Monday, October 7, 2013

Haven 4.04: "Lost and Found"

This week on Haven:
 
A little girl goes missing from her bedroom.  The girl's mother had put to bed, and heard the sound of laughter coming from the room; she assumed it was her daughter, playing, but no.  Not so much.  It was something more like this:
 
 
 

That is a douen (pronounced du-WIN), which, according to Wikipedia, is a creature from Trinidadian folklore.  Give the producers of Haven credit for coming up with a monster that hasn't been done to death; conceptually, this is a strong idea, one of the better, more X-Filesesque ones the show has ever had.

The execution is another story.  When we finally see the creatures -- not in security-cam footage (as above), but actually present -- they look ridiculous.  They are -- along with three kidnapped children and an adult who is at the center of this business -- dancing in a circle, singing "Ring Around the Rosie."

Have we learned nothing from television and film of the past fifty years?  Do we not know that trying to make one child seem creepy is one thing, but trying to make multiple children seem creepy simultaneously is another?  Do we not know that singing -- especially singing kid songs -- is the wrong way to achieve this?  And by "we," I mean the producers of Haven.

These scenes wreck what is otherwise a decent little episode.  Check out this screencap of the incredibly rubber-looking hands on feet on one of the douen (seen in the aftermath of the "we all...fall...DOWN" part of "Ring Around the Rosie":

 
 
  
Yikes.
  
Elsewhere, Lexie and Colin Ferguson -- whose name, evidently, is William (a thing that I swear was not divulged until this week) -- are still in the bar(n), talking it out.  Jennifer overhears them, specifically hearing them talk about how the bar(n) is dying, and if Lexie/Audrey doesn't get out while she still can, she'll die with it.  "It's a space between two worlds," says William, "one that's been badly damaged."

Nathan hears about this from Duke, and freaks out a little bit.  This causes Jennifer to get all tense and stuff, which causes Duke to teach her yoga as a means of calming her down and getting her to relax enough to start hearing Audrey again.  This is ridiculous, but it leads to Emma Lahana doing yoga on-screen, and I am fine with that, so back off, alright?!?

Eventually, Jennifer is able to find a door in the middle of the field where the barn used to be, and in the bar(n) Lexie also finds a door.  William tells her she has to go through it, and that when she gets to the other side she will be whoever she most wants to be.

As it turns out, she must most want to be Lexie, because that's exactly who she is when she gets back to our reality.  She has no idea who Nathan and Duke are.

Who else saw that coming?

I'm being snarky, but I did enjoy most of the episode.  I get the feeling this series is probably never going to turn into something that I would nominate for Emmy awards, but even with the lousy singing-creepy-kids scenes, I thought was a decent episode.  I continue to be interested in the main storyline; I also continue to wonder why the series can't just focus on that and let the Trouble of the Week stuff go, but I guess that's simply not in the cards.

3 comments:

  1. I have 12 of these episodes on my dvr. I like the show but we stopped watching it bc the end would always be some sappy song playing while the actors look far off in the distance or at each other.
    Do they still do that every episode?
    -mikeC

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    1. Hah! How sad is it that I know EXACTLY what you're talking about? I agree that that was/is an annoying tic that the show has used entirely too often.

      I'm happy to report that through four episodes, they have not done it a single time this season. Maybe the CW sued them for it or something.

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  2. Haha nice. Thanks for the update.
    -mikeC

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