Xander (Ian Verdun) tries to call Nicole (who has asked him not to in a text). There are other characters who have been absent for quite a while. Janine is out of town; Levi is missing; & the entire Sheriff’s Department hasn’t been seen in quite a while.
Maddie and Ben approach Commander Kyle (Michael J Rogers) about using IVF technology to help Ryn conceive. Kyle, who offered to do that in a previous episode, is more than willing, and his mad scientist mindset is illustrated well in the following exchange:
KYLE:“Look at this point we should probably all put our cards on the table, don’t you think?” BEN:“Is this when you tell us about the cameras you hid in my house?” KYLE:“It’s my job to gather information about these creatures. How they behave. If they pose a threat.” MADDIE:“You crossed a line.” KYLE:“But sometimes that’s the cost of gaining knowledge. How’s Chris doing?”
A motel maid (Lyza Ulrych) gives Xander information about Nicole
Kyle claims that Chris (Chad Rook) is not a kidnapping victim, but is being treated by the Navy for the effects of mermaid song. It should be pointed out that Chris was originally kidnapped by Decker (Ron Yuan) under the same sort of pretext. After he escaped and decided to relocate to Alaska, the navy tracked him down again.
Meanwhie, Xander (Ian Verdun) is trying to track down Nicole (Natalee Linez). When he gets to the motel where she was staying, she has already left, but a maid tells Xander she saw Nicole arguing with a man in a military uniform (who might very well have been Kyle) just before she left. 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 →
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 →