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Back in 2005, George Lucas floated the idea that Star Wars would be coming to TV as a live-action series. Production on Revenge of the Sith was wrapping up and during his Star Wars Celebration III appearance, George talked about a TV series being part of the future of Star Wars. Over the next years, that idea became Star Wars: Underworld but never actually saw the light of day. Despite having over 50 scripts written, Lucas said that it would have cost too much to produce so the project was shelved by 2010.
Over the last decade, TV production has changed. TV show productions rival movies in terms of budget and quality. With the Disney purchase of LucasFilm and looking to make a splash for the launch of their Disney+ streaming service, Star Wars was chosen as the flagship franchise to lead Disney into the online age. And that brings us to The Mandalorian, a story of a Mandalorian bounty hunter who takes on a lucrative but dangerous job….
One complaint that kept coming up from fans of Haven during the show’s run was that the show had ignored the source material for a large portion of its run. Lip service was paid to the Stephen King novella The Colorado Kid early in the show’s run before The Kid was the focus of Season Three. Then it was ignored for Season Four and Five-A.
However, Just Passing Through, the seventh-to-last episode of Haven, started to pull The Colorado Kid back into the Haven mythology after a lengthy time off.
Has Haven been turned on its head? Well, did last week’s episode turn Haven on its head more than the fog wall, everyone in town getting Troubles, and Duke’s multinational adventure? Probably not. The good news is that this week’s episode might have an even more ridiculous Trouble but it’s starting us on the path to the series finale.
After a fairly story-light outing in Enter Sandman and some fairly unimportant episodes in the overarching Season 5 narrative to start Season 5B, Haven made a hard turn back into the mythology of the show and the show-long story of curing the Troubles in Wild Card.
So my return to Haven to finish the series and see more John Dunsworth didn’t get off to the best of starts. My Dunsworth mission actually went worse this week since he and Richard Donat weren’t in this week’s reviewed episode of Haven. Instead, Haven tightened its focus to Audrey and Charlotte in Haven and added another character to Duke’s adventures outside of Maine.
As many of you likely heard, John Dunsworth died earlier this week. While almost all of his obituaries and remembrances mention his stint on Trailer Park Boys, I haven’t actually watched it. I assume that makes me a bad Canadian and a bad citizen of my hometown where the TPB film Swearnet was filmed. However, I knew Dunsworth from his scene-stealing role as Dave Teagues in Haven.
And this brought me to the realization that I hadn’t finished watching (or reviewing) Haven. I just stopped watching back in 2015 with only 11 episodes left in the show’s run. So now is the time that I pick up where I left off and finish Haven.
What is hype may never die. There were a lot of loose plot threads heading into this season’s finale. Not only were they paid off spectacularly but we are set up for the stretch run of Game of Thrones with a series of mic drops as the episode came to an end.
Sure, Game of Thrones is at its best when it tells a story and focuses on its characters. However, the show also has this expectation that the ninth episode will wow us. This season’s ninth episode brings us the biggest and most expensive battle in the show’s history as the forces of Jon Snow and Ramsay Bolton did battle for control of Winterfell and the North. And, yes, it was pretty epic.
With next week being the generally epic and iconic Episode Nine of the season, this week’s episode was tasked with closing up some plots and setting up others for the season finale. Surprisingly, it was the storylines that were building toward episode ten that were more satisfying than the parts of the episode that wrapped up an existing story. Read the rest of this entry
Now that I’m thinking about it, the title of this episode, The Broken Man, works on a literal level. Each storyline featured a male character that is broken in some role. Jaime is missing a hand. Theon is mentally broken. The Mountain might have lurked in the background but he’s a zombie and you could make the argument that Jon Snow is as well. The title is surprisingly on the nose. Well, at least we got Bronn back.