Seriously, just move.
Ah, here we are again, in my favorite quirky little town of Haven, Maine. This is almost it folks, Haven Season 5.1 is the second to the last time we’ll get to hang out with Audrey, Nathan, Duke, and the rest of those crazy cats who call this troubled community home. For you Haven virgins, here’s a rundown of this Syfy series: In Haven certain citizens are afflicted with something called the “Troubles”; these are abilities beyond their control that can wreak havoc on the small town. Every 27 years, Haven is thrown into turmoil due to these “Troubles”. However, there comes along a lovely young woman who helps them through these tough times. Then after calming the “Troubles”, she vanishes as mysteriously as she came, into this strange barn like structure —and voila! The “Troubles” disappear, remaining dormant for another 27 years when, you guessed it, the woman reappears and does it all over again. However, each time she returns, she has a new identity and no memory of her last visit to the seaside town. On the surface Haven appears to be a nice place to visit; problem is, many people who visit this lovely little town often leave in a body bag. It would be prudent for the curious, to steer clear of it altogether. And that’s Haven in a nutshell.
Haven Season 5.1 finds the gang dealing with Mara (Emily Rose, Jericho), who was once Audrey (Also played by Emily Rose), but by a strange twist of fate, was turned back into the evil one that originally lived in Haven hundreds of years before. Mara’s goal is to retrieve her partner in crime, William (Colin Ferguson, Eureka), who was pushed through a doorway to another dimension, so the two can continue to terrorize Haven like they used to do in the bad old days. In the meantime, Nathan (Lucas Bryant, The Vow), Duke (Eric Balfour, Skyline), and Dwight (Adam Copeland) are trying to keep a whole new crop of “Troubles” from killing the entire town, while also making an effort to convince Mara/Audrey to help stop the very “Troubles” she created. It’s never a dull moment in Haven.
Haven Season 5.1 is an action-packed 4 disc, 13 episode Blu-ray set that begins just where the previous season’s cliffhanger ended. An earthquake has struck Haven (Just when you think the town has seen it all), after the aforementioned Audrey, Nathan, Duke, and Dwight; along with brothers Vince (Richard Donat) and Dave Teague (John Dunsworth, The Shipping News), and Duke’s main squeeze Jennifer Mason (Emma Lahana ), brave a trip down to a cave underneath the old lighthouse, to summon a door that will send Mara’s main squeeze William back to whatever the hell he came from, hopefully ending the “Troubles”.
But you know nothing ever works out that easy in Haven. At the very least William is gone; but in the process, Audrey is switched into Mara (She’s like the evil cousin on Bewitched, only worse), and Season 5 becomes all about keeping the townsfolk alive, and retrieving the memory of Audrey from her malevolent alter ego. We still get a boatload of those weekly mysteries that need to be solved, but the shows tone is darker, because now there is no Audrey to help with the “Troubles”, and it appears as if they ain’t going away any time soon. In fact the “Troubles” have morphed into something the town has never experienced before. This is because Audrey didn’t go back into the barn as she was supposed to, and since this mysterious barn was then destroyed (Thank you Nathan), Havenites are in brand spanking new territory, and the old ways just don’t work anymore. What is this weird, small town to do now?
If you care anything about the characters of this series, Haven Season 5.1 will have you experiencing the tension right along with them. There’s still that great chemistry between cast members, still the strength of Nathan and Audrey’s love for each other; love that unfortunately has led to the events that have made each resident of Haven vulnerable to this new strain of “Troubles” (actions have consequences). Is this the end of the little town off the Coast of Maine? Will Duke and Nathan be able to get Audrey back? Will their love survive the intrusion of the evil force called Mara? And most importantly, is there any hope to rid Haven of the “Troubles” for good? Tune in next week and find out. Better yet, buy Haven Season 5.1 and see how the residents survive to live another day, or at least until the series’ finale bids Haven a fond farewell.
Haven Season 5.1 (Blu-ray) is a 1.78:1 1080p presentation, with crystal clear images of the beautiful Nova Scotia seaside, where the series is filmed. The DTH-HD Master Audio is boss, highlighting the wonderful score, and the beautifully haunting theme song (which I love). Extras include 13 behind the scenes featurettes, 2 Haven Origin shorts, and audio commentaries. This is a wonderful program, underrated and seemingly lost among higher profile cable shows. Haven is show that has consistently surprised and entertained its very loyal following since the very first episode. If you get a chance, start from the beginning, and work your way to Haven Season 5.1, I guaRONtee you won’t be sorry.
Haven Season 5.1 is just as creative, and intense as it always has been. With that perfect blend of police procedural, and paranormal events, in addition to an extensive mythology surrounding the show, this unique series manages to get better with each subsequent season. The writers consistently give their audience memorable characters and a world we love getting lost in over and over again.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this show is Not Guilty.
Haven Season 5.1 (Blu-ray) 2015, E1, 585 minutes, NR (2015)
VIDEO: 1.78:1 (1080 p) AUDIO: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English), Dolby Digital 5.1(English)
SUBTITLES: English SDH EXTRAS: Featurettes, Commentary ACCOMPLICES: IMDB