Sunday, November 3, 2013

Haven 4.08: "Crush"

The title of the episode is "Crush" because a Trouble is making things implode due to deep-sea-diving-style pressure changes.  Get it?  It's CRUSHING things.  Get it?

I'm being snarky because once upon a time, that was something of a fallback position for me when writing about Haven.  The truth is, though, "Crush" is another solid episode in a season of solid episodes.  So get outta here, Snarkosaurus Rex!  You're drunk; go home!  (Alternatives for that piss-poor attempt at wit included a reference to a snarktopus and a snark-rador retriever. Casa Bryant, things have taken a turn for the lamer.)

If you are looking at that screencap and thinking that it looks an awful lot like a horseshoe crab with seemingly-human eyes, then do not fret: you are on a Roger Sterling-style acid trip, nor are your eyes mistaken.  That is, in fact, a horseshoe crab with seemingly-human eyes.

We'll circle back to that in a bit.

As I mentioned earlier, the Trouble this week involves someone who begins feeling stressed and responds -- unwittingly -- by increasing the air pressure to a level tantamount to being on the bottom of the ocean.  This, of course, crushes everything in the vicinity, such as trash cans, basketballs, light bulbs, human brains, and watches.  Regretfully, nobody's head full-on explodes; the people who are killed just bleed out of their ears a bit.  Ah, well, not EVERYthing can be Total Recall, I guess.

Thing is, the Troubled person this week is someone whose family line has never had Troubles, ever.  So Audrey and Nathan realize that what's going on is yet another sign of the Troubles changing and/or escalating.  Bad news for the town.  

Duke has buried Wade, and has decided to leave Haven forever.  He's fed up with helping people all the time, and only receiving in return lousy gifts such as the opportunity to commit fratricide.  So he kicks Jennifer off his boat and tries to leave, only to become embroiled in the shenanigans of the week and come to the realization that he's acting out of anger, moreso than out of his actual desires.  By episode's end, he will realize that those natural desires involve spending nekkid horizontal time with Jennifer, and hey, look, I don't blame the guy.

Jennifer, meanwhile, has been spotting what appear to be horseshoe crabs with seemingly-human eyes.  So there's that...  Oh!  And she has also, thanks to Vince and Dave, been able to figure out who her biological parents were.  They used to live in Haven, but left long ago.  She's given a box of the crap they left behind by the house's new owner, and looky at what is sitting in the box:

If you've been watching Haven, you've seen this book before, so clearly, there's something going on here.  I wish the focus on the book had been a little more subtle; the way it is filmed here, it may as well have had a Klaxon attached to it playing Toni Braxton songs.  Still, this is intriguing.

Vince and Dave have been reading a journal, and have found a thing that says something like "What was once your salvation is now your doom."  They all figure out that this probably means that Audrey/Lexie killing Nathan won't actually end the Troubles anymore.  Unfortunately, Nathan has made a tearful mess out of himself pleading with Audrey to save everyone a lot of misery and just kill him.  It's the logical, loving thing to do.  She seems to be going for it, too, and while everyone else is outside the Gull, they hear a gunshot.  Fade to black!  End of episode!  Duh-duh-DUMMMMMMM!

I am going to go out on a limb and guess that she didn't actually shoot him, or that if she did, he won't actually die.  But it'd be kinda cool if he did.  Not that I want to see Lucas Bryant leave the series; it'd just be an interesting plot twist, especially coming at the end of an episode that tried -- and almost entirely failed -- to convince us that Eric Balfour was leaving.

Oh, and as for the human-eyed crabs: there is a mention of them in the journal the Teagues are reading, too; they are said to be harbingers to a sort of Dark Age.  So, not good news.

All in all, a pretty solid episode.  Lots of good character work.  The only false note for me is the damn crab.  That's a new level of weird, of the sort the series really hasn't gone to before; but unlike, say, two seasons ago, I am now at least willing to trust in the show's writers for long enough to see if they pay the weirdness off.  They've got five more episodes this season, so we shall see.


  1. I am finally caught up to this show and can read your reviews. PARTY! Anywho... I am glad we have Audry back and they didn't keep that other identity going for too long. Also.. this was posted today on King's facebook I thought that Ferguson was long gone... but apparently I am guessing with this article he is not??? What do you think? Flagg?

    1. Well, unless Stephen King has given the producers some sort of special dispensation to use Flagg, I'd say it's unlikely. Also, William seems to be entirely a good-guy sort of character to me. So...I'm going to guess that he works for the Tet Corporation. (Another thing the producers probably do not own the rights to include, but it's my best guess.)

      It's an intriguing idea, though; I look forward to finding out.

      Hey...! Lookit that...! I'm actually looking forward to "Haven"! Well, wonders never cease, do they?

    2. He did seem like a good guy... like he was trying to help her. The only reason I thought about Flagg is because isn't his name in the credits? Tet Corporation would be good too.... I love anytime Dark Tower is anywhere!

    3. Yeah, it does say "Flagg" somewhere in the credits; I think on a newspaper, or something. I'll have to go look that up.

      They've been zipping the story right along so far this season, so I'm guessing we won't have to wait too long to find out. Very tantalizing!