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Haven Review: Did She Have Good Aim?

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Things just got all kinds of messed up on Haven Season 4 Episode 8. As if they weren't already going off the rails, they made sure to take the train where the track had ended this week and from now on, it's anybody's guess as to what comes next.

Since Audrey came through the door, things haven't been right in Haven, but nobody has been able to pin down exactly what isn't right. Sure, everybody thinks Audrey is Lexie, and Wade killed Jordan, and Duke killed Wade and Vince and Dave discovered Jennifer is a native Havonian (I just made that up) - but other than that, they were at a loss.

A Threat From the Sea

Then poor Jack Driscoll and his brother were attacked by the same couple of rambling thugs from last week who seem to be spreading Troubles. This time around they gave a Trouble to a family who had never had one before - something Vince and Dave claimed could not be done. It was like a man having a baby, they claimed. Maybe Duke will be pregnant next week!

So everything was topsy turvy and a mess, and Duke wanted to be the selfish, brooding guy we met when we first entered Haven. He didn't even know how he became the go-to guy while Nathan and Audrey - who had promised to end the Troubles - were seemingly protecting only themselves. Our Duke has grown so deeply and convincingly he couldn't even fool himself into thinking he really felt that way.

But, honestly, it did start to seem that Audrey didn't care about helping the Troubled anymore. For the first time, Audrey and Nathan made love. Again, it was kind of anti-climactic. We only saw them the morning after, but they've been fooling around with the notion of being in love for so long that I just kind of took it for granted. There is an element missing to their love affair. They feel like old hat, when in fact they never had anything at all. It's odd how unemotional their scenes feel now, in comparison to the past.

Audrey kept up her farce of being Lexie, and thank God it seems to have ended by the end of this episode. The hair twirling and Valley-Girl speak was too much and not at all like the Lexie we met in the Bar(n). Additionally, when Duke, Nathan and Audrey went land-diving to try to stop the Trouble, both Duke and Nathan were were calling her Audrey when Jack Driscoll was listening in on their audio. She was going to be outed sooner rather than later.

Jennifer was being followed by horseshoe crabs with human eyes that were kind of cute, but apparently signified the harbinger of evil being set upon the town by her opening the door. Everyone figured that out just seconds before a shot was fired from Audrey's apartment. Did Audrey kill Nathan? I'm guessing yes. I'm also guessing he will not stay dead because this is Haven.

In the seconds before the shot rang out, Vince and Dave shared the info about true evil they discovered in Sebastian Cabot's journal relating in some way to Jennifer. Since she is the only one who has seen the horseshoe crab, is the cure going to be her death? And will her death only bring things back to the status quo, i.e., resetting Audrey and the Bar(n)? That's not a price I want to pay.

I loved the scenes with Duke and Jennifer, and the idea that it will be Duke paying the price by losing the woman he found to love hurts my heart. I want there to be a way for everyone to be saved, but when you look at the bodies that have piled up on Haven over the years, I know that's not possible. I used to think that some characters were safe, but maybe not anymore. 

I have no idea how Jennifer and Audrey are intertwined, but they are both acquainted with the same book, "Unstake My Heart." Remember the real Audrey Parker? She found it in an abandoned house (I'm guessing the same one in which Jennifer's parents lived, but I didn't go back to watch episodes from 2010 to find out) and it took her to the Barn. She was spit out and Duke found her and that's when she left Haven. Weird, right? If someone has watched those episodes more recently, please chime in! What is it's significance?

Nathan decided that the most loving thing they could possibly do was to stop the Troubles. Kissing ensued, as Audrey pointed a gun at Nathan's heart. Can you imagine? Of course, they didn't know that:

What was once your salvation is now your doom.

Vince

Talk about bad timing. It's ironic that Nathan was talking about using his death to stop the Troubles because someone was changing the rules toward them, but neither he nor Audrey thought about how the changes might have affected that being the answer. I can't help but wonder if they weren't acting on their love if they would have been able to see more clearly.

No matter how you look at it, their love ends in tragedy, because for them the act of being in love takes away from the time and resources they would otherwise be spending to find solutions to stop the Troubles or, at the very least, save Nathan's life. 

So here's a rundown of what we know:

  • Audrey and Nathan know Duke lost his Trouble
  • Jennifer was adopted from a family who lived in Haven, and in their abandoned house was a book both Audrey's had come in contact with before, "Unstake My Heart," that at one time contained the coordinates to the Bar(n)
  • Audrey and Nathan believe the only way to cure the Troubles is for Audrey to kill Nathan
  • Vince and Dave learn of a great period of darkness and evil brought about when someone opened a door that should have remained shut. Clues it was opened included horseshoe crabs with human eyes, which Jennifer sees
  • A gun was fired in Audrey's apartment

With the likelihood that Nathan is dead (for the time being), all hell is about to break loose on Haven, and both Audrey and Jennifer are going to be at the center of it. I hope they have enough friends to get them through whatever is heading their way.

Yes, I saw the previews, and all I'm going to say is: I have no idea what to say about that. This week was enough to process and I still don't know exactly what I'm processing. What are you processing? Where do you stand on all of this? Did Audrey kill Nathan? What will it mean?

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Also want to say that Vince's character really surprises me. His first several scenes made him seem like he was afraid of his own shadow and a bumbling fool. Now, he's practically running the town and is ruthless and courageous. I absolutely loved how he stood up to the guy that was the mass murdered several episodes ago. When the guy threatened to kill him, Vince leaned right up in his face and stared him down, saying "that didn't work out so well last time you tried it." At that point, I knew that Vince's "weak' character must be some kind of a front. Now I want to know how Vince and Dave became millionaires without inheriting a dime and without anyone knowing about it.

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Weird things in this episode. Nathan and Audrey didn't have much of a passionate encounter, but think about it -- she knew she was going to kill him. Talk about conflicted! Nathan's character drives me nuts because he is so pathetic at expressing his emotions. It has taken him forever to declare his love for Audrey. Meanwhile, I wanted to slap Duke up side of the head for blowing off Jennifer like he did. Thank goodness he came back to his senses. The Lexie/Audrey thing couldn't last much longer. It was waaaay too easy to see that Lexie was really Audrey.

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@ Douglas

Douglas, I agree except for one point. I don't think that Audrey had any intention of killing Nathan at that time. It was only after the hospital generator almost blew that she reluctantly even considered it. So their romantic reunion should have had much more heat. But right on with your other observations.

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I freakin love this show! Such good cliff hangers, its maddening!

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I agree that there seemed to be almost no chemistry between Audrey and Nathan in that long-overdue love scene. There was more heat when Audrey took Chris Brody to bed and when Nathan got funky with Jess Minion. I was very disappointed; after all that build-up and unresolved tension? This was it?

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@ Sarah Stegall

There was definitely something off in both their reactions when Nathan figures out that Lexie is Audrey. They hug briefly, and then go back to work. Really? They've been separated for 6 months, Nathan has been burning to see her again, he is in LUV with her, they didn't know if they'd ever see each other again (okay, that was more Nathan than Audrey, since Lexie had no memory of Audrey ). But still. They know they love each other, they're finally together, and instead of heading for the closest bedroom, they go back to work?? What the what? Very weird, to say the least.

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@ Pinkstergal

Thank you guys - I'm so glad somebody else thinks something is amiss here. Plus - they had never been together. So their first time should have been really special. Nathan's time with Sarah was more romantic. That's not right. I <3 you guys!

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Carissa, I agree. And I'm a TOTAL Naudrey shipper. That scene was a major let down. She showed more passion when she kissed Duke, for pity's sake. The day after was better, but we fans were again shortchanged in their morning scene. We see them for a few seconds, and it's back to Haven business. After all this time, the writers could have indulged us a bit more. After all, some of us have waited over 3 years for them to get together! I was expecting fireworks and all we got was a few weak little caps.

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I'm going to assume the shot was a fake-out, like then end of season 2... but Nathan has died once (magic hour) so I guess they could kill him again, but it agree it can't be "for good". I'd be interested to know how this season was originally go to play out, obviously they dragged out the bar(n) scenes as Emily Rose was on mat leave, so I suspect the Lexie/William scenario was more elongated than originally planned. I'm a huge Nathan/Audrey fan, but I agree Carissa, I'm left wanting, she should have jumped him when he called her "Parker?" two episodes back! Loving Duke and Jennifer and the Cabot diaries (including those creepy crabs). I know there are already so many versions of Sarah/Lucy/Audrey/Lexi, but the troubles have been in Haven for at least 500yrs, and if Cabot was already writing about "what was once your salvation..." Then, it goes to say there must have been some sort of Audrey-esq figure, and I'm intrigued!

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I thought the horseshoe crabs with human eyes was the most interesting thing about the episode, and wonder if the weird crabs come from the Other Place, that the Barn is a bridge to. Perhaps Haven is where their world intersects the other place and more things will start to bleed through.

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Ep is 2x02 Fear & Loathing

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I HATE how the reviewer is such a buzz kill for us fans of Audrey and Nathan. I've been routing for them since season1 and am glad they've finally got together yet the reviews are always negative.
Anyway back to this episode, I really hope Audrey hasn't killed Nathan..Haven wouldn't the same without him :( I'm also thinking Jennifer is linked to Audrey and the troubles somehow. Why is she the only one who can see the horse crab? Also her link to agent Howard, so it should be interesting to find out.

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@ Mo

Hello Mo. The "reviewer" has a name, and it is Carissa. Hello! I don't write the show, I merely comment on it, and I don't feel the writers have done justice to the relationship they built up for three seasons. Audrey and Nathan do not feel as magical as they once did. So, yes, I'm going to note that it feels artificial when I know they can do so much better. I also said that IF she killed him, he will not stay dead. They have too much to fix between Audrey and Nathan to kill him off.

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@ Carissa Pavlica

Sorry I didn't check your name but you still are the "reviewer" of the show. Yes things might not be as "magical" between them as they used to be but that's also down to how this season started, him thinking she was gone and might never come back, then Audrey coming back as Lexie etc. But they still have great chemistry, definitely not "unemotional" like you say. I just think you mostly comment on them in a negative way.

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I remember the book. On the first episode of the series Audrey gave the book to Agent Howard before she went to Haven. She was reading it when she was in Boston and he came to get her for her new assignment. Then, they found it again in haven with the coordinates to the barn. I think she is related to Audrey, maybe even Nathan. I really hope she couldn't shoot him. I don't think I will like a Haven without Nathan.
I feel really bad for Duke. First he had a daughter that he can't meet. Then, his wife die. Then, he had to help Audrey kill his grandpa when she was Sarah. And now, he lose his brother. I really hope something good happens for him.

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@ Chary

Yes Chary I hear you. I started a body count for poor Duke as well. He also lost a childhood friend (remember the episode about the Chef and his brother?). This poor guy has lost just about everyone he ever cared for, including the woman he loves and has had to kill a guy (organ sucker guy) with his bare hands. Duke is the real hero of this show, in the most classic sense. I also think there will be more to learn about his family and their role over history.

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Remember in S3 it was revealed that Audrey and Nathan had a son. I think she actually had twins, so Jennifer is also her and Nathan's child, hence the connection with the barn and Agent Howard.

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@ Ash

I like the idea that Jennifer is Audrey's daughter - but if that were true she should be much older (born in the 50s). Audrey's son was young because he was stuck in the barn. I do think she could be related to Audrey in some way. We know nothing about where Ausdrey comes from or who her family is.

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@ Manu

Since Howard is involved, he could have stashed Jennifer in the Barn like he did with the son. When the barn went bad, she might have been released like Duke with false memories (just like Audrey/Sarah/Lexie/etc.).

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@ BobR

I like that idea too. It crossed my mind as well, that she is not who she thinks she is. But then again what about the adoption story line?

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@ BobR

Hey - that's a good theory. I like that one. She didn't just start hearing things, she was spit out. Interesting. Nice BobR!

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@ Ash

Wow, that never occurred to me! Weirder things have happened in Haven, that's for sure. This would be very interesting, if true. And if Duke and Jennifer marry, Audrey would be Duke's mother in law. ;)

Haven Season 4 Episode 8 Quotes

Nathan: Well, it's like the old Phil Collins' song, you can't hurry love.
Vince: It's The Supremes.

Audrey: Why did we wait so long?
Nathan: Haven. It's not an easy place.