"Stay" was a really great episode of Haven, especially if you read Stephen King's book "Cujo" and always wished the movie had lived up to what was proposed in the novel.
We were also introduced to a new female character and it appears she'll round things out nicely for Haven residents. This was only the second episode of the season and we've already learned a great deal about what we can look forward to, with a hint of what to expect in the finale.
Living up to its promise that the troubles will be larger than life this year, we had another doozy of one. The first troubled person who ran into the convenience store would have been far more frightening if he didn't look like he was doing a very bad impersonation of Adam Sandler from Little Nicky, but once we found out all the nekkid people running the streets were actually dogs from the local kennel, the leader of which was going to be euthanized for rabies, the story really took shape.
There were some great visuals with this particular trouble, including the headline for the evening edition of the Haven Herald as a naked man was seen running down the street with a collar around his head; the type that we use to keep our dogs from chewing at their stitches, etc.
If you read "Cujo" you know the story was an in-depth look at the psychotic nature of rabies and what it does to a dog's brain. How a dog feels pain, and yet still feels love for his family and the confusion that overwhelms him because they don't understand what is going on. If you watched the movie, you saw a nasty, mean dog. Not the same story!
The troubled man who took his dog to be put to sleep didn't keep up with his shots, and somehow his trouble transformed the family pet into a human. A human with as much love for the boy to whom he was attached as when he was in dog form. Claire Callahan, the new psychiatrist, knew a dog who is protecting something he loves would bury it. If they didn't find the boy, he might be buried alive, not out of malice, but because of the protective nature of Jesse the canine.
Everything I wanted from my earlier Stephen King movie came true in the moment Liam's father treated the rabid, angry adult as the family pet, expressing his sympathy and sorrow ...and he and all the other dogs returned to their true form. Jesse died, but they did find Liam alive.
While all of this was going on, Duke and Dwight (who is another fabulous addition to the Haven team in his expanded role) were trying to find out about The Hunter, as noted in the season premiere. Before I tell you what they found, I thought this was interesting:
Although the actor playing Dwight is Adam Copeland, formerly Edge of the WWE, because of the pairing of the show on Fridays with the WWE wrestling extravaganza, they've taken to calling him WWE Superstar Edge in the credits. Isn't that odd?
So The Hunter is a meteor storm that occurs every 27 years, right on target with Sarah's and Lucy's and now, perhaps, Audrey's departure from Haven. The bad news Duke delivered was it's happening again in two months. Audrey was so excited to keep a dog, but after learning about The Hunter, she decided it wouldn't be a good idea.
I can already see the writing on the wall with Nathan; she will fight to keep him at arm's length with the idea she's protecting him. That has to be part of the big triangle this season. Will Audrey tell Nathan about The Hunter? I have an idea she won't, and if she doesn't, that will only make her friendship with Duke all the more important for her, just to keep her sanity.
Granted, Claire could be of some help in that department, but it's Duke who she trusts and it would be Duke she would use as a confident that would hurt Nathan. Nathan would be loving Audrey and imagining she was forsaking him for Duke. I hope that's not the road they're heading down, but it makes perfect sense.
Would Nathan turn to someone else in jealousy? So many questions and still 11 episodes to go. One thing I think we can count on: The season finale will be centered on the night of The Hunter. Will Audrey leave Haven? If she does, it won't be 27 years before she returns in her next incarnation or Haven would be no more. I'm already counting on season four!
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