HAVEN “Friend or Faux” Review

HAVEN "Friend or Faux" Season 2 Episode 8 (1)

HAVEN “Friend or Faux” Season 2 Episode 8 – I was a little worried that I’d be lost during “Friends or Faux,” this week’s Haven, being that it was the first episode I’ve ever seen, but I was pleasantly surprised to find myself following along without too much trouble. That’s the mark of a well-structured show: can someone jump on board when the train’s already moving?

That being said, while I loved the idea of the supernatural occurrence that fueled the episode, the mechanics got a bit lost for me. A man, a very bad man who doesn’t want to believe in his own evil, finds a way to split himself into a clone. The clone, supposedly, houses all of the worst parts of him. And when young Henry spots a version of the man (who later turns out to be the man himself) killing someone in the unfinished Everwood complex, the clone takes on the mission of killing the witness to the crime.

Okay, so this man clones himself. The clones are homicidal and when they’re killed, a new one grows. It’s a really fascinating concept…but it’s never fully explained exactly how he did it. Science? Magic? The town’s weird energy? I gathered stuff like this just happens in Haven, but does any of it ever get explained? Even The X-Files usually mustered an explanation for the paranormal.

In the end, it turns out that the original verison of the man is far worse than his copies. Yes, they are crazy killers, but they weren’t responsible for the original murder that kicked everything off, therefore Audrey is able to convince the copy to kill the original, by pouring out her own life story, which probably required having seen the rest of the show to understand. I gather she houses someone else’s memories; this allowed her to gain the copy’s tentative trust, at least as much as was needed for him to turn on his “creator.”

Did she know that when the original died, the copy would disappear? It almost looked like he was computer generated, the way he blipped out of existence. I found myself wanting to know more. I’m not opposed to a good unsolved mystery, but this almost seemed like lazy writing. At some point, things can’t just be blamed on the town’s vibes. Joss Whedon had his Hellmouth, but he only ever blamed it for attracting demons, not creating them.

From what I gathered during the “previously on Haven” segment and the clues dropped during the show, there’s a conspiracy plot running beneath the monsters-of-the-week stories, but I can’t tell exactly what it is or why it resulted in the firing of the police chief, Nathan, who seemed to be doing his job by keeping all the paranormal stuff out of his official reports. Isn’t that what shadowy councils want…to pretend like everything is normal?

It also turned out that Duke’s pretty bartender is in on the plot; he accidentally saw a text message sent to her phone that indicated she was the one who gave the shadowy council the means to take down Nathan. Hmm…things aren’t always as they seem though? Did she really betray them or do the bad guys want the good guys to think they’ve been betrayed by one of their own?

Tune in to next week’s Haven and maybe we’ll find out.

What did you think of the episode? Will they ever finish building the Everwood? Do you like pina coladas (or getting stuck in the rain)? Let me know below!