REVIEW: Siren – 1.01 & 1.02: “Pilot/The Lure”

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Maddie Bishop aka: my favorite

Around 10 years ago, I was first introduced to the Australian television series, H2O: Just Add Water, and that’s where my love of all things mermaids and even fandom in general first spawned. Now all of my friends associate me with mermaids and I’ve created quite the mermaid collection over the years. So needless to say when I first heard Freeform was developing a mermaid series, I was ecstatic. After seeing the 2 hour series premiere episodes, I can confirm that Siren is a show that’s not to be missed.

The series is set in Bristol Cove, Washington, where the town is known for its history of mermaids; there’s a Mermaid Days fest and all. One of our protagonists, Ben, is related to the man that discovered the town’s first mermaid sighting, but he’s more interested in saving marine life alongside his girlfriend, Maddie, than keeping up his family’s reputation.

But when he comes across mermaid Ryn (Eline Powell), his life and belief of mermaids change instantly!

When I first described the series to my friends, I said it was “H2O for adults.” (Yes I will be making several references and possible comparisons to that series). These are mermaids you don’t want to mess with. Plus, I love that these characters are literally adults (it’s mentioned Ben is 26). Not only is it relatable in my regard, but that leaves out the awkward “high school to college” transition that most young adult shows end up having to go through.

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Help her find her sister, or these sea lion eyes will continue!

When we first meet Ryn, we’re just as curious of her as she is of us…well, of Ben and Maddie rather. It’s revealed that the reason she’s on land is to find her sister, Donna (Sibongile Mlambo). In doing so, she has to put her entire trust in Ben, Maddie, and Helen – not to mention learn the many customs of humans. I’d like to point out how incredible Powell portrays Ryn. In the couple of interviews we’ve done with her, she went into great depth of the time and research she’s done in portraying Ryn. So far, Ryn has limited dialogue in the episodes and relies solely on facial expression and her physical actions to get her message across. Powell absolutely nails this and I’ve found myself rooting for her every step of the way. I look forward to watching this show in seasons to come and see just how much Ryn has grown and adapted to human interaction. What do you think of Ryn and Powell’s portrayal of her? Personally, I think we should all keep an eye on this little mermaid; she’s going to go places.

Lastly, while I’m completely already in love with this series, there is one main story-line that I’m not the biggest fan of. Honestly, I’m probably only going to mention this once and that will be that. What’s going on between the military and scientists doesn’t work for me personally. I’m much more interested in hearing more about the mermaid mythology of the show, how Ryn adapts to human customs, and meeting more mer-people along the way. I’m not a fan of “the government is behind this” type story-lines/series. So seeing the secret military organization that is going on between these scientists, the captive mermaid, Donna, and fisherman Chris just makes me annoyed and angry. But I would totally be curious to know what others think of this plot-line.

So, what did everyone think of the series premiere of Siren? Are you already an avid fan, or do you have to test the waters a bit more?

Siren‘s 1.03: “Interview with a Mermaid” airs next Thursday at 8/7c on Freeform.

The trailer for it can be viewed below.

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