I was recommended Haven because I was told it was similar to Fringe, in the weirdness and people having special abilities. It somehow is, if we talk weirdness, but story speaking, it is completely different.
I was even more intrigued when I read the opening credits mentioning “The most Revered Flagg”. Randall Flagg is a prominent character in many of Stephen King’s stories. The series is also loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. And the fact that the TV series has something to do with King, got me even more excited.
Haven is about a shrewd FBI agent with a lost past who arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine, to solve the murder of a local ex-con only to discover that the curious enclave is a longtime refuge for people with supernatural powers that holds a lot of secrets, including to her own past.
Starring as FBI agent Audrey Parker is Emily Rose, whom you might remember for starring in ER as Dr. Tracy Martin. In the very first episode we know that agent Parker, loves weird facts and is not really frightened by them. In fact, as you see her in action, she is pretty pro believing that it might be a supernatural being that killed the victim and not a normal man.
Helping her is Nathan Wuornos a local police played by Lucas Bryant. He can’t feel anything, like literally. If you slap him, he won’t feel it. Fire, no at all. Pain, same. He does give some scientific explanation for it, but he also mentions “The Troubles” that seem to have come back and are causing this weirdness.
The good-antagonist is Duke Crocker played by Eric Balfour, who Wuornos seems to hate and we are not sure why. The thing about Haven is that the story moves pretty slowly; each episode moves the character nearer and we know them better, but mainly the episodes are focused on the murder case.
Agent Parker decided to stay in Haven because she saw an old photo, with a woman that looks like her. Being an orphan she wants to know if she is her mother or maybe aunt. But we only see one or two scenes where she actually tries and asks questions, most of the time, is focused on the crime scene.
At first it was kind of annoying; I was getting hints on “The Troubles” and the old photograph, but the next episode would only repeat the same hints, barely one line of conversation. But then, the turning point, Wuornos felt Audrey’s cheek kiss, and I realized all the hints were worth waiting. It did give the OMG effect.
Season one is over. And On October 7, 2010, Haven was renewed by Syfy for a 13 episode second season set to air during 2011. Season Two is set to begin airing Summer 2011. So go get season one and wait for season two, the series has imagination and the beautiful seaside Nova Scotian landscape will steel your heart.