Welcome to the wonderfully altered season four of Discover Haven!
As we approach the next pivot point in the superb fourth season of this wonderful science fiction supernatural dramatic series, we will begin the analysis of “Crush” by looking back to examine two previous excellent interlinked episodes this editor analyzed within the past month, “Lay Me Down” and “Countdown”.
In the past several episodes it has become clear that Nathan and Lexie Audrey may be required to make a fateful choice to save others.
Why? Because “The Troubles” in town have assumed a new and frightening potential to destroy the entire area of Haven!
However, this may well prove to be problematic for Nathan and Lexie Audrey as a result of “The Troubles” in Haven morphing into a new dangerous form.
In “Lay Me Down” we learned several things, including the ability for “The Troubles” to be transmitted to other people after the two Wormhole bar barn henchmen appeared in town, and began accosting citizens leaving a mark of “The Troubles” on their victims, many whom are likely to suffer the horrible fate of death!
We also learned of the tragic death of Wade Crocker portrayed by the talented Christian Camargo, who in addition to the many Haven citizens he killed, was finally put down because of his family curse, a Troubled persons blood lust, also formerly suffered by his brother Duke Crocker who was cured after killing Wade.
We also suspect that Duke is falling in love with Jennifer. This obvious situation will come to the forefront in “Crush” after a bit of consternation generated by Duke.
Overall, the situation in Haven is becoming far more strained since “The Troubles” are now transmissible between townspeople with the arrival of the Wormhole bar barn henchmen in town.
In “Crush” we will learn more about how “The Troubles” continue to jump between Haven citizens, including the family of deceased (or perhaps ascended since we saw him in the Haven cemetery) Reverend Edward Driscoll (Stephen McHattie). Prior to the occurrence in “Lay Me Down”, the Driscoll family had been immune to “The Troubles”.
Not so anymore now that reality in Haven has been altered from the malfunctioning of the Wormhole bar barn which began at the end of last season. With the contagion spreading, a disaster is clearly befalling the town and all of the hapless citizens therein.
All enjoying must therefore carefully consider several questions; Can William (Colin Ferguson) be far behind the Wormhole bar barn henchman?
Is William really still wearing Lexie Audrey’s wig as Emily Rose tweeted? Or, in the strangest plot twist of all, could William simply be an alternate version of Audrey Parker who likes nose rings, Wormhole bar barn beverages and altered realities?
Or is William already in the town, perhaps in another disguise? Has William been behind the outbreak of the strangest version of “The Troubles” in Haven history with The Troubles becoming a contagion that is unstoppable?
Therefore, just what does his return to Haven portend in the ninth episode of season four entitled “William”? Will Duke flee from his his growing attraction or “Crush” for Jennifer in this episode?
And most critically, will Nathan and Lexie Audrey’s secret be discovered forcing them to make the ultimate sacrifice to save the town of Haven and it’s remaining citizens?!
Wade Crocker is in a body bag ready to be laid to rest in an unmarked grave as if it was a “Potter’s Field” with only Duke aware of where his kinship is to be buried!
Duke’s spirit is clearly broken after he was forced to kill his brother to save Jennifer. At this point only Jennifer and Duke know that Wade has been “taken out”. The process of brutal internment, with no burial ceremony for his Wade is more than Duke can endure. Over the course of all seasons this reviewer has never witnessed the always chipper Duke so “low”.
We learn that Duke plans to leave Haven to escape the reality of his loss. Later he will take it out on Jennifer who has been bunking aboard his ship. Unfortunately for Duke, and fortunately for viewers, Haven will intervene and Duke will not be leaving town. But I get ahead of myself.
Jennifer and the viewers learn that Agent Howard was directly implicated in her adoption, and as this reviewer theorized, in getting her out of Haven because of her own unique ability to hear activities inside the Wormhole bar barn that he was also connected with in terms of stewardship of the property. The paperwork discovered ratifies this theory that Jennifer is originally from the town related to one of six families who put her up for adoption!
Vince quickly retorts to Dave; “It’s a Trouble Chicken Little!” While Jennifer is studying the records to track down the six families she may be related to, Dave goes nearly crazy at Vince’s sarcastic remark.
Vince will later certainly regret his statement when all the facts about latest version of “The Troubles” become known to all parties involved!
After these rather serious scenes of foreboding, we are treated to the growing love and affection between Nathan and Lexie Audrey. It is early morning.
Clearly the two have enjoyed an intimate night together. Nathan at first says “I can’t feel you” as Lexie Audrey smiles affectionately at him and kisses his shoulder while Nathan is making them pancakes for breakfast.
When the two kiss passionately, Nathan admits that he can feel her again as Lexie Audrey asks “why did this take so long?”, to which Nathan replies “Haven …, it’s a difficult place”. The two are obviously falling deeply in love when Audrey says “at least Haven has both of us again”!
However, their lovemaking will not be without risks and one pops up immediately! Vince is heard outside yelling for the two of them.
Of course, the danger is that If Vince and The Guard in Haven learn of what is transpiring, that Lexie Audrey is really Audrey, she will be forced to kill Nathan to eliminate The Troubles once and for all.
At this point in my analysis, I would like to share that the Twitter world went wild last week when the episode arrived at the point where Nathan and Audrey are FINALLY in love after over three seasons of fans “shipping” the two of them together.
The excitement was most enjoyable as the tweet volume soared when the fans realized they were being given what they had asked for the past three seasons, Nathan and Audrey FINALLY together!
Vince arrives and see’s Nathan, who hightailed it downstairs demanding to know “what is he doing… you’re supposed to make Lexie fall in love with you”? The series writers throw in some anecdotal humor when Nathan says it’s like the Phil Collin’s song ”You Can’t Hurry Love”. Vince immediately corrects Nathan saying “it was the Supreme’s!”
The mood between Vince and Nathan turns deadly serious when Vince states “I am sorry to rush you to your own death … The Troubles are destroying this town…, and The Guards patience is growing thin… Get Lexie to fall in love with you” (so she will kill you), is Vince’s message and… End The Troubles in Haven!
We switch to a scene in the Haven Herald between Nathan and Jennifer. We find out that Duke is calling deep-sea diver Jack Driscoll (Darri Ingolfsson) on his cell phone but we do not know the reason why at this point.
Jack Driscoll, one of several new characters introduced in this episode, is one of Reverend Driscoll’s two sons.
Duke says to Jack that needs his broken bilge pump “today”. Why? Notwithstanding his feelings for Jennifer, it is so that he can try to escape from Haven. before any more things like what happened to his brother can adversely affect his life
Duke is rather brusque with Jennifer in the next sequence, informing her to remove her personal items things from his ship, the Cape Rouge. Although she empathizes with what Duke has just experienced, Jennifer is stunned by Duke’s frankly rude and selfish behavior stating “I’m not coming back…”
It is a tear jerking moment between the two, an artful segue by the writers to add suspense to the episode. Duke calls himself a “smuck” in a moment of self pity. However, we all know that Duke CANNOT leave Haven just yet, AND these two characters are fated to fall in love themselves. Or so goes this reviewer’s theory of events.
As Duke is walking on a Haven street where items are imploding and exploding, he sees that several people are dead and saves a twelve year old little girl (Kaitlyn Bernard) in harm’s way.
Objects have been “crushed”. Car windows are smashed while and an odd, water like atmosphere clouds the air.
It is a deep sea pressure wave Trouble thatwill point to the Driscoll brothers, Jack and Aiden (Craig Olejnik)!
Duke backs off. We observe Nathan and Lexie Audrey investigating the new pressure wave version of “The Troubles” with the our favorite Medical Examiner Gloria (Jayne Eastwood) on location.
Jayne Eastwood is always a hoot to witness in action when she is acting in this series. Gloria “delivers the goods” once again in “Crush” with several sharp retorts to “Lexie Do It”, referring to Lexie Dewitt (Audrey) and her relationship with Nathan which is rumored all over town thanks to The Guard!
It seems like Gloria may know something important yet to be revealed that will relate to what is happening overall in town.
Instead, our erstwhile Medeical Examiner Gloria clams up and talks about implosions as the source of almost all the deaths, and that the Teague brother are lucky to have survived what appears to be “The Bends“.
Poor Vince and Dave are nearby observed acting crazy like they have experienced “The Bends” from deep sea diving and rising to the surface too quickly. Left untreated, they could perish from the affliction.
Putting all the clues together, Nathan and Lexie Audrey locate Jack Driscoll down at the dock next to his handy decompression chamber with Duke. Jack is upset.
Jennifer ascertains that only logical explanation is that The Troubles have somehow now penetrated the formerly “untroubled” Driscoll family.
As a new pressure wave engulfs the area Jennifer relates this news to Nathan and Lexie Audrey who were unconvinced by Jennifer’s theory. Both Nathan and Lexie Audrey gain a measure of respect for Jennifer as a result of this development.
Jack Driscoll, in a state of disbelief that his family has been infected with The Troubles of Haven, enters his own chamber before he destroys the entire area, killing everyone in the process.
Meanwhile Lexie Audrey uses soothing language and encourages Jack to engage in breathing exercises to calm Jack Driscoll down, stopping the pressure wave buildup.
Thankfully, loopy Vince and Dave are saved from “The Bends” after being placed into Jack Driscoll’s deep sea decompression chamber that removes the build-up of nitrogen bubbles in their blood stream that could have ultimately killed them.
Then as Nathan and Jack are thinking that all is well and The Troubles are over, comes the shocker, another series of explosions are heard from across town!
It must be that Aiden Driscoll has become infected with “The Troubles” from his brother Jack, just like Carrie Bensen had transmitted her version of The Troubles to others in Haven!
This new manifestation of “The Troubles” happens when Aiden and jack feel stressed out producing the pressure they experience when deep sea driving.
The new pressure wave coming from Aiden Driscoll is so intense that not even his brother can approach him!
Aiden, not as easily calmed down as Jack was becomes so upset that he cause even more destruction as the pressure wave continues to expand, threatening to engulf the entire town and kill everyone as a result!
Duke, who everyone thought had left town, come back like the cavalry to the rescue when Lexie Audrey and Nathan determine that they will need deep sea diving suits to withstand the pressure and be able to reach Aiden and stop him from obliterating Haven.
Nathan and Lexie Audrey ask themselves “now where can we get deep sea diving suits”? “Right here” says Duke!
This reviewer enjoyed the optical visual effects of the air being like pressurized water that simulated deep sea diving the three walking closer and closer to Aiden as the outside pressure grew more intense.
Talk about the power of persuasion! Even in a deep sea diving suit, Lexie Audrey is a knock out for “The Troubles”!
Poor Nathan is about to die of lack of air on a bright, sunny and beautiful day in the town park in Haven!
Duke, who thought he was a only “Smuck” for saving everyone else, save’s his ole’ buddy Nathan while Lexie Audrey preserver’s to save the town by talking Aiden down from his stress. Can the “Crush” episode get any more exciting and enjoyable? Well, just “hold your horses” while we finish saving poor Aiden!
Experiencing an epiphany, Duke while talking to Nathan about whether or not Lexie Audrey should kill Nathan decides he does not want to leave Haven which we will learn in a few minutes will definitely delight Jennifer.
Here a revelation is exposed. When Duke was saving Nathan, he discovered that Duke is no longer one of The Troubled.
They look at each other and Duke makes a joke that he used to like it better when Nathan always suspected him of everything! Nathan and Lexie Audrey head to her apartment to have a chat.
Nathan specifically discusses with Lexie Audrey that Jack Driscoll was prepared to make the sacrifice himself to save his brother Aiden so he could return to his wife and family.
Hugging amid the realization, Nathan and Lexie Audrey two come to the inevitable conclusion that just may be what is required of them as Nathan reveals his thoughts about Jack who was willing to die to save one person.
Can Lexie Audrey and Nathan do any less to save Haven+ This becomes the next critical pivot point in the story arc of season four of Haven for the two lovers to contemplate.
Duke had called before arriving and confessed to Jennifer that he does have real feelings for her. Jennifer beams a huge smile as Duke goes even further; He he does not really want her to get her stuff off the ship and hugs his girlfriend!
Did I say yay yet?! Well, YAY for Duke and Jennifer!
Question to be considered are how did formerly untouchable Driscoll family suddenly develop their own version of The Troubles. We learn that Jack Driscoll was attacked by the two henchmen, the same way as Carrie Bensen, spreading the new contagion far and wide awaiting the appearance of the undoubted mastermind, William from the Wormhole bar barn!
My grade for “Crush” is a well deserved solid straight “A”. The episode was fast paced moving smoothly from sequence to sequence delivering excitement and content to the viewer. Also great is the episode’s feature song by “The Careful Ones“, “Slow Dance on Broken Glass”, a most apt, in fact perfect selection! BRAVO!
More answers were provided to the story arc which of course leads to more interesting questions as we have discussed herein. One fact is clear; we have two sets of lovers setting up the next five episode nicely with two teams to hunt down The Troubles!
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