HAVEN “Consumed” Review

Food has never looked less appetizing than on the “Consumed” episode of HAVEN, where candy apples spoil on their sticks, salmon decomposes on plates, pigeons drop from the sky, and a dead cow’s udder shoots out blood. Audrey is at the farmer’s market when all the food, from apples to eggs, is suddenly spoiled. The trouble spreads to the local ice cream shop and Audrey and Nathan end up at the Second Chance Bistro, a new restaurant owned by battling brothers Jeff and Bill, on the theory that someone has it out for Jeff. The restaurant opening is a success until Jeff and Bill fight and everyone’s salmon rots on their plates. Jeff storms out and is found dead at the pier the next morning. It turns out Bill’s anger manifests as hydrochloric acid in any food he’s eaten, killing even the original source of the food, but Jeff’s death was a coincidence. Jilted sous-chef Katerina drizzled sesame oil on a pastry, knowing Jeff was allergic. Jeff went into anaphylactic shock and fell in the water, drowning.

Once again someone’s emotions wreak havoc on the residents of Haven. Drug companies are going to make a fortune keeping people on an even keel. I understand that this is all due to the troubles, that some energy source is manifesting people’s thoughts and emotions, but the formula really needs to be changed up. It’s much too easy to guess why the spooky event of the week is occurring and from there it’s not a big leap to figure out who’s responsible. I’d like more suspense.

Nothing new on The Colorado Kid front tonight. Audrey tries to ask Duke about the mysterious Lucy, but he deflects, saying she should wait until he’s in a more cooperative mood. It’s dropped for the rest of the episode, but the Duke-Audrey interaction is excellent. They have an easy, sparkly chemistry, and Eric Balfour is ridiculously charming as Duke. Their quiet talk about second chances after Jeff is killed is the first moment of Haven I’ve found genuinely moving. The Duke-Audrey-Nathan love triangle is taking baby steps, as we see at the restaurant opening with the awkward table scene.

My favorite moments in this episode happen outside the case: Audrey’s fashion show for the adorable editors is funny, as is her disgust at people telling her she looks nice. Nathan trying to help Audrey become a local is cute, as is the last scene with Audrey in full townie regalia. The bonfire where Duke gets the bistro for twenty dollars is sweet and could open the show up a bit if Duke gets more involved in the town.

Haven continues to be uneven. The plots are predictable and we seem to be in full stall mode re: Audrey’s past. I’m beginning to really like some of the characters, but the dialogue still needs work and I need a reason to get invested and these spooky cases of the week aren’t cutting it yet. I so want to like this show, but the good moments don’t outweigh the boring ones. I have hope, though. Any show that picks “Short-Change Hero” by The Heavy for its theme has the potential to be great, as far as I’m concerned.

What did you think of “Consumed?” Do you want more variety in plot or are you enjoying all the thought and emotion manifestation? Let me know in the comments.

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