Haven Review: And The Skinwalker Is...

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I'm really not quite sure what I hoped for from "Reunion," but I know it didn't deliver at the level I expect from Haven. For the first time, I was a bit underwhelmed at the reveal leading up to the season finale. That doesn't mean I don't think they can pull off something spectacular, but I wanted more.

It's also interesting that after all the debate that went into pulling this episode in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, it was probably one of the least gun violent episodes we've seen. Shooting was only one of the many ways in which Arla chose to go after her victims, and Robbie only went down in Arla's attempt to save Audrey.

Nathan Heads Back To School

Yes, it was Arla Cogan all along who was the skinwalker. It was her Trouble, and I guess it started when she went to Haven with James 27 years ago. Until we learned about The Guard this year, I didn't even know people outside of Haven could be Troubled. I'm still confused as to whether or not you must have ties to Haven in order to be Troubled.

I thought it was weird that the Haven classmates of Nathan and Duke didn't know of the Troubles as anything other than folklore parents used to frighten their children because they hadn't lived in Haven while they were active. People must really be tight lipped about their Troubles.

Jeanine’s trouble had to be one of the worst I've ever heard of. Seriously. Every food she touches turns to cake? I’d want to die. I love steak, crab, pasta...if it all turned to cake before it hit my mouth I do not think I could handle it. I would rather find that I ate everything I bought or something. Anything but cake!

We all knew something was up with the Teagues, but to see Dave bash Vince over the head to discover the secret of the barn from Arla was shocking. Vince was definitely surprised to learn there was another way than Audrey to stop The Troubles... but Dave? I’m not so sure. 

Did anyone else find it downright strange that the motivational speaker’s morph into his teen self Robbie gave him about an extra three inches of height? What is with casting these days? It can’t be that difficult to find someone with the same general characteristics as your mains, can it? At least his face was far better than Duke’s, who didn’t even have the same facial structure. I know. Nitpicky, aren’t I?

All of the losses, the death of Tommy, of my beloved Claire, came down to the fact that Arla had a Trouble. If she had lost James 27 years ago and didn't have a Trouble, she wouldn't have been able to kill to keep herself young in the hope of reuniting with him. She could have looked for him, but she would have been 27 years older no matter what. Most likely she would have just let James go.

Instead, Arla lost her skin and spent the next 27 years waiting for her chance to get back into the barn because Lucy took James into the barn 27 years ago for its restorative properties leaving Arla behind. You have to give her some credit for carrying out the long term plan, but it feels like a bit of a letdown in the whole scheme of things. I don’t know what I expected, but I wanted something a lot more powerful than a woman scorned.

Other things of interest:

  • Even if it took the lure of the barn to get her to be free with it, I enjoyed Audrey sharing her feelings with Nathan.
  • Of course Duke would be the hot long haired guy in high school. Good for Janine for giving him one more try!
  • I don't harbor any resentment toward my high school nemeses. I figure they were just as miserable as me, and if not, they've learned about it by now.
  • We need more Adam Copeland.
  • Audrey's apartment has to be the least secure place in Haven.

We still have the finale, and I’m hoping that power will come in terms of a revelation from the Teagues. It’s time to determine once and for all just who or what they are. What are their Troubles? Surely they have them. If you've missed any episodes, be sure to watch Haven online and catch the review for the finale coming up next!

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Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.

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Haven Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Duke's a jerk and I have no intention of further supporting his crummy establishment.


Well, this will be a mighty cold case by then, so we better wrap it up.