Tomorrow Never Comes for Haven
· Emily Rose
· Lucas Bryant
· Eric Balfour
· Jason Priestley
Television Review: Haven, "Audrey Parker's Day Off"
by R.J. Carter
Published: August 19, 2011
"What if tomorrow doesn't come? It didn't come today."
Bill Murray's line from "Groundhog Day" rings particularly true for Audrey Parker (Emily Rose) in tonight's time-loop episode of the Syfy original series, Haven. Based on Stephen King's The Colorado Kid, Parker is a police officer in a small town that shelters people with supernatural afflictions -- such as her partner, acting police chief Nathan Wuornos (Lucas Bryant), who has no tactile sensation. Parker's unique advantage to helping those who are 'troubled' (as the series puts it) is that she is immune to their abilities -- hence the only thing Nathan can feel is Audrey's touch.
As much as Audrey cares for Nathan, she's spending her nights recently with Chris Brody (Jason Priestley), who has the affliction of being adored by anyone who looks at him. Being immune to his charms, she has the option to like Brody for who he really is. But after waking up twice in bed with him on the same Tuesday, Audrey realizes that something is amiss. Sensations of deja vu plague her until she realizes she's stuck in some sort of a temporal loop -- one that ends in a tragedy that only compounds the more she tries to prevent it from happening.
While "Audrey Parker's Day Off" has its lighter moments -- such as Duke Crocker (Eric Balfour) developing a man-crush on Brody, which Audrey uses to her advantage to keep them both safe -- the show takes on the more serious aspects of the situation. One being Audrey's lack of sleep, as the day resets for her shortly after the noon tragedy; she's living a relative six hours, but is actually going without sleep for a few days solid. Further, Audrey realizes that she brings back more than memories when the day resets -- she brings back physical souvenirs as well, which leads her to a startlingly frightening revelation.
The writers have turned in quite a clever and touching tale with this episode, delivering a mystery that makes sense, a sympathetic troubled victim, and an ending that leaves Audrey's future relationship prospects up in the air.
Twitter Alert: From a sign in this episode: "Follow @vincehaven on Twitter. You'll be glad you did!"
Haven, "Audrey Parker's Day Off" airs Friday, August 19, 10pm(ET/PT) on Syfy.