SIREN – Season 2 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
Whatever happened to siren song? It does not figure in this episode and has not been mentioned for a while, but the memory of it drove Decker to suicide, and seems to still be troubling Chris Mueller. Ben has a recording of it that he plays from time to time so that he can keep his head on straight. The only mermaids we have heard sing are Ryn and her late sister Donna. Are mermaids like people in that only some of them can carry a tune? Imagine what might happen if an advertising agency ever got hold of Ben’s recording, and figured out what it could do with addictive sound.
On the night before the planned attack on the drilling rig, Ben and Ryn and Maddie finally have sex. One assumes that Ben used a condom and that would make it unlikely that Ryn (or Maddie) will become pregnant as a result. (A pregnant Ryn would be an interesting plot twist, though.) Earlier in the day, Ryn had her first experience with Navy researchers studying her cell-regeneration capabilities. It did not go well. (Ryn had made an agreement with Nicole to participate in the experiments in exchange for having charges dropped against Ben and the gang in the death of Xander’s father.) Nicole (Natalee Linez) comes into conflict with her superior officer (Michael J. Rogers) over how to proceed with the research.
The attack on the oil company ship goes pretty much as planned, and the drill rig collapses during a live feed being broadcast to the prominent townsfolk of Bristol Cove. But all did not go well. Donna’s daughter (Millan Tesfazgi), looking for revenge over the death of her mother, secretly stays on board Xander’s boat and comes after him with an axe. She accidentally severs a gas line and her axe blade sets it afire with a spark.
Eliza (Georgia Waters) seems to be developing an attraction to Rick, Helen’s newfound relative. Ben’s mother (Sarah-Jane Redmond) is having more difficulties than usual with back pain. (She is involved in a clinical trial thanks to Decker, which is probably using mermaid stem cells.) Her pain might be an indication that the therapy is working, and that she will be able to walk again soon. Sarge (Hugo Ateo) swims in front of a rapidly moving hook to protect a couple of mermaids. His injuries seem severe.
Ben, Maddie, and the mermaids take the drilling rig down, placing long term ecological considerations ahead of short term financial interests. Ben’s dad (David Cubitt) suspects that his son in some way sabotaged his deal with the oil company, but it will be impossible to charge Ben or anyone else in connection with it, because at the depth where the drill pipe was cut, only mermaids (or divers with specialized equipment) could function. No such diving equipment was used, and no one wants to admit the existence of mermaids. (The FBI might take note of Xander’s boat being in the area, having recently interviewed him about his father’s death.)
Now that the sonic cannon is gone and the oil company likely driven away, the mermaids can return to the sea. Will Ryn return to try to live up to her agreement with Nicole? Will Sarge survive his injuries?
At the end of the episode, Xander (Ian Verdun) and Calvin (Curtis Lum) are aboard the North Star which is on fire, and have sent Ben an SOS. Will they survive? Calvin surprised Janine (Hannah Levien) with an uncharacteristically intense declaration of love for her before he left, as though he might have had a premonition of his own death and was afraid he would never get to tell her.
Like the oil company, the navy is a natural fit for the role of villain-of-the-seas. The U.S. Navy’s widespread use of sonar has long been criticized for its effect on aquatic mammals. In 2009, John Slocum wrote in Scientific American: “Sonar systems, first developed by the U.S. Navy to detect enemy submarines, generate slow-rolling sound waves topping out at around 235 decibels; the world’s loudest rock bands top out at only 130. These sound waves can travel for hundreds of miles under water, and can retain an intensity of 140 decibels as far as 300 miles from their source…evidence shows that whales will swim hundreds of miles, rapidly change their depth (sometime leading to bleeding from the eyes and ears), and even beach themselves to get away from the sounds of sonar.”
UPDATE: 10 April 2019 — SIREN will return to Freeform on 13 June.
Alvina August (Viv) will be Detective Karen Hunt, an ambitious cop, and a close friend of Nancy’s late mom, in the pilot for the CW’s (untitled) NANCY DREW PROJECT. Based on the teen detective novels by Carlyn Keene, the show will star Kennedy McMann and is set shortly after Nancy’s high school graduation. In the pilot, family tragedy forces the amateur detective to remain in her hometown (and delay college) for a year. She soon becomes entangled in a murder case that rekindles her love for detective work, though her investigations uncover unsettling things about her estranged father (Freddie Prinze Jr.) Filming will begin in Vancouver later this month.
August is also Rachel in THE INTRUDER, a psychological drama about a couple who buy a Napa Valley home from a “movitated seller” (Dennis Quaid) who continually intrudes into the new owners’ lives, and refuses to entirely vacate the property. A trailer is available on YouTube. THE INTRUDER will be in US theatres on 3 May.
Bethany Brown (Wanda in “The Arrival“) is Cassidy in LOVE AT FIRST DANCE, which stars (Becca Tobin) as dance instructor Hope, who must teach Eric (who was once Manhattan’s “Most Eligible Bachelor”) to dance, in preparation for his planned wedding. Of course, feelings begin to develop between the instructor and her student. Jaycie Dotin (Klesco Rep) is also in the cast. LOVE AT FIRST DANCE will next air on The Hallmark Channel on 23 March at 2am.
Hannah Levien (Janine) wrote (and starred as Callie in) the short film HUNTING SEASON. Callie is a gas station attendant who, while at work, has an unexpected encounter with a violent creature recently escaped from a group of hunters — an encounter that will change her life forever. Directed by Shannon Kohli, HUNTING SEASON won Best Science Fiction Short at the 2018 Sydney Indie Film Festival, and will be screeened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York. (The film’s first screening will be 26 April at 11pm at Village East Cinema 2.) A trailer is available on IMDB.
SIREN is on a mid-season break, and will return in July.