When I heard that Steve Lund would be returning to Haven, I had hoped we would find out what happened to James Cogan aka The Colorado Kid, after the barn exploded. But in this week’s episode entitled Just Passing Through, Nathan and Vince travelled back to 1983 where we saw how James died. With only six episodes left to the series finale, I wonder if we will learn about James’ ultimate fate.
In the previous episode it was revealed that Dave had killed Charlotte. Confronted by Nathan and Audrey, Dave says Croatoan takes control of his body so technically, it’s not Dave doing the killings. He does offer up a vague memory of seeing a woman and an open thinny on the beach the day the Colorado Kid died. This prompts Nathan to use Stuart Mosley’s time travel trouble to go back to that day.
Treading on Butterflies
When Vince offered to travel back with Nathan you could see by the look in his eyes he was up to something. Despite Audrey’s warning not to change anything in the past both Vince and Nathan proceeded to step on all the butterflies.
Stuart Mosley sent them back in time to the police station where he was filing a report about his car, after Nathan reminded him that that was what he was doing in 1983 on the day the Colorado Kid was killed. Nathan and Vince appeared in front of a young boy who took their picture on his Polaroid. Nathan confiscated the picture and when he found out that Duke Crocker had stolen the boy’s best camera, he told him about Duke’s secret hiding place.
Having blown his cover as an FBI agent with detective Garland Wuornos, Nathan had no choice but to come clean to his dad in order to enlist his help to find Barbara Colton.
Vince on the other hand had come from the future with every intention of stepping on butterflies. He wanted to save his brother Dave by any means necessary by trying to get him to leave town. When Dave saw through Vince’s disguise as a literary agent, he proceeded to tell Dave about the future in the hopes that he would leave. But Dave is a spunky little fella who insisted on sticking around to help Haven and Lucy. So the past played out as it should.
I say as it should but I was surprised that Lucy would even consider killing her own son to end the Troubles. Even though she hesitated and Nathan arrived in time to stop her, this did not sit well with me. Especially as when given the choice of killing Nathan 30 years later, Audrey refused and chose to go into the barn instead.
Somehow Barbara got hold of a ring just like Audrey and Charlotte’s. Her Trouble allows her to pass through solid matter but the ring amplifies her Trouble allowing her to create thinnies so that she can cross through the void and come out the other side unharmed.
By creating a thinny near Dave, Barbara caused him to be pulled into the void allowing Croatoan to take over his body. When he comes through the second thinny near James he kills him. So one of the big questions of the series, who killed the Colorado Kid? has been answered. Croatoan killed his own grandson. The main problem I have with Dave’s body killing James, is that Dave doesn’t have a Guard tattoo. We learned in season 1 (don’t ask me to remember the episode right now) that the Kid was killed by someone with the tattoo so this is a continuity issue for me.
Luckily for Vince Croatoan wipes the memories of all the people on the beach including Dave’s so he doesn’t remember what he’s been told of the future. I must say there weren’t that many people on the beach when the Kid was being killed so really not sure where they all came from all of a sudden but anyhoo.
Duke still on walkabout
Having decided to return to Haven, Duke is no closer to getting there. Sitting in his motel room he is attacked by a bunch of goons who give him no information on why they are doing this.
Eventually we find out that the same kid that Duke used to steal from at school, Sol Goodwin has been tracking him for years. The whole sub plot was made to feel rather sinister but the truth is Nathan had tasked the young Sol back in 1983 with delivering a letter to Duke by a certain date.
In the letter Nathan asks Duke to locate any surviving member of the Colton family and bring them back to Haven to help open up a thinny. That person would be Little Miss Wants to Thief, Hailie. When last seen Hailie had locked Duke in a storage container and legged it. I don’t see her helping him out in a hurry. Hopefully it won’t take Duke six episodes to persuade her to come back with him, it’s time to bring this walkabout to an end.
- We get confirmation that Garland Wuornos and Lucy were an item for a brief moment until she found her son. This isn’t news really as the pictures of Lucy and Garland that we saw in season 2, episode 7, The Tides that Bind definitely spoke to a close and personal relationship. Didn’t Sarah have a thing for Vince? I vaguely remember Vince giving Audrey a ring that belonged to Sarah and hinting that they were close.
- It wasn’t a pressing issue for me but now we know that little Sol Goodwin took the picture of the scene on the beach after the Colorado Kid was murdered using his best camera. If Nathan hadn’t gone back would we still have that memorable photo?
- Croatoan pulls aether out of Troubled people through their eyes which is what he did to James on the beach. So James was troubled but what was his trouble? In all his brief appearances throughout the past few seasons this was never raised.
- Nathan mentioned his interaction with his dad in the past and the fact that he’d told him about the future. He said it explained why the Chief had been hard on him all these years. This made me wonder if Nathan going back in time was one of those time travel things where it had to happen because it had already happened. Time travel gives me a headache so we’ll say no more about it.
Okay we have six more episodes to go so doing the math, there aren’t that many episodes for William Shatner to appear in if he’s scheduled to appear in four. I wonder if there’s a chance we will see him in the next episode.