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Review: Double Trouble in Haven

Audrey may be back, but her return didn’t come without its complications. Sure, Nathan may be thrilled to be rolling around in bed with his favourite gal, but his guts were telling him Audrey’s split with Mara came with a price: Audrey was no longer immune to Troubles.

That was the least of Nathan’s Ttroubles, as it turned out. The problem of the week, a case of three people disappearing in a flash of bright light and leaving a shadow of themselves cast on a wall or floor, ended up happening to Nathan. The title of the episode, “Nowhere Man,” suddenly made sense. (I’d initially thought the instalment was going to be a Dwight back story, but no.) Nathan was trapped in some in-between world, still able to hear Audrey asking for him on the phone but her unable to hear his answers. And when he tried to touch the phone? His hand slipped right through it like he was a ghost.

“It’s Haven. It could be anything,” Nathan said in an effort to calm his nerves after Officer Rebecca entered his office and walked right through him. “What is this? What is this?!” What indeed? The negative of the situation was obvious, but it did have a few perks. Nathan was able to overhear members of the Guard discussing how they’d take care of Audrey as soon as she slipped up. Sadly, Nathan didn’t use his powers to prank anyone.

Despite a slightly disheveled dude named Glenn who could see and touch Nathan telling him they were both dead, I didn’t believe it. Sure, this is Haven and anything can happen, but making one of the three main characters dead didn’t make sense, even if Saving Hope has made a series out of it. Still, I did kind of wonder how long the story angle would go on, especially when Nathan was introduced to Morgan Gardener (Malcolm in the Middle‘s Christopher Masterson) at the cemetery. (Kudos to the Haven cast who had to ignore Lucas Bryant every time he spoke his lines. Not reacting to him must have been difficult to do. I try to ignore my cat all the time and it never works.)

Of course, the only living person who could see and hear Nathan was Mara, which not only confirmed Nathan’s suspicions that he wasn’t really dead but also compounded the problem. Now he had to work with her in an effort to shed the Trouble affecting him.

Alas, there were no answers by the end of the episode, just more questions. Nathan’s plan to have Morgan and Len help get them all back to the land of the living was thwarted when Nathan returned to the cemetery to discover Glenn dead–really and truly, it seemed–and Morgan missing. Was this the work of recently disappeared Guard member Reggie? We’ll find out next week.

  • “Right. Because that’s going to make you smarter.”–Nathan watching Duke pour himself a drink
  • Mitchell and the Guard are getting a tad stale. The tough looks, the bully posturing and the empty threats. I understand them being upset thinking Audrey was still Mara and their bud Reggie disappearing, but geez. Lighten up.
  • Also, how much time passed each time Nathan had to get somewhere? Morgan said he’d be doing a lot of walking, so he had to hoof it everywhere he went. And yet he was never tired or sweaty. Guess that was a side advantage of the Trouble. No eating, sleeping aging … or sweating.
  • Is Duke letting Mara pee?

Haven airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showcase.

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs. Survivor winners, Donald Trump, Jerry Bruckheimer ... he has interviewed (literally) hundreds of TV people over the course of his career. He is a past member of the Television Critics Association.
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4 thoughts on “Review: Double Trouble in Haven”

  1. The first ghost he met was named Glenn, not Len, I believe. I had to listen a few times to catch it. The bloody note on the headstone above his body was my biggest clue though, as it had the name “Glenn” on it. Otherwise, yeah, I wonder about the peeing part too and why Mara is ALWAYS freshly made up (tons of eye makeup), even in the after shower still from 5.09. Weird.

    1. Ha! Thanks Pam, for letting me know about Glenn! I was going by Nathan’s pronunciation once. Guess I should have read the headstone. SO true about the makeup! Does Duke let her put that on? If so, he’s being way nicer than he lets on. What do you think of this season so far?

      1. Honestly? Let me tell you what I think so far. I’m one of those that loathe the perputual search for a character, when you can tell it’s being done to draw out the series. I’ve always been a fan of the Nathan/Audrey coupling, but not at all a fan of the yo-yo effect of the first 4 seasons. Glad to hear that they will be working together from here on out.

        Some people had sad they got bored with the Nathan/Mara cabin talks, while we’re now getting bored to tears with the Duke/Mara dungeon (hull) talks. Mara is looking more and more like she’s a worthless villian without her aether or the upper hand.

        I’m not really bothered by the 2 part episode format this season, as long as the action keeps going. We’ve seen some, but I hope they keep up the pace. I also like seeing them working on cases and helping others again. So, over all, I’m okay with it.

        Finally, I’m NOT happy with the Duke/Mara innuendo, as Jennifer just died and Mara is the evil clone of his good friend Audrey, someone he used to love and girlfriend of his buddy Nathan. Hoping Duke can resist Mara, like Nathan managed to do. The writers are really messing with us this season.

        I think we’re done after this and we’ve been told they’ve created an ending that will work as a series finale, if they fail to get renewed. Unfortunately, I doubt it’s the planned ending they have teased us with since season one and this will really break my heart. I’ve waited forever for the tattoed man and the finale why planned almost 8 years ago. I hope they will at least get close. Maybe I’ll ask them and get back with you on what they say…

        1. Hey Pam,

          Thanks so much for the feedback. I had forgotten all about Jennifer! I guess when Duke cut his hair it erased all memories of the gal he fell in love with last season?? I feel the same way that you do regarding the relationships and the fact that I hope they answer those questions posed in Season 1. If they don’t, I’ll feel ripped off.

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