SIREN – Season 2 Episode 9 – SPOILERS
Xander (Ian Verdun) has decided to fish no more, and takes a job bartending at The Anchor. (Nicole quit via text, leaving the bar shorthanded.) Xander doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do with his life, but he’s pretty sure fishing isn’t it. He likes to watch cooking shows, so food preparation could be where his true interests lie. (To start any other sort of new career would probably require him to leave Bristol Cove.) He wants nothing further to do with Nicole (understandably), but she keeps insisting that she cares about him. She will need to do something to demonstrate that.
In “Being Human“, Ryn (Eline Powell) described merfolk burial customs. “When my people die,” she said, “family take body and swim. For a long time we hold on. We take body and bring to deep so no other animal can find it. We leave it in special place.” In this episode, we get to see the funeral rites for Sarge (Hugo Ateo), who died heroically saving the lives of several mermaids. His body is placed on a low platform (somehow constructed from the sea floor ooze) in a place illuminated by what looks like a combination of thermal vents and phosphorescent organisms. After the necklace Helen gave him is removed, the body is decorated with shells, and finally given enough of a push to make both the body and the platform sink into the sediment.
For the first time, we see women being affected by the siren song. Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola), having previously listened to a recording of Ryn, has developed an addiction to the sound and finds relief in the same way that Ben does from replaying it. Later in the episode, Ryn uses a variation of her song to relieve Elaine’s pain. (Ben’s mother is in hospital, her paralysis worsening.)
Klesco Oil has a short video of someone swimming around their drill pipe at a depth of 2,674 feet (815 meters) without a diving suit. (The record for the deepest free dive is held by Herbert Nitsch at 214 meters.) They share this video with Ben’s dad (David Cubitt), who doesn’t seem all that surprised by it. We know he is aware that Helen (Rena Owen) is part of his family. How much does he actually know about mermaids?
With Helen along for support, Rick (Brendan Fletcher) tries to tell his sister Beth (Caroline Cave) about their family’s mermaid connection. Beth threatens to have Rick committed again. Helen calms her down and they leave, but Beth sends a very large man named Bryan (Daniel Cudmore) after them. He catches up to them at a highway rest stop, and Helen and Rick end up locked in Beth’s basement. (If Helen’s car was left abandoned at the rest stop, it might point the way for the Sheriff to find them.)
Then there is this revealing exchange:
BETH: “Thank you for bringing them back, Bryan. I didn’t know what to do.”
BRYAN: “Of course. I’ll gather the others.”
Who are “the others”? Merfolk society is matriarchal, and Bryan’s attitude toward Beth is deferential. Might they be a group of full-blooded merfolk living on land, and passing as human? (That would mean that Rick must be Beth’s half-brother.)
In an intriguing but puzzling scene, two mermaids having lunch on the sea floor hear a thumping sound. They enter an old shipwreck and find an emaciated mermaid (Breanna Watkins) in one of the compartments. There will probably be more about this in future episodes.
Sarah-Jane Redmond (Elaine Pownall) is Kaylee Lee in five episodes of THE 100. Kaylee’s first appearance was in “Red Sun Rising” (in which she steals the Gagarin to escape the eclipse on Eligius IV). Her fifth and (possibly) final appearance will be in Episode 6.8, titled “The Old Man and the Anomaly”, due to air on the CW on 25 June.
Sibongile Mlambo (Ryn’s sister Donna in Season One) is Lieutenant Priscilla in the pilot episode of TRIANGLE, a show based on the notion that the Bermuda Triangle is a sort of time warp which has trapped people from various historical periods. David Roman (Mike Vogel), his daughter Natalie (Sarah Catherine Hook) and his fiancé Alex (Pallavi Sharda) are on vacation in the Caribbean when their ship is capsized in a storm and they run aground on an uncharted island, where they must make alliances with others stranded there from diverse time periods to survive. Mallory Jansen (Aida in 19 episodes of AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., is also in the cast.) If picked up, TRIANGLE will air on ABC sometime next year.