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 →
A new mermaid in town. Katrina (Aylya Marzolf) arrives in Bristol Cove with Donna and Levi. .
Ryn (and everyone else in town) attends Captain McClure’s wake at the The Anchor. Chris (Chad Rook) announces that he just can’t take it anymore and needs to leave town. He eyes Ryn suspiciously on the way out. Calvin and Janine have sex in the men’s room. Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) was planning to visit her father, but ends up staying with Xander (Ian Verdun), who is having difficulty coping with the news that Ryn is a mermaid and nobody told him. (Before Ben, Maddie dated Xander.) Helen (Rena Owen) tells Ben’s dad:“It’s a shame, isn’t it. Times like these, I wish there wasn’t so much water under our bridge. After all, you and I, we’re family.” We know that Helen is a mermaid. Just how closely are she and Ted Pownall related? 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 →