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Troubled Haven returns for last bow

Remember when the only thing Haven fans were concerned about was who Audrey Parker was?

Back in Season 1, the FBI agent showed up in that strange Maine town, had a crush on cop Nathan Wuornos and flirted with that scallywag Duke Crocker. Vince and Dave were the comic relief, bumbling around while keeping the town’s biggest secrets under wraps while Chief Wuornos quietly took care of folks with Troubles. I really miss that show, especially after getting a sneak peek at Sunday’s two-hour season return episodes, “New World Order” and “Power.” Listen, I still love the trio of Nathan, Duke and Audrey, but the ludicrous lengths the show’s storylines are going has me shaking my head, and that’s saying something for a guy who loves sci-fi and fantasy series.

Where past seasons were all about stemming the Troubles and perhaps curing them, it only takes minutes for the entire show to be reset back to square one when the Trouble slugs infect everyone in Haven. Throw in an impenetrable fog bank and it looks like Haven is royally screwed. Ending generations of secrecy, Dwight and Nathan reveal to their cop brethren Haven is full of Troubled folks and they need to be handled with kid gloves lest things get bad. I won’t give away any more plot points, but I will say there’s minor movement forward in the Croatoan story and Audrey tells Charlotte to “get out of my town.”

If I seem a little frustrated, it’s because I am. I’ve been a fan of Haven from the very beginning, and I have to say it’s becoming a bit of a slog. Each week finds the main characters going through the same actions and repeating the same lines. Nathan and Audrey go from smoochy to in danger of breaking up forever. Duke feels put upon until he emerges a hero. Dwight looks around with a mildly shocked look on his face. Dave and Vince bicker with each other. And, in the grand scheme of things, nothing is ever really solved.

With just 13 episodes left until the end—10 after this week’s twofer—some pretty interesting stuff better happen or I may skip it all and wait until the series finale.

And that’s coming from a fan of Haven.

Haven airs two back-to-back episodes this Sunday at 7 and 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showcase.

Haven‘s regular timeslot starts next Sunday is 8 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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