In SyFy's Haven, “the troubles” abound. A wide range of “supernatural afflictions” and abilities that have laid dormant in the small town’s population for decades—including things like moods influencing weather, bringing stories to life, and the inability to feel pain or physical sensation—are surfacing again. Alongside the town’s acting sheriff (who himself is afflicted by a “trouble”), FBI Agent Audrey Park helps to uncover the troubles and works with the townspeople to confront and overcome them—even as she searches for the truth behind her own mysterious connection to the small Maine town. In last Friday's “Roots,” Audrey ‘s date with town resident Chris Brody is interrupted by another appearance of the troubles: tree roots are attacking people during preparations for a wedding between a bride and groom from feuding families. While somewhat heavy handed, the episode provides a good image that helps us understand the nature of anger and hate—and the power of love to overcome them.
Chris: What we need are chainsaws, heavy equipment, maybe some industrial weed killer—”
Audrey: You think the problem is plants? No, the problems in Haven, they come from people.
Chris: I understand this town has a lot of human aberrations—I am one. But if you want to understand them, you don’t hold their hands; you observe what they do. That’s science, that’s how you learn.
Audrey: So, you think they’re a science project? Like me, because I’m immune to you?
Chris: Come on, don’t make this about you.
Audrey: No, I’m not making this about me, okay. I just wanted you to help that poor girl.
Chris: And I am—by trying to find something we can use to get out of here!
Audrey: It’s not something—it’s someone. Alright? In Haven, it’s always someone. That’s how we’re gonna get out of here.