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HAVEN: A Truly Terrifying Trouble Terrorizes One of Our Heroes

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Sci-fi columns, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Haven on December 13, 2013 at 12:00 pm


Season 4 of Syfy’s drama series HAVEN has brought all kinds of surprises: multiple Troubles, morphing Troubles, and one devious newcomer known as William (Colin Ferguson). We all thought we knew the rules of Troubles. But we were wrong. Just as soon as William popped through the portal door, he was stirring up all kinds of trouble and giving people new Troubles – ones that neither they, nor their ancestors had before. William proved time and time again that he could create a new Trouble and infect anyone he wanted. He also showed that he could also change a person’s Trouble, causing it to manifest at an earlier age or have a wider range than before. William is literally a Trouble-maker. Then we found out that he is but one-half of a Trouble-making pair: Audrey (Emily Rose) is his split-apart – meaning anything that happens to William, happens to her, which was shockingly proven when Nathan (Lucas Bryant) shot William and Audrey developed a gunshot wound too. This has made it exceedingly difficult to get rid of him. Our HAVEN heroes cannot simply kill him, as much as they desperately want to.

That leaves them in a huge conundrum: how to solve a problem like William? Worse yet, the longer he’s around, the more he seems to bring out the worse in Audrey. He’s not just a thorn in her side, he’s actually bringing to the surface memories of her former existence – the original Audrey, the one who may or may not have relished cursing the residents of Haven with the Troubles, one-by-one over a century ago.

Audrey has always yearned for self-identity. From the moment she found out that she was not actually Audrey Parker (an identity claimed from a real woman in the FBI), Audrey wondered exactly who she was. She discovered she had lived at least two prior lives, known as Sarah and Lucy. It made her wonder just how many times she has come to Haven over the years, and why each time she had a different identity and no memory of her prior lives. Agent Howard (Maurice Dean Wint) was her one recurring link between her prior existences and that link was severed when Nathan shot him in the Season 3 finale, desperately hoping to prevent Audrey from disappearing with the barn, which acted as a portal between the 27 year gaps in Audrey’s lives across the timeline.

So without Agent Howard, Audrey thought she would never find out who she really was – and she was fine with that. She liked being Audrey Parker, being in love with Nathan, being flirty friends with Duke, and having a place in the everyday world of Haven.

Then came William. This last trip in the barn reintroduced Audrey to a key part of her past: William. At first, he did not tell her that they had a preexisting relationship. He wanted to see if she could figure it out for herself. He repeatedly told her that once she exited through the portal door opened by Jennifer (Emma Lahana) that Audrey would revert back to the one person she really wanted to be. He just thought that would be the woman he knew – his soulmate. Unfortunately, Lexie chose to be Audrey. That’s who she wanted to be. That left William scrambling as he followed her through the portal and began playing his usual tricks in Haven. He began infecting the unsuspecting residents of Haven with Troubles, all in hopes of stirring up some passion and deep memories within Audrey – to bring out her true inner-self.

When giving people Troubles was not enough to trigger anything, William took it even further and began triggering Troubles in those who already had them, but earlier in their life. He even triggered a Trouble in a baby in order to push Audrey into doing his bidding – he wanted her to give a Trouble to someone to combat or nullify the baby’s Trouble. Unfortunately, Audrey didn’t quite remember how to create a Trouble that complemented an existing Trouble and that seemed to go haywire. The next step was pushing Audrey to give a Trouble back to someone who had their Trouble cured – in desperation, Duke (Eric Balfour) asked to have his Trouble back so that he could kill people to save their families and future generations. It was a risky proposition. Would it work at all? And if it did, where did that leave Duke? He’d be forever cursed with the Trouble of having to kill the Trouble-afflicted, one that had a nasty addictive side and which turned him into a killer. It was his worst nightmare, and one he was only too happy to be rid of when his brother Wade (Christian Camargo) sacrificed himself to end his affliction and save Duke from their family’s Troubled-curse.

So last week’s episode “When the Bough Breaks” left us hanging just as Audrey was about to re-curse Duke and give him that nasty Trouble back. This week’s episode “The Lighthouse” will reveal whether Audrey actually went through with it and if it even worked. It will also show us how it affects Duke to have his Trouble back. Will it have a dire cost on his life? Will Jennifer still feel the same way about Duke now that he choose to get that particularly Trouble back? Will Duke even be able to do what is being asked of him and to kill the father to save the baby? How will Audrey react to re-infecting a close friend of hers and knowing that she is the cause of his pain and torment? Or will they both back away from the brink of this terrible Trouble and find another way to solve their Troubles?

HAVEN has never shied away from the trickier moral dilemmas. It relishes in making its characters and its fans squirm; for HAVEN is not a fairytale. It is a tale of terrible, terrifying Troubles; a curse that one woman may be responsible for, and why she may be paying the price of curing them every 27 years as a different person. Thus, what Audrey has wrought, she must atone for.

Yet William throws a wrinkle into that carefully constructed cure. He likes the Troubles. He loves the woman who created them. He wants her back. And he will literally do anything to get her back. It is something we all relate to. We have watched, cheering, as Nathan and Duke have fought ferociously over the past four seasons for Audrey – whether to save her life, to help her remember who she is, or to win her heart. So why is William any less deserving? Well, first of all, he’s a cold-blooded murderer and, second, he does not deserve her. But in his mind, he is worthy. He had her first. Underneath all those various identities, Audrey is at her heart the woman he loves — his soulmate. He just wants her back.

The Season 4 finale of HAVEN will show whether our heroes will win-out in the tug-of-war for Audrey’s heart. It will also deal with William, once and for all. The answers provided may delight and dazzle, or they may make us all question what we have always believed about Audrey, the Troubles, and those we know and love in HAVEN.

To see how the Season 4 finale of HAVEN plays out and where they shall leave us gasping at the end, be sure to tune in on Friday, December 13th at 10:00 p.m. on Syfy. Be warned Friday the Thirteenth is a traditionally cursed day of its own, and in true form for the occasion, the HAVEN Season 4 finale shall answer some prayers and unleash a few terrors in the process.

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DOCTOR WHO: Is Matt Smith the 13th Doctor?

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Opinion columns, * Sci-fi columns, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Doctor Who on November 26, 2013 at 12:00 pm

After this past weekend’s phenomenal 50th anniversary DOCTOR WHO special “The Day of the Doctor,” which clarified that John Hurt’s portrayal of The Doctor was indeed one of thirteen regenerations, wild speculations arose as to whether Matt Smith could actually be the 13th Doctor. In fact, the Blastr article: “Confused? Moffat addresses all those Who regeneration limit questions” offered an intriguing analysis based on executive producer Steven Moffat’s recent statements in support of the theory.

With DOCTOR WHO spanning 50 years, it has been tricky to track all the regenerations. But when examined in detail, Matt Smith as the 13th Doctor theory holds up. Here are the known regenerations of The Doctor:

1st regeneration = William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton
2nd regeneration = Patrick Troughton to Jon Pertwee
3rd regeneration = Jon Pertwee to Tom Baker
4th regeneration = Tom Baker to Peter Davison
5th regeneration = Peter Davison to Colin Baker
6th regeneration = Colin Baker to Sylvester McCoy
7th regeneration = Sylvester McCoy to Paul McGann
8th regeneration = Paul McGann to John Hurt
9th regeneration = John Hurt to Christopher Eccleston
10th regeneration = Christopher Eccleston to David Tennant
11th regeneration = David Tennant (used up another regeneration in “Journey’s End”)
12th regeneration = David Tennant to Matt Smith

This essentially makes Matt Smith’s version the 13th Doctor – the last Doctor – since The Doctor cannot regeneration more than 12 times.

So if The Doctor dies with Matt Smith’s departure from the series, whom will Peter Capaldi be playing? It seems improbable that he can be The Doctor that we know and love. He would have to be portraying a different Time Lord. And, as we now know, there are lots of Time Lords left after Hurt, Tennant and Smith’s Doctors all worked together to perpetuate a subterfuge by moving Gallifrey and all the Time Lords into a frozen space of time during the great Time War with the Daleks. So, because Matt Smith’s Doctor did not have his memories wiped like Hurt and Tennant’s Doctors, he is the only one who remembers what they did. As he declared in “The Day of the Doctor,” “I have a new destination — the same as anyone’s — at last I know where I’m going, where I’ve always been going: home — the long way ’round!” It becomes his final quest to find and retrieve Gallifrey.

It has not yet been revealed if the upcoming Christmas special entitled “The Time of the Doctor” will be an adventure in Gallifrey or the search for Gallifrey, but that is a journey that The Doctor seemed determined to embark upon. So what if The Doctor’s final journey is disrupted and his time runs out? Would he not recruit another Time Lord with the duty of finding Gallifrey? Is that who Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is? He is the replacement Doctor because our Doctor’s time is simply up? Twelve regenerations is a finite number. It is one that even Steven Moffat has declared is canon that cannot be changed.

The death of The Doctor has been foreshadowed for nearly the entirety of Moffat’s tenure, and it would be fitting bookend to Matt Smith’s tenure to allow The Doctor to die with his departure. It makes perfect sense then that they would recruit as a new Doctor, a Time Lord that we have not met before to complete The Doctor’s final journey – to find Gallifrey. It is a journey that could last many seasons or could be resolved in a blink of an eye. Moffat likes to be twisty that way.

It would also fit with the choice to cast an older actor for a role that has been getting progressively younger in recent years. It would help differentiate between Matt Smith’s Doctor, the young Doctor who is dying, versus the older Time Lord that Peter Capaldi will be portraying. It makes sense if he is portraying a Time Lord who agrees to pick up the mantle and legacy of our Doctor. One could even speculate that the only other Time Lord still running amuck in the universe is the Master – since all the others are still frozen in Gallifrey. So perhaps Capaldi’s Doctor is the Master who has been recruited by Smith’s Doctor to continue the name of The Doctor and the quest to find Gallifrey.

This is all wild speculations, but given what we know and how clever Steven Moffat likes to be, this would be just the kind of surprise he would love to spring upon us. With less than 30 days ‘til Christmas, what a wonderful Christmas gift this would be!

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HAVEN: Who Is the Real Audrey Parker?

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Sci-fi columns, * Showcases, * TV Addict, Haven on November 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Try as I might, one nagging feeling has been tickling my brain all season: this is not the Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) that we know and love. At first, she did not even try to be. She was Lexie Dewitt (Emily Rose). Then after Jennifer (Emma Lahana) opened the portal door back to Haven, Maine, Lexie reverted back to Audrey. Her personality in the barn as Lexie was stripped away and revealed the person that she wanted to be: Audrey.

But that is only what William (Colin Ferguson) told her — that the second she stepped through that door from the barn and back into Haven, she would be who ever she wished to be. And for the woman calling herself Lexie, why should she question whether or not she was really Audrey, when everyone was telling her that she was? But what if she wasn’t? What if the woman who was Lexie was actually someone else – something else?

The barn is an enigma that we have not even begun to understand yet. It not only housed Audrey for the 27-year durations between her times in Haven as Sarah, Lucy and Audrey, it also supposedly housed Agent Howard (Maurice Dean Wint), Arla (Laura Vandervoort), Audrey’s son James (Steve Lund) and even Duke (Eric Balfour) for a short while.

So who is to say exactly who that woman is that came through the door and suddenly remembered she was Audrey? That’s what the barn does after all: it assigns identities and false memories. That is how Audrey became Audrey in the first place; the barn gave her the identity of a young FBI woman (Kathleen Munroe) aka Faudrey. That was the woman Audrey came face-to-face with at the end of Season 1. It was her identity and memories that Audrey had been given.

So perhaps this is the mystery of Season 4. It is not: where is Audrey? But rather: who is the real Audrey?

My crazy speculation is that the real Audrey is the young woman we were introduced to as Jennifer. It would explain why Jennifer had been hearing voices of those stuck in the barn. It would explain Jennifer’s connection to Lexie. It would explain why only Jennifer could open the portal door to the barn and release the woman known as Lexie. These are all abilities that only Audrey – the real Audrey – would have. And poor Lexie, led into believing she was Audrey is just someone else. Maybe even poor Arla – last seen in the barn at the end of Season 3. Who is to say that the barn didn’t erase her memories and implant memories from Audrey when it spit her out into that field and into Nathan’s waiting arms?

Let’s think about it for a second: Jennifer is really Audrey. It would explain why she inherently trusted and felt drawn to Duke, as well as came to his rescue in the hospital at the beginning of Season 4. It would explain why she was willing to accompany him to Haven and stay to deal with all the Troubles, the Troubled and other things flung her way. It would also explain Duke’s seeming ease and comfort around her too. Even Nathan (Lucas Balfour) seemed at ease with Jennifer from the very beginning. In fact, everyone in Haven has been more than accepting of Jennifer and she has become an integral part of their daily lives in a very short amount of time. Who else do we know that has that ability? The ability to integrate and endear herself with such ease into an entire community? Sounds a lot like Audrey, doesn’t it?

Plus, it would explain the crazy link between William and Audrey, so that when Nathan shot William, a bullet wound appeared simultaneously in Audrey. It is not because it’s Audrey, it is someone else – someone whom is actually connected to William.

Looking back, the Audrey we all know and love is a martyr at heart. She would have never have allowed herself to be drawn into a relationship with Nathan at the cost of protecting everyone from the Troubles. Not for one second. So that willingness to be so easily distracted does not fit her at all. But for the young woman known as Lexie who so desperately wants to be Audrey, and who everyone is telling her that she is Audrey, that fits.

Another big clue was from the box of things that Jennifer collected from the home that was abandoned by her adopted parents. In it was the same exact book (“Unstake My Heart”) we first saw in Audrey’s apartment in Season 1 before she came to Haven. Why would Jennifer have it? Perhaps because she is not Jennifer at all, but rather Audrey – the woman we have known and rooted for as Audrey for the past three seasons anyway. Another undeniable tie is that fact that Agent Howard arranged for her adoption. That’s his job as undertaker for the barn and as keeper for Audrey. So why would he do it for Jennifer? He wouldn’t – unless she was actually Audrey.

This may be just a crazy theory, but in the world of HAVEN, nothing is ever exactly as it appears. It makes perfect sense that the writers would try to fool us into believe that Audrey had been missing, when she was there right there all along – just under a new name and identity. But not as Lexie. She was Jennifer this time.

Crazy idea or not, it fits and it is intriguing. Wouldn’t it be cool if it were true?!
HAVEN airs Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. on Syfy.

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