SIREN – Season 1 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
Ben (Alex Roe) watches intently as Ryn eats a peach. When Ryn first arrived in Bristol Cove, she sniffed at and rejected fruit that was sitting in a bowl at Helen’s apartment, and the food Helen bought for Ryn consisted of fish and shellfish exclusively. Seagrass is the only ocean plant that bears fruit, so Ryn should find the taste of a peach quite unusual. (The seeds contained in seagrass fruit taste like water chestnuts.) If she finds peaches digestible and palatable, it likely means that Ryn’s diet normally includes both plants and animals.
Katrina, Levi, and Donna are back in town to (Donna thinks) take Ryn back to the water. Their actual mission is to kill Ryn for being too closely involved with humans. To explain why, Ryn elaborated on the story Helen told about Ben’s ancestor, Charles Pownell. He and his mermaid lover (Ryn tells Ben) had a child together, but their offspring was not “normal looking”, so Charles took the child into the woods and killed it. After that, the mermaid left Charles and went back to the sea. Charles went mad then, and organized a slaughter of merfolk. This might explain a lot of things, especially if Charles was not able to kill the child, but only said that he did.
When Ben tells Ryn that he needs her, Ryn’s attitude changes. She beats the crap out of Katrina and takes over as leader of the group, instructing Levi and Katrina to go back to the sea and never return. Does Ryn understand the effect of her song on human males? According to Helen, Merfolk are ruled by a matriarchy (like Orcas). The details of this are not clear but it is obvious that Levi makes no decisions without consulting Katrina first. When Katrina is defeated in hand-to-hand combat by Ryn, Levi defers to her instead.
Remember those three bullseyes Ryn got when playing darts for the first time? Levi (who wears a hat that makes him look like Spock from STAR TREK 4) and Katrina steal some harpoons from Helen’s shop. Three harpoons are thrown in this episode. Katrina misses Ben entirely (though not by much) with one of them. Levi throws two at the sheriff when he’s hiding behind the jeep. One goes entirely through the jeep and catches the sheriff in the leg. Levi seems to be the more murderous of the two. He killed Captain McClure for no apparent reason, and was preparing to do the same to Ben when Ryn, the new dominant female, stopped him.
While all this was going on, Xander (Ian Verdun) is wandering around town with a hunting rifle trying to shoot Levi and ends up inadvertently shooting Donna. The best line of the episode belongs to Decker (Ron Yuan). When Xander tells him “You and Ben, man, you’re both messed up in the head over these things.” Decker responds: “I’m not the one walking through my hometown in the middle of the night with a hunting rifle.” (It is becoming apparent that Xander is a bit xenophobic.)
MARISSA: “Your leg, Sheriff…”
SHERIFF: “I’ll be fine.”
MARISSA: “Happened in the crash?”
SHERIFF: “Yeah. Deer jumped right in front of my vehicle. The deer is fine. Not a scratch. We’ll keep Xander in the drunk tank. Give him a day to cool off”
MARISSA: “Wait, you’re not gonna charge him?”
SHERIFF: “For being a grief-stricken jackass? No, I’m not.”
Latonya Williams (unnamed character in “The Mermaid Discovery“) will be Kat Ephron in THE PANDORA’S BOX MURDERS, the twelfth film in the Garage Sale Mysteries series. In this one, amateur detective Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin) agrees to appear on a new reality TV series, and during the show finds a mysterious puzzle box created by someone recently deceased. When the dead woman’s daughter-in-law is found dead just a few days later, Jennifer’s curiosity once again places her in danger as she embarks on her own unorthodox investigation of the murders. THE PANDORA’S BOX MURDERS will premiere on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on 5 August at 9/8c.
Aundrea Smith (Luna in “Showdown“) will be Mira in THE CLEARING, a horror/action film about Tom (Liam McIntyre) whose wife Naomi (Sydelle Noel) wants him to spend more time with his daughter Mira. Tom takes Mira on a camping trip just in time for the zombie apocalypse, and the two of them are soon under attack by the infected. Writer/director David Matalon told Horror Fix: “I was interested in bringing back the classic horror-action films I loved as a kid in the 80s and 90s, movies that were full of chills and thrills, but at their heart were about deeply personal relationships and family.” THE CLEARING was filmed in the Los Angeles area last fall, and should be released later this year.