Admittedly, Haven lost its shine somewhere around season three. However the last season, which gave us Captain Kirk, aka William Shatner and a two hour finale that had at least one musical moment that was reminiscent of Konomi’s Silent Hill refrain managed to leave head held high. The last two episodes of the series fifth season were slapped together, Now and Forever, which had plenty of Shatner and quite a lot of drama.
This show “influenced” by Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, used the King novella as a starting point and as such could be considered the best ever adaptation of the horror meister’s work. Sadly though, now that it has ended fans cannot see just how the eternal love triangle between Wuornos, Duke and Audrey (Emily Rose) could have played out. The addition of Shatner as “daddy” to Audrey (and Mara) – incidentally Big Bill is known as Croatoan (Roanoke anyone?) was a nice touch.
One does wonder if the addition of the science fiction icon was not really meant to be a number’s booster to save the series.
The last two hours of Haven provided a lot of closure, not a little angst and the death of Duke at the hands of Nathan. Audrey makes a deal with
the devil daddy to save Nathan and her replicated self proves that she really is like the real Parker when she sacrifices herself to save her lover.
When Croatoan banishes Nathan (Lucas Bryant) from Haven with the pretend Audrey, the two interact just as the real Parker and Wuornos would. When the all powerful Croatoan tells Nathan that his replica of Audrey will be indistinguishable from the real one, he was right. It is pretend Audrey that reveals to Nathan that he must return to Haven to be “with her.”
Perhaps the most standout moment of the finale was that short scene between Nathan and “Audrey.” As the two stand near the fog surrounded town, Audrey explains to her lover that he needs to return to Haven. While the scene plays out, the music takes on a Konami Silent Hills feel. This felt like a nod and wink to the video game using that melancholic and faintly sad tune to make the two characters parting even more poignant.
Silent Hill allusions aside, the scene reveals that no matter what versions of Audrey exists, they will always love Nathan and will un-hesitantly do what is best for the love of her life Wuornos. Although there is that attraction to Crocker, Parker really does have Nathan in her heart.
Duke comes back from the dead, but only Dwight can see him and Lizzie Hendrickson (Gabrielle Trudel) gets to become a “real” girl. Duke helps in this process and when Dwight questions as to whether Duke is the real one, saying that the real Crocker was “a bit of a d*ck,” Duke “flips” Hendrickson off.
By the time the end credits roll, Duke is still dead, Dwight has Lizzie back for good, Nathan and Audrey meet again and Croatoan turns out to be not such a bad guy after all. The last two episodes contain a lot of exposition and “moving” moments.
Most everything is tied up and neatly presented in a package that contains closure, backstory and a sense of moving forward. It also has a happy ending and the last things we see are not Nathan and Audrey but Shatner and Vince Teagues (Richard Donat).
The world of Haven may disappear from our screens but Emily Rose can still be heard, as the voice of Elena Fisher in Uncharted 4, the latest from Naughty Dog and Sony about treasure hunter Nathan Drake and his “long running” squeeze Fisher.
Sidenote, I have to admit that each and every time I hear Emily speak on Haven I can hear her character saying both “Thanks Nate” and “Elena Fisher, last year’s model.” in my head from the Naughty Dog franchise. Also, the coolest episode of Haven ever was the one with the voice and mo-cap of Nathan Drake, Nolan North, (a bit of a legend in the video game world) as episode guest star “Last Goodbyes” way back in 2012. North and Emily have been in every “Uncharted” made as a team, more or less.
While it could be said that the series ended satisfactorily there was the feeling that Haven outstayed its welcome. Sure having Captain Kirk on board for the last season was pretty great, and Bill looked pretty good since the last time I saw him at the Star Trek convention in Las Vegas was he sporting a handicapped mobile scooter. The series really should have packed it in a couple of seasons back.
(No offense Emily.)
Rose was the one thing that made the show worth watching. Her dual roles as evil Mara and good gal Audrey (and her various incarnations) was entertaining, which may explain the dual role Rose was given to perform in the finale. The actress also exuded sincerity in spades, something that Emily seems to specialize in.
Duke’s death is sad, although he gets a chance to put in one last gag when “flipping” off Dwight (with the operational finger missing) as Crocker disappears from sight, his last mission finished. Dwight reuniting with his daughter Lizzie was a tissue moment, and Shatner’s little speech to the daughter he missed so much was also poignant.
The touch of having Haven’s Nathan meet up with Rose’s character again was cute and brought everything full circle. Unfortunately this was signposted from the start. This predictability may have been what allowed the series to fall down so badly in terms of viewers. Still, we will miss Audrey, Nathan, Duke, Dwight and Vince. So long you Haven-ites, it has been a fun five years, despite a few redundancies and “meh” plots.