SIREN – Season 2 Episode 15 – SPOILERS
Maddie and Ben approach Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) about using IVF technology to help Ryn conceive. Kyle, who offered to do that in a previous episode, is more than willing, and his mad scientist mindset is illustrated well in the following exchange:
KYLE: “Look at this point we should probably all put our cards on the table, don’t you think?”
BEN: “Is this when you tell us about the cameras you hid in my house?”
KYLE: “It’s my job to gather information about these creatures. How they behave. If they pose a threat.”
MADDIE: “You crossed a line.”
KYLE: “But sometimes that’s the cost of gaining knowledge. How’s Chris doing?”
Kyle claims that Chris (Chad Rook) is not a kidnapping victim, but is being treated by the Navy for the effects of mermaid song. It should be pointed out that Chris was originally kidnapped by Decker (Ron Yuan) under the same sort of pretext. After he escaped and decided to relocate to Alaska, the navy tracked him down again.
Meanwhie, Xander (Ian Verdun) is trying to track down Nicole (Natalee Linez). When he gets to the motel where she was staying, she has already left, but a maid tells Xander she saw Nicole arguing with a man in a military uniform (who might very well have been Kyle) just before she left.
After getting the Navy to extract Ryn’s eggs, and fertilize them with the sperm of the (unnamed) male Ryn selected, Ben and Maddie steal two fertilized eggs and spirit Ryn out of the base. They take her to the hybrids’ doctor Leena (Kaaren de Zilva) for a ritual that involves making Ryn change (temporarily) into her aquatic form but only from the waist down, a process the doctor calls “shedding”. There’s a first time for everything, but it seems at least possible that the group has dealt with other mermaid births in the past, because they seem really confident that the procedure will work.
Ian Sutton (Luc Roderique) earlier managed to place a tracker on Ryn’s phone. The reporter follows Ryn, gets the ritual and transformation on video, and then kidnaps the sedated mermaid. One fears that the reporter is doomed. Ryn hasn’t tossed anyone through a windshield in a long time, but when she wakes up, she’ll probably remember how.
And just to complicate matters further, Ted Pownall (David Cubitt) visits Susan Bishop (Garcelle Beauvais) and relates his own mermaid experience. It seems the boating accident that paralyzed his wife Elaine (Sarah-Jane Redmond) happened because he was drunk and trying to drive the boat while arguing. Elaine was thrown overboard. When Ted jumped in to save her, he says he was “attacked” by a woman underwater. (That video of Ryn swimming at a great depth seems to have prodded his memory of the incident.) The problem with that story is, if Ryn, or anyone like her had attacked him in the water, he would probably not have survived.
One of Ryn’s fertilized eggs was implanted in the hybrid Meredith (Kiomi Pyke). Ryn was kidnapped before the other could be implanted in her. There is still no sign of Levi. Is the Navy keeping him to fertilize more of Ryn’s eggs? Or is he being hidden by the hybrids?
Gigi Saul Guerrero (Petty Officer Nina Lopez in “Showdown“) directed episode 1.10 of INTO THE DARK, a horror anthology series consisting of (so far) twelve feature-length episodes, each with a different cast. (Only three actors, Aurora Perrineau, Diane Sellers, and Katie Wilson, appear in more than one episode.) Episode Ten, titled “Culture Shock”, is about a young Mexican woman (played by Martha Higareda) who crosses illegally into the U.S. on the Fourth of July and soon finds herself in an American nightmare. Guerrero also appears in the episode as Paola. New episodes are released monthly on HULU. A trailer for Culture Shock is available on IMDB.
Rachel Leiterman, who directed this episode of SIREN, will also direct Episode 4.4 of THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE. Season Four of that series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on 15 November. YouTube has a trailer. The series is based on Philip K Dick’s Hugo Award winning 1962 novel of the same name.
Clare Filipow (Paula in “Oil and Water“) will be Aline in PSYCH THE MOVIE 2, a two-hour sequel that returns Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dulé Hill) to Santa Barbara, where Police Chief Lassiter (after being ambushed on the job and left for dead) begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn and Gus return to secretly untangle the case, but they find themselves unwelcome in their old hometown, and get no help from anyone. Graeme Duffy (Deputy Clarence) is also in the cast. PSYCH THE MOVIE 2 was co-written by Roday, Andy Berman and series creator Steve Franks, and will air on the USA Network later this year.