Call it X-Files Lite or X-Files fun, maybe even the new Twin Peaks, but I’m planning on plopping down each Friday night, or as soon as I can get to the DVR, to watch the new episodes of Haven, SyFy Network’s new drama. The first episode premiered last night and was a little rough in places, but mostly because it strove to introduce a whole menagerie of characters in a short amount of time while throwing out a handful of plot threads. Not in the least was the heroine’s potential missing mommy being on the front page of the local newspaper twenty-five years ago.
The television show is based on The Colorado Kid, which was written by Stephen King for Charles Ardai’s successful Hard Case Crime Line. The original book was meant to be one of those quick paperback potboilers that got churned out back in the 1960s (before television and video games managed to get a stranglehold on male entertainment). The book introduced Haven, the small town in Maine that has BIG SECRETS.
There’s a lot of weirdness in Haven already, including the suddenly shifting earth beneath the town that creates sudden sinkholes in the middle of streets and gives the impression of something burrowing beneath. Then there’s the young deputy, Nathan, who has a rare condition that doesn’t allow him to feel pain, or anything else. The case that brings FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker to Haven involves the mysterious death of an escaped convict who appears to have been shot out of a cannon – because of the distance he was thrown, there aren’t any gunpowder marks.
Emily Rose stars as Parker. She’s starred in guest roles in several police dramas and steps naturally into the role of an FBI agent. She’s attractive, strong, and vulnerable. And she has the missing mother figure in the show.