This week brought a pyro-telekenetic to the attention of Audrey (Emily Rose) and Nathan (Lucas Bryant); and a precognitive was also caught up in his fiery murders after her abilities were awakened by Audrey's investigation into the Colorado Kid.
With so many story lines intertwined it was a wonder that anyone could focus at all. Audrey was obsessed with finding out more about what happened to Lucy Ripley and the day that the Colorado Kid died. Nathan was preoccupied with his discovery that he could feel Audreys touch. Duke (Eric Balfour) wanted to find another romantic interest as it was becoming clearer that Audrey was only interested in him as part of the Colorado Kid mystery. That left Julia Carr (Michelle Monteith) as the wild card. Just what is she doing still hanging around Haven now that her mom has died?
With an unaware fire-starter on the loose in Haven, everyone had to try to put aside their personal obsessions as it became a race to stop the killer before he killed again. But even with Vanessas (Cynthia Preston) help, finding the killer was the least of their problems. Just how does one stop someone who can create fire with their mind? Guns were quickly proven ineffective and the ultimate weapon came not from weaponry or abilities, but from mere words. A teenage fire-starter with low self-esteem issues was only too easy to taunt into spontaneously combusting.
To kill or not to kill became the question. Normally, Audrey and Nathan could have wounded someone to stop their murderous rampage. But in this case, Audrey chose to use words to inflict the pain necessary to stop the killings. It has been said that words alone cannot hurt you; yet in this case, words were all that was needed to bring the killer to an internal boiling point. His anger rose and his blood began to boil and he literally exploded with rage.
In the end, both pyro-telekenesis and precognition proved deadly to those with those abilities. Matt West (Max Topplin) killed himself, and Vanessa willingly chose to embrace her destiny by trying to stop him.
The question of whether one can stop fate became the ultimate challenge. They saw that fate may only be circumvented for awhile. They saved Matt at the barbeque and the kids at the movie, but Matt still died in the end, as did Vanessa. Fate simply deemed that it was their time.
Additionally, precognition proved to be a wicked curse. It may let one know what is going to happen in the future, but that does not necessarily mean one can stop it from happening. Thus, seeing your own death is perhaps the last thing you would want to know about. Was it a blessing or curse that Vanessa told Duke how he was going to die? Can his death at the hands of a mysterious man with an arm tattoo be prevented? Would you wish that kind of knowledge on anyone?
The answer may lie in Vanessas prophetic words, "God wouldn't have given me this terrible gift for no reason at all." Was it only to stop a fire-starter, or was it to prevent Dukes death?
The growing interpersonal dynamic between Audrey, Nathan and Duke took a shift this week. Duke, sensing that Audrey was only interested in him for what he was -- part of the Colorado Kid mystery -- and not who he is, began looking elsewhere for a romantic partner. Nathan, who had not previously really considered Audrey as a romantic partner, now began to wonder about the possibility simply because of the odd coincidence that she was the only person he could feel. Then Audrey was more caught up than ever in the Colorado Kid mystery involving Lucy Ripley and could not be distracted by romantic entanglements. She barely noticed or cared that Duke was flirting right in front of her with Vanessa.
Audrey did, however, notice the shift in how Nathan was treating her. Her own senses picked up on the fact that he wanted to be closer to her. She did not understand it, but she sensed it. Audrey even called Nathan to see if he was okay, noting: You've been acting odd. More than usual."
Nathan, who was used to keeping to himself and containing his personal space in such a way that no one could physically touch him, was having to find excuses to touch Audrey. This meant moving into her personal space and that did not go unnoticed. Not knowing why, Audrey was bewildered. When the office space became too close-quartered, she suggested a coffee run to get away. Yet, her casual high-five gesture, which was meant to be a non-romantic gesture, was the one thing that Nathan craved. Even that minimal amount of physical contact on his deadened senses was exhilarating.
Yet, with a newly awakened sense, the craving only continues to build and it is driving Nathan crazy. He continued to test his physical senses by driving a plastic fork into the palm of his hand, and was enraged that he still could not feel it. Audrey was not healing his inability to feel, she is literally the only thing he can feel.
Thus, at the pool, he could not help himself and had to move closer. When she turned to check on him, he offered to shake her hand. But the physical contact was nearly orgasmic for him. This was not the quick contact of a slap, and clasping her hand and holding on to it was overwhelming.
Interestingly, Nathan has chosen not to tell Audrey, but instead nearly confessed this great secret to Duke when he commented, "Let's say a guy like me can't feel anything, meets a woman and discovers he can feel her touch -- seems like fate, doesn't it?" Fate, miracle, destiny or simply mystery, it makes Audrey special to Nathan. She is no longer the FBI agent obsessed with their little town filled with horrors; Audrey is a part of it. She is literally the only person he can feel. It gives Nathan hope that he may be able to live a normal life -- so long as Audrey is a part of it.
Another person to notice Nathans interest was Julia. She saw him try to engage Audrey out of her introspective haze and was bemused by it. Just what is up with Julia? Her mom died and she took over her moms job? Why would she want to stay in Haven with all the troubles, when she already left once because of them? She only returned to see her mother and yet now she is taking her mothers place. Thus, the question becomes: what is Julia up to? Why would she suddenly be interested in getting close to Audrey? Is she the second shape-shifter, Vaughn's wife who left the hotel unseen? Or does Julia have another reason for returning to Haven?
What Didn't Work
When did Nathan and Duke become such good friends that they can stand having a meal together -- even if Audrey is present? After all the emphasis that there is some very bad-blood between them and that Nathan cannot trust Duke, why are they suddenly quasi-friends? Have they truly worked through their trust issues and begun to let the past be the past? Or are they merely putting aside the past so they can both be close to Audrey?
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Haven" stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. "The Hand You Were Dealt" was written by Jim Dunn and was directed by Rick Rosenthal.
"Haven" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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