Haven is a very different hour of Dark Angel. It’s not particularly exciting, but it has a host of intriguing touches that expand the show’s world quite a bit. Oh and it’s also notable for completely freaking me out as a kid.
Getting Max and Logan out of Seattle affords the hour a cozy, homey feeling, and it also provides valuable insight into the world after the pulse. There’s real darkness here as the cop Logan comes to see paints a very grim picture about this apocalyptic world (particularly with the image of people hanging from telephone poles and the issues of police brutality). It also introduces us to a little boy called Sage, whose Arab parents suffered a brutal attack at the hands of the town-folk. They were easy targets as its soon revealed, because they had a generator that gave their house power unlike the rest of the town. It’s a thoroughly unsettling plot (although we really didn’t need the added detail of BC and his crew raping Sage’s mom).
Max getting incapacitated this week gives Logan the opportunity to use his smarts and wind up the hero. His transformation into a straight-up McGuyver is a bit insane, but it’s fun to watch him rig the whole house into one big booby trap and blow the thugs to pieces. Although, I did find it a bit out of character of him to kill so callously (as satisfying as it was).
Ultimately, the whole hour is kind of disposable, but it’s somewhat compelling filler nonetheless.
– The opening scene with Max and Sketchy waiting in line for gas is an awesome showcase for just how rare certain commodities have become in a post-pulse world. It’s simple and effective.
– Love the scene with Trudy giving Max and Logan the “tour” culminating with Max with arguing with Logan over ruining their holiday.
– How adorable is Max drinking a glass of milk (complete with a pitcher) in the bar?
– My favorite scene of the hour is definitely Max kicking BC’s ass (along with the rest of his crew). And it’s heartbreaking to see Logan try to protect her honor and have his wheelchair tripped.
– Awesome continuity: Max’s seizures have gotten worse because the implant from Rising is still in her neck.
– I have to point out that the dramatic horror movie-esque music was way too much. It blared every time Max and Sage had one of their quiet scenes and it was much too imposing.
– The flashbacks to the original attack on Sam’s family intercut with the present day one were effectively unsettling.
– I enjoyed Max and Sam bonding over the two people who were always there for them (Trudy and Logan).
– Max’s final voiceover is pretty lame. We don’t really care about Sage putting flowers at the graves and it’s stupid to end the hour on him while removing focus off of Max and Logan. Fail.
Barbs & Barcodes
Max: (holding the passes) I had to hang upside-down outside the window for an hour to swipe these from police headquarters.
Logan: Eighteen people were murdered for standing up against police brutality. This guy was there.
Max: I don’t care if he could raise the dead; this was supposed to be a vacation.
Logan: How can I even think about having a good time when—
Max: – when there are eighteen restless spirits waiting for you to avenge their deaths?
Logan: Have fun, because that is the most important thing.
Max: I’ll try. Even though I’ll be wracked by guilt since I don’t have enough to share with every single person on this planet.
Max: I get it now. Even the ghost makes sense.
Logan: Ah, the ghost makes sense.
While Haven strays too far from the show’s essence, it’s still a creepy and mildly engaging hour of Dark Angel.