SIREN – Season 1 Episode 4 – SPOILERS
Sheriff Bishop (Gil Birmingham) knows that Ryn was with Maddie. (Doug told him.) When confronted, Maddie denies any knowledge. This does not seem to upset the sheriff at all. Does he know more about mermaids than he’s saying? Also, Dr. Abbott (Patrick Gallagher), when asked to keep his treatment of Chris quiet, asks if it has anything to do with the girl Ben called him about twice before. The doctor also might know more about mermaids than he is letting on. And it seems that Helen (Rena Owen) might be a mermaid who has been on land for a very long time.
Far from being near death (as it seemed she was at the end of the previous episode) Ryn’s sister (Sibongile Mlambo) was quietly waiting for an opportunity. When her human captors get careless, she kills a few of them and escapes her tank. The noise of the alarms set off by her attack wakes Chris (Chad Rook), the navy’s other prisoner who was obviously inadequately sedated.
Donna (Ryn’s sister is called that now because she stole Donna Stevenson’s ID) sheds scales and fins after escaping the tank. It turns out that these mermaid parts do not retract, as was suggested in a previous post. They are sloughed off like snakeskin, and disintegrate quickly, which explains why no empty mermaid husks have been found.
Chris helps Donna (who looks human and is wearing the dead nurse’s uniform) escape from the facility. Then he calls Xander (Ian Verdun), using the nurse’s phone. Donna manages to communicate to Chris that she needs to be near the ocean, so he arranges to meet Xander and the others at a beach. Ryn, who is in bad shape from being out of the sea for so long, tags along with Ben and Maddie to the rendezvous.
Earlier, Maddie gave Ryn a necklace with a tracker in it. (Ryn was made aware of the tracker, and agreed to it.) After Donna carries the weakened Ryn into the sea, Ben and Maddie track the mermaids for a while, but the signal disappears, either because she swam too deep (the scanner loses her at 75 fathoms) or because the necklace broke under the stress of high speed underwater swimming. At last report, Ryn was headed Northwest, toward the Bering Strait.
The Bering Strait has a maximum depth of about 27 fathoms. It is interesting that Ryn swims much deeper than that on her way there. Why would she choose to travel at 75 fathoms if she normally lives on a sea bottom at less than half that depth? One would think that swimming would become more energy intensive the deeper one went. This might indicate that mermaids normally reside in deeper areas of the sea, and only enter the strait to feed.
The strait was dry land eleven millennia ago. The land there periodically submerges when glaciers melt and reappears when the glaciers reappear. The current rate of global warming suggests that the land bridge between Asia and North America is permanently gone.
The production of new scales and fins every time a mermaid re-enters the water would require quite a lot of energy. To immediately undertake high-speed long-distance swimming after such a transition would tax their energy reserves even more, and the mermaids we have seen do not have great stores of fat to draw on as an energy supply. They must need to eat almost continuously to sustain this sort of activity.
The facility where Donna and Chris were held burns to the ground shortly after their escape. Xander suggests that those behind the coverup will be coming after Chris next, but Admiral Harrison is more likely to attempt to retrieve the mermaid lure that he lost in Episode Two.
Sibongile Mlambo plays an as yet unidentified character in UNDER THE SILVER LAKE, a neo-noir crime drama about Sam (Andrew Garfield), and his inquiry into the strange disappearance of his neighbor (Riley Keough). Sam tries to unravel the mystery of her vanishing by decoding what he comes to believe are subliminal codes hidden in pop culture and urban myths. “Why do we assume that all this information is what we’re told it is?” Sam asks. “Maybe there are people out there who are more important than us, more powerful, communicating things in the world that are meant for only them and not for us.” A trailer is available on YouTube. The film will be released in the US on 22 June.
Hannah Levien (Janine) will be Naomi Lenton in at least one episode of REVERIE, a ten-episode psychological thriller that stars Sarah Shahi as Mara Kint, a former hostage negotiator who became a college professor after the tragic loss of her sister and niece. Kint is hired to save people who have lost themselves in an advanced virtual reality program designed to let them to live their dreams. REVERIE will premiere on NBC on 30 May at 10/9c.
Rena Owen will be Michelle Pennyshaw in ESCAPE AND EVASION, which stars Josh McConville as Seth, the only surviving member of his army unit. After he returns to Australia from Burma, Seth becomes romantically involved with Rebecca (Bonnie Sveen), the sister of one of his lost comrades. Rebecca reads Seth’s report on the incident that killed her brother, suspects a military coverup, and tries to discover the truth. ESCAPE AND EVASION began shooting in Thailand in December. No release date has been announced.