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Syfy's 'Haven' returns Friday for third season

By Mark Rappleye

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 19 2012 6:01 p.m. MDT

Eric Balfour as Duke Crocker and Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos in the season premiere of "Haven" on Syfy.

Michael Tompkins, Syfy

Syfy's hit drama series "Haven" returns for its third season on Friday.

The show is centered on a small harbor town in Maine that has become a gathering place for people with what the characters of the show refer to as “troubles.” These troubles can range from superpowers to manifesting one's thoughts to myriad other strange and mysterious occurrences or abilities. And even though they've all ended up in the same place, it seems that the majority of these troubled individuals don't even realize that they are troubled, or that the troubles even exist.

The main character of the show is an FBI agent named Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) who becomes a cop in the town's police force, working with her partner, Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), and Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour), the town's local smuggler, to solve mysteries surrounding the troubles and the town's mysterious past.

Each episode usually includes a new case of “trouble” plaguing the town as well as Parker and her cohorts discovering new secrets about their pasts which link them to each other as well as the town itself. With such strange subject matter along with all the complex character development and all the twists that have occurred during the first two seasons, viewers who are not already fans might want to reconsider jumping into this series midstream. They will likely find it difficult to get caught up.

Season three's premiere episode, “301,” picks up immediately where season two left off. Parker has been violently kidnapped and is being tortured for information regarding the whereabouts of the famed and mysterious Colorado Kid. She has apparently lived multiple lives and was close to the Kid in her last life, but does not remember anything about it now.

Meanwhile, Wuornos and Crocker seem to be caught in the middle of a fight to the death regarding Wuornos' suspicion of Crocker's involvement in Parker's disappearance, largely because of Crocker's recently revealed family heritage of killing citizens of Haven who have troubles.

Confused yet?

Well, if that's not weird enough, events in the episode become even more complex when strange occurrences start happening and signs start pointing toward extraterrestrial activity. Will Crocker and Wuornos settle their differences long enough to save Parker as well and determine if Haven really is being visited by aliens? Probably.

The second episode of the season, “Stay,” presents the team with a mystery regarding vicious, savage-like men showing up around town or in packs and also introduces a new character, Claire Callahan (Bree Williamson), the town's resident shrink.

Along with being strange and complex, “Haven” also seems poorly written, with the characters saying or doing things that seem illogical or coincidental, even for a town filled with “troubles.” And though it does not have any crude or sexual content, the show does include many scenes of violence and intense gore that are not appropriate for younger viewers or for families.

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