SIREN – Season 1 Episode 6 – SPOILERS
Aldon Decker (Ron Yuan), the navy guy pursuing Donna (Sibongile Mlambo), has been writing about the “theoretical probability of aquatic humanoids” since the 1990’s. But to come to the conclusion that stem cells from mermaids might cure paralysis in other species (including humans) he had to have known not only that mermaids exist, but also that they have the ability to transform into human-looking land dwellers. (If a mermaid can grow fins and a tail in less than a minute after re-entering the water, their stem cells might convey this regenerative power to others.)
Donna and Ryn are sisters, but they are very different from one another. Their differences are illustrated by parallel scenes. Xander (Ian Verdun), after seeing Donna walking along the docks, chases after her and tells her to stop. She ignores him and dives into the sea. Later, Deputy Staub (Tammy Gillis) spots Ryn in the same location, draws her gun and commands her to stop. Ryn turns around, growls and hisses, and stops. (The gun is unlikely to be the reason for this. If Ryn can transform into an aquatic humanoid in less than a minute, she can probably heal a gunshot wound fairly quickly as well.)
It seems unlikely that Donna’s experience with Decker is the root of the difference between the sisters. To paraphrase Donna, the only good human is a dead human. One suspects that she would hold this opinion even without Decker’s intervention, because she says she learned “in the water” that humans are trouble.
Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) tells Ben’s father that her stepdad the sheriff is “down in Forks” caring for her sick aunt. This implies that Forks, Washington is south of Bristol Cove, and would put the likely location of Bristol Cove on the north side of the Olympic Peninsula on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
As the episode ends, a navy trawler is preparing to “harvest” mermaids. In a previous episode, Decker said he identified the probable location of the mermaids as about 100 miles northwest of where Donna entered the water after breaking out of the Bremerton facility. That would place it somewhere off the coast of Vancouver Island. They must be far enough away to avoid NEPTUNE, the largest regional cabled undersea observatory network in the world, run by Ocean Networks Canada.
Ben (Alex Roe) suggests that his father’s business should adopt sustainable fishing practices, pointing out that, though volume would decrease, the profit margin on sales would jump considerably. After thinking about that, Ben’s dad agrees to try it. The problem is, if the price of sustainable fish is too high, most people won’t be able to afford to buy it. People will still continue to buy unsustainably caught fish from less scrupulous providers. There is a need for enforceable international regulation.
“Our entire system, in an economic sense, is based on restriction. Scarcity and inefficiency are the movers of money; the more there is of any resource the less you can charge for it. The more problems there are, the more opportunities there are to make money. This reality is a social disease, for people can actually gain off the misery of others and the destruction of the environment. Efficiency, abundance and sustainability are enemies of our economic structure, for they are inverse to the mechanics required to perpetuate consumption.”
—- Peter Joseph, author of “The New Human Rights Movement“
Martha Coolidge, who directed this episode of SIREN, also directed MUSIC WAR AND LOVE, the story of Rachel (Adelaide Clemens) and Robert (Leo Suter) — characters inspired by the biographies of Polish musicians from the 30s and 40s. The tale begins in 1931 in Poland where they meet, continues in Germany and London during World War II, and ends in 1949 in New York City. The painful experience of war separates the lovers, but fate eventually gives them a second chance. MUSIC WAR AND LOVE was completed in 2017, but an ongoing dispute between producer Zbigniew Raczynski and Coolidge has, thus far, prevented its release.
Andrew Jenkins (Doug Pownall) is an unnamed Lieutenant in THE PREDATOR, the fourth Predator movie which is set between the second and third films in the series. In this one, the galaxy’s most deadly hunters return after genetically augmenting themselves with DNA from other species. After a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) triggers their return to Earth, their only opposition is a group of ex-soldiers led by a disgruntled science teacher (Olivia Munn). A trailer is available on YouTube. THE PREDATOR will be released in the US on 14 September.
Gigi Saul Guerrero (Petty Officer Nina Lopez) co-created (with Shane McKenzie) the horror web series LA QUINCEAñERA which stars Mia Xitlali as Alejandra Santos. As the series begins, Alejandra’s life is about to change forever on the night of her quinceañera (fifteenth birthday celebration). With her grandmother by her side, Alejandra will learn the limits of resilience and strength as she avenges her family against the cartel. All seven Season One episodes are available on the Studio+ App (iphone or android). LA QUINCEAñERA has been nominated for a 2018 Leo Award for Best Web Series.