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Haven Review: The Time Space Continuum

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Yippee!!! I get to say time space continuum.

Of course, I normally say space time continuum, but Nathan chose the phrasing, and I'll follow his lead. After hearing a lot about "Sarah," she was finally introduced to us when a Troubled man spotted Duke and Nathan, who he recognized from the past... in 1955. We had a genuine time loop that seemed to keep Sarah in Haven to help the Troubled.

Her first case? Returning Duke and Nathan to 2012. 

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Holy moly what a fantastic premise. I knew the episode was going to feature Duke and Nathan going back in time, but the changes it made to the future and both of them running into their relatives in the past were amazingly well done. Emily Rose completely changed to be Sarah. From the inflection of her voice to the mannerisms, the transformation was incredible. 

It was an emotional roller coaster, watching Duke get to know the grandfather he had never met while trying to save his life. Nathan also ran into Chief Wuornos as a little boy playing policeman, while Audrey was visited by him as his old self, alive and kicking, in a Haven that had been radically altered due to the rift in time. It's not very often I get teary eyed watching Haven, but I found myself wiping my eyes more than once during "Sarah."

If anything, there are more questions after this episode than there were going into it. We all had our hopes that maybe Nathan and Sarah would find they way into each other's arms (and other parts) to create The Colorado Kid, and unless they cut some scenes and held out on us, I don't think Nathan and Sarah got past first base. I dare say Nathan's chemistry with Sarah was deeper than what he has with Audrey. Before you get bent out of shape, check out my reasoning.

Nathan was looking at Audrey, but a fresh, non-jaded version of herself. She was just as smart and witty, but hadn't yet had the Haven world tossed up all around her. Her eyes sparkled mischievously as Nathan blatantly stared at her, astounded at the resemblance, and yet knowing fully well they were two different people. It was obvious Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose were enjoying the hell out of those scenes. And let's face it, Emily looked smashing in that red wig and Lucas dashing in his fedora. 

As the world was changing back in 2012, I was so happy that the one thing that stayed the same was the trust Haven had in Audrey. If she said the Haven they were standing in wasn't the real Haven, then they believed her. As ludicrous as things became, people lined up beside her willing to help. Even Jordan was working to get her out of town, as Audrey had a price on her head for killing The Rev. In the altered 2012, The Guard didn't smuggle people into Haven, they smuggled them out. 

If Haven stays on the air long enough, another time travel episode exploring what could be might be fun to investigate. As long as they don't then take that one episode and plan the entire next season around it. Yes, I'm looking at you Fringe. Some things are best explored by the episode thank you very much.

We're no closer to knowing who the father of The Colorado Kid is, but now I'm wondering if it might be one of the Teague brothers. They've been so tight-lipped about everything, why not that? It could very well be a stranger, but the odds of that happening on Haven seem slim. They manage to so neatly tie things together and bring them full circle it would be strange if they were to pluck someone out of the blue as the father.

As an example of tying things together, wasn't it great that Roy took the "pirate money" Duke gave him and put it into his son's birthday card, which is how it eventually got passed down to Duke? Duke gave his grandfather the very doubloon that his own father gave to him. How cool is that, and for how many more cycles will it continue? Oh how I love the idea of time travel.

Agent Howard has been in on the Troubles since the beginning. Well, at least Audrey's part in them. If not playing the part of an FBI agent, he'll take the role of an Army officer. I wonder, how on earth did Sarah manage to get pregnant and have a child under his watch? Maybe she disappeared because she had a child, and Lucy after her because she began a relationship with him, as well. 

Season three is wrapping up nicely. We have only (sob) four episodes left and we've been promised the finale will be amazing. What new theories do you have after watching "Sarah?"

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in responce to marisa, no i highly doubt that nathan would even go back to the 50's let alone exactly three months later. now what is possible is that when james was born and was given to the cogans, they may have given him a diferent "birthdate" so that he couldnt be traced back to sarah and vice versa. however with this series and with the city of haven both of which to think about, anything is possible, im just stating the possibilities with what i already know. but anything is posible.

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It was only while watching for the second time (after reading this review and comments I wanted to see the scenes with Sarah and Nathan again) that I realized that part of his happy, wide-eyed look at her right after that (and why he even allowed her to hold onto his ear for so long) was because it actually hurt him - he was so happy to just feel anything, even if it was the feeling of having his ear practically ripped off, lol! This does highlight a slightly un-romantic aspect of Nathan's feelings for Audrey/Sarah - they have less to do with Audrey or Sarah's personalities and more with sheer physical attraction. People keep commenting that he liked Sarah more than he's liked Audrey in a while because "Sarah was less jaded and cynical" (paraphrase), but I think it may have more to do with the fact that Sarah was far more willing to be physical with him than Audrey. Food for thought. [I really wish this system would warn one that a character limitation has been reached rather than just truncating comments...]

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The whole thing was also a predestination paradox and fulfills the Novikov self-consistency principle (see my earlier comment about the doubloon). Before he went back in time Duke not only had the obituary that said that Sarah killed Roy, had Roy's diary that had "Stuart Mosely" written in it and Roy didn't make that last entry until after Duke saved him twice (and may have written more on that page if Duke hadn't interrupted him). I think that was pretty clear to the characters by the end of the episode, but I though it was worth noting. When Sarah first meets Nathan, she grabs him by the ear and pulls him all the way out of the hospital. It was only while watching for the second time that I realized that part of his happy, wide-eyed look at her right after that (and why he even allowed her to hold onto his ear for so long) was because it actually hurt him - he was so happy to just feel anything, even if it was the feeling of having his ear practically ripped off, lol! This does highlight a slightly un-romantic aspect of Nathan's feelings for Audrey/Sarah - they have less to do with Audrey or Sarah's personalities and more with sheer physical attraction. People keep commenting that he liked Sarah more than he's liked Audrey in a while because "Sarah was less jaded and cynical" (paraphrase), but I think it may have more to do with the fact that Sarah was far more willing to be physical with him than Audrey. Food for thought.

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The gold doubloon (coin) was an ontological paradox (also called a "bootstrap paradox"). Where did it come from originally? It is caught in a time loop and has no origin. I enjoyed the episode, but I wished that the writers had used the opportunity to reveal more aspects of the plot or solve mysteries. I felt like the chance to see Chief Wuornos again was kind of wasted - I wish Audrey had asked him some questions since it's unlikely that anyone would ever have the chance to talk to him again! (I suppose that since it was such an altered timeline, that version of Chief Wuornos might not have information that applied to the regular timeline or have incorrect information that would be confusing, but still....) I thought that Nathan releasing that Guard member from jail was incredibly stupid and hypocritical considering that he had just chastised Duke about changing history - why didn't he just question him in his cell? I thought it was pretty compelling that if Duke's grandfather had lived, Dave would have killed Vince. I'd like to know more about that! (I haven't checked the Twitter thing in a while, but I haven't found it that revealing in the past.) I really hope we finally get some answers in these final episodes and leave the TotW (Troubled of the Week) stories behind. This episode was more about the overall mythology of the show yet it didn't reveal very much at all... Still, it was fun to watch!

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Also, it makes sense that the Teagues brothers kept secrets about the past knowing that Nathan and Duke would go back. It seems like the writers always knew exactly where they would go with the story, because so far everything seems to make sense.

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I too, was sad when I saw that Duke couldn't save his grandfather. But this proves that everything was supposed to happen, the guys traveling and Duke saving his grandfather twice, giving him the gold coin. Even Sarah killing Duke's grandfather, the only reason she did was because Duke told his grandfather she was the one who would kill him, he decided to kill her instead and she defended herself. None of this would have happened if the guys didn't go back in time. Did anyone notice the expression on Howard after Audrey left. He knew exactly what had happened, because in the past they told him that he was the one who sent them there. This whole time-traveling was done amazingly and I hope Jon isn't right about the date of birth of the Colorado Kid. I really want him to be the father. Maybe Nathan went back in time again 3 months after that?

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listen as much as i would love to see that nathan is the colorodo kid's father, and whether or not more did happen than we actually did see in the episode, the day that this episode took place was august 16, 1955. the colorodo kid (james cogan) was supposively born on august 31, 1956. this means that sarah would have had to of been pregnant for over a year. i found his suposed birthday towards the end of the episode called "Real Estate". now this could be that august 31, 1956 wasnt his real birthday, but dont get too excited about this, there is still a long ways to go. by the way i love this show and that is without a shadow of a doubt the best episode i have seen of haven, and that is saying something!