SIREN – Season 1 Episodes 1&2 – SPOILERS
A fishing trawler in the Bering Strait finds a mermaid in its nets. After the frightened creature attacks one of the crew (Chris Mueller, played by Chad Rook), the captain (Brian Anthony Wilson) calls for medical assistance and gets more help than he bargained for. The American military shows up and not only medivacs the wounded crewman to hospital, but also confiscates their cryptozoological catch. Just what the navy wants with a mermaid is open to speculation. They take tissue samples from the mermaid during her captivity. It could be that the navy is trying to create some kind of aquatic supersoldier.
The captured mermaid (Sibongile Mlambo) has a sister (Eline Powell) who calls herself Ryn for purposes of communicating with humans. (We have no idea what her real name might be.) Ryn (probably) follows the trawler back to port — the fictional town of Bristol Cove, Washington.
The distance involved is worth mentioning. The Bering Strait is about 2300 nautical miles northwest of Seattle. The fastest trawler might make that trip in a little over six days.
Ryn’s fins, claws, scales, and gills are apparently able to retract when she is out of the water. After those things retract, she has legs like a human, and her skin looks like human skin. It takes her a while to become accustomed to the legs, which are concealed inside her tail when she is in the water. (The ancestors of dolphins were land dwellers fifty million years ago, and it is certainly possible that some human populations also returned to the sea in the remote past.)
SIREN published a diagram of the mermaid anatomy, but it does not specify if the creatures are warm-blooded. If Ryn is mammalian, as she appears to be, it seems likely that her species began on land and transitioned to being ocean dwellers. Ryn and her sister have gills, and are both quite slender. They appear to lack blubber, which would make them unique among sea mammals. If they are warm-blooded and without a thick, fatty layer, how do they insulate against the cold?
Alex Roe (who plays Ben) told Entertainment Tonight: “[Ryn] sings this kind of quite creepy song and from then it kind of gets into your head and it messes around with your feelings and emotions and thoughts, and I think during a lot of the series, he [Ben] thinks that he’s doing things for a good reason and I think slowly realizes that maybe she’s inside his head…there’s a romance, but it’s dark. The things that the creatures [are] capable of is pretty scary. Once you’re in their territory, it’s kind of like the gloves are off.”
The first thing Ryn does after arriving in Bristol Cove is save a kid from a shark, so it does not seem that she harbours ill will toward humans, at least not initially.
Bristol Cove exploits mermaid legends to attract tourists, and the Pownall family more or less runs the town. Ben Pownall is the maverick son of Ted Pownall (David Cubitt), whose great, great, great grandfather Charles allegedly fell in love with a mermaid who abandoned him and returned to the water. Helen (Rena Owen), who runs an antique shop in town, says there was more to the story. According to Helen, a mermaid population once lived on land in Bristol Cove, and Pownall’s ancestor went mad and slaughtered a great many of them, driving them back into the sea. (All this happened more than 150 years ago.)
Ben’s father and mother hate each other, but stay together for practical reasons. (Ben’s mom is confined to a wheelchair, and we don’t yet know how that came to be.) Ben is dating Maddie Bishop (Fola Evans-Akingbola) who is the daughter of the town’s sheriff (Gil Birmingham). Maddie’s mother, Susan, disappeared about eight months previously. One gets the feeling that her disappearance might be important to the story.
There is a scene where Maddie and Ryn are alone in Ben’s car, and Ryn explores Maddie by touch and smell, something Ryn does not do with anyone else, including Ben.
Tammy Gillis (Deputy Staub) will reprise the role of Jenna Scott (sister of Elizabeth) in MARRYING MR. DARCY, the sequel to the 2016 Hallmark movie UNLEASHING MR. DARCY, a modern day take on Jane Austin’s “Pride & Prejudice” in which Elizabeth Scott (Cindy Busby) gets the opportunity to enter her dog (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) in a New York dog show, where Mr. Darcy is a judge. UNLEASHING MR. DARCY is now available on DVD, and will be rebroadcast by Hallmark on 24 April at 2pm. MARRYING MR. DARCY is expected to air on The Hallmark Channel on 2 June.
Gillis also is Christina Dunn in the DEAD INSIDE pilot being filmed for the CW which stars Joey King as Emmy, an underachieving beat cop, who survives an explosion that kills her older brother Zach and then starts seeing his ghost. Emmy and ghost-Zach work together to help crime victims both living and dead, and to find out what is keeping Zach’s spirit here on Earth.
Patrick Gallagher (Dr. Abbott) will be Teo in A DOG’S WAY HOME, a film starring Ashley Judd and Edward James Olmos, based on the novel of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. The story is part of a series of dog-themed books by Cameron, and is centred around Lucas, who unexpectedly finds himself caring for a homeless pit bull puppy named Bella. Animal control takes Bella away from Lucas because his building doesn’t allow dogs, but Bella is determined not to let the 400 miles between them prevent her from seeing Lucas, and undertakes an arduous journey to return to him. Two dogs were rescued to play the role of Bella. Filmed in Vancouver at the end of last year, A DOG’S WAY HOME will be released in the UK on 25 January 2019.