Rick (Brendan Fletcher) looking less than pleased to meet so many new relatives.
Bryan (Daniel Cudmore) and Beth (Caroline Cave) are, it turns out, part of a rather large extended family of merfolk/human hybrids living in the Bristol Cove area. They avoid interaction with human society, and suffer genetic disorders resulting from continuous inbreeding. Helen (Rena Owen) and Rick (Brendan Fletcher), who are just now learning of the group’s existence, get invited to a gathering. They meet an old guy named John Rooney (John Tierney) who tells Helen he knew her mother (whose name was Daphne), and that what happened to Helen’s folks “wasn’t right”. John is in assisted living, and Beth says that he gets things confused sometimes, but Helen isn’t buying that. What could Daphne have done to get her expelled from the community?
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 →
Rena Owen as Heveena, the only living adult female on the planet Moclus, in “About a Girl” (Episode 1.3 of THE ORVILLE)
Rena Owen (Helen Hawkins) will be Grace, the operator of a community drop-in centre, in THE GLOAMING, an eight-episode series about Police Detective Molly McGee (Emma Booth), who joins forces with a co-worker and former lover (with whom she has not spoken in twenty years) in an attempt to solve the murder of an unidentified woman. The investigation soon exposes a convoluted mix of political corruption and occult practices. In a press release, creator and showrunner Vicki Madden said: “To have the opportunity once again to create a series based in Tasmania is a great privilege. Its gothic landscape and haunted past have inspired me since I was a child.” THE GLOAMING is currently filming in and around Tasmania’s capital, Hobart. It will premiere on the Stan streaming service in Australia later this year.
Owen is also Michelle Pennyshaw in ESCAPE AND EVASION, a film about the struggles of Seth (Josh McConville), the lone survivor of a disastrous military mission in Myanmar. In an interview in My Devotional Thoughts, Owen talked about her character, Pennyshaw: “The role was originally written for a man,” she said. “I loved playing this role. Very different from Helen. Very military and poker-faced. I think it’s very interesting to play a character that is quite emotionally removed and emotionally detached. And I love being in uniform. I found the uniforms to be very sexy.” ESCAPE AND EVASION premiered earlier this month at the 2019 Gold Coast Film Festival. Continue reading →