HAVEN “Harmony” Review

Music therapy is taken to a whole new level on the “Harmony” episode of HAVEN and Audrey puts a name to a very important face. There’s trouble at the Freddy, Haven’s psychiatric hospital, when two formerly catatonic patients suddenly wake and the psychiatrist becomes less sane than his patients. Status quo returns, but one patient, former musician Lily, is still on the loose. Because of a car accident caused by her husband, Ray, Lily has violent episodes whenever she plays or tries to write music, but her husband can restore her pre-accident demeanor by playing any instrument. Unfortunately, whenever he does, others in the vicinity lose their grip on sanity, as Nathan learns the hard way. Audrey eventually lets Ray take Lily and the two catatonic patients out on his boat permanently so he can play his music for them while keeping them away from other people. As the boat sets sail, one of the patients tells Audrey he remembers selling flowers to a woman who looked just like her and that her name was Lucy.

This is an uneven episode. The idea of music healing mental illness while simultaneously driving others mad is tfascinating and the love story at the center is tragically sweet. Unfortunately, the execution is sloppy with too many tone shifts and too much contrivance and Lucas Bryant goes way over the top as crazy Nathan. What are those hideous sounds he makes? Also, while I appreciate Audrey’s soft heart in wanting Ray to be able to be with his wife, this is the third (out of three) episode where people who will most likely cause (albeit unintentional) serious damage are just sent off with a pat on the arm. God forbid the pilot episode’s weather maker ever has to deal with her cable company’s customer service because she’ll probably cause a hurricane and if the medication doesn’t work for last week’s butterfly boy, he might dream up an apocalypse. Now there’s a crazy-making Pied Piper loose on the Atlantic. This doesn’t seem like the best way for Haven to deal with the troubles. Also not the best way to deal with those troubles? Having too much repetitive exposition about them. I don’t want any more characters to gaze pensively at the water and sigh that the troubles are back without giving a darn good example of what the troubles were in 1983.

On to the good stuff: Nathan holding flame to his arm until it bubbles is creepy, the Nathan-Duke fight is intense, and Duke’s loyalty to the town is unexpected. I’m itching to know what exactly Nathan (and Duke for that matter) has done. Oh, and almost every one of Duke’s lines is full of win.

I can’t make up my mind about Haven. There’s plenty I like, but I’m afraid it won’t be able to find a balance of mythology and case of the week, and that will be a huge problem when the case is as slapdash as this one.

What did you think of “Harmony?” Am I being too tough on Haven?

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