HAVEN “Butterfly” Review

Haven (Syfy)

“The troubles” are back and Nathan’s afraid they won’t leave this time on the “Butterfly” episode of HAVEN. Those mysterious and vague troubles are mentioned several times but all we learn for sure is that they first appeared around the time Audrey’s maybe mother was in town and that the chief offers Audrey a job because he thinks she can help. On the spooky case of the week front, bizarre accidents happen around butterflies: a giant bronze ball falls off a statue and destroys a bar, Audrey’s bedspread unravels and wraps her in a cocoon, and a car almost drives itself off a cliff, to name a few. All of these incidents connect to the local fire and brimstone reverend, his daughter, and a recently orphaned teen boy they’ve taken in.

In case the pilot episode didn’t convince you, Haven is one spooky town with some strong forces at work. Since we’re only two episodes in, it’s too soon to see a pattern, but I find it interesting that in the pilot, the cause of the weather phenomena was acting subconsciously while the havoc wreaker this week was actually unconscious during the attacks. Who or what is controlling the people of Haven and is Audrey a catalyst, a cure, or something in between? The reverend claims it’s something ungodly—like Nathan, hmmm—but he isn’t exactly as godly as he claims, so I’ll take that with a pound of salt. Those questions are woven into “Butterfly” more subtly than I expected after the pilot episode and it adds a nice layer of mystery.

The actual case this week was markedly less subtle and both my husband and I called it much too early. Even the solution was predictable, though that could be because Inception is everywhere. Hannah is a good character and I hope we see her around town again and I want to learn more about the scary reverend. I’m disappointed Duke didn’t make an appearance since he was one of my favorite parts of the pilot, but Audrey and Nathan are developing a good Mulder and Scully (or with Nathan acknowledging the troubles, Mulder and Mulder? Scary.) rapport. Plus, Audrey and the chief had an actual conversation. Nice. His job offer certainly solves the problem of keeping Audrey in town, and we know from the pilot that her supervising agent won’t be too surprised.

I think Haven has a lot of potential, but it needs work. The dialogue is occasionally hokey and the plots are a bit weak so far. I love the concept and I think Nathan and Audrey are being fleshed out well, so now I want to see more characters like Duke and the newspaper publishers each week so it doesn’t feel like each case takes place in a vacuum. I want to care more about the town itself, not just the actual troubles. For now, though, those troubles and the sight of a huge metal ball rolling through town have me hooked.