SIREN – Season 2 Episode 5 – SPOILERS
Sheriff Bishop is out of town for a psych evaluation that will determine whether he keeps his job. He will return to a lot of trouble. His wife Susan, unable to cope with the secretiveness of her family, relapsed and called her dealer (Glen, played by Christopher Rosamund), and later visited him in his motel room (to get a fix, not for sex) and somehow left her wedding ring there.
Maddy decided to help her mother retrieve the ring, and Ryn tagged along. Glen returned while Maddy was still in his room and decided to attack her. Ryn rescued Maddie, and killed Glen in the process. It was self-defense, but Ryn’s prints are probably still on file from when she tossed that other guy through a car windshield and it is doubtful that Acting Sheriff Staub (who did not appear in this episode) will be inclined to let her go again, even if Maddie explains the situation (unless someone explains mermaids to her).
It appears that Maddie’s mother does not have mermaid blood, because when she meets Ryn, there is no reaction like the one that happened when Eliza met Helen’s newfound relative Rick (see previous post).
Xander‘s deal with Katrina to find the guy who killed his dad fizzles when she just walks away. His response to this is to tell Ben that Katrina is alive and dangerous. In one of Xander’s saner moments, he joins forces with Ben (though he knows Ben is protecting Levi) to investigate the oil company’s mapping activities, with the idea of getting rid of the merfolk by helping them get back in the water. In the course of the investigation, Ben discovers that his father and brother are working with the oil company. (They don’t know that he knows.)
Katrina, meanwhile, is busy organizing, trying to overthrow Ryn and regain the leadership of her pack. She exploits Cami’s anger over the death of her mother, and demonizes Ryn as “human”. Cami and Katrina, wielding kitchen knives, try to recruit a very confused Levi (who will probably remain loyal to Ryn, because Ben saved his life).
Lurking in the background of all this is mild-mannered waitress Nicole (Natalee Linez), who is pretending to be Xander’s girlfriend, but is really a spy for the Navy, and up to no good.
Helen (Rena Owen) sees Sarge (Hugo Ateo) in the tank fully transformed, and is clearly impressed. Since Helen can’t transform (or so she says) any relationship between them would require Sarge to become a land-dweller. (The full name on Sarge’s fake ID card is Sgt. Frank Fisher.)
Helen’s cousin Rick (Brendan Fletcher) reveals that he has a sister named Beth who seems to cope well with her (presumed) mermaid ancestry (which she may or may not be aware of), wants nothing to do with him, and actually had him committed to a mental institution at one point. It seems like we are likely to meet her at some point. When Rick sees the mermaids drawing things, he remarks: “They know about art?” and Helen responds: “Oh, they know about a lot of things. Civilized, in their own way.” One wonders what their forms of underwater artistic expression might be. Carving seems to be Cami’s thing. She has been decorating the kitchen table with some sort of design, possibly in memory of her mother.
To summarize — Xander has, at least for a while, stopped hunting Levi. Katrina is trying to depose Ryn. Cami will soon be hunting Xander when she finds out that he (however accidentally) killed her mother. Ryn killed Glen because he was attacking Maddie. Ryn is still under suspicion in another death, and the motel clerk can place Maddie at the scene of the crime. Ben and Xander are trying to stop an oil company from destroying the local marine habitat. (Plans for drilling are going forward, and Ben’s dad and brother are behind the deal.) Nicole is probably hunting mermaids for the Navy. And there is a reporter in town.
“A common misconception is that oil pollution only results from toxic spills or leaks at drilling sites. However, discharge of oil into the environment occurs during other stages amid the process of extracting oil. When oil vessels are moving to and from drilling sites, they must constantly flush their oily bilge water, where it settles at the lowest part of the ship and sloshes around, mixing with various oils and chemicals. The vessel discharges this mixture, a shiny, glossy substance known as an oil sheen, into the ocean, where it floats endlessly (Wiese & Ryan, 2003). Although small and seemingly insignificant compared to the impacts of an oil spill, oil sheens have devastating effects on marine ecosystems, both long and short term.”
Orin McRey (motel clerk) will be a tattoo artist in “Star City 2040” (episode 7.16 of ARROW) due to air on the CW on 18 March. As one might assume from the title, the episode will involve flash forwards, and indications are that Felicity Smoak will be in some of them. Stephen Amell tweeted on 22 February: “Holy Smoak’s. Episode 7.16 of Arrow is a triumph.”
Ellen S Pressman, who directed this episode of SIREN, also directed two episodes of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: “The Puppet Show” (in which Buffy is forced to participate in a school talent show), and “Inca Mummy Girl” (in which Xander falls in love with an Incan mummy). She also directed the third episode of the original CHARMED, “Thank You For Not Morphing“, in which the Charmed Ones’ father returns.
Marcus Hondro (locksmith) will be Mr. Spangle in THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN, based on Garth Stein’s 2008 novel. The story is told from the perspective of a family dog named Enzo who tries to understand the meaning of life by closely observing the humans he lives with. Enzo’s human cohabitors include race car driver and car salesman Denny (Milo Ventimiglia), his wife Eve (who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor) and their daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong). THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN completed filming in Vancouver last fall. It will be released in France on 1 May, and in the US on 27 September.