Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Haven 4.10: "The Trouble with Troubles"

The conceit behind this week's episode is that somebody's Trouble causes the Troubles to go away.  Or, more precisely, to have never existed.  The result is that the town becomes a sort of alternative-universe version of the series, wherein Nathan is a family man and a doctor, Duke is the sheriff, and so forth.

Sci-fi/fantasy shows love to pull a trope like this out on occasion, and there's a good reason for it: it's fun.  It gives the actors something interesting to do, and typically results in hilarity of some sort.

I don't know that I feel like Haven did a heck of a lot with the concept, sadly.  It isn't a bad episode, though; it isn't one of the better of the season, but it has its moments.

Read "NOT HER" (instead of "NOTHER," which is how both Nathan and I initially read it)

The logical assumption -- and the one Audrey (who, you will possibly recall, is unaffected by the Troubles) -- is that this weirdo It's a Wonderful Life-type scenario is being caused by William, but that turns out to not be the case.

Massive spoilers lie ahead, so proceed at your own risk.

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A'ight, then...

William, we discover, has just as much interest in having the "real world" restored as Audrey does.  More, probably; you get the sense that if William wasn't around, Audrey might be content to just let things stay the way they are.  But he IS around, and since he knows that Audrey is a crackerjack when it comes to investigating and solving Troubles, he figures the thing to do is to start killing people until Audrey agrees to get involved.

Which, of course, she does, and things are restored to normal.  In the course of tracking William down after the "real" Haven has been restored, Audrey learns something about herself (i.e., about her real self): she is the cause of the Troubles.  As in, ALL of the Troubles.  As in, she -- in whatever her original guise was -- engineered them in some way, possibly with William's help.

The episode itself isn't such of a much, but this climactic revelation is a pretty good one.  It makes me think that it almost a certainty that at some point before the end of the season, we are going to meet this original personality of Audrey's.  (Let's call her Audrey, until we know her actual name, by the way.)  Does it seem likely that she is going to be a rough customer?  It does indeed.  And that's fine by me; the mere idea suggests potentially interesting directions for the series, and I'm curious to see which -- if any -- the producers have in mind.

Of course, there's no guarantee that that will happen.  And hey, it might really not happen: as far as I know, the show has not yet been renewed for a fifth season.

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that it gets that renewal, and the mere fact of that hope on my part surprises me.  If you'd told me two years ago that I'd be actively hoping for a renewal, I'd have raised a Spock-ian eyebrow of disbelief at you.  And yet, that seems to be the case.

Well done, Haven!  You made a fan out of me.  Salud!

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