The trees did it. I'm not kidding. This week's episode of "Haven" featured killer tree roots. Is anyone really expecting a positive review about that? If so, it won't be found here.
"Haven's" version of the old Hatfield and McCoy's fields comes to life this week, along with the tree roots. The Haven families at odds, the Keegans and the Nevillis, are brought together by the impending wedding of two star crossed lovers. Of course, a bunch of bickering ensues, people are chased by tree roots and forced to reconcile. Apparently, the curse is triggered by hate. Where there is hate there is apparently love. Hey, I know it doesn't make sense. Don't blame me. I didn't write it.
All the episode was missing were blaring renditions of "Why Can't We Be Friends" and "All You Need is Love" by War and the Beatles, respectively. Sadly, even that couldn't save such a rotten storyline. The only saving element of the episode is the revelation that Duke's ex-wife is working for some unknown entity. But even this wasn't terribly exciting. Did anyone really think she was going to turn out to be good?
Based on this review, one would think I hate "Haven," which couldn't be further from the truth. It got off to a great start this season, but two of the last three episodes have been the worst the series has offered up. The series is still young and is undoubtedly experiencing some growing pains. While I didn't care for this particular episode, generally, there are far worse ways to spend an hour than watching "Haven."
Points Of Interest
1. This episode really did not cover any new ground, and its predecessors in the killer plant genre failed to establish a strong base from which to build. During its abysmal fouth season "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" had an episode that linked love making to killer plants. The episode, "Where the Wild Things Are," gets my vote as the worst Buffy episode ever.
2. The B movie "Day of the Triffids" (1962) deals with killer plants (or plant like aliens). More recently, M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at the killer trees with "The Happening" (2008). All of these efforts were quite forgettable.
Vince (Richard Donat)on Twitter. How could that not be a high point? I also loved how Audrey (Emily Rose) said she was going to put the bouquet of roses in some water, then chucked them into the ocean.
What Didn't Work
Some will undoubtedly be upset that Audrey (Emily Rose) hooked up with Chris (Jason Priestly) instead of Nathan, but I personally am sick of the whole love triangle in general. Everybody loves Audrey. Really? There aren't any other single women in coastal Maine to choose from? Let Audrey and Nathan (Lucas Bryant) deal with the troubles and toss the soap opera trash out the window (like Audrey did with the flowers).
Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
"Haven" stars Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour. "Roots" was written by Jim Dunn (II). It was directed by Tim Southam.
"Haven" airs Fridays at 10 p.m. ET on Syfy.
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