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 →
Nicole (Natalee Linez) calls up a recording of Decker’s torture of Donna
Katrina (Aylya Marzolf) captures Xander and locks him in the hold of his boat, but Ben comes to his rescue because Katrina failed to take Xander’s phone away from him. Nicole (Natalee Linez) arrives to meet Xander as scheduled at 3:30am just in time to see him rescued by Ben and hear Cami’s frustrated wail as they escape. Nicole returns home and compares Cami’s wail to the recorded cries of Donna as she was tortured by Decker.
After Xander’s escape, the enraged Katrina is lured to a place where she thinks Ryn will be alone and vulnerable, but instead, all of Ryn’s allies, both human and merfolk, show up to support her. Outnumbered, Katrina agrees to work together with Ryn and her supporters. (One wonders how trustworthy Katrina is in the long term.) Ben, fresh from a confrontation with his family over their involvement with Klesco Oil, has a plan to somehow disrupt and draw attention to the oil company’s operations. His plan, he tells Maddie, was inspired by the tactics used by an ecological action group to achieve a ban on drift nets. Continue reading →
Ryn and Ben discuss the sometimes deleterious effects of siren song
Helen (Rena Owen) is the last surviving descendant of Charles Pownall and his significant mermaid. Helen explains this shortly before Donna is laid to rest in a well-hidden graveyard, alongside the rest of the aquatic side of the Pownall family. Helen says that she is one-eighth mermaid, and that would make her Charles’ great-granddaughter, so Pownall’s daughter and at least one of his grandchildren must be buried in that cemetery with Donna. There are four tombstones visible when we first see the place, so either there were siblings who did not reproduce, or some humans (possibly husbands or wives) are buried in that place as well. Continue reading →