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'Haven' - 'Harmony' Recap

by Mike Moody, posted Jul 24th 2010 4:00PM
haven syfy(S01E03) The "troubles" are back. Maybe they'll leave if Syfy does everyone a favor and cancels 'Haven.'

Emily Rose and crew sleepwalked through another dull mystery plot in the third episode of Syfy's new supernatural series, which attempts to blend the small town strangeness of 'Twin Peaks' with the paranormal procedural plotting of 'Fringe' and the sleep-inducing effects of Lunesta.

Let's recap ... Audrey and Wournos were called to Haven's mental hospital where the crazy people were acting extra crazy. The hospital's chief doctor apparently lost his marbles too and started tossing orderlies out the window. Turns out that crazy is contagious as a few of the patients escaped and the regular townspeople started acting violent and using each other as dartboards.

The show threw about 15 red herrings at us, which is supposed to be compelling but it's really just frustrating, and we finally learned the source of the weirdness: All hell breaks loose when some dude we've never met before and don't really care about plays any musical instrument. Oh, and three of the mental patients become healthy upstanding citizens whenever they hear him play. Why? We don't know. It just happens. It's Haven, man. Place is crazy like that!

So after a long and tedious "investigation," Audrey, Wournos and a sometimes-shirtless Eric Balfour finally got to the bottom of this week's magical mystery case and proceeded to do nothing about it. The mystical pied piper was allowed to sail away with his wife and a few of the hospital patients to presumably cause havoc and destruction somewhere else. More characters stared out at the water, frowned and talked about how "the troubles" are back.

The only fun stuff in this episode involved Lucas Bryant snarling at Balfour like an overzealous extra from '28 Days Later.' It was interesting to finally see Bryant do more than just mumble his lines and stand around like he's figuring out his grocery list in his head. Then it got silly.

As usual, this ep dropped a few more hints about the overarching mystery involving Audrey and her mother or clone or whatever from the newspaper clipping. We learned that the woman in the picture has a name, Lucy. We also learned that Audrey is kinda sorta falling in love with the town of Haven; which makes no sense because it's chock full of hostile mutants and weirdos who are always trying to kill her and her partner.

I'm sure there are people out there who really like this show (and I'm sure I'll hear from some of them after this review is posted), but I gotta be honest: So far, 'Haven' is one of the most uninspired new shows of the summer. And the fact that it might be an early sign of Syfy's upcoming programming slate is, well, troubling.

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If TV squad only let reviewers write about shows they liked, it wouldn't be a real review...We can all get sensitive about shows we like, but reviews should be honest...and sometimes being honest means having negative things to say about something. Personally, I didn't find the show entertaining. I almost spit my drink when I read the Lunesta comment.very true.I couldn't have agreed more.

July 25 2010 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tobias's comment

Except that this isn't a review it's a recap, it says so in the title. Recaps are/should be objective, reviews are subjective.

July 25 2010 at 10:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Chichian

While the show does not keep my attention for long, I can say that we did meet the pied piper before. He was in the first scene with his wife at the piano. He was trying to calm her down - granted I do not believe they showed us him actually playing the piano.

July 25 2010 at 6:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Mike, this show is boring.
Mike how about covering Covert Affairs you may like it a lot more than Haven. Just drop the reviews for Haven and maybe it will go away. Check out Covert Affairs its a lot more fun.

July 25 2010 at 5:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Brian, I so do agree with you. I'm enjoying this show a lot. The Syfy channel hasn't put out a good show in a long time, and with the invasion of the WWE it was beginning to look like there wasn't going to be a Syfy channel in the near future.

We need a recapper without an opinion please.

July 25 2010 at 7:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Yes, this show has some kinks to work out, but I still like the premise. I'm still watching because I hope it will get better. I don't hate it, but that's about as rave a review as I can give it right now.

The big disappointment for me in this episode was that it echoed a similar plot line on Eureka, which aired right before Haven. Coincidence? Of course, but an unfortunate one for Haven since Eureka has really been doing well, and Haven not so much.

But I have hope!!!

July 25 2010 at 1:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have found the first three episodes boring and the acting even worse. I have reached my limit with the show. I am out.

July 24 2010 at 8:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Chris's comment

Agreed. But it is also true that the person writing these reviews should be a little more tactful or someone who likes the show because people who come to read these reviews usually enjoy the show.

July 24 2010 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I do like this show and I like the characters, what I don't like is someone who hates the show reviewing it. If you don't like it, don't watch it! Sheesh!

July 24 2010 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was going to ask if the purpose of these recaps is to keep fans of the show up to speed, or provide a forum for someone to tell us over and over how bad he thinks the show is.

I've seen this over and over here on TVS. In my opinion, if a recapper doesn't enjoy the show, then he shouldn't be writing about it.

July 24 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think rather than the show being canceled, TV Squad needs to remove you from reviewing it.

My wife and I have enjoyed the show, and last night was no different. There were some interesting plot points, there's a building mystery, and there's some enjoyable characters.

Your reviews are scathing for little reason, other than YOU personally don't like it.

So what. Be objective more than subjective please, or find a new show.

July 24 2010 at 5:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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