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Movie review: Haven, Seasons 1-3

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Movie review: Haven, Seasons 1-3

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FBI agent Audrey Parker finds herself in Haven, Maine on a case and quickly realizes Haven is not a normal town. Residents possess supernatural powers of which even they often aren't aware. Audrey also finds that she has a mysterious connection to the town and must investigate her own past for answers.

Emily Rose (Audrey), Lucas Bryant (Nathan), Eric Balfour (Duke), Richard Donat (Vince), John Dunsworth (Dave), Adam Copeland (Dwight), Nicholas Campbell (Chief), Kate Kelton (Jordan).

Inspired by a Stephen King story, Haven begins the first season with some mild character background and storyline setup. Before long, Audrey begins to understand the strange town and a connection with her past. Staying in Haven, she begins helping those with confusing supernatural powers. By the third season Audrey is well rooted in the town and exploring romantic relationships while continuing to try and uncover her own past. The series remains interesting with new and unusual powers being found in every episode. The overall storyline is complex, revealing twists and turns regularly which also keep the audience interested.

Acting was good with Rose delivering a solid performance and playing well against Bryant and Balfour. Bryant does well with his role which requires a lack of emotion. Balfour is an enjoyable addition bringing a lighter side to the series. Donat, Dunsworth, and Copeland are enjoyable as well and the remainder of the supporting cast is solid.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are all well done with good variety throughout. Effects, both physical and CGI, are nicely done. Between costuming and effects the series is visually entertaining in every episode. Dialogue is good, campy at times, but explains things well. Sound and soundtrack are both good.

In the end, Haven is an entertaining sci-fi series that reminds us strongly of Once Upon a Time. The characters and storyline are well developed and revealed with good timing. Those who enjoy unusual sci-fi films should enjoy this one.

With violence, gore, and some mild sexuality this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2010 - 2012
Reviewed: 4.14.14
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: TV Shows, Cult TV Shows, TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy, TV Mysteries

copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel

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