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Haven limps across the finish line

After five seasons, Haven finally came to an end. I’ve made no bones about either my love and support of this series in its first two seasons, or my derision for it over the last three, when story arcs went from head-scratching to downright ludicrous.

A science-fiction/fantasy series is always hard to keep on track, and the introduction of the barn went from being what I hoped was a minor wobble into a full-on shimmy with the addition of The Guard and a complete coming off the rails when the legend of Croatoan—itself an interesting real-life mystery—was turned into a being in human form in the shape of William Shatner. Listen, I love Shatner, but introducing him as Audrey’s father and an all-powerful being in control of the aether caused me to flap my hand at Haven in disgust more than once.

So while much of Sunday’s finale, “Forever,” cleaned up the messy tale that was Croatoan, it also offered a sweet goodbye to the key characters I’ve always liked. That meant giving Audrey, Nathan and Duke some major screen time. The seemingly endless back and forth between Audrey and Croatoan over whether she would join him and rule together forever was finally decided; she did team with him but not to cause pain, but rather to absorb all Troubles and then lock them and the pair (along with Vince) away forever in another barn. I must admit I expected Duke to return from the dead—via a Trouble—but that never happened. And perhaps that was for the best, story-wise. Always just outside of Audrey and Nathan’s relationship, having Duke sacrifice himself last week was a heroes’ way to go out and keep him looking good in everyone’s memory.

Most touching scene of the night goes to Lucas Bryant, who narrated Nathan’s final thoughts about Audrey in an articulate and loving way that was more expressive than any of the dialogue the writers gave him to utter on-screen. Juxtaposing Nathan’s speech over Audrey’s glowing exit and the dissipation of the Troubles (I giggled like crazy when Jason Priestley reprised his role of Chris Brody) was effective and I admit to welling up a couple of times. It was the perfect ending to their relationship—Audrey sacrificing herself for the Haven’s citizens (something I suspected would occur anyway)—and a natural jumping-off point for what happened next.

Audrey may be gone, but Croatoan and Vince wiping her memory and sending her back to Haven as Paige gave Nathan the happy ending (and sorta son in James) he deserved.

What did you think of Haven‘s series finale?


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.


Showcase’s Haven cancelled

It’s the end of the road for Haven. After five seasons on the air, the Showcase/Syfy supernatural drama has been cancelled.

The news came down Tuesday afternoon via TheWrap.com, where showrunner Gabrielle Stanton revealed the show’s creative team had viewed this super-sized season of 26 episodes the series’ last.

“I’m sure as a fellow TV fan, there’s nothing more annoying than when a show kind of feels like it might be wrapping up, but they just don’t address it, they don’t come to any kind of satisfying conclusion,” she told the outlet. “I always think that’s cheating the audience a little bit, of a nice satisfying ending. So we really looked at these 13 episodes as if… If we were indeed going to end, what would be the best ending we could possibly do for Haven?”

Based on Stephen King’s short novella, The Colorado Kid, Haven focused on the odd goings-on in the fictional town of Haven, Maine, where FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) became involved in the supernatural lives of those in the community. Lucas Bryant portrays Nathan Wuornos, Eric Balfour is Duke Crocker and Adam Copeland is Dwight Hendrickson. Created by Jim Dunn and Sam Ernst, Haven has called Canada home: the series has shot in and around Halifax and Chester, Nova Scotia, since its pilot.

The first half of Season 5 has aired on Showcase; the last 13 instalments of the co-production will be broadcast beginning Sunday, Oct. 11.

The cancellation follows Syfy’s shift in focus to shows with a more traditional sci-fi element, like 12 Monkeys, Dark Matter, Killjoys, Defiance and Dominion.

Video: check out Lucas Bryant during last year’s Showcase Fan Expo panel


William Shatner lands Murdoch Mysteries role

Clearly Peter Mitchell found the right man for the job. Back in March, Murdoch Mysteries‘ showrunner teased what was to come in Season 9 of the period piece Canadian drama, saying “I’m hoping—if we can find the right guy—Mark Twain will come to town.”

That person was found—and revealed by lead actor and producer Yannick Bisson on Tuesday afternoon—when Bisson tweeted out the following image:


Earlier in the day, Bisson posted an image of the day’s call sheet, revealing Shatner would be portraying the American author, best-known for penning The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

According to a press release sent out by Shaftesbury, the show’s production company, “when Twain stirs up controversy during a speaking engagement in 1903 Toronto, Detective Murdoch and his colleagues must protect the esteemed writer.” The storyline is featured in Episode 2, “Marked Twain.”

Murdoch Mysteries is the latest Canadian series to feature Shatner as a guest star; he completed filming four episodes of Showcase’s sci-fi series Haven last year.

Shaftesbury teases Season 9 with more info:

“From within the walls of a maximum-security prison to the outer atmosphere of the earth, Season 9 of MURDOCH MYSTERIES explores new worlds and mystifying cases. 1903 begins with Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) and Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly) still reeling over the arrest of Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris). Then a shocking death brings great change to the world of Station No. 4. Through it all, Murdoch and team continue to solve the unsolvable, coming face to face with everything from an impossible bank robbery to a threat to destroy Canada, confronting each case with wit, wisdom and innovation.”


Comments and queries for the week of Dec. 19

It’s getting to the end of the year, Canadian TV viewers, and we marked that milestone by asking you to choose your Top 3 Favourite Canadian TV Shows of 2014. At the time of this story publishing, over 15,000 votes had been cast for a wide range of programs. Here’s what some of you said about the projects you picked.

Too many top good shows to choose from. I love the crossover stars of Lost Girl and The Listener and Murdoch Mysteries but couldn’t put them all in the Top 3 because Haven is my top choice.–Marcia

Where’s BACKROAD BOUNTY with Marty and Bam Bam???? !!!–Ellen

I love Heartland, It Is the best show I have ever seen.–Sue

Bitten and Heartland!!! Two of the best TV and book series ever! I’m dying to see the new seasons of both coming in early 2015, ahhhhh can’t wait! Love Lost Girl so much too and so sad that this will be their final season but they’ve had a great run and will be missed. :)–Brie

It’s hard to include every series, but the Knowledge Network’s doc series, Emergency Room kicked some butt out here on the west coast.–Dave

Meanwhile, the deep analysis has begun with the return of Lost Girl.

Demeter causing people to scream in horror kind of very easily gels if you ask me. She’s the goddess of the harvest, not the hearth (that’s her sister Hestia) and when Persephone was first taken from her she went on a rampage and held the entire earth hostage by blighting it until even Zeus bowed down, paid tribute and returned her daughter for half the year, according to the Homeric Hymns. (There was also an incident of trying to replace the other Olympian gods and her daughter by making mortal babies immortal, but she failed and just started chucking them on the ground instead.)–Fudgy

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