HAVEN (Syfy) “Welcome to Haven” Early Review

HAVEN (Syfy)

Over the last few months the buzz has been building around Syfy’s new show, HAVEN (premiering July 9 at 10 PM on SyFy), a new paranormal drama based on “The Colorado Kid”, a novel by Stephen King. I’ve had a chance to see the show’s first episode and think its going to turn into a hit, especially with viewers who are fans of Twin Peaks or The X-Files. The characters’ dialogue was well done and engaging, and the writers/film crew did a great job capturing the feeling of a Maine town. The paranormal aspects of the show are well balanced with the investigative side of the show, and hopefully the show can continue walking that fine line. The acting of Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, and Eric Balfour (who was surprisingly excellent as smuggler Duke Crocker) was spot on, and really help connect the viewer to the story from the get go.

Haven covers the story of FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), who travels to the town of Haven, Maine to chase after an escaped federal prisoner. Upon reaching the town, she finds out that the prisoner is dead, and suspects foul play, an opinion not shared by the chief of police. She teams up with a local detective with an interesting condition, Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), to find out what killed the prisoner. As the investigation into the case continues, and meets more of the citizens of Haven, Agent Parker realizes that there’s more to the town than meets the eye. By the end of the episode, Parker decides to stay in town as she takes a personal interest in the decades old death of the Colorado Kid.

With Haven added to SyFy’s original series lineup, the network has a good stable of programs that run the gamut of sci-fi/paranormal hardcoreness. On one end of the spectrum you have a show like Warehouse 13, where the sci-fi aspects are pretty well explained through the different artifacts in the warehouse. Then you move further up on to a show like Eureka, where there is some more out-there sci-fi concepts and storylines, but there’s always a basis for it in the science done by the citizens of Eureka (even if it’s a little out there). Haven appears to be a show on the far end of the spectrum, with some wild sci-fi stuff going on, but without easy, quick to understand answers. It’s great that Syfy has a lineup that can reach all the different niches of science fiction fans with their lineup and hopefully get more people excited about science fiction/fantasy genres.

Be sure to check out the premiere of Haven this Friday, July 9 at 10 PM EST on SyFy. Come back here and let me know what you think about the show and town of Haven!

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