While "Haven" is still not quite living up to its promise, it does continue to crawl closer and closer to something that could present an identity of its own. Right now, it's struggling for consistency. This episode was a bit better than the previous installment, but it's still taking too long to build its case for renewal.
I like the fact that they've built up the Audrey/Duke dynamic into something nice and complicated. They are attracted to one another, but they are also in positions that are diametrically opposed. Their chosen professions keep getting in the way. This can be mined for drama for ages, while maintaining a strong balance between personal issues and management of "The Troubles", so I'm hoping they keep this tension going for a while. It shouldn't be easy.
This is all neatly facilitated by the emergence of Nathan's relationship with Jess, which prevents the potential of a mind-numbing love triangle between Audrey, Nathan, and Duke. I prefer these relationships that challenge Nathan and Audrey. Nathan, in particular, is being drawn out of his shell, and this episode makes it clear that Audrey isn't going to be the one to strip away his reserve. (And when that starts to happen, it might make him less wooden.)
The situation in this particular case was once again aligned with the unspoken or subconscious desire theme, but on a scale that rivaled the mess that took place in the pilot. I was left wondering whether or not this was related to the cracks forming in the roads and what not, though that connection was never made.
But perhaps more interesting is how the scale of this threat is perceived by the locals. While there is a great deal of fear and concern, there are some who are taking this in stride. And that may just be the most disturbing part of it. To some of these residents, this is a certain brand of "normal". If that's the case, how much worse can they expect it to get? Hopefully that will become clearer soon, to give the show a little more heft.