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Even on its third time around, Haven can't quite find its sea legs....
E1 / 572 Minutes / 2012 / Unrated / Street Date: September 3, 2013
A plague of supernatural unease continues to cloud over the small town of Haven on this Complete Third Season TV-on-BD set. Exploiting the familiarity television has always had with location - I'm thinking of Mayberry, maybe even Twin Peaks - as FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) struggles with the challenges that continually pop up around her, the township of Haven becomes a veritable character in its own show - well, at least a presence.
And even if Haven can't rise above its disappointing normalcy, there's a fairly decent watchability factor at work here. Unlike more recent fare (I’m thinking Eureka), Haven isn't afraid to go seriously dark at times, and when its dramatic storms roll in, that's when it works best. Not only do Audrey and her crime-solving colleagues Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour) have to deal with episode-by-episode whodunits, but Audrey's very existence gets tested this time around: she may not be who she thinks she is at all (cue mood music).
As a whole, though, Haven: The Complete Third Season is more preciously strange than it is dramatically compelling. Sometimes the combination of its eerie oddity and a deliciously deep mystery makes for a solid episode-long arc, but even if the show's quirky investigation of Americana heebie-jeebies is sometimes smart and biting, it never fully coalesces. And after three attempts, it seems likely that it never will.