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Old July 10 2010, 07:57 PM   #16
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Re: "Haven" (new SyFy series starring Emily Rose) - Discussion & Spoil

Praise be - someone finally answered my prayers for a low-budget, mildly serialized cop/FBI show with vaguely supernatural phenomena, which can conveniently be solved by standard detective work!

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Old July 10 2010, 08:14 PM   #17
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Bleh - I'll give it another shot next week but I doubt this one is gonna grab my interest.

Kudos to Emily Rose for believably portraying an FBI agent, but wow what a collection of poor actors they've hired for this show! Eric Balfour is weird-looking and smarmy but at least he seems to be putting in an effort, which is more than I can say for the plank of wood they got to play Deputy Wuornos.

That guy may be the worst actor I have ever seen in a major role in a supposedly professionally produced TV series. I hope they aren't positioning him to be the "love interest" because that just isn't going to work. The risk of splinters is a real turnoff. The dialogue isn't exactly sparkling, but the deputy's comatose delivery certainly didn't help matters.

This series needs a major dose of Stephen King-type horror, or any dose for that matter. This week's story was downright boring and thrill-free. If they're settling for a prosaic, formulaic freak-of-the-week formula week in and out, I'm definitely out. At the very least, make the freaks freaky! Shoot for the Flukeworm Guy from The X-Files. Any less than that, why bother?

Haven reminds me strongly of The Gates - an attempt to create a "scary small town" that fails because nobody behind it seems to know what the heck "scary" means. The result is far too tame. This show doesn't just need Stephen King, it could use some H.P Lovecraft. It should have a little whiff of what made The Mist so horrifying - and by relying more strongly on the fear of what you don't see, they could make it work on a TV budget. And let the critters eat Deputy Dull while they're at it.
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Old July 10 2010, 08:23 PM   #18
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Sure. Are people posting in my thread? I came here first.
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Old July 10 2010, 08:23 PM   #19
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That seemed like your typical Syfy pablum right there. Maybe it will get better but I'm not very intrigued to find out.

As for Emily Rose, I'm glad the exorcism took.
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Old July 10 2010, 08:25 PM   #20
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Yeah Syfy seems to be aiming to be the sci fi answer to the USA Network - cute, quirky, harmless, formulaic shows that are easy to watch and easier to forget. Doesn't come off as well in the sf/f context, where blandness is usually not considered a virtue. Also, that leaves us with no channel that is the sci fi answer to anything I'd want to watch.

Oh and I forgot to rant about THE MUSIC! I rarely notice music in a show unless it's very good (Lost) or distractingly bad (Haven). The music amped the smarm factor about a thousand percent - hardly necessary, the script was smarmy enough on its own. Someone really needs to invent a zapper that will mute the music and not the dialogue - and that goes triple for those nauseating musical interludes with pop songs that the corporate parent of the TV network is trying to foist on us.
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Old July 11 2010, 12:36 AM   #21
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Re: "Haven" (new SyFy series starring Emily Rose) - Discussion & Spoil

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I like the New England setting (even if it's filmed in Canada, it still looks right).
Well it should. Nova Scotia is only steps away and pretty much the same kind of countryside.
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Old July 11 2010, 01:37 AM   #22
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Aren't all shows on SyFy shows filmed in Canada? I kinda liked it, will check it out again next week.
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Old July 11 2010, 07:21 AM   #23
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It would take a team of ninjas and a dozen naked Hooter girls to make this show exciting.
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Old July 16 2010, 09:15 AM   #24
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Old July 16 2010, 03:33 PM   #25
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Saw the first episode and it didn't grab me. It was however nice to see Nova Scotia as opposed to Vancouver where I thought it was going to be shot. It was also nice to see Nicole De Boer, Maurice Dean Wint and Eric Balfour. Emily Rose without pants wasn't bad either.
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Old July 16 2010, 06:02 PM   #26
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If they were going to shoot it in Vancouver, they'd just pretend it was Seattle again.
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Old July 16 2010, 08:36 PM   #27
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OMG is it Friday again? Okay, I'm willing to give this sucker another shot, but they really need to amp the scare factor and give me a reason to keep watching.

If anyone is curious about the ratings, they're decent: 2.34M, 0.7/2.

Which is about on par with the lead-in, Eureka: 2.52M, 0.8/3. If Haven can hang onto most of those viewers, it should have a future.
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Old July 16 2010, 10:08 PM   #28
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Fool me once...
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Old July 16 2010, 10:12 PM   #29
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If there was more than just Futurama worth watching this summer, I'd be a lot less tolerant of giving shows a second, third, fourth, etc chance. Desperation plays havoc with standards.
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Old July 17 2010, 01:23 AM   #30
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There was some nice banter.

Eric just has me thinking "TOESUCKER" and I can't take him seriously.
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