Haven: The Complete Second Season


On DVD: 
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A Little Less Spooky

The original pitch for the show was much closer to the book it is partially based on, The Colorado Kid, with no supernatural elements at all - just strange people in a small town.

The Syfy channel excels at series with a focus on a place and then filling it with interesting people. From Eureka to the Warehouse, each locale has is a characters of it's own, and Haven is no different. A small town in Maine populated by people with troubles, which is code for "freaky supernatural abilities", and the police who try to keep it all in check, Haven: The Complete Second Season collects the sophomore arc of the series into a great set with a plethora of extras.

In the first season of Haven, Audrey Parker comes to town, strange things happen, the Sheriff falls apart (literally) and Audrey learns that she used to be Lucy Ripley and may be linked to the mysterious death of "the Colorado Kid". Season two begins with Audrey Parker coming to town. That may sound a little odd, but hey, a little odd is what the show specializes in... anyway, Audrey Parker comes to town, the real Audrey Parker, because the one we've gotten to know may not be the real deal after all.

Just like the season before it, every episode of season two focuses on a new troubled citizen of Haven while also contributing to the overall season arc. My favorite episode, though, has to be "Audrey Parker's Day Off" in which she gets caught in a loop, repeating the same day over and over until she finds out why. But I'm a sucker for Groundhog Day, so...

The DVD set features the entire season, including the Christmas special "Silent Night" as well as a half dozen Making-Of Featurettes on everything from script writing and production desing to costuming and acting. There are also five Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes that give background on aspects of the town, it's people and history. The Haven panel from New York Comic Con is also included, an hour of chatting with the main cast and writers.

One big changes this season was the addition of Dwight Hendrickson, played by Adam Copeland - WWE's Edge, the guy who cleans up after the messes made by troubled people. There is a nice interview with Adam on the bonus features disc where he discusses joining the show and retiring from wrestling.

Lastly, the set includes 10 episode commentary tracks. Four episodes have a single commentary track while another three have two commentary tracks. If you are a big fan of the show, you won't want to miss out on these.

Personally, I love the show, and this set does it justice and then some. A must buy in my book.

Review by Jason Pace
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