HAVEN “The Tides That Bind” Review

HAVEN "The Tides That Bind" Season 2 Episode 7 (1)

HAVEN “The Tides That Bind” Season 2, Episode 7 – I’m not exactly sure how to feel about this week’s episode of Haven. On one hand, there were some really major developments in each character’s story arc which made the episode exciting, but on the other hand, there were a lot of little details within the episode’s plot that still nag at me.

“The Tides That Bind” started off pretty dark with a group of boys singing a creepy song on the dock before they suddenly decide to hog tie one of the boys to a cement block and toss him into the water. Since you don’t often see preteen boys singing creepy songs together, I wasn’t sure what the song had to do with anything. They didn’t explain that the song or the cement block was part of any ritual or process so I guess it was just supposed to be the scary start of the episode.

The scene worked in that sense, but when Cole Glendower later explained that the boys were going through a metamorphosis, it didn’t really connect to the events in the opening. If this metamorphosis is something that has happened before, I would think there would be a less traumatic way to help the kids develop their aqualungs.

When Nathan and Audrey are first investigating the Glendower property, the kid they run into seems like weird pod-person. I had a little bit of a disconnect later when the boys were all acting like totally normal kids (minus the heavy breathing) without explaining why they weren’t talking like brainwashed, “one of us” boys anymore.

As the plot continued to unfold, I began to wonder if maybe Reverend Driscoll was more misguided and misunderstood than totally malicious. Gwen Glendower revealing that she was once known as Penny Driscoll was a really big deal considering that Reverend Driscol had spent his better years in Haven believing that his wife had been killed.

No doubt, it would have been a traumatic experience for the Reverend to receive the news of his wife’s death, yet, when Cole and Gwen were telling their side of the story they seemed rather blasé about their deception. While I can understand Gwen/Penny’s unhappiness in her marriage to Driscoll, I still think it was a terrible way for her to get out of bad marriage and as a result I found it difficult to empathize with her at all.

Making rash decisions seems to be part of the Glendower policy because Cole handled his bribery in the worst way imaginable. He murdered his own family member to protect a secret. What was even more unsettling was that once Nathan and Audrey uncovered the truth, Cole was able to talk about it completely casually. He doesn’t show any real remorse for the life he took and after his coordinated attack on the people at the docks, I actually think he’s more frightening of a person than the Reverend.

I was irritated that Nathan and Audrey would allow Cole to “migrate” into the sea with the rest of the Glendower men. I understand Nathan’s argument that it would be a death sentence to take him down to the station, but I’m sure if he had called around town he could probably have found a swimming pool or a sea salt aquarium that would act as a temporary prison cell. Cole Glendower promised he’d come back and face trial once the Troubles were over, but he helped a woman (whom he was having an affair with) fake her death and then he killed a man to protect her secret, so I don’t think his resume makes him the most trustworthy person around.

The Reverend and Evi working together seems sinister, but I doubt it’s a black and white issue. Although he wasn’t very helpful or enthusiastic, the Reverend was somewhat cooperative with Audrey and Nathan’s investigation. He didn’t tone down his preachy ideas about the cause of the Troubles, but when Nathan first told him to stay away from the Glendower property, the Reverend told his men to stop preparations. When Audrey asked him to convince Mary to release the kids, he ended up doing so even without Audrey and Nathan agreeing to show up at Sunday services.

I’m not saying I trust the Reverend, but I have a feeling things are going to get more complicated before they become more clear. At this point I’m not sure what I’m supposed to think and I actually kind of like that. I have no idea what to expect and I’m looking forward to wherever Haven will take the story next.