Genre: Sci-Fi | Action | Drama
Creators: Sam Ernst & Jim Dunn
Air Date/Time: September 13, 2013, 10/9c
Haven, based on the novella, The Colorado Kid, from renowned author Stephen King, follows former FBI agent Audrey Parker, who becomes a cop in the small town of Haven, Maine, and soon discovers the town’s many secrets – which also hold the key to unlocking the mysteries of her lost past.
Season 4 picks up six months after the devastating events of the Season 3 cliffhanger, in which the sleepy Maine town was pummeled by a violent meteor storm and Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) vanished, leaving an injured Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant) marooned in Haven.
And that’s all of the synopsis you’re going to get from me, because the rest of the synopsis provided by Syfy is too spoilery. I want you to be able to enjoy this season premiere in as close to a spoiler-free condition as possible, because you’ll enjoy it that way the most.
So what’s left to tell you? I love, love this show, and have since it premiered. Here’s why: Haven combines the creepiness and underlying mythology factors of The X-Files with the larger cast size and chemistry and integral setting of Lost, lovingly sets it into a Stephen King small New England town (although it’s shot in Hallifax) and whirls and swirls it into its own unique, continually progressing but consistently self-contained world, and is well-established on my very short list of top must-watch series.
If you are already a fan of the show, you know these things. What you’ll want to know is, does the Season 4 premiere live up to the three prior seasons’ standards? Grab a quilt and your favorite steaming beverage, my friends, because you will cozy right up to this episode just like you have with all the rest. Of course you’ll want to have a place to rest that hot beverage, so that you are free to point and gasp and lean forward throughout the episode, also just like always.
Ironically, one of the ways that this premiere is consistent with the others is that it brings in new elements. You’ll see a couple of new characters (though one actor in particular is of course familiar to Syfy fans), and you’ll see Our Gang in some unfamiliar circumstances. In that regard, I take my woolly cap off to Lucas Bryant who absolutely knocks this role out of the park in the premiere. Just you wait.
But don’t you worry. Changed circumstances or not, new characters or not, this is Haven. Even when we aren’t in Haven, but especially when we are, this is our beloved town, beloved characters, beloved mysteries and secrets and obtuse clues and cool troubles and twists and cliffhangers. Welcome back to my house, beloved Haven, you have been missed.
I LOVE THIS TOWN.
I give Haven, Season 4 Episode 1 “Fallout”, Five Out of Five Stars.