There’s always been more to Audrey Parker than meets the eye. A mysterious being, a product of the barn, just another incarnation, even when she was at her more pure Audreyness back in season one. But now that Audrey, actual independent Audrey exists, who is she?
It’s like she’s a brand new person full of manufactured memories and then several years of her own plus whatever else has rubbed off. And maybe, for the first time, she’s independent of this big mission, the keeper of the barn, solver of the troubles. She’s a human person who likes to help people, but without the benefit of her supernatural abilities. Now, that’s kinda cool. Continue reading
If the body-switch wasn’t such a tried and true trope that Haven somehow hadn’t already got to, I’d think this episode was designed specifically to get under the skin of all the Audrey/Nathan die-hards out there. Did it work? Lucky for all of us, there was a lot more to “The Old Switcheroo”.
This was a meaty one and so much fun at that. The Gloria/Dwight switch is a stroke of genius! But before we get into that – let’s talk about Audrey.
“Still don’t like pancakes”. There’s no way that wasn’t written specifically to get folks all riled up. Kicking off the episode with another refusal of Audrey’s presence. But isn’t that part of the fun? The fight?
Mara is stubborn, strong and perfectly, coolly, evil. The idea of force-feeding a person pancakes to perform what amounts to an exorcism – out of context – it’s hilarious, while at the same time somewhat logical, and so perfectly Haven. Continue reading
“Spotlight” was appropriately titled, as the episode primarily focused on the Nathan/Mara/Audrey dynamic. This is the big forever love, and creating what is nearly a bottle episode where Nathan and Mara face off alone in a cabin is an incredibly powerful tool to use at this point in the game.
The claustrophobia of the cabin oozed off the screen. Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose were fabulous, circling each other trying to find the way in, and the way out. Mara luxuriates in being bad, teasing Nathan about his gal Audrey while stripping for him. She needles him (perhaps rightly so) about his affair with another Audrey doppelganger, Sarah. She tells him he should have met more of them, he would have fallen head over heels for each and every one. She’s right. Nathan feels her and he’s in her orbit. I dare you to tell me that kiss wasn’t coming from both directions. Continue reading
Following “See No Evil”, which reoriented us into the world where Mara is back and the lighthouse has been destroyed for the umpteenth time, “Speak No Evil” does some heavy lifting setting up our main characters for the season.
Nathan is looking as badly as the make-up team can make Lucas Bryant look, having been shot and all. He’s suffering from a Mara inflicted bullet wound, and while that would be the thing hurting a normal person it’s the anguish of heartbreak that’s really causing Nathan’s pain. It’s likely that the only thing keeping him alive as he bleeds out on the beach is his unbreakable optimism that Audrey must be in there because she didn’t actually murder him. Continue reading
“See No Evil” is so many of the things I had hoped for as we gain Mara as the big bad this season.
While we’ve lost “Audrey” before, it’s never been like this. Mara not only removes Audrey from the equation, replacing her with a strong antagonist, but the fact that she is a part of Audrey ups the drama in the betrayal of her friends. Mara, finally free from being all locked up in the cage of do-gooders for 500 years, is so deliciously villainous.
Mara has more knowledge, more power, and as the “original” she may even hold a greater claim to Audrey (Mara’s?) body. For a show entering its fifth season, this completely flips the script, keeping the show fresh while playing within the parameters of this fantasy world. Continue reading
HAVEN — Season:5 — Pictured: Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos — (Photo by: Steven Wilkie/Syfy)
The Viewing Party had the chance to sit down with Haven’s Lucas Bryant at the Showcase offices in Toronto last month, while he was in town for Fan Expo Canada. We had some hard-hitting questions for him—all about Big Bad Mara, Nathan’s destructive devotion, Nova Scotia, pancake toppings, and our favourite Havenite—Stan the Cop. Continue reading
Pictured: (l-r) Emily Rose as Audrey Parker, Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos, Adam Copeland as Dwight Hendrickson, Eric Balfour as Duke Crocker — (Photo by: Steven Wilkie/Syfy)
Audrey Parker is the kick ass cynical, reluctant saviour we never knew we always wanted. We totally get the big-forever love thing happening with Audrey and Nathan and the crazy weird and interesting chemistry she has with Duke, and the even weirder complicated relationship she has with her own self, and her past. My heart breaks for Nathan (and Duke to a different extent) that Audrey continues to be out of their grasp. And we here at the Viewing Party, we quite like Audrey Parker.
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**Fan disclaimer, we’re actually really, truly, thrilled that Haven has been renewed**
This is news that even around episode 10 of s4 we at The Viewing Party would have greeted with unabashed excitement and a 80-email-long thread of fan-girling plus a night of serious theorizing discussion.
After William shook Haven to it’s core in last week’s eponymous episode that we decided might be the most uncomfortable episode of Haven ever, this week’s alternate reality was a welcome tonal shift from the intense, and very unHaven like uncanny vibe and overall intense weight that loomed over last week’s mythology heavy outing.
Not to say that “The Trouble with Troubles” was any kind of fluff, it too was rich with mythology and… pancakes 😉 It was a return to a comfort zone tone of the show that we’re used to, even as we continue to explore the crumbling of the rules we’re been operating within up until this season. Continue reading
We all watched this episode knowing that William’s return would surely shed some light on the show’s deeper mythology and damn – we got a serious dose of that.
What we didn’t expect was how far out of our Haven comfort zone “William” would take us. It took us a while to all process the episode, but the one thing we all shared with each other shortly after viewing was how strange it was, and how weird we felt while watching it. This wasn’t really a negative – it was more like – this was an episode of Haven that didn’t feel like the same experience as watching other episodes of Haven. Continue reading