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Review: Haven — “The Lighthouse”

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Haven Season 4 Finale "The Lighthouse"


Season 4, Episode 13 Season Four Finale Part 2
Air Date: Friday, December 6, 2013, 10/9c on Syfy.

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“There it is; you feel it? It’s the shell of Audrey Parker falling away.” – William

“The Lighthouse” picks up where “When the Bough Breaks” left off. There’s a disturbing glimmer in Audrey’s (Emily Rose) eyes as she places her blackened hand upon Duke’s (Eric Balfour) chest to re-trouble him. Maybe it’s just me, or maybe I’m greedy, but I expected more from this season finale—with it being a two parter, no less. My hopes for “The Lighthouse” being able to pull this season finale together were not completely filled but I appreciate a good cliffhanger to offset the convoluted storylines that could have been better executed.

Don’t get me wrong, the mind-boggling ending is an absolute doozy. Lives are at stake and it makes me worried for what could happen in season five (which has yet to be formally confirmed.) My four star rating is mainly based on Colin Ferguson’s brilliance in his portrayal of William, and for the strange events leading up to the final scenes.

William desperately wants Audrey to continue giving people “troubles” because he knows it will jog her dormant memories of being his beloved Maura. We don’t have to wait long to see a glimpse of who Audrey really is. In flashbacks, we learn that perhaps William is the lesser of two evils. But he’s being made out to be the bad guy because he wants to take Audrey away. Nathan (Lucas Bryant), along with others think if they can get William through the “otherworldly” door again, everything will be ok. The simple solution isn’t always the right answer. I’m reminded of the quote from the journal Dave (John Dunsworth) has. It mentions something about what was once your salvation now being your doom. Audrey killing Nathan to end the troubles was the original plan but now that’s no good. Is pushing William into this unknown void of space really the best option?

I was wrong about who the four people should be standing on the symbol under the lighthouse. I had a couple of them right though—Jennifer (Emma Lahana) and Audrey—yet missed the mark on the two males. The writing is so complex; the writers have woven an intricate and detailed plot but somehow, something gets a little wonky in translation. The acting is fine; Ferguson is superb as William. He becomes this incessant beast, desperate to get the woman he loves to remember who she is. Rose does such a great job of playing a woman conflicted with the raw emotion of remembering who she was with William, and who she thinks she is now. Balfour is stellar in his portrayal of a man torn between doing what he thinks is right and what he knows must be done, even at his own peril.

We found out Dave was adopted in “When the Bough Breaks,” and we learn even more secrets about him and where he really comes from in “The Lighthouse.” I knew he knew more than he let on; even Vince (Richard Donat) is surprised. Dave’s role in the grand scheme of things is paramount. I really enjoy how the writers have penned these two brothers. Every year, the mystery surrounding these two grows deeper and deeper, with very little light being shed on who they are. In seasons three and four, the writers have given us more insight into Vince’s association with The Guard but don’t reveal any more hidden tidbits about Dave until now. It will be interesting to see how their brotherly love plays out in season five (hint, hint).

Note to Characters:
Jennifer, seriously? I don’t think aspirin is going to help Duke with the host of troubles he’s got going on.
Vince, it’s not always about you, ok. Sheesh!
Nathan, was that an off-handed proposal I just heard?

The cinematography of Haven is always spectacular. In a clip from the director, we learn they use actual film instead of digital cameras to give Haven that Haven feel. For “The Lighthouse,” I’m wondering if the multiple panoramic shots of the blue waters surrounding Haven and the lighthouse are symbolic or metaphoric for something. It’s beautiful either way.

Dwight’s (Adam Copeland) trouble comes in handy, and that’s saying something since he’s a bullet magnet. I’m sure Vince will really appreciate it after the shock wears off.

How many men does it take to pull Dave out of the otherworldly vortex? Too soon?

Season Four Round Up/Finale Final Thoughts
I love Haven. It’s one of my all time favorite shows on television. This season has been truly amazing with the introduction of new characters and new troubles. From the beginning in “Fallout” when we find Duke reemerging from the mysterious barn, to “Monster’s Ball” when outsiders come to Haven, the cast and writers have kept it fresh and invigorating. A premise like Haven could have easily fallen prey to the mundane and repetitive, but thankfully, the writers were able to keep things alive. And the actors were able to grow with the material, finding new dimensions they could add to their characters to keep them from becoming stale.

“The Lighthouse” is a great segue into a fifth season because the cliffhanger leaves us with lives hanging in the balance and a new rival to combat. While there are moderate issues with the execution, overall, there are many intriguing things “The Lighthouse” reveals, keeping me a diehard fan of Haven.

Hopefully Haven will return for season five in 2014. I’ll post that news as soon as I find out.

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