SIREN – Season 1 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Ryn returns to Bristol Cove just in time to interrupt Maddie and Ben’s efforts to have sex. Her return is prompted by a catastrophic decrease in available food. Her sister, Donna (Sibongile Mlambo), follows her onto land in an effort to convince her to return to the water. It’s a good thing that people in that town often leave clothes lying about. Donna and Ryn find a football jersey and what looks like part of a cheerleader’s uniform hanging on a fence near the school. Deputy Clarence (Graeme Duffy) later gets a call about someone “porky piggin it” in the area.
Ryn tries to convince her sister to trust Ben and Maddie, but they end up fighting and Ryn chases Donna away. Donna will not go back to the sea without Ryn, but she needs to eat, so she breaks into the Pownall’s storage facility, begins to eat a large fish, and gets into a fight with one of the employees, who later provides a sketch of her to the authorities, which will eventually bring Aldon Decker to Bristol Cove in pursuit.
Ben goes off to infiltrate his father’s seafood business in an attempt to find out who’s behind the recent increase in overfishing, and Maddie stays to dress Ryn’s wounds. She explains the concept of family to the mermaid. “Family is love,” she tells her. Now we know almost nothing about mermaid mating behaviour, but Ryn tells Maddie her dress is pretty, tells her “you are love” (which might be interpreted in this context as “you are family”) but then Ryn kisses Maddie in what seems to be a quite non-sisterly way. Maddie seems not quite sure what to make of that, is definitely turned on, but has to go meet Ben’s mother for lunch.
The Fish and Wildlife Service is, Ben discovers, failing to enforce catch quotas with the (suspected) nefarious end of depleting the mermaid food supply and forcing them out of hiding. And a company no one has ever heard of is buying up all the by-catch. It looks like all this is being orchestrated by Aldon Decker (Ron Yuan), the fellow who was in charge of running tests on Donna in Bremerton before she escaped. Decker is building several improved holding tanks designed to contain captured mermaids, and has identified a probable location for Donna’s tribe, about 100 miles off the Washington coast. He tracks down Cris (Chad Rook) in Dutch Harbor, Alaska (an actual place in the Aleutian Islands) and is reassured to find that Chris does not remember anything that would incriminate the navy. Why is Decker so determined to capture mermaids?
Helen finds Donna and takes her in, likely because she is afraid of being outed as a mermaid herself. “I am one of you,” she tells Donna. Why did Helen stay on land for so long? Can she still return to the water?
OTHER STUFF THAT HAPPENS:
In the first noticeable bit of product placement on the show, Cap’n Crunch cereal gets a plug. (Chris Mueller eats the stuff.) Mueller shows up on Xander’s boat and asks for his job back. Could he be working undercover for Decker?
When Ben tries to guess the password to his dad’s email, his first guess is elaine90, which might indicate that 1990 was the year that Ben’s parents married. Alex Roe (who plays Ben) was born in 1990, so maybe Ben was as well.
Elaine mentions Dr. Abbott’s first name (Winston) and we discover that he is both gossipy and completely in the dark about mermaids. He describes Ben’s recent, apparently erratic behaviour to Ben’s mother, and offers the explanation that Ben and Maddie might be having relationship troubles. Also, we find out that Elaine’s paralysis is apparently a fairly recent thing, and was the result of an accident of some sort.
“We waste an enormous amount of ocean life. Up to 40 percent of our global catch, by some estimates. Millions of tons of unintended fish, shellfish and wildlife like marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds die in fishing gear meant to catch other species. All that collateral damage is called “bycatch” and it’s one monster of a problem.”
—- Amy McDermott (writing for Oceana)
Worldwide per capita consumption of fish has more than doubled in the last 50 years.
—- UN Food and Agriculture Organization
Since 1963, humans have managed to wipe out 90 percent of the ocean’s top predators. These are animals like sharks, swordfish, marlin, bluefin tuna, and king mackerel.
—- One Green Planet
SIREN will premiere on SyFy UK on Thursday, 3 May at 9pm.
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David Kaye (Jerry) is Adam in the horror feature HIDE IN THE LIGHT, about a group of ten urban explorers who venture inside what was once a Catholic orphanage in St. Petersburg, Florida, but has been abandoned since 1966 due to multiple mysterious disappearances. They find themselves facing a demonic creature that hides in the shadows and takes control of the place after dark. One by one, the adventurers suffer injuries, or disappear. Written and directed by Mikey McGregor, HIDE IN THE LIGHT premiered at the 2018 First Glance Film Fest in LA, and will be released in the US on 23 October. A trailer is available on YouTube.
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