A few years ago Stephen King wrote a little book called The Colorado Kid. The book was the first big book published through Hard Case Crime imprint which specializes in re-publishing pulp fiction novels as well as new stories. The Colorado Kid is the story of two newspaper writers who are old enough to use the phrase “back in the day” tell innocent intern the story of The Colorado Kid, a body that washed up in 1980 and the mystery of how he came to be dead in Maine. While in the end readers may not get the answers to the questions they’ve been asking for whatever amount of pages, the main theme put forth is the search of answers when there are none to be found.
It was an incredibly cruel trick on Mr. Kings part.
Anyway, recently the Syfy channel has adapted The Colorado Kid into a TV series called Haven. Three episodes in and the story has differed slightly but the possibility of finally finding out what happened to The Colorado Kid is there. Haven focus on an FBI agent who takes a temporary leave of absence from the FBI to serve as a local police officer in the town of Haven, Maine where strange things are constantly happening. Please be careful not to confuse this show with Syfy’s other series Eureka about a street-smart cop who relocates to Eureka, Oregon to investigate all the strange things that are constantly happening.
In the first episode Audrey, the FBI agent, discovers an old newspaper article about The Colorado Kid and in the included picture is a person she believes to be her mother. It’s a bit of a stretch. Okay, it’s a huge stretch in my opinion. “Look, this women kind of looks like me and I was adopted. She’s probably my mother.” Really. That is the extent of the explanation we get from the show and what keeps her in Haven.
Another problem I have with the show is that all the episodes so far have followed the exact same format.
1) Weird thing happens.
2) Audrey accuses the most likely person responsible.
3) If the wrong person is accused, accused the next most likely person.
4) If Audrey is wrong yet again (and so far she has been), have it dawn on her that the person responsible is the person she least suspects.
5) Case solved!
Really, she made it in to the FBI with this type of deduction skills?
Is this show worth caring about? Probably not. I see a lot of potential in it. Haven could turn out to be really interesting if only is would drop this “monster of the week” format it’s following and take the time to build some solid mythology. They are only dropping hints right now as to what causes all these supernatural things to happen. It’s been made clear that there are characters who know something about what is going on, but it has not dawned on Audrey yet to ask them because she is too busy searching for this woman who she is convinced is her mother.
Anybody else have thoughts on this show so far?