(Spoilers). So I’m loving Season Five of Syfy’s Haven so far. Not too many answers forthcoming yet, but that’s the nature of these shows. Everyone wants a piece of Mara, whether it’s to banish her, beat the truth out of her, keep Audrey alive, or to goad her into saving Haven in some way. Everything revolves around Audrey/Mara at the moment, giving whoever is the other Big Bad in town, a chance to flourish.
Mara: In this episode, Emily Rose did an outstanding job of portraying her, or maybe it’s just that I’m more adjusted to the actress not playing Audrey. Mara is evil, as shown by her actions, and thus worthy of the name villain. She also still has a bit of Audrey’s dry humor, which makes her all the more unsettling. We got a two-second glimpse of Audrey this episode, showcasing just how talented Rose is. Sometimes actors embody their characters so well, we forget that they’re acting. This is why Rose as Mara is so jarring.
Vince and Dave: Love their banter and their relationship. These two old gents have so many secrets, you’d think they’d be pouring out of their ears by now. Vince has an intriguing attachment to Audrey, hinting at a back history with her, and perhaps some kind of love/emotional bond.
Nathan: Singleminded in his continued love for Audrey, and the belief that she still exists in some way, yet not so much as he can’t be a friend to Duke and assist Dwight in trying to save the town. I have a theory about Nathan, and that he may have a Trouble, or power of some kind dealing with true love. Perhaps Audrey still exists, because Nathan’s true love for her still exists? Maybe that’s his power.
Duke: He’ll be down in the dumps for awhile about Jennifer, but I think saving the town and having to fight against whatever forces of evil are in it, will pull him out of it. This idea of him having hundred of Troubles inside him is interesting, though, I don’t know that they’ve definitely proved that that’s the case. Could be all coincidence, even Nathan getting sewn shut. We still don’t know who else is in town. Perhaps they too have an emotional bond with Jennifer and did not want to see her go. Duke has the potential to be a super awesome hero, and it would be fun to see that pay off. Will they resurrect his feelings for Audrey? Their relationship is intriguing in the fact that he gets her in a way that Nathan doesn’t (he knew she was pretending to not be herself, S4). Is it a deep love or a deep friendship, or something else? Also, I miss his big boat home and the bar. Hope they will show both again later in the season.
Dwight: Adam Copeland as Sheriff Dwight is impressing me more and more. He has a good stage presence (maybe from WWE?). I was surprised after his first few appearances that he was a returning character, but he fits in Haven, and I love how Duke calls him Sasquatch. His intentions seem to be entirely focused on saving Haven, and using Mara/Audrey to do so, yet something about his actions makes me uneasy. Is he being controlled by some unknown force?
Gloria: What an awesome old lady. I loved the actress Jayne Eastwood way back when in a small role on the Anne of Green Gables miniseries, and she’s just gotten better with age. She’s so funny, yet a sweet old grandma to everyone. I think she and Vince should have a romance. 🙂
Vickie: I’m glad they kept her around. The scene with her and Mara trying to open the Thinny was great, almost fairy tale-ish. The actress, Molly Dunsworth, has a sort of storybook princess allure about her. Right now, due to her Trouble, Vickie is just a tool for the major characters, but that could easily change, and I like her working for Gloria and them acting as a team.
Jennifer: Sad to see her go. She was quirky, and cute, and ended up being perfect for Duke. At the same time, though, she was sort of a kid sister to him, especially when contrasted with his wife Evidence (wouldn’t mind her returning). Duke maybe needs someone he can protect, because that’s what he likes to do, but also maybe someone with more self-confidence, an equal to him in some way.
The Guard: The people with the super special circle/compass tattoos. As a group, I’m finding them annoying, mostly because it’s apparent that they are just drones following orders and don’t really have any answers themselves. Makes most of them irrelevant.
The plot: Yep, it’s unbelievable and complicated, but right now I’m just enjoying the characters finding their way in this yet again altered Haven. Any one of the characters can take a turn to the dark side, no matter their intentions, and the ultimate question may turn out to be: Is Haven worth saving? If so, why? If not, why? Is the town some kind of purgatory similar to the island on Lost, or is it something different?
The scenery: Can. Not. Get. Enough. of. Nova. Scotia. Vacation destination calling at some point in the future.