SIREN – Season 1 Episode 3 – SPOILERS
Chris Mueller (Chad Rook) manages to send a text to his buddies from Nurse Stevenson’s phone. Xander (Ian Verdun) and Calvin (Curtis Lum) find Stevenson’s address and follow her to the naval facility where Chris is being held. The nurse seems to drive around pointlessly for a bit, possibly in an attempt to shake her pursuers. (According to Google Maps, it should be only a 12 minute drive from her home address to the naval base.) Xander and Decker try to approach the entrance, but are chased away by guards (who probably get the license number of their vehicle). Stevenson (Veronika Hadrava) has Xander’s phone number because of Mueller’s text. Meanwhile, the navy has identified Ben Pownall as the guy who took their mermaid lure.
Injections of DNA from Ryn’s sister cure paralysis in mice. The researchers must have had some reason to expect that mermaid DNA might repair the nervous system of rodents (and possibly humans). Could there have been earlier experiments that led them to that conclusion? Have there been other captured mermaids? Will the navy offer Ben a cure for his mother’s paralysis in exchange for the return of the lure?
Why exactly is the navy keeping Chris prisoner? They must know that doing that will attract unwanted attention. Had they sent Chris to another hospital, one not at all connected with the captured mermaid, and notified his family, no one would be trying to track him down, and Ben would not have found the lure. Even if Chris had seen what attacked him, why would anyone believe him? Is it possible that the bite of a mermaid causes changes in human physiology?
At the end of the second episode, Ryn picked up a knife and went for a walk. We still don’t know what she did while she was out that night. Helen asks her but she does not say.
Other stuff about Ryn:
— She weighs 196.6 pounds with her clothes on.
— Fresh water does not make her change form. Only salt water causes the change.
— She tolerates alcohol well. (Chugging two beers in rapid succession seems to have no effect on her, probably due to rapid metabolism.)
Ryn tries to kiss Ben (Alex Roe), and he pulls away. Does he do this because Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) is watching him, or because Ryn is a mermaid? Maddie does not seem at all upset by the idea of Ryn kissing Ben. (Ryn makes what, to her, is an astonishing discovery. Maddie is afraid of her.)
Later, Maddie explains the concept of trust to the mermaid, and is apparently successful. That night, Ryn crawls into bed with Ben and Maddie and sleeps between then as a gesture of trust.
Maddie’s stepfather (the sheriff) is searching for Ryn in connection with the death of the guy she tossed through a car windshield. It seems unlikely that Maddie can keep Ryn a secret for very long.
Three quotes from Eline Powell:
“I looked at a lot of different types of predators, mammals on land and in the sea. There were definitely a couple of hours where I was in front of the mirror listening to Bjork and moving around like a total weirdo. I assembled her [Ryn’s] physicality based on things I thought worked for me.” (Backstage.com)
“I don’t know if they [mermaids] would be the way we imagine it, but there is a hint of this — the way species evolve on the water — a lot of mammals have very similar traits, and it’s because the water forces them to look a certain way. Has there ever been a branch of the human species that have gone in there and ended up looking more aquatic than we can imagine? Why not? The sea wipes out so much evidence of those things, especially if they went deep. I’m not claiming that there is, but why not? We don’t know; there’s so much we don’t know. I’m open-minded to it.” (Just Jared Jr.)
“I never thought of Ryn as evil from the very start, even when I didn’t really know whether she would be. I think maybe that’s my job as an actor to be sort of non-judgmental. But, in my head, evil implies mal-intent and, even though Ryn is extremely dangerous and can definitely… she has no problem going there, in terms of taking someone out, I just never disagreed with her reasoning. I never saw the problem of her level of aggression — not that I condone violence in any way, but, in terms of Ryn’s mind, I think she’s dangerous, but not evil.” (Den of Geek)