When Ryn sings, her cortisol levels are reduced. She regains control of her aggressive tendencies after singing to Maddie, who then begins having hallucinations, prompting Ben to get Nicole and the Navy to analyze the song (which he has previously recorded) and its effects on humans. Ryn returns to the sea and brings back Eliza (Georgia Waters) to help. Eliza is a healer, but can do nothing for Ben and Maddie because the song is too strong in their heads. She tells them of a secret place in the ocean where “sound is kept” that might cure them. Problem is, the place is too deep for humans to go.
Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) is persuaded to allow the use of a Navy submersible (under Nicole’s command) to investigate the song further. (It seems possible that the Navy might envision weaponizing it.) From within the vessel, Ryn sees her ocean home for the first time as an outsider, which must have been similar to what the Apollo 8 crew experienced looking at the earth from lunar orbit for the first time in 1968. Continue reading →
Xander (Ian Verdun) has decided to fish no more, and takes a job bartending at The Anchor. (Nicole quit via text, leaving the bar shorthanded.) Xander doesn’t know exactly what he wants to do with his life, but he’s pretty sure fishing isn’t it. He likes to watch cooking shows, so food preparation could be where his true interests lie. (To start any other sort of new career would probably require him to leave Bristol Cove.) He wants nothing further to do with Nicole (understandably), but she keeps insisting that she cares about him. She will need to do something to demonstrate that.
Ryn uses her hands to somehow focus (?) her song on Ben’s mother to relieve her pain.
In “Being Human“, Ryn (Eline Powell) described merfolk burial customs. “When my people die,” she said, “family take body and swim. For a long time we hold on. We take body and bring to deep so no other animal can find it. We leave it in special place.” In this episode, we get to see the funeral rites for Sarge (Hugo Ateo), who died heroically saving the lives of several mermaids. His body is placed on a low platform (somehow constructed from the sea floor ooze) in a place illuminated by what looks like a combination of thermal vents and phosphorescent organisms. After the necklace Helen gave him is removed, the body is decorated with shells, and finally given enough of a push to make both the body and the platform sink into the sediment. Continue reading →
Rena Owen as Heveena, the only living adult female on the planet Moclus, in “About a Girl” (Episode 1.3 of THE ORVILLE)
Rena Owen (Helen Hawkins) will be Grace, the operator of a community drop-in centre, in THE GLOAMING, an eight-episode series about Police Detective Molly McGee (Emma Booth), who joins forces with a co-worker and former lover (with whom she has not spoken in twenty years) in an attempt to solve the murder of an unidentified woman. The investigation soon exposes a convoluted mix of political corruption and occult practices. In a press release, creator and showrunner Vicki Madden said: “To have the opportunity once again to create a series based in Tasmania is a great privilege. Its gothic landscape and haunted past have inspired me since I was a child.” THE GLOAMING is currently filming in and around Tasmania’s capital, Hobart. It will premiere on the Stan streaming service in Australia later this year.
Owen is also Michelle Pennyshaw in ESCAPE AND EVASION, a film about the struggles of Seth (Josh McConville), the lone survivor of a disastrous military mission in Myanmar. In an interview in My Devotional Thoughts, Owen talked about her character, Pennyshaw: “The role was originally written for a man,” she said. “I loved playing this role. Very different from Helen. Very military and poker-faced. I think it’s very interesting to play a character that is quite emotionally removed and emotionally detached. And I love being in uniform. I found the uniforms to be very sexy.” ESCAPE AND EVASION premiered earlier this month at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival. Continue reading →