SIREN – Season 2 Episode 13 – SPOILERS
Mermaids literally glow in mating season. Ryn tells Ben (Alex Roe) that no merfolk babies have been born for “many seasons”, and Ben says that all marine mammals have declining birthrates. Ryn, who plans to mate with Levi in the water and have a child, agrees to a physical examination by a Navy doctor to determine if she is fertile. We learn that Ryn has a bicornuate uterus. The doctor draws a parallel with whales and dolphins, but many land species have such a uterus, including horses, pigs, and a small percentage of humans. Ryn also has only one functioning ovary, as do some vivaparous varieties of sharks.
Calvin (Curtis Lum) begins looking for a job so he can pay off his gambling debts. He gets quickly frustrated with the process, and has this exchange with Xander:
CALVIN: “Why is this so hard? I just want minimal hours, maximum capital, and no one to answer to.”
XANDER: “You should run for President. I hear there’s gonna be an opening.”
Ian Sutton (Luc Roderique) is still in town and has a copy of that mysterious video from Klesco Oil showing Ryn swimming near the drill site 2500 feet down. He shows it to a tech named Selena (Melanie Rose Wilson) from his TV station who certifies that it was not computer-generated. Then he finds out about Xander’s boat and confronts Xander and Calvin, looking for information about mermaids. (Calvin was the guy who brought the reporter to town in the first place, trying to sell him a mermaid story, but Xander doesn’t know that.) Sutton calls the attack on the oil company “eco-terrorism”. Reporters should be more careful with the words they use. The attack was not designed to strike terror into the hearts of anyone. It was directed against a non-living target, and would be more accurately described as an act of sabotage.
Helen (Rena Owen) now has some leverage over Beth, who was surprised and horrified to find out that both she and Helen are descended from Charles Pownall, the guy behind the slaughter of mermaids in the mid-1800s. Ryn finds out that Ben is similarly related, and becomes angry about it. Earlier in the episode, Ryn described the slaughter quite vividly. We don’t know how old Ryn is. Might she have actually witnessed the event?
The community of hybrids turn out to be mermaid worshippers, and are quite excited to meet actual mermaids. It might be that they would like a fresh infusion of merfolk genes, and that’s why they temporarily abducted Levi (Sedale Threatt Jr). They treated him really well during his captivity, but Ryn and Ben arrived too soon for him to impregnate anyone.
Ben and Maddie and Ryn have sex before Ryn must go back in the sea. What they don’t know is that the Navy is recording everything they do. Maddie figures this out when Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) mentions the rapid decline in the mermaid population, something he shouldn’t know about. “The military has done advanced work around the world with endangered species,” Kyle says. “We’re using IVF technology to save the northern white rhino in Africa. So who’s to say we couldn’t accomplish the same thing with your friends right here?” He went on to say that they could create mermaid embryos in the lab if they had “access to a male“. Since Maddie and Ben have been observing the Navy’s interactions with Ryn, it seems likely that they harvested Donna’s eggs while she was in captivity.
Najin and her daughter Fatu, the only two remaining northern white rhinos, live at the Ol-Pejeta Conservancy in Nanyuki, Kenya. CBS News reported on 25 June that European scientists had successfully transferred an in vitro rhino embryo back into a female southern white rhino at the Chorzow zoo in Poland. BioRescue, an international team of scientists and conservationists, is currently waiting for permission from the Kenyan government to harvest eggs from Najin and Fatu. If the US military is involved in the project in any way, it is a very well-kept secret. (Retired US military personnel working for a private group called VETPAW protect rhinos in northern South Africa from poachers, but that seems entirely unrelated.)
Kiomi Pyke (Meredith) will be Kat in THE PAST NEVER DIES, a made-for-TV movie starring Larissa Albuquerque as Casey March, a woman who was born in captivity. Her mother Lena (Erin Karpluk) was abducted as a teenager and almost immediately became pregnant. Lena escaped when Casey was six years old and the kidnapper (Timothy Fast, played by Brent Stait), was arrested and jailed. Twenty years later, Lena has changed her identity, moved to a new town, and built a normal life for herself and her daughter, but she is plagued by nightmares that only seem to be getting worse. When local women start to go missing, Lena reveals to her daughter that Fast had an accomplice. Directed by Farhad Mann, THE PAST NEVER DIES will premiere in France on 31 December.
Todd Thomson (Doctor Logan) will be Reverend Wayland in HEAVEN, the first of a series of Lifetime movies based on the novels by V.C. Andrews. The first installment introduces the Casteels, the least-regarded of all the families in the poverty-stricken appalacian foothills in the 1960s. The oldest daughter is Heaven (Annalise Basso) who is determined to redeem her family name, but when her stepmother runs away, her father Luke (played by Chris William Martin) sells all five of his children to different families. Heaven is sent to live with Luke’s deranged ex-lover Kitty (Julie Benz), and Kitty’s husband Cal (Chris McNally) lures Heaven into a forbidden relationship. Directed by Paul Shapiro, HEAVEN will premiere on Lifetime on 27 July at 8/7c. (There are four more films in the series, and they will air on consecutive Sunday nights, the last on 24 August.)