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 →
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 →