Haven – Season 2
At the end of Haven Season 1, Audrey got confronted with another woman who claims to be FBI Agent Audrey Parker. It quickly becomes clear that both women share the exact same memories and Audrey isn’t quite who she thought she was. As Nathan’s father died, he’s forced to take over the police force in Haven, something that isn’t made any easier by Reverant Ed Driscoll who keeps dividing people between those with and those without “powers”. Finally, while Duke is trying to find out more about the tattoo from the man that supposedly would kill him, his wife suddenly shows up. But while she sounds to be supportive of him, she’s in fact come to Haven with another agenda.
This second season of Haven, based on Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid”, continues the lines laid out in the first but adds more importance to the red line. The different troubles that happen in town are still the focus of individual episodes, but more attention is given to the overall arc surrounding Audrey’s past, present and future. This gives Haven more depth and also makes it more compelling to watch.
Haven still doesn’t manage to match some of the top shows that we’ve seen over the last years, but it’s getting closer. The heightened focus on Audrey and the overall mysteries surrounding the town of Haven and its inhabitants rather than individual events has greatly improved the quality and attaches the viewer more than before. And the cliffhanger at the end of the season? Well, that’s better than the one from season 1!
Qua image and sound this season is pretty much the same as last. Some scenes are a bit on the soft side and the grain still hasn’t disappeared. Minor downpoint is that certain images are so grainy that it starts to bother though. The show is still very dialogue-driven and the 5.1 soundtrack only adds a bit of atmosphere with some effects and music, but doesn’t really get to use its full potential.