It's time for the Haven Season 4 TV Fanatic report card.
From our perspective, this is one series that was lucky to come out with a passing grade. The strengths were strong enough to lift it from certain death throes. See if you agree with our assessment and grade it yourself down below...
Best Episode: Haven Season 4 Episode 1, “Fallout,” wins hands down. The season was still so full of promise. We learned what happened after the barn imploded and Nathan left town. Dwight was the new Sheriff in town and Duke fell into an aquarium and met Jennifer. We met Duke’s brother and Audrey and William were still in the Bar(n), toying with who she was. If only we could go back.
Best Character: Duke. The series could continue in some fashion with Duke Crocker as a lead, that is how dramatically his character progressed and how impressively Eric Balfour worked with the rather dismal material dished out this season. He was the glue that held everything together and the person who knew more about the town and his friends than anyone else. What a pleasant surprise.
Worse Episode: Haven Season 4 Episode 13, "The Lighthouse." Admittedly, I was placing every remaining egg into the finale basket with the hopes Haven could be salvaged and we would be awarded some answers. Instead, there were even more questions, a glimpse of Mara, the death of Jennifer and talk of aliens. For a series known for it's fantastic season finales, this was one of the worst.
Worst New Character: Wade Crocker. What could have been a great story for Duke was destroyed by Wade’s obsessive desire to best his younger brother. The writers really missed out on an opportunity to take their best character and enhance his life with a relative, something he was lacking. At first, it seemed Wade would fill the bill. How low he fell was a massive disappointment.
Best New Character: Jennifer. She was absolutely delightful, and it is not only testament to the charms of Emma Lahana, but her pairing with Eric Balfour as Duke. She hit the jackpot and had the best material to play with during the season.
Most Disappointing Story: Audrey emerging from the Bar(n) as Audrey, only to eventually revert to her “original” self, Mara. I can’t even verbalize the many ways in which this entire fruitless exercise missed the mark. The previously unrequited love between Audrey and Nathan never got it’s appropriate celebration and if that wasn't the point, then she should have come back as a new incarnation and rediscovered Audrey, skipping Mara completely.
William: He gets his own category because there were so many other reasons for him to come to Haven. He could have been the new Agent Howard. We could have learned exactly WHAT an Agent did, and why. Why children from OVER THERE are dropped in Haven and placed for adoption. The hanging threads just left us with an unwearable garment; a couple of sleeves and no body to form a full sweater. Why didn't they find a better use for the amazing Colin Ferguson?
Worst Death: All of them. They were all so unnecessary. Wade and Jordan could have found reasons to live and fight for a good life in Haven. Jennifer dying for viewers to learn absolutely nothing (even if the show comes back and she doesn't stick), is just sad. Nobody needed to die because there were so many untapped, incredible stories waiting to be told.
Grade: C This score is for Duke, Jennifer and Dwight. Poor Audrey and Nathan became window dressings in a series that once focused on them as the main characters. To say the show lost its direction is an understatement.
Hopes for 2014: That the show is renewed, we start in the BARN, Bobby Ewing style, and the entire season gets a do-over. William falling through the hole resets everything and they read up on some of the stories that make more sense. Gimme a call. I have some friends who can lend a helping hand. I have my ringer on.
It’s your turn. Grade Haven Season 4!
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.