We say goodbye to the “Troubled” town of Haven.
FBI Agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose, Jericho) visits the small town of Haven Maine, looking for a federal prisoner who has escaped; her investigation leads to a woman who can affect the weather with her mind. This is just the tip of the iceberg of unexplained supernatural events that regularly takes place in this small seaside town. And with that the series Haven begins. For six seasons, the series based on a little known book by one of my favorite authors, Stephen king, quickly became one of my favorite shows. I’m not ashamed to say that it’s been hard for us here at the old Nelson Homestead, to say goodbye to the town of Haven.
For those of you who may not be familiar with the show (shame on you), it is a series based on a novella by Stephen King called The Colorado Kid. It takes place in a small Maine town, and revolves around the mysterious death of a Colorado man. And that folks is where the similarities with the series ends. The show’s creators, Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn, took that little kernel from the book, and conceived a brilliant plot driven show with an elaborate mythology about a town and the “Troubles” that plague it and its citizens.
The Troubles in Haven are a bit different than the ones you and I face. Certain families here are afflicted with a strange curse they call, “The Troubles.” These are abilities such as, turning everything you touch into cake, altering the weather based on your moods, or touching someone and causing them immense pain, fun huh? The town has been beset by these “Troubles” for hundreds of years, and has spent most of that time keeping these secrets from the rest of the world.
Ah, but then comes FBI agent Audrey Parker, who is inexplicably immune to the troubles. However, she is particularly good at helping the “Troubled” control their condition. Parker and Haven Police Chief Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant, The Vow), figure out that Audrey is an enigma in her own right, showing up in Haven every 27 years, each time with a different persona, and no recollection of the last time she was in town. At the end of her stint, she leaves through this barn like structure, and for 27 years the “Troubles” lie dormant, until she returns again as someone else.
There’s far too much back story from Haven’s six seasons to go into all of it here, besides I’d hate to give you too many spoilers. But now that you have a flavor of what Haven is all about, let’s fast forward to Haven: The Final Season. The town is a mess after Duke is turned into a walking, talking trouble bomb, afflicting anyone and everyone with a unique trouble of their own. If that weren’t enough, the town is surrounded by an impenetrable fog, making it impossible for anyone to enter or leave. This is caused by an evil force known as Croatoan, who is killing the troubled and absorbing their power, trying to find its way out of the void between the two worlds; that other world is where Audrey originally came from. Seriously, you have to watch this show, doesn’t this description just make you want to? If that doesn’t convince you, what about William Shatner in a guest starring role, his performance alone is worth purchasing the Haven: The Final Season Blu-ray.
Your day might be a real stinker, but at least you aren’t being pursued by a menacing force from another world. But Havenites are hopeful people, and Nathan, Audrey, Duke (Eric Balfour, Skyline), and Dwight (Adam Copeland, The Flash), think they have found a way to end the troubles forever. But nothing is ever easy in the little town of Haven, Maine.
Haven has always been a creative tour de force, and this imaginative story telling continues into Haven: The Final Season. Not only does Dunn and Ernst expand on King’s idea, they make it their own with memorable characters, and an elaborate 6 season story arc that culminates in a very exciting finale.
The sign of a good show is when you dread its final episode, and feel the loss as if old friends are moving far away. For those of us who watched Haven from the beginning, watched these characters grow, and their friendships solidify, we truly became invested in them. We experienced the ups and downs of life in this small town, and it is so satisfying to see it stay true to the very end.
Haven has been a consistently good show since it first aired in 2010, and Haven: The Final Season is a seamless continuation of that brilliance. It wraps up the goings on in the tiny town, and it ends with fans loving these characters even more than could be imagined. If you have not had the pleasure of traveling to this tiny fictional place, take time to get to know these folks, I promise you that you’ll love it. But if you ever have the inclination to live in a place just like Haven, drop that idea right now; it’s much safer to view Haven from afar, and much more enjoyable.
Haven: The Final Season (Blu-ray), is a 1.78:1 1080p presentation, shot in Nova Scotia, this transfer shows the beautiful colors, and gorgeous views of that Canadian province. The DTS-HD Master Audio, highlights the fitting score, and allows us to experience the intense thrills of the show. Extras include, Mythology Refresher, Haven Revisited: Livestream Segments with Cast and Crew, Haven Archives: Entries from The Crocker Diaries, Haven origins: Lovers Conquered All, Haven Origins: Trust Kills, 13 “Inside Haven” Featurettes, 13 Audio Commentary Tracks, Interviews with Lucas Bryan, Eric Balfour, William Shatner, Adam Copland, and Shawn Piller.
So goodbye Audrey Parker, Nathan Wuournos, Duke Crocker, Dwight Hendrickson, Vince and Dave Teagues, Gloria, Stan the Cop, the voice of Laverne, and all the Troubled and non-Troubled alike, you will truly be missed.
A teary-eyed Not Guilty
Haven: The Final Season (Blu-ray)
2016, E1 Entertainment, 559minutes, NR (2015)
VIDEO: 1.78:1 (1080p) AUDIO: DTS HD 5.1 Master Audio (English) SUBTITLES: English (SDH)
EXTRAS: Commentaries, Featurettes, Interviews ACCOMPLICES: IMDB