SIREN – Season 2 Episode 10 – SPOILERS
Bryan (Daniel Cudmore) and Beth (Caroline Cave) are, it turns out, part of a rather large extended family of merfolk/human hybrids living in the Bristol Cove area. They avoid interaction with human society, and suffer genetic disorders resulting from continuous inbreeding. Helen (Rena Owen) and Rick (Brendan Fletcher), who are just now learning of the group’s existence, get invited to a gathering. They meet an old guy named John Rooney (John Tierney) who tells Helen he knew her mother (whose name was Daphne), and that what happened to Helen’s folks “wasn’t right”. John is in assisted living, and Beth says that he gets things confused sometimes, but Helen isn’t buying that. What could Daphne have done to get her expelled from the community?
The group says a prayer before eating, indicating that merfolk have developed some sort of religion. Helen already knows the prayer, and says her mother taught it to her.
Sistren of tide and time
We gather in the spirit of the great deep
We ask our mother’s blessings
On this bounty of sea and land.
(**Sistren is a Middle English feminine version of brethren, and hasn’t been in common use since the time of Francis Drake.)
The condition of Ben’s mother (Sarah-Jane Redmond) worsens, so Ryn decides (on her own) to accelerate her participation in the Navy’s stem cell research program. After receiving her first treatment, Elaine begins to improve, but Ryn seems to have a reaction either to the extraction of her stem cells or to the anasthetic she was given, and her feral side comes to the fore. (The best scene of the episode is when Ryn must restrain herself — at Maddie’s urging — from going into the water after a couple of tame sea lions. Eline Powell has no spoken lines in the scene, and does it entirely with facial expressions and body language.) Ben and Maddie don’t want to tell the Navy about Ryn’s condition but their efforts to contain the mermaid fail, and the she escapes.
Prior to that, Ben gets a call from Nicole.
NICOLE: “We got some results back from the blood sample Ryn gave right before she left. There’s been a change in her baseline.”
BEN: “What kind of change?”
NICOLE: “One of her hormones went up. Have you noticed any changes in her behaviour?”
Later, after looking over the data, Ben tells Maddie: “The hormone is unique to their species, but structurally, it’s like cortisol.” In humans, cortisol levels can increase because of glandular problems, stress, or as a side effect of medication. The cortisol levels in human women typically increase by as much as a factor of four during a normal pregnancy.
Calvin (Curtis Lum) is developing a gambling problem. It is uncertain whether he is addicted, but he for sure is getting in over his head. Xander tries to reason with him, but without success. Curiously, the high stakes and probably illegal poker game where Xander finds Calvin is located on land. It would be safer for it to be located on a boat outside US territorial waters.
One still wonders just what the Navy is up to. It seems unlikely that their only goal in this is to cure paralysis in wounded veterans. Commander Kyle (Nicole’s C.O., played by Michael Rogers) hasn’t made an appearance recently, and Nicole has had full control over Ryn’s participation in the studies. But if Kyle finds out that Ryn might have become dangerous, that could change.
Morgana Wylie (customer #1 in “The Arrival“) has an as yet unspecified role in the science fiction romance LITTLE FISH (based on Aja Gabel‘s short story of the same name) which stars Olivia Cooke and Jack O’Connell as Emma and Jude, a young married couple who fight to preserve their feelings for one another as they live through a mysterious pandemic that erases people’s memories. Soko and Katerina Katelieva are also in the cast. Directed by Chad Hartigan, LITTLE FISH recently wrapped production in Vancouver. A 2020 release date is expected.
Wylie is also Kate in FAMILY PICTURES, a film starring Justina Machado as Sylvie and Elizabeth Röhm as Maggie, two strangers in their forties living on opposite coasts, and leading very similar lives. But when their daughters (Larissa Albuquerque and Natalie Sharp) become friends, they discover a secret that threatens to tear their families apart. FAMILY PICTURES will premiere on Lifetime on Saturday 29 June at 8/7c.
Saskia Wedding (half of the flirty couple in “Oil and Water“) will be Kiera in BEYOND FOUR WALLS, the story of Ethan, a man trying (with difficulty) to cope with the loss of a loved one. Writer/director Trevor Holt describes Ethan as an emotionally isolated man who struggles to survive in both his surroundings and his own mind, and describes the film as a transformation story. After a car accident two years ago, Holt moved to Sooke, B.C., on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, to recuperate. “This film is kind of my love story for Sooke,” Holt told the Golden Stream Gazette. “It’s so different here than any other place I’ve lived, but in the best way. The natural beauty, and all the genuine people, I just love it.” BEYOND FOUR WALLS is currently filming in Sooke, and should be completed by the end of the year.