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05:40 pm: Haven new series on SyFy
This was on right after the Eureka season premiere, which I haven't seen yet. It's based on Stephen King's The Colorado Kid which I've never read. An FBI agent who has been told by her boss to stop being interested in supernatural things when she's doing her job goes to the town of Haven (somewhere in the NE) and it turns out lots of residents have supernatural powers. She asks for her five weeks of vacation to stay there.

To me it seemed a lot like the fantasy version of Eureka -- a law officer from outside comes into a place where strange things happen and the officer has to help stop them -- so I'll watch it at least once more.

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From:kaffyr
Date:July 10th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
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I watched both Eureka and Haven last night, and was less impressed with the latter than I wanted to be.

The actress playing the FBI agent has a rather weightless air about her, which gives her performance a similar feel; I hope that evens out and gains more heft over time. The writing is just a tad slapdash and, while very good actors can carry slapdash writing to an extent, actors whose skills are mediocre or worse get sunk by it. Still, I really liked the smuggler character, and I've long been a fan of the actor who plays the police chief.

We'll see how it plays out. (On the other hand, Eureka's start was slam-bang good, as far as I was concerned.)
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 11th, 2010 12:54 am (UTC)
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I'm glad Eureka was good! I like it anyway, but the better it is, the longer it's on.

I'm not much for supernatural shows anyway, which is why Haven gets one more try. Her boss certainly seems solid.
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From:kaffyr
Date:July 11th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
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It seems as if I recognize him from somewhere, but I can't for the life of me figure out where.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 11th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't remember the name of the woman playing Marian. I'll have to look someone up to talk about The Bridge.
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From:kaffyr
Date:July 11th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Yes, she was familiar too. Perhaps she played on one of the Stargate franchise shows?
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 11th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
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Weird. Both IMDB and SyFy have only three characters -- the FBI agent, the detective, and the smuggler. I ended up googling and Marion is Nicole de Boer, who was on DS9 a good bit.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:July 18th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
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The police chief used to have his own show in Canada called DaVinci's Inquest. Every once in a while I'll catch it on late night TV, on CBS. He played a meddling M.E. sort of like Quincy, but the shows are a bit more dark. It also focuses on other characters with their own cases and problems to solve as well as the M.E.'s cases.
I want to read the book Haven is based off, so I think I have to see if my library can get it. But having watched the second episode, I think the show is a cross between Eureka and X Files. I'm curious as to what is behind the strange powers everyone seems to be developing.
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From:kaffyr
Date:July 18th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I immediately recognized the police chief, not only from DaVinci's Inquest (which was really good, the couple of episodes I got to see), but from earlier things he acted in. He was in a couple of movies, too. The actor I thought I recognized, but couldn't put a finger on was the FBI agent's actual boss, the one who told her to go and have a vacation. It may simply be that he reminded me of one of Mulder's secret informants in The X-Files.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 19th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
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The WashPost TV Week shows Haven as repeat this week, while Eureka is new. The second episode that I watched of Haven had only the chief, FBI agent, and detective from last week. Everybody else was new. I wonder if that'll be true every week.

I'm pretty sure that finding out what makes the supernatural powers all over town is why the FBI agent is staying there for vacation.
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From:capemaynuts
Date:July 19th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
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Actually her stated reason is to find out who the woman in the photo is. However we can probably assume that in finding out who the woman is, she'll find out what is causing the supernatural powers. And I have a feeling that the FBI sent her to Haven specifically because they want her to find out WTH is going on in Haven. The man hunt in the first episode was just an excuse to get her there. At the end of the first episode there was a tiny scene of her FBI superior on the phone with an unknown person saying that she might help "with their problem".
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 19th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I forgot about the woman. (Shows you how much it affects my brain -- I've watched twice and that's it.) But she did ask him to let her stay and I agree that her boss wanted her there for finding out the supernatural powers.
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