HAVEN “Lockdown” Review

HAVEN "Lockdown" Season 2 Episode 9 (4)
HAVEN “Lockdown” Season 2 Episode 9 – After a lot of research, I feel much better equipped to handle reviewing “Lockdown,” this week’s episode of Haven. I’ve read up on The Troubles, gone thorough the character histories and I think I get it now. My apologies that I wasn’t able to do this last week.

Nathan might have been relieved of his title, but the Powers That Be haven’t completely fired him; he’s still working at the police station, which is good because that’s where all the trouble (pun intended) starts. A strange disease that causes blackening in the extremities and eventually leads to total vascular necrosis (I’m guessing) is picking off cops, and in the interest of containing the virus, the station is locked down. Conveniently, all of the main characters just happen to be inside, including the very troubled Brandon Walsh (sorry, he can grown all the beard he wants, but he will always be Brandon to me).

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the disease is caused by someone’s Trouble, but discovering who’s responsible for it before everyone turns black and bloody will take a little more detective work. Audrey quickly figures out that one woman, who supposedly came into the station for a building permit, spoke to everyone who’s been infected. And when it’s revealed that she is the victim of an abusive husband who recently tracked her to Haven…it seems Aubrey’s found her Troubled one.

But has she? The wife is a likely candidate for unknowingly causing the disease, but her husband had a troubled way about him, too. He was able to talk Brandon Walsh into giving him a gun pretty easily; could the unhappy couple have had some sort of co-dependent Trouble that only ended when she finally told him to go to hell? I do wish that had been explained better.

The details over the Trouble seem insignificant, though, in the wake of the consequences of the lockdown. Duke’s wife, Evi, has also been affected, but she’s not the type to sit around and wait to die. After being confronted over her role in Nathan’s dismissal, she admits that she helped the Rev, but she claims that she did it for Duke, which seems hard to believe. But we might never know the truth; Evi ignores all warnings and leaves the building, only to be shot by a sniper outside. Sheesh. Even the CDC doesn’t get militant about quarantine.

We also got to see a little more of Dwight this week, who is pretty awesome for being played by a wrestling star. I’m not sure if his Trouble was known before, but it appears that he attracts metal, bullets in this case, which ends up saving Nathan’s life. All in all, this might be one of the more useful Troubles, at least for everyone around him. For Dwight, it means a wardrobe of bullet-proof vests for the rest of his life. Or at least until the Troubles pass.

Brandon Walsh also decided to deal with his Trouble (the ability to influence people?) by separating himself from the world, as the only person he wants to like him is Audrey, who also happens to be the one person he can’t influence. Maybe there’s a future for them when the Troubles are over, but I’m rooting for Nathan. He needs (to feel) the touch of a good woman.

But as for how long the Troubles will plague Haven, your guess is as good as mine. I will say, though, that I believe Haven might have found a new viewer in yours truly.

What did you think of the episode? Was Evi evil or just misguided? Is the Rev behind it all? Let me know below!