REVIEW: Siren – 1.05: “Curse of the Starving Class”


“Not safe on land. Not safe in water. Nowhere is safe.”

“Curse of the Starving Class” was the strongest episode we’ve seen of Siren yet! I squealed over my favorite characters being cute and even got teary-eyed because I was so gosh darn emotional over it. This episode was the halfway point to the end of the season, and the writers made sure to not hold anything back from us.

A time jump is usually unheard of in the middle of a season, but I guess Siren goes by their own rules – just like their mermaids. It’s now been one month since Chris was found, Ryn and Donna were reunited, and returned to the ocean. No one’s heard from them since and it’s almost as if life at Bristol Cove can go back to normal. It was interesting to see our humans back doing their normal daily routines. We’ve only ever known them associated with finding Chris or learning more about Ryn, etc. How do they act when they have mundane lives like the rest of the human population around them? But of course Ryn and Donna can’t stay away for long; it wouldn’t be a show without them after all. That and food is scarce in the ocean. “Nothing to eat,” Ryn tells Ben and Maddie.

I knew it was bound to happen (given the differences in how Donna and Ryn were introduced to humans), but I love the hesitancy to interact with Ben and Maddie from Donna, versus Ryn’s complete openness and love for them. Can you blame Donna? She went through an incredibly traumatic experience at the military base. From the way she reacted when the alarm went off, when she was trying to steal food at Ben’s Dad’s seafood company, it almost seems she developed PTSD! The only person that she seems to remotely have developed a connection with is Helen.


“I am one of you.”

Speaking of Helen, throughout the entire series thus far, it was Helen that always seemed to be one step ahead of when it came to mermaid knowledge. She insisted that the mermaids stay with her, had that secret family recipe ointment, and just knew how to control them in a way. I was fishy of Helen’s true nature in last week’s episode due to her “auto immune response.” But now, we have our answer! Helen is “one of them!” It was quite obvious that Helen had something to do with the mermaids, but to actually get an answer? I was floored! After the episode aired, the actress Rena Owen posted a cute video sharing her excitement for the news. She mentions a great point. Helen has mermaid DNA. But that might not mean she’s ever sprouted a tail, lived in the ocean, or had to learn how to interact with humans like Ryn/Donna. Does anyone have any theories about this? Here are some of mine: Helen is half mermaid/half human – has the DNA from her family, but never ventured to the water herself. A Classic Little Mermaid situation – fell in love with a human and stayed on land. Or I think she could be a completely different mermaid tale altogether. Maybe a selkie perhaps?


“I miss you.” “I missed you, too.” #pleasebecomecanon

And I can’t end this review without talking about Ryn and Maddie! I will admit, I’m a sucker for finding a pairing and wanting them to become an official item, even though I know it’s not going to happen. But with Ryn and Maddie, it’s different. They’ve had quite the number of scenes where you can tell there’s a strong connection between them. Plus it helps that Maddie treats Ryn as more of a friend than Ben, who sees her more as a species to discover. Needless to say, when the kiss happened between Maddie and Ryn, I was ecstatic! We were teased a small clip of it in a couple of the promos before the series premiere, but I just thought it was going to be Ryn using her siren abilities. But no, instead Ryn does the following: runs and hugs Maddie the second they’re reunited, claims Maddie “is love,” says she missed her, and just overall is giving off crush-like vibes. Do you think a possible Maddie and Ryn pairing could occur? Or do you think Ryn just mistook kissing someone as a common friendly occurrence among humans (she did walk in on Ben and Maddie after all). I definitely plan on speaking more on Maddie and Ryn (relationship name: “Raddie”) at a later date, so I’d love to know your thoughts!

What did you think of Siren‘s 1.05: “Curse of the Starving Class”?

Siren‘s 1.06: “Showdown” airs next Thursday at 8/7c on Freeform.

The trailer for it can be viewed below.

Ryn, why are you kissing Ben now? Can you at least acknowledge your feelings for Maddie, please? And will the government story-line be shredded with the potential death of Decker? Here’s hoping, to be honest.

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