SIREN – Season 3 Episodes 1&2 – SPOILERS
Doctor Leena (Kaaren de Zilva) is worried that the mermaid embryo implanted in Meredith (Kiomi Pyke) is not doing well. The child is growing in the womb much faster than expected. Since it is her child that Meredith is carrying, Ryn experiences sympathy pain (an interesting variation on Couvade syndrome).
Xander (Ian Verdun) gets an acceptance letter from the Washington State Crimminal Justice Academy, and worries about his physical condition which has apparently deteriorated since his days as a fisherman. If he manages to get into shape, he might be leaving town. Xander is still pining after Nicole (who spy-banged him last season) and asks Sheriff Bishop for help finding her.
Ryn (Eline Powell) attempts to cook dinner for Ben and Maddie, and it is clear from the result that mermaids and humans have very different notions of how food should look, smell, and taste. The scene’s purpose may have been to illustrate that merfolk and humans perceive the world in very different ways.
Ben (Alex Roe) finally tells his dad (David Cubitt) that mermaids are real. Ben also admitted to Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) that he could have rescued that reporter but let him die to protect Ryn’s secrets (which might not be the best thing to tell the Sheriff’s daughter). Maddie sees Ben in a different light now, and the Ben/Maddie/Ryn throuple is in trouble. Maddie goes to Seattle alone to hear a talk by environmentalist Robb Wellens (Deniz Akdeniz) on cleaning up the oceans. The two flirt a lot, and he offers her a job, so she might be leaving town as well.
But the main story is the new mermaid Tia (Tiffany Lonsdale). In Russia, she was called Vodnyy Zver (sea monster). She renames herself Tia, a shortened version of Tiamat (the Babylonian goddess of the ocean and personification of chaos). Tia came to Bristol Cove find Ryn, whom she believed to be a captive like herself. Tia was captured by the Russians after losing a battle with a sea beast called the Ga’anda (a creature unknown to humans) which she describes as having a serpent’s body, tentacles, and sharp teeth. She used her ten years of captivity to educate herself in the ways of humans, but it cost her. The Russians surgically removed the part of her brain that enabled her song.
In humans, singing is not a specialized brain function separate from speech, but it evidently is in mermaids. Tia impersonated a flight attendant on a Lear jet flying from Vladivostok to Seattle, killed everyone on board, and parachuted into the sea. She found her way to Bristol Cove and discovered that Ryn was no longer a captive.
Tia also finds out that Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) harvested eggs and stem cells from Donna’s dead body, which he dug up without permission. Ben accidentally leaves his phone on Helen’s couch (immediately after telling Ryn she needs to be careful) and goes out looking for his dad, who has been behaving strangely. Tia uses his phone to send texts luring Kyle to an isolated place near the sea where she kills him. (Lock your phone, Ben.)
In the water, Ryn fights Tia (who is way out of her weight class) and loses, but when Ryn is severely wounded, she calls for backup and is saved by the rest of her tribe. This is different from what happened between Ryn and Katrina in “Street Fight” (Episode 1.9) when Katrina conceded defeat with a submissive gesture. It seems likely that Tia would have killed Ryn, submissive gesture or no.
Tia learned about Ryn from a Russian intelligence report. Apparently a female Russian agent was working inside Commander Kyle’s operation, and Ben suspects it might have been Nicole (Natalee Linez). If she had been found out, that might explain her sudden disappearance.
It appears that merfolk have an afterlife. The ghost of Sarge (Hugo Ateo) appears to Helen (Rena Owen) and gives her a warning in sign language. (Since she has to ask Eliza what it meant, she probably didn’t imagine it.) Eliza translates the message as: “War is coming.”
Hannah Levien (Janine) will be Christine Woods in BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR, an eight-episode miniseries created by Lenore Zion and Nick Antosca, based on the satirical 1996 cult horror novel by Todd Grimson. In a seedy 1990s Hollywood populated with panderers and philanderers, film director Lisa Nova (Rosa Salazar) considers herself a rising star able to transcend the lies and hypocrisy for the sake of art. When she is betrayed one too many times she makes a deal with Boro and his biker gang to exact vengeance, and gets more than she thought she bargained for. Strange tattoos appear on her skin, and she soon finds herself contending with cannibalistic demons rising from the grave. BRAND NEW CHERRY FLAVOR should be on Netflix later this year.
Deniz Akdeniz (Rob Wellens) will be Spencer in THE HIGH NOTE, which stars Tracee Ellis Ross as Grace Davis, a diva with impressive talent and plenty of ego. Maggie (Dakota Johnson) is Grace’s overworked personal assistant who aspires to her own childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Graces’s manager (Ice Cube) presents Maggie with a career-altering choice, the two women devise a plan that could change their lives forever. A trailer is available on YouTube. THE HIGH NOTE is scheduled for US release on 8 May.