SIREN – Season 2 Episode 2 – SPOILERS
Ryn‘s niece (Donna’s daughter) is attacked by a wolf. Ryn chases the wolf away, but Cami (Millan Tesfazgi) is in a weakened state from being on land for so long, and needs to go back in the water to heal. We find out that oil companies will be mapping the sea floor for another eight months, and that areas farther out to sea, and farther down the coast are occupied by other mermaid tribes.
Cami’s wounds need to heal, and all the refugees must re-enter the water periodically because their bipedal form is not yet stable. Ben chooses a shallow inlet for them, where the sound pollution will be minimized. They go there late at night, but a celebration of sorts is going on in town, and they are interrupted by a bunch of humans who also want to go in the water. One of the humans is bitten. Ben tells everyone that a sea lion is probably responsible.
Xander (Ian Verdun) is one of those at the beach and he is not buying the sea lion story. Ben has to tell him that Levi (Sedale Threatt Jr.), the guy who killed his father, is in town. Ben tries to explain the situation, but Xander is pissed off and it seems likely he will tell his new girlfriend Nicole (Natalee Linez), and she will, in turn, tell the Navy. Somebody needs to get Xander on board with this. Maybe a mermaid needs to stop by and sing him a song.
On the way back from their evening swim, while Ryn and Maddie are distracted, the gang clumsily explores a gas station convenience store. Ben pays for the damage, but the clerk (Stew McLean) calls the cops anyway. The clerk tells Sheriff (?) Staub (Tammy Gillis) that the group drove away in a Pownall Seafood van. This gives Staub an idea where the culprits might be.
The next day, Katrina (Aylya Marzolf), who disappeared during the night, returns carrying the carcass of the wolf that attacked Cami. She dumps it on the ground as a challenge to Ryn’s leadership. The wolf attack and subsequent related events seem intended to illustrate that the social structure and behaviour of merfolk mirrors that of wolves.
Hiding the refugees for eight months will take money. Helen makes a withdrawal from what is apparently a trust account set up by Ted Pownall’s ancestor to support the descendants of his half-mermaid offspring. Elaine (Sarah-Jane Redmond) finds out about the transaction, and confronts Helen (who tells her nothing). Elaine pilfers Helen’s coffee cup, doubtless planning to get what will be a very surprising DNA analysis.
Ben asks Ryn how old she is. We find out that mermaids measure time by the annual whale migrations, so a year to them is also a year to us. (One would think they would also keep track of the tides, since they affect where different species of fish congregate.) She for some reason avoids telling Ben her age by asking him to teach her to drive. It is possible that mermaids just don’t keep track of such things, but why wouldn’t she just say that? Ben gets Ryn a fake driver’s license under the name Ryn Fisher.
In one of SIREN’s funniest scenes so far, we learn that Ryn does not understand laughter.
RYN: “Are you all right?”
BEN: “Um, yeah, I’m fine. I’m laughing. It’s funny.”
BEN: “It’s like, when you feel good, and you’re happy. I don’t know. I don’t know how to explain it.”
RYN: (attempts to imitate Ben’s laughter)
BEN: “No, no, no. You can’t force it. It just has to happen.”
Other primates laugh. Rats, when tickled, make pleasure-indicating chirps which could be considered laughter. So far, no one has established that aquatic mammals laugh, but it seems unlikely that the concept of laughter is completely foreign to Ryn. Perhaps Ben’s explanation was inadequate.
Jay Cardinal Villeneuve (facilitator) is Cory in THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN, a film inspired by “a very real and transformative moment” in co-director Elle-Máijá Tailfeather‘s life. It tells the story of a chance encounter between two Indigenous women with drastically different life experiences, in the aftermath of domestic abuse. Rosie (Violet Nelson) is barefoot and crying in the rain, having just escaped a violent assault, when she encounters Áila (played by Tailfeather), who decides to bring Rosie home with her in an effort to help her recover. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February at 15:30 at Zoo Palast 1. A trailer is available on Facebook.
Sibongile Mlambo (Donna in Season One) will be Amy in at least four episodes of DARK/WEB, a horror anthology series set in a near future where the evolution of the internet has produced a world in which everyone is connected and no one is safe. Amy is described as a “dangerous woman with ties to Molly” — Molly being the cyber securities analyst whose disappearance at the beginning of the series sparks an investigation by her friends Ethan (Brian Elerding), Sam (Lana McKissack), and James (Michael Nardelli). Nine of the fourteen episodes are directed by Roxy Shih (whose first feature PAINKILLERS was released last week). DARK/WEB will premiere at SCAD TV Fest in Atlanta Friday 8 February at 11am.
Stew McLean (night clerk) will be Seth in DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF, which will star Gina Carano as Clair Hamilton, an ex-military specialist whose son is kidnapped by a local gang led by a mysterious figure known as “Father” (played by Richard Dreyfuss). Clair captures one of the kidnappers and forces him to lead her on a perilous trek into the Alaska mountains, where a winter storm forces her to form an unlikely alliance with the kidnapper to survive. DAUGHTER OF THE WOLF has completed filming in West Kelowna, B.C. and should be released in November.