Season 1 Episode 6


Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Aug 13, 2010 on Syfy
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Episode Summary

A series of fatal animal attacks lead Audrey and Nathan to investigate a local woman who supports animal rights. However, they soon discover that while she may not be Troubled, the person responsible is... and Chief Wournos is the next target.

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  • Like stuffy bear wasn't enough...

    I must say I mostly agree with entil2001. There were a lot of questions raised and a lot of new are coming but I feel a bit lost in the stories writers are telling us. They don't seem to follow their own logic and basically the viewer has no idea about what this whole show is. Is it about "The Troubles"? If yes, then who/what are they? Are they curses? Are they some land inhabitants? Or maybe some generation occurences? And what about Audrey's mother - was she "The Trouble" too? Who is/was Colorado Kid? The hints are scarce and instead we get some improbable tales about stuffed people (like the reanimated stuffed animals weren't enough). I think the whole show is starting to developing in the right direction but writers have to be more decided what it is about. So far we got six stories out of the blue that just does not seem to fit together.

    The show started reminding me "The 4400" but the difference is that there is no mythology here. We observe occurences without real explanation and reason and everything that should join things together just hasn't shown up yet. Each TV series has its own main plot. "Haven" doesn't seem to have one (or this is the first show ever that hasn't developed one being in the halfway).

    P.S. I wanted to write something about horrible special effects but I think I save my thoughts for the next episode.moreless
  • Great episode

    I dare say that this has been the best episode so far. Unlike previous episodes, you get to see where reasons and motives come from, you get to see the background story as well as the suspects, making the episode more interesting and fun to watch.

    I was glad to see Chief Wournos back even when he doesn't trust his son at all, and I can say he thinks he's immature and incapable of following his steps. Maybe he thinks he's weak because of his condition? Also, this is the second episode we see Eleanor and her character is becoming an important part for the plot. I was sort of disgusted by the scenes where they shoot/kill the animals, doesn't matter we later know the real deal.

    I detected tension between Nathan and Audrey, and this happens when they're either with Duke or in this case, the Jess woman. Seems to me that they're trying to protect each other.moreless
  • Fur

    Could Haven finally be getting, dare I say, good? The show may not be setting the world on fire in the 18-49 ratings department (although it is doing better than Caprica) but the past few episodes have actually shown signs of improvement. The storylines are actually interesting, over the top, yes, but they have that eerie Stephen King vibe about them that makes this show ripe for watching on a boring Friday night.

    Another plus: no Eric Balfour here tonight.

    Haven has been getting better, but it still needs to improve further than this to warrant a second season. But the groundwork has been done for a good series. Now give us some answers about Audrey's "mother."moreless
  • Still not quite coming together

    Just when I thought I had a handle on the connective threads of this show, this episode comes along and throws a bit of a complication into the theory. Previous "curses" seemed to be linked to a particular individual's unfulfilled need or desire. Had this situation been confined to the current generation, then it would have fit the pattern.

    Instead, it turns out that this particular family has been carrying the ability to reanimate stuffed versions of their loved ones for generations. How that's supposed to work is left rather open-ended; even the characters remark that this is just plain impossible to explain or comprehend. Sometimes that is the mark of a plot point being established, but more often it is a sign that a writing staff just wanted to play with an idea and didn't know how to make it all fit in the end.

    There are a couple of caveats to the criticism and disappointment. If the theoretical theme holds true for the "current" crisis in Haven, then one could assume that the same mechanism (vague as it currently is) would apply to previous periods like "The Troubles". And there's a definite sense that the "curses" recur periodically anyway. So the desire for a loved one to remain alive may have originally been fulfilled during one of those earlier periods, with the effect tracing down through the bloodline.

    Also, the main plot wasn't related directly to the generations of stuffed family members. It was actually the reanimation of animals stuffed in a similar manner by a reanimated member of that family. So the theme holds true in terms of the current timing and the current manifestation of the "curse"; it's more the deeper context of the situation that seems not to fit as well.

    I found Nathan's potential relationship with a local "witch" to be a far more interesting development. Jess appears to have an agenda, though it's unclear what that could be at this point. Part of it is clearly making Nathan feel more comfortable with his "curse". Could she know more about the true nature of the activity in Haven? Either way, having more recurring characters to give Haven a deeper context is a step in the right direction.moreless
Fiona Reid

Fiona Reid

Piper Landon

Guest Star

Hal Tatlidil

Hal Tatlidil

Landon Taylor

Guest Star

Mark A. Owen

Mark A. Owen

Brad Donnelly

Guest Star

Richard Donat

Richard Donat

Vince Teagues

Recurring Role

John Dunsworth

John Dunsworth

David Teagues

Recurring Role

Mary-Colin Chisholm

Mary-Colin Chisholm

Eleanor Carr

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As they examine the hieroglyph at the scene of the second attack, Audrey says she saw it "at the site of the two other attacks." At this point there has only been one other attack, on T.R. Holt at the beginning of the episode.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Audrey: Landon, this doesn't have to be so bad. You still have Zach to live for.
      Landon: Is that what I'm doing? Living? I'm not even real, Officer Parker.
      (Nathan cuts his hand)
      Audrey: But Nathan!
      Nathan: I can't feel that. You and I have a lot in common. We're different, but you know what? Doesn't make us any less than anyone else. In some ways, maybe it makes us even more.

    • Audrey: Oh, nice. You know, (Nathan) saved your life, right?
      Chief Wournos: Who do you think's been dealing with all this before you graced us with your presence? Who do you think is going to be dealing with it after I'm gone? I wanted you in this job because you had a knack with dealing with all this crap. I'm just praying to God some of it rubs off on him.
      Audrey: You know, he's a lot better at this than you think.
      Chief Wournos: I tell you what, Agent Parker. This is a lot worse than what you think.

    • Nathan: Full moon last night.
      Audrey: Oh, look at you. Trying to make a werewolf joke. (Nathan stares) You know, you should smile more often. People will know when you're joking
      Nathan: Probably.

    • Nathan: Chief, wolves don't...
      Chief Wournos: Don't be telling me what they do and don't do. I'm looking at what one of them did. That animal's got to be killed, that's it.
      Audrey: Before it teaches other wolves to break into cars?

    • Audrey: Hey, can we talk off the record?
      Vince: Oh, that sounds exciting.
      David: He says that when the waiter offers to pepper his salad.

    • Audrey: So you're not a witch?
      Jess: What's a witch? One who does magic? What do you think the Troubles are? Magic is everywhere here. In the soil, the water, in us. (to Nathan) You suffer so much because you can't understand what's happened to you. You know it's not a medical condition, but you don't want to face the real truth. You've been transformed by magic. You're not less, Nathan, you're more. The only thing wrong with you is your perspective.

    • Audrey: Where's Vince?
      David: He doesn't hunt. He likes all creatures great and small, he says. Usually with fries.

    • David: It's starting to look like my definition of a good day's hunting.
      Audrey: What?
      David: We're going to eat lunch before anything lunches on us.

    • Eleanor: Well, you want to fill me in on everything, or are my services no longer required?
      Audrey: No, I think we have it from here. Thank you.
      Eleanor: Yeah, you keep telling yourself that. Doesn't have to be true to make you feel better.

    • Vince: That's the damnedest thing I've seen in ages.
      David: You can be a little less thrilled, Vince. It almost killed me.
      Vince: I know!

    • Audrey: Do you really believe that? That you're magic?
      Nathan: Not quite.
      Audrey: Well you just saved that man's life. May not be magic, but it sure is close.

    • Nathan: Came to say I'm sorry.
      Jess: You're sorry?
      Nathan: What you said was true. I don't know... I don't know about magic, but I'm definitely something different. Or I could be.
      Jess: I kind of like you the way you are.

    • Eleanor: You wanted to see me, kiddo?
      Audrey: Hey, thanks for coming. Listen, there's a lot going around here that nobody is telling me, and for some reason, I trust you, Eleanor.
      Eleanor: That's your first mistake.

    • Audrey: I just don't feel right about this. This is just another secret that's going to play itself all over again.
      Eleanor: You do what you can. And the world goes on.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Nathan: Like an evil Dr. Dolittle.
      Referencing Dr. John Dolittle, the fictional character created by Hugh Lofting in a series of twelve books. Dolittle, a veterinarian, has the ability to speak to animals. The most recent film series updated the character from the early 19th century to the modern day, and featured Eddie Murphy in the first two movies before the character is succeeded by his daughter, Maya Doolittle.

    • Emily: Taste. The final frontier.
      Referencing the opening narration of the Star Trek series. The full line of dialogue, spoken by William Shatner, is "Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." The line was also used in Star Trek: The Next Generation where it was amended to be non-gender exclusive, and said the goal was to boldly go where "no one" has gone before.