Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) offers IVF technology to help the merfolk repopulate.
Mermaids literally glow in mating season. Ryn tells Ben (Alex Roe) that no merfolk babies have been born for “many seasons”, and Ben says that all marine mammals have declining birthrates. Ryn, who plans to mate with Levi in the water and have a child, agrees to a physical examination by a Navy doctor to determine if she is fertile. We learn that Ryn has a bicornuate uterus. The doctor draws a parallel with whales and dolphins, but many land species have such a uterus, including horses, pigs, and a small percentage of humans. Ryn also has only one functioning ovary, as do some vivaparous varieties of sharks.
Calvin (Curtis Lum) begins looking for a job so he can pay off his gambling debts. He gets quickly frustrated with the process, and has this exchange with Xander:
CALVIN:“Why is this so hard? I just want minimal hours, maximum capital, and no one to answer to.” XANDER:“You should run for President. I hear there’s gonna be an opening.”Continue reading →
Tatiana Maslany will be Sister Alice, leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, in HBO’s PERRY MASON reboot, which will be set in 1932 Los Angeles when Mason (played by Matthew Rhys) was a struggling private investigator traumatized by his wartime experiences in France and recovering from a broken marriage. Sister Alice gives three sermons every day to a national radio audience. Her mother and closest advisor is Birdy McKeegan (Lili Taylor), a pious and deeply devout woman who keeps things running smoothly at the Pentecostal church.
Chris Chalk has been cast as Paul Drake, a beat cop with a flair for detective work. (The character who corresponds most closely to the Paul Drake in the novels is Pete Strickland, played by Shea Whigham). Mason takes on “the case of the decade” which has something to do with the kidnapping of the one-year-old child of grocery store owner Matthew Dodson (Nate Corddry). Dodson’s wife Emily (Gayle Rankin) is described as a very religious person, and might be a follower of Sister Alice. It is not known if Mason’s secretary Della Street will appear in the new series. (Street did appear in the first Perry Mason novel, “The Case of the Velvet Claws“, which was published in 1933.) HBO has not yet announced a release date. Continue reading →
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 →