Big props to the special effects team AND the Director. They put together a very good episode, despite the plot holes. The plot holes, to me, didn't detract from the great, although slightly murky, underwater battle. I'd love to see the "Making of". The scene with Hope sitting on the boat and Ryn dived onboard in full mermaid form, finding out from Hope that Ben wasn't around, and then diving back in to find her Ben, was a fantastic scene.
I applauded the decision to get all the regulars from Bristol Cove working together. Even Calvin got a chance to do something besides suck. Yes, R.I.P. Dale, you had some good scenes when you were around.
Yura's army came in fast and hot, out of nowhere. I am left to wonder whether Ryn's sudden ferocity, Berserker-style, was fueled by her bond with Maddie snd her screams when she found Dale dead or perhaps when she sensed Hope was with Ben. I exploded in disbelief when Ryn did a simple spin and with her spear, stabbed Tia. It was too easy, but I cheered, after rewinding 5-6 times, and saw the tribes bow to Ryn.
Maddie and Xander, would be just too weird, but it does seem like that's where it's headed. Maddie and Robb, is just Ben and Ryn, so nope. Keep the Ben-Ryn relationship as the only current Human-Full Mermaid couple on the show.
Never thought I would say this but Xander and Calvin, ya done good. I can't call them Dumb and Dumber any more.
Now we wait....