That's awesome, bella1013
, that we have Dwight back for S3. Haven
may revolve around Audrey/Nathan/Duke, but it needs more than that, and too many characters get killed off (in all shows these days, it seems). A belated Happy Easter to you as well!Friend or Faux
Good freak of the week storytelling, Nathan dancing, vegemite.
I have to say, the Vegemite thing took me right out of the story. Chris is in London, I'm married to a Brit, and as others have said, it's Marmite
, dumbass. Unless you're in Sydney, which I think we can all appreciate is a long way from London.
It's petty, I know. And your point stands: great "this week's featured Trouble" story, and Nathan dancing, which I watched from between my fingers, so awesomely awkward was it!
I love it when Audrey, Nathan and Duke are all acting like part of a team and being friends. I liked it when Duke actually introduced Audrey and Nathan as his friends, and I loved Audrey and Duke watching over Nathan and being kind of protective of him (even while amassing future blackmail material) while he got drunk.
This is the soul of the show, and while it wouldn't be good to dwell on it every week, there are times when we need to see it. Retrospectively, knowing what's coming after this episode, it was a great thing to do.
Instead of Audrey learning A Valuable Lesson, it was more like she was the one applying what she had already learned and using that to connect to the Copy guy. She may have figured out a few things from talking through it and thinking out loud, but it wasn't quite as "Afterschool Special" as "Roots" was in connecting the Trouble to the personal plot.
When I first watched, I thought that the Single Best Thing about this episode was that Audrey connected to the Copy, not the Original. I could go on, at length, about what this means for the show and the character of Audrey Parker. Briefly, it shows that she's accepted her memories as false but real, programmed but useful, and can add this to her arsenal of skills that help the Troubled. More importantly, perhaps, it shows that she understands the quandary facing Troubled people, that they're somehow apart from the rest of society, wondering if they're good enough, right
enough to belong. At this point, even with her immunity, she's not just their refuge: she's one of them.
However, I also find this episode a bit frustrating because it could have and should have been better. It's the one I'm most likely to try to mentally re-write. For one thing, I'd have cut the opening sequence that clues the audience in on the copy thing because I think it would have been more interesting if we'd been on the same page as Nathan, Audrey and Duke in figuring out what was going on.
This never occurred to me while watching, but now it seems obvious. It also seems such an elemental part of that narrative that neglecting to do it this way must have been a conscious choice, which makes me wonder what the writers were thinking.
It's so jarring that they cut from Nathan lying unconscious on the ground with Audrey staring at that coin and not immediately going to check on her partner to make sure he's even still alive, straight to Nathan going into the meeting with the selectman. One second, he's motionless on the ground, the next moment he's up and around, with just an offhand reference to his recovery.
It appears I never invested a great deal of thought in this episode because, of course, you're right. There's a tendency in many shows to treat any non-fatal injury to their main characters as trivial, purely because the audience knows they're not going to die. But the characters
don't know that, and this is the kind of error Haven
doesn't often make.
Meanwhile, the whole files thing doesn't make a lot of sense.
It's a Catch 22, at best. Omitting unbelievable incidents from the reports may be universally acknowledges as standard procedure in Haven, but it's an easy out for any 'powerful' person looking to make changes in local law enforcement. I suspect the Chief knew this, and always walked a fine line, for so long that the selectmen knew they'd never catch him out. But Nathan's new to this, and the Rev has an ax to grind, so there's no easy option. Vince and Dave change the reports in the paper, Dwight cleans up the evidence, but whoever sits in the chief's chair is answerable.
This episode definitely sets up a season-ending arc. I'm excited to watch it all over again!
Thanks for the congratulations, guys. We're all pretty exhausted over here, but very happy. Amazingly, both my twins turned up weighing the same, 6lb 4oz, which I'm led to believe is fairly unusual, but since then, my little girl definitely rules the roost. Everyone said there'd be an Alpha twin, and she's clearly it. Benefit of being nine minutes older, maybe!