Sci-Fi Fodder


"Haven" is the newest member of SyFy's summer programming schedule, sharing (superficially, at least) a similar plot and subject as "Warehouse 13" and my own favorite "Eureka".

"Haven" centers on FBI agent Audrey Parker (Emily Rose), "...who has a lost past, and arrives in the small town of Haven, Maine on a routine case. Before long, her natural curiosity lands her in the epicenter of activity in this curious enclave, which turns out to be a longtime refuge for people that are affected by a range of supernatural afflictions".

The show was inspired by the Stephen King novel "The Colorado Kid". Since I was unfamilar with the novel, I did a cursory search via the wiki. After reading the article, I have to say that the connection is pretty tenuous, unless I am missing something. I suspect that the connection will involve the overriding theme of an unsolvable mystery and the journey of the young agent (or reporter, as in the story). As she grows into her role, she becomes the 'keeper of the secret'. Or something like that .

Early reviews are cautiously favorable, stating:

While the first episode...won’t necessarily blow you away, it certainly creates enough mystery to draw you back in for more. And if the writers do their jobs, viewers will soon get hooked to the narrative. But it will take some patience.

From the review and the premise, I suspect it will take a few episodes for the story to catch on. However, as the reviewer said, if the writers do their jobs, it should work. The creative team includes showrunner Scott Shepherd ("Tru Calling", "The Dead Zone"), and I enjoyed both of those shows, so I am also inclined to be cautiously optimistic about its chances.

"Haven" premieres Friday, July 9th at 10:00 PM EST on SyFy, immediately following "Eureka".