SIREN – Season 2 Episode 14 – SPOILERS
Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) has gone mad. He has his people digging up cemeteries, kidnapping ex-fishermen, and spying on civilians. Nicole (Natalee Linez), who has in the past disagreed with his approach to the investigation of mermaids, has disappeared, and Kyle may be responsible for that as well. (His predecessor, Decker, also went mad, but that was due to the effects of mermaid song. There is no indication that Kyle has been exposed to that.)
Ben (Alex Roe) went looking for Nicole at the behest of Xander (Ian Verdun) and found that her office had been cleaned out. He also found a pile of bones from the descecrated cemetery, Donna’s body, and Chris Mueller (Chad Rook) unrestrained in an unlocked room on the base, watching cartoons and apparently in a drug-induced stupor.
Ben’s best bet would be to take all this information to that reporter dude. But he should take pictures, because he has not been cured of the siren song’s effects and is hallucinating pretty intensely. If that is discovered, he will have trouble getting people to believe anything he says without photographic evidence. Ben’s dad (David Cubitt) suggests to Helen that madness is a not infrequently recurring trait in the Pownall family. (The implication is that Ben’s hallucinations, which his father knows nothing about, may be a phenomenon independent of mermaid song.)
Ryn tries to get pregnant in the water, but fails, and Ben discovers that this is due to the presence of BPAs leeched from plastic waste in the ocean. Ben suggests that she try to conceive on land. For some reason her chosen mate Levi can’t be found, so Ryn makes use of another male. Kyle might have had Levi kidnapped as well, but it is more likely that the hybrids have done so, looking for an infusion of pure merfolk DNA into their isolated community. (Or Levi might have defected to the hybrids voluntarily.)
Plastics with the recycling number 7 contain BPA. According to UpToDate, an online reference for doctors and patients: “BPA acts as a weak estrogen in the body and can impact biological systems at low doses. As an example, animal studies reported that low levels of exposure to BPA during development could cause changes in behavior, the brain, prostate gland, mammary gland, and the age at which the female animals attain maturity. Epidemiological studies have also suggested human health effects, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, liver abnormalities, and abnormal semen parameters. Further investigation is needed.” And according to the The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the chemicals used to replace BPA sometimes are more potent than BPA itself in activating the estrogen receptor.
Chad Rook (Chris Mueller) will be Dale Skaggs in Episode 2.2 of the historical adventure drama THE TERROR. The first season of the series was based on the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons, and was a fictionalized account of Sir John Franklin’s lost expedition to the arctic. Season One can be streamed on HULU. Season Two, titled “The Terror: Infamy“, is set in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, and will star Derek Mio and George Takei (who also serves as a consultant to ensure the accuracy of historical events). Filmed in Vancouver, Season Two will premiere on AMC on 12 August at 9/8c. A trailer is available on YouTube.
Georgia Scarlett Waters (Eliza) interviewed Nathalie Boltt (Penelope Blossom on RIVERDALE) for Terroir Magazine. Boltt is active in the campaign against Palm Oil. “Nathalie is raising a call to arms to save her fellow red-headed friends, the orangutans,” writes Waters. “She spent a couple of months in Borneo through a volunteer program with Animal International Rescue and got to see first hand the desolation enforced on orangutans and other wildlife in these areas. Many of them are blind, littered with gunshot wounds, and broken bones. Orangutans and Asian elephants are being poisoned so they do not eat the crop.” An app is in the works that will enable the user to determine before purchase if a product contains palm oil or palm oil derivatives.
Broadus Mattison (billiard player) will be Detective Reeves in the psychological thriller BEYOND THE WOODS. Set in 1993, the film follows Reeves’ investigation into the death of a woman named Laura Bennett. Her husband Andrew (Stephen Roberts) is the prime suspect in Laura’s death and in the disappearance of her brother Jack (played by Jeff Evans-Todd). Directed by Brayden DeMorest-Purdy, BEYOND THE WOODS completed filming in Westwold, B.C. (55 kilometers east of Kamloops) earlier this year. A trailer is available on Facebook.