THE WANDERING EARTH – Directed by Frant Gwo – SPOILERS
Jing Wu as astronaut Liu Peiqiang
This is the story of astronaut Liu Peiqiang (Jing Wu), his father-in-law Han Zi’ang (Man-Tat Ng), his son Liu Qi (Chuxiao Qu), and his adopted daughter Han Duoduo (Jin Mai Jaho), and how, between the four of them, they save the planet from disaster. Liu is in command of the space station piloting the planet Earth on its new course out of the solar system. On Chinese New Year, he is about to end his 17 year tour of duty on the station and return to his family on Earth. On the same day, his son, possibly in celebration of the New Year, steals his grandfather’s identification and takes his sister on an excursion to Earth’s surface.
Jin Mai Jaho as Han Duoduo
The main activity on the surface, where the temperature has fallen to -84 C, is hauling fuel from the mountains to the engines propelling the planet through the void, and grandpa is a truck driver. Liu Qi and Han are quickly apprehended and jailed. Grandpa bails them out by bribing an official (one gets the impression that this is standard practice), and just about then, the Earth encounters the Jovian gravitational field where it is supposed to begin its slingshot maneuver. Continue reading →
Helen (Rena Owen) at Klesco Oil’s ill-fated celebration in Bristol Cove
Whatever happened to siren song? It does not figure in this episode and has not been mentioned for a while, but the memory of it drove Decker to suicide, and seems to still be troubling Chris Mueller. Ben has a recording of it that he plays from time to time so that he can keep his head on straight. The only mermaids we have heard sing are Ryn and her late sister Donna. Are mermaids like people in that only some of them can carry a tune? Imagine what might happen if an advertising agency ever got hold of Ben’s recording, and figured out what it could do with addictive sound.
A navy researcher (Edwin Perez) takes Ryn’s temperature (92.2 F). Nicole remarks that Ryn “doesn’t seem cold”, and the research assistant suggests that she “must be well insulated”
On the night before the planned attack on the drilling rig, Ben and Ryn and Maddie finally have sex. One assumes that Ben used a condom and that would make it unlikely that Ryn (or Maddie) will become pregnant as a result. (A pregnant Ryn would be an interesting plot twist, though.) Earlier in the day, Ryn had her first experience with Navy researchers studying her cell-regeneration capabilities. It did not go well. (Ryn had made an agreement with Nicole to participate in the experiments in exchange for having charges dropped against Ben and the gang in the death of Xander’s father.) Nicole (Natalee Linez) comes into conflict with her superior officer (Michael J. Rogers) over how to proceed with the research. Continue reading →
Deputy Staub (Tammy Gillis) tries to prevent a disheveled Chris Mueller (Chad Rook) from interacting with the other prisoners
After passing his psych evaluation, Dale (Gil Birmingham) is restored as Sheriff, and the first thing he hears after that is that Sean Harris’ body has been fished out of the sea by a trawler. Since the body was found at sea, the Coroner’s office refers the case to the FBI, who have Ben, Calvin, and Xander detained immediately. They even send a helicopter to grab Chris Mueller from wherever he was and return him to Bristol Cove.
The Sheriff warns Helen to get the merfolk out of town. Ryn assigns the job of leading them to safety to Katrina (Aylya Marzolf), who takes the pack to a cavern she had discovered while she was in hiding. Continue reading →