This summer SyFy introduced a new treat for Friday viewers. Eureka and Warehouse 13 were split to plug the Tuesday and Friday summer timeslots left vacant by such names as Stargate Universe, Caprica, Merlin, and Sanctuary. So, on July 9, 2010 SyFy introduced us to a new Friday show, Haven. The show has many aspects that I know would appeal to GWCers like unexplained supernatural phenomena, Warehouse 13-like artifact powers, Sanctuary style mutants (although all in human form…so far), X-files mystery, and a town full of common Northern Lights style folks.
I’ll admit I was not interested in checking this show out as first. I’m still catching up on my backlog of GWC material, the show did not instantly jump out at me in the commercials, and it was no Macguyver/Burn Notice style let’s take a bottle of coke and a 9 inch cord of detonator wire and build a warp drive type of show. However, in the evening on July 9th I found myself playing cards at the lake house, with SyFy on in the background for Shooter Jr.
It looked sort of interesting: An orphaned girl that grew up to be a faltering FBI agent (Special Agent Audrey Parker played by Emily Rose), a local cop (Nathan Wuornos played by Lucas Bryant) who couldn’t feel any pain and whose father is the town Chief of Police (Played by Nicholas Campbell), a pair of aging brothers that run the local newspaper The Haven Herald (played by Richard Donat and John Dunsworth), and a mysterious smuggler who happens to get incredible looking women into small port-town Haven, Maine (Duke Crocker played by Eric Balfour). The cast ensemble plays beautifully off each other, and all the while these characters are dealing with an increasing amount of unexplained supernatural events. In fact the whole town seems to be full of people with abilities that you’d expect to find in Sanctuary, except without the fur, scales, and tentacles. The main plot seems to be finding out what happened to Agent Parker’s mother, but there is definitely something bigger behind the scenes as well, something known as "The Troubles." Agent Parker, her mother, and "The Troubles" are linked somehow, but that's about all we get right away. The rest is unfolding the a wonderful journey in front of us on the screen every week.
So the next weekend when I was home again I set the DVR for Haven and haven’t missed an episode yet. So if you like Sanctuary, the X-Files, or Warehouse 13, I highly recommend that you check this out! (Sean, it’s also a little like Twilight. It's also a little like the Matrix and Transformers). Have you seen the show? Let us know what you think in the comments section! I’d love to read your thoughts.
Until next time…