Haven season 4 episode 1 review: Fallout
Rachael returns to Haven for the eventful season 4 premiere. Here's her excited review of Fallout...
This review contains spoilers.
Welcome back to Haven - where the news is made up and the law of physics don’t matter. We do and don’t come back exactly where we left off - with Duke in the barn, right up until he gets spit out like a cherry pit into the Boston aquarium six months later. Whoops - from magical farm structures to near drownings that land him in the hospital. Oh Duke, I love your face, and your mouthiness, and everything except your hair. It’s almost as bad as Sam Winchester’s. Cut it for all our sakes.
I also adore the pixieish woman Jennifer Mason who appears at his bedside. She has a Trouble that gave her the ability to listen in on the crazy conversation that happened with the trio so of course she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. What else do you do with someone who hears voices? Sigh. That said, she’s portrayed wonderfully - plucky and bold enough to flash her boobs at an orderly to bust Duke out of the hospital to get him away from the cops, a la Ten Things I Hate About You, “One of my favorite movies,” showrunner Gabrielle Stanton confessed to me in a recent interview. She and co-showrunner Matt McGuinness love Jennifer even more than I do. Jennifer is an excellent depiction of a person living with mental illness (even if it is in fact a Trouble) showing the functioning side of the condition because medication works on her condition and the symptoms manifest the same way.
Because Jennifer is made of win, she gets Duke to Haven. More importantly, she gets Duke to Nathan, who is the hottest mess he’s ever been. Devastated by the loss of Duke and Audrey, driven out of town by the Guard, we find Nathan making money letting guys beat the crap out of him for money. Cue a meaningful hug between Nathan and Duke. Stanton and McGuinness both made the point in the interview that the pair's complex history and tension from season three is going going to carry over but in that one moment, their relief at seeing each other again, overwhelmed everything else. Matt McGuinness stated that there would be things of emotional importance that they would “not talk about, in the way that guys do” and I can get behind that 100% now that I’ve had my one chick-flick moment, as Dean Winchester would say.
Since Nathan's exile, the town is falling apart. Dwight has replaced him as Chief which I find delightful. The uniform suits him and he’s doing a pretty solid job of holding the town together as it steadily falls to pieces. The Teagues are using the paper to hide the truth from the few residents who don't know the score - though how can people not know at this point - with stories like, “yes, another gas leak.” Nothing’s fixed but I was sure shocked to see Jordan alive when she popped up to see the mess and shove a gun in Nathan’s face, not as shocked as she was to see Duke alive, but nearly.
Meanwhile, in an undisclosed location, Audrey is in a working at Longhorn Steakhouse-esque bar with highlights in her hair, and a sexy tank on to earn her those tips. Her memories are new and so is her name. According to McGuinness and Stanton, since her core is always meant to help the troubled, her personalities change to fit what’s needed. For example, they shared that Sarah was a nurse because a nurse was needed in the fifties. I can’t imagine what a bartender’s going to bring to Haven but I am curious.
Speaking of bars, two newcomers are brought to two different bars. Into Audrey/Lexie’s country gin joint walks Eureka’s Colin Ferguson as William, a mild mannered stranger who can disarm an armed assailant and knows that Lexie isn’t actually named Lexie. He also knows that she’s important in saving a lot of people. No idea how he knows that but lo, he does. I’m really looking forward to learning more about him.
At the bar in the Grey Gull on the other hand, someone from Duke’s past has already established himself when Duke gets there - his older brother Wade played by Christian Carmago aka the Ice Truck Killer of hit show Showtime’s Dexter. According to the showrunners, Wade has no clue of his family legacy as a Trouble-Killer though he is going to stick around for a while. I am excited about that particular development because Duke and family is always a fun ride. Family in general is one of the central themes of the show in fact, Stanton and McGuinness confessed so maybe thats explains Wade’s appearance. I hope so.
Point of fact, the set up for this season is like a half a dozen mousetraps all set and ready to snap. I don’t know when they’ll go off, but I’m ready to jump when it happens.
Listen to Rachael's interview with Haven showrunners Gabrielle Stanton and Matt McGuinness, here.
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