Ben (Alex Roe) watches intently as Ryn eats a peach. When Ryn first arrived in Bristol Cove, she sniffed at and rejected fruit that was sitting in a bowl at Helen’s apartment, and the food Helen bought for Ryn consisted of fish and shellfish exclusively. Seagrass is the only ocean plant that bears fruit, so Ryn should find the taste of a peach quite unusual. (The seeds contained in seagrass fruit taste like water chestnuts.) If she finds peaches digestible and palatable, it likely means that Ryn’s diet normally includes both plants and animals. Continue reading →
Deputy Staub (Tammy Gillis) looking self-satisfied after bringing in Ryn
Deputy Staub (Tammy Gillis) brings Ryn into the sheriff’s office in cuffs with the help of two burly state troopers. The sheriff is initially confused by what Ryn tells him, but Maddie, with the help of her dad’s conveniently placed saltwater fish tank, clears things up for him. (She pours salt water from the tank on Ryn’s hand and it transforms into a claw.) This means that a partially submerged mermaid transforms only partially. If the navy finds out about this, they will have a whole new way to torture merfolk.
Sheriff Bishop feeds his fish.
Meanwhile, Ben joins Xander (Ian Verdun) on his boat ostensibly to aid in his quest for Donna, but really in an effort to prevent the merfolk from coming to harm. He need not have worried. Xander and his crew locate the navy trawler, but they find no one on board. (There is plenty of blood on the boat, suggesting that the crew may have been killed.) A spear-throwing merman boards Xander’s boat. Another puts a hole in the hull below the waterline. The navy trawler was not sunk by the mermen, so their spears (which probably are tooth-sharpened and made from whalebone) must not have been able to penetrate the hull of that vessel. Continue reading →
A fishing trawler in the Bering Strait finds a mermaid in its nets. After the frightened creature attacks one of the crew (Chris Mueller, played by Chad Rook), the captain (Brian Anthony Wilson) calls for medical assistance and gets more help than he bargained for. The American military shows up and not only medivacs the wounded crewman to hospital, but also confiscates their cryptozoological catch. Just what the navy wants with a mermaid is open to speculation. They take tissue samples from the mermaid during her captivity. It could be that the navy is trying to create some kind of aquatic supersoldier.
The captured mermaid (Sibongile Mlambo) has a sister (Eline Powell) who calls herself Ryn for purposes of communicating with humans. (We have no idea what her real name might be.) Ryn (probably) follows the trawler back to port — the fictional town of Bristol Cove, Washington.
The distance involved is worth mentioning. The Bering Strait is about 2300 nautical miles northwest of Seattle. The fastest trawler might make that trip in a little over six days. Continue reading →