Haven season 3 episode 8 review: Magic Hour Part 2

Review Rachael Kates
12 Nov 2012 - 09:34

Haven's Magic Hour two-parter concludes with a heart-wrenching episode. Here's Rachael's review...

This review contains spoilers

3.8 Magic Hour Part 2

Haven's been renewed for a fourth season by Syfy! Sound the church bells! Throw a party! Rejoice! If cliffhangers like last week's are any indication of how the season will end (and it probably will because Haven loves a cliffhanger season finale) this is going to be a huge comfort in a few weeks' time.

For now, we've returned to Haven and Nathan's lifeless corpse and Audrey and Duke freaking out. The Troubled Bolt Gun Killer aka Tommy starts lying about Noelle shooting him and then running away. Audrey calls him on that making no sense, thankfully, and takes off after him because seriously, why would you shoot at the only person who can bring your dead friend/love interest back to life? No reason.

The hunt for the Troubled resurrectionists has a ticking clock and it's coupled with the fact that hey, they're running around with TTBGK. Of the many ways that TTBGK is revealed to be Tommy in this episode (and there are a few) one of the most emotionally powerful is the relay from Claudia Black's Moira to Audrey and from Audrey to Duke. Claudia Black's American accent is incredibly sketchy in the episode but she's a good enough actress that I found it hard to care. She was desperate but honest and Audrey has always handled herself masterfully as she contacted Duke. Duke then stole the show dealing one on one with Tommy with the help of an axe. How can you not love Duke Crocker with an axe? 

Unfortunately, his axe-wielding doesn't keep a handle on Tommy, who gets away. Duke doesnt have enough time to deal with him if he wants to get back to help Nathan before the sunset deadline. My favorite thing about that is that through all of this, Duke still refers to Nathan as "my friend" even though Nathan has clearly given up on him. That was only the beginning of my explosion of feelings in the back-half of this episode as they tried to trigger the familial Trouble Moira shared with her now dead (at Tommy's hands) sister Noelle.

By the time push comes to shove, the gang is back together plus Jordan, and Moira's laid hands on her sister and Nathan but so far - nothing. In my favorite moment of the episode, Audrey kneels over Nathan, holds his face in her hands and talks about how she was the one who was supposed to leave, with the upcoming Hunter meteor shower, then says "I have always loved you. I will always love you." At which point I died a thousand deaths of heartache and desire for the couple to please, please just get together. The scene is made even more poignant by the fact that Jordan, whom Nathan is currently dating, and Duke, who just kissed Audrey with no small amount of passion the day before, are standing right there listening. The fact that Nathan came back was no big twist but I breathed a sigh of relief anyway, only to have the wind knocked out of my sails when Audrey backed away so Jordan could go and cuddle Nathan in her usual self-sacrificing manner. Duke backed off too. There was a lot of emotional protectiveness going right there.

Across town, Tommy has the Teagues held hostage because the Teagues are the brains of Haven and contain pretty much all of the awesome the small town has to offer. A few key details come out in that little crisis situation - one, TTBGK knows something about the barn, the one where Audrey II in season two got her memories erased and two, said barn comes after Audrey/Sarah/Lucy when her time comes. When TTBGK tries to escape, he's accidentally killed before Audrey can get information. The whole thing does force Vince Teague to apologize, to try and open up at, least a little - telling her about Sarah and dancing around the answer to the Colorado Kid's parentage by saying Sarah never said who the father was (which makes me think that he knows anyway). As the barn flashes into his view, Haven is suddenly super-creepy again.

However, for me the moments that stuck out at the end were Audrey's interaction with her boys - Nathan and Duke. Duke tells her not to worry, that what happened between them in Colorado will stay there. Eric Balfour does a great job with the scene because all the love Duke has for her is visible in his face but it doesn't matter. Duke's stepping back because he's not the one she wants. Ugh, right in the heart. Then Nathan comes to her, ready to ignore everyone else, including Jordan, to talk about what she found, what she needs (because he will always put her first which is why I love him and Audrey together and dislike him with Jordan who I say again deserves better). Audrey puts him off because she loves him, and wants him to be happy which she thinks he is, with Jordan. Again, right in the heart. Here's hoping that next week gives my tender emotions time to recover. 

Read Rachael's review of the previous episode, Magic Hour Part 1, here.

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