she remembers being in the Bar(n), and that could be an added layer of mystery, but I can't quite figure out how it (or William) might play into it all.

So Duke and Audrey are going to be in on the secret, but I don't think they're going to be able to keep it from Jennifer. Whether her connection was just to the Bar(n) or to Audrey, we don't know for sure, but she's going to be living with Duke so their close proximity will mean her intuitive nature will likely kick in.

I'm happy that we aren't going to revisit the potential of Duke as a love interest, as he is clearly into Jennifer. Duke and Audrey were always better as friends, and Duke and Jennifer just feel right together. There is a natural feel to their chemistry that doesn't make the connection feel forced to keep Duke away from Audrey.

I am wondering what happens from here, however. Audrey is back and she can't go back and be rejuvenated. If they don't find another way to end The Troubles, then it's always going to be about this forbidden love and Audrey masquerading as Lexie. If Nathan falls in love with her fake persona, Jordan will still expect Lexie to kill Nathan. Meanwhile Jordan will be working on Wade to kill Lexie/Audrey.

Additionally, if The Troubles DO end, there is no more Haven and who wants that? I would have preferred Audrey was missing. I get why they chose this route, but it seems like the options going forward are limited. What do you think? Where can they go from here? Are we at the beginning of the end of Haven?

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Why would they make such a big deal out of Nathan saying to Duke in the final episode of season 3: "You're in love with her, too" if that had not any significance for anything? Duke and Jennifer can't be. I am not buying it. It might break Jennifer's heart to realize Duke has feelings for Audrey after he now asked Jennifer to stay, and for some reason it might make her not want to help - I mean, I think there must be some significance to her still, not only hearing the voices in the barn, but something even bigger, so ... here's hoping. (Well, the heart wants what it wants, right? ;-)) Love the show.

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@ Willow

because that was a storyline and large part of season THREE. Duke now has his own fg and everyone wins. that's how a tv love triangle works. get a clue and stop wasting time thinking about nonsense like that which is DONE WITH

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Well, I agree with a lot all of you said, but not with liking Jennifer and Duke. I can't see them together at all and don't want to. They just don't work for me on any level. Also it doesn't make any sense if for Duke the 6 months in the barn went by in seconds, how would he suddenly have forgotten he loves Audrey? I really hope he hasn't and Jennifer leaves and maybe in the end it's not about Audrey having to kill Nathan but Duke and have that be a drama in itself. One girl loving two men ... stranger things happen, and it always makes for good TV (just my opinion of course ;-))
If this season is really about ending the troubles once and for all, the show couldn't continue on, so ... how would that ever work?
Just because someone says if Audrey kills the one she loves ... how does that make it truth?
Well, to summon up, I really hope to see more Duke and Audrey :)

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I disagree with the reviewer as well. I thought this was a great episode and think it would be strange if Audrey was permanently gone. Did anyone really think they would not bring Audrey back? I don't mind the love triangle thing but they resolved that at the end of last season anyway. Although Duke is the better of the two (my opinion of course) she chose Nathan. Maybe it is just that the actor that plays Duke is much better than the actor that plays Nathan or maybe Duke is just a more likable character...I digress. Glad to see Duke with Jennifer. She is very likable, unlike the estranged wife they tried to hook him up with a couple of seasons ago. Looking forward to seeing what they do with the show this season!

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I enjoyed the heck out of this episode, am wild about every citizen of Haven, ME (okay, not wild about Jordan but disliked her less this ep, g), and was just blown away by that final scene. Thanks, "Haven"!

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Season 4 is turning out to be awesome !!

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I understand that most people were interested in Lexie as a new character, but I feel that would have been a cop out, and a lot of old ground would have been rehashed. Audrey pretending to be Lexie at least allows for the progression of the storyline. It would have been tedious to cover all that ground again. I'm glad Duke has Jennifer; they work well together. I do wonder how long until Vince and Dave figure it out.

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all of you please stop with this Audrey has to kill Nathan thing. look we now know that Audrey has to kill who she loves most to end the troubles forever. with that in mind if you would all watch the very beginning of the first episode of this season when duke is in the barn. listen very carefully to what Audrey and JAMES (yes James you know the Colorado kid the guy you all seem to have forgotten)say to each other.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

As for love triangles and all that stuff - I'd rather the show never ever evisited either of the points - nor Nathan's creepy gross "epic love" nor Duke's (relatively less creepy) obsession. Because that's what is destroying this show and has turned Nathan into a gross misogynistic stalker :/

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Very MEH episode. 1. Audrey not being Lexie makes the whole "BARN IS DYING OMG" shit completely pointless.
2. The whole episode smelled like a huge objectification of the lead female with everyone planning shit for her without taking her agency into mind.
3. They just made Nathan into a hypocrite. "No, I love Audrey" my ass - that did not stop you from getting your way with completely unaware Sarah, did it, you jerk?
4. Newgirl is still annoyingly pointless mary sue. The fact that I still can't remember her name tells all. Now onto the good:
1. E.Rose's acting is BRILLIANT. I want a show with her, Anna Torv, Tatiana MAslany and Enver Gjokaj as leads.
2. Duke is the best developed character. We all know about his feelings for Audrey, but he is no longer the person he was in the pilot - he has grown so much. He is selfless, he is ready to pair up nathan and lexie for greater good, he feels sorry for paralyzed guy, he continuously puts his life on risk. Beautiful. As for love triangles and bullshit - I'd rather the show never ever evisited either of the points - nor Nathan's creepy gross "epic love" nor Duke's (relatively less creepy) obsession. Because that's what is destroying this show and has turned Nathan into a gross misogynistic stalker :/

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Thank god, Audrey isn't Lexie, I was very disappointed intill the end, i would of stopped watching haven if Audrey was Lexie thank god I bet she put on that act just so she wouldn't have to kill nathan or stall...

Haven Season 4 Episode 5 Quotes

I'd actually like, you know, a heads up if we're gonna get tortured or killed or made to work at to work in the newspaper.

Lexie

Lexie: Where am I?
Jennifer: Maine. Don't worry. After a while, you kind of get used to it.