REVIEW: Siren – 1.08: “Being Human”


“My fight isn’t with you, Mr. Pownall.”

We’re now eight episodes in and we’re still learning so much history behind the town and between our beloved characters! With the recent passing of Xander’s Dad, this episode serves as a way to bring all the townspeople together to remember him. Everyone seems to react to it quite similarly. They’re sad, but they’ll move on. Poor Xander has a different story, for obvious reasons.

This episode served as the springboard to introduce us to a new version of Xander McClure. Now he has to take on a new responsibility for his town (the captain of the North Star), his Mom (her support system), and even Ben and Maddie (now knows about Ryn’s true identity). My heart goes out to him and I’m curious to see how his character grows in these last couple episodes.


“After all, you and I…we’re family.”

I especially loved how Ryn reacted to the funeral and humans’ customs of mourning someone. She wants to know what it’s like to be human and it’s beautiful to see! “I know I am part animal. But I am part human.” Never was a truer statement said. I know I’ve said this before, but I can’t wait until Ryn is fully acclimated to human life. We now know that she’s one that can be trusted, given the adorable sea lion hug she received at the end of the episode. If they can warm up to her, so can humans!

Speaking of, as I mentioned earlier, we found out quite a bit more of the historical goings on of Bristol Cove. The former close friendship between Mr. Pownall and the late Mr. McClure, the hinted previous relationship of Xander and Maddie, and oh yeah, how Helen and Ted Pownall are “family”!


Maddie “I see the good in everyone and everything” Bishop

I love how rich the history of this town is and how all of that correlates to the present day. For instance, what exactly does Helen mean when she says “family”? Is she Ted’s sister, sister-in law (there is that “Elaine is a mermaid” theory after all), etc.? And the small hint of Xander/Maddie’s history was great as well. Everyone is somehow connected on this series, and I’m slowly finding out that each character is wildly important to one another.

Now let’s talk about our current villains. Gone are the scientists and military, tracking down mermaids for their stem cells. In their place are Donna and her pod of mermaids, as we saw at the very end: ready to kill all humans. Personally, I’m much more interested in these “bad guys” than the former. Sure, the pod will probably come to the realization that humans are just like them and we’ll need someone new to be the enemy. But for now, I’d rather see this Donna vs. Ryn battle portrayed to dive deeper in the mermaid mythology. I don’t want to see “the man” try and take down merpeople for personal gain, I want to see that power structure that they’ve built for years be tested by Ryn now trusting humans. Anyone else in the same boat as me?

What did you think of 1.08: “Being Human”? Leave all your thoughts in the comments below!

The next new episode of Siren, 1.09: “Street Fight” airs next Thursday at 8/7c on Freeform.

With only two episodes left, I really hope we get a season 2 renewal announcement sooner rather than later.

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