SIREN – Season 3 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
After losing a battle with the Alaskan tribe, Tia (Tiffany Lonsdale) and Hunter (Katie Keough) make their way to Dunay, a small town near Vladivostok in Russia. “We are here to make allies in this half of the world,” Tia tells Hunter. Then they see a news report about an attack in Ternopil, Ukraine in which Tia’s song (which she no longer can sing) is used as a weapon to kill several office workers. (Ternopil is a university town, and in no way a military target.) When Tia realizes that the Russians have weaponized her song, she goes to Vladivostok, looks up the guy who helped her escape, kills him, and steals back her weaponized song. (Tia is not as bright as Ryn had given her credit for. She needed a prompt from the Russians to realize the Song’s destructive potential.)
Making the Russians the instigators of a sonic attack brings to mind recent reports from Cuba. Shortly after the last American presidential election, staffers at the U.S. Embassy in Havana began to complain of hearing loss and other symptoms that they associated with a mysterious sound, and some have suggested that a sonic weapon of some kind may have been responsible. This is probably not true (see Jack Hitt’s article in Vanity Fair, and Dr. William Yost’s letter to The Hearing Journal).
Xander (Ian Verdun) is busy helping set up things for Calvin and Janine’s wedding when he gets an unexpected call from Chris Mueller (the guy who was kidnapped by the Navy at the start of Season One). After Ben and Maddie told them about Tia, the Navy decided to pull out of the area entirely, so Chris is being released. Xander goes to help Chris move his stuff back home and while he’s in the Research Facility, he manages to sneak Donna’s body and the other remains the Navy pilfered from the once-secret graveyard of the hybrids. Donna is given a burial at sea.
When he is released, Chris is still pretty much out of it, but when he shows up for the wedding, he is entirely normal again. Helen speculates as to why. “Donna’s song made him sick, right?” she says. “Maybe when we laid her to rest he broke free of it.” When Xander is skeptical, Helen asks: “You have a better explanation?”
The wedding happens as planned, but as Ryn (Eline Powell) watches Janine (Hannah Levien) and Calvin (Curtis Lum) get married, she somehow becomes convinced that, because of their different cultural backgrounds (?) her relationship with Ben won’t work long term. For no really good reason, Ryn breaks up with Ben, and the only current interspecies relationship on the show is the one between Maddie and Robb.
After the ceremony, Xander dances with Maddie.
XANDER: “Slow dance? For old times sake?”
XANDER: “So, I heard you are seeing somebody new.”
MADDIE: “Uh, yeah, it’s kind of a long distance thing.”
XANDER: “Well, all I know is, he better be good enough for my girl.”
Maddie is dismissive of her relationship with Robb (Deniz Akdeniz), so that character’s entire purpose seems to have been to break up the Maddie/Ben/Ryn throuple by giving Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) a reason to break up with Ryn, and introducing the idea that if merfolk spend too much time on land, they cannot return to the water.
A short while later, Xander, the only one at the wedding whose phone is turned on (against Janine’s wishes), gets a call, and the phone delivers Tia’s siren song, which causes Xander to collapse, bleeding from the ears. They can’t kill off Xander. He’s easily the most interesting character on the show now. If Helen is correct, and Chris was cured of the effects of siren song because Donna was finally buried at sea, what is it that must happen to Tia in order to cure Xander and others affected by her song?
Bola Ogun, who directed this episode of SIREN, will also direct “Resting Devil Face” (Episode 5.11 of LUCIFER) which will air on Netflix later this year. Ogun also directed and starred as Ki’Leela in the 2018 science fiction film ON THE RUN. Ki’Leela is a gifted auto mechanic who lives in isolation while she deals with guilt from her past. She is pursued by alien bounty hunters, and must find her way off the planet and out of self-condemnation as well. ON THE RUN last aired in February on the El Rey Network. It does not seem to be otherwise available.
Melanie Rose Wilson (Selena in “The Outpost“) is Katie in Rob Willey’s thriller RIVER ROAD, which stars Cody Kearsley as Travis, a rock musician who begins an intense romance with Zoe (Lexi Redman). Zoe brings out the worst in him and the pair soon spiral downward into a world of heroin and crime. A trailer is available on Vimeo. RIVER ROAD will be released in Canada on 12 September.