SIREN – Season 1 Episode 8 – SPOILERS
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?
Mermaids have great eye-hand coordination. Ryn tries playing darts and scores three consecutive bullseyes. She downs a shot of whiskey and feels no effect from it, even though she has likely never had a drink before in her life. Her metabolism must be quite rapid.
In earlier episodes, sea lions raised an alarm when Ryn approached. In this episode, she cuddles and strokes one of the animals, and it shows no fear of her. Sea lions can’t smell anything underwater, but above water, they have a well developed olfactory sense. Ryn is a very changed mermaid since meeting Ben and Maddie, but it seems unlikely that her scent has changed, so she must be doing something to mask it.
Before the wake, Ben characterizes Ryn’s sister and the other merfolk as animals. Afterward, Ben apologizes to Ryn for questioning her humanity, and asks her to sing to him again. Ben’s relationship with Ryn seems at least partially based in his addiction to her song. The Maddie/Ryn ship seems more genuine. So far, only male humans have heard the mermaid song. (This is possibly because none of the people shown working on the fishing boats of Bristol Cove have been women.)
Ryn explains the funerary customs of merfolk. “When my people die, family take body and swim,” she says. “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.”
Ingrid Visser of the Orca Research Trust in Tutukaka, New Zealand, has seen bottlenose dolphins and orcas carrying dead infants in what she interprets as grief. She acknowledges that the activity might simply be misdirected behaviour…“But we do know that cetaceans have von Economo neurons, which have been associated with grief in humans.” As a result, she speculates that the behaviours are a form of grief. Visser has seen similar things at pilot whale strandings. “When one died the others would stop when passing by, as if to acknowledge or confirm that it was dead. If we tried to get them to move past without stopping, they would fight to go back to the dead animal. I do not know if they understand death but they do certainly appear to grieve – based on their behaviours.”
—- New Scientist 31 August 2011
for a 16 episode second season.
Jill Teed (Widow McClure) is Kristine Benoit and Tammy Gillis (Deputy Marissa Staub) is Sarah in THE SWEETEST HEART, which stars Julie Gonzalo as a woman whose cupcake business is in difficulty. She gets involved with an investment banker, but then her first love, Nate (Chris McNally), returns to town. THE SWEETEST HEART will next air Saturday 26 May at 9pm on The Hallmark Channel.
This episode of SIREN was directed by Amanda Tapping and written by Liz Maccie, whose novel, “Lessons I Never Learned At Meadowbrook Academy” is available on Amazon. Three other first season episodes of SIREN were written by women. Holly Brix wrote “Showdown” (Episode 6). Showrunner Emily Whitesell wrote “Interview With A Mermaid” (Episode 3). Elle Triedman wrote “On the Road” (Episode 4).
Job Monkey‘s NOTES FOR WOMEN IN THE ALASKAN FISHING INDUSTRY
Both men and women work in Alaska’s fishing industry, but because of the nature of the work and the attitudes of many people in the industry, fishing vessels can be very male-dominated. It is by no means however, uncommon for women to work on one of these vessels. In fact, there are a growing number of fishing vessels with women skippers and all-female crews. It is also fairly common for women to cook on larger fishing vessels, and women often work as deckhands on tender boats.