First of all, let’s get this straight. It’s weird that this show is called Siren. Why, do you ask? The answer is simple; the series is about mermaids, not sirens, so it could be kind of disappointing if someone was expecting a show about singing women with bird-like features. I mean, who doesn’t want that?
It’s easy to understand how the creators may have gotten the two mythological creatures mixed up by accident, or did they just not care? Either way, I am still irked by the misleading title and I wish they had stuck with the original: The Deep. Ambiguous, sure, but it does solve the confusion.
Siren is set in a small, picturesque coastal town called Bristol Cove. The town seems innocent enough at first, but of course, it’s quickly revealed that it harbours a dark and bloody past. I am interested to learn more about the town’s history and especially its relationship with its resident mythological creatures, the aforementioned mermaids.
At first glance, the plot is fairly simple and revolves around Ben Pownall (Alex Roe), a descendant of one of the town’s founders, and Ryn (Eline Powell), a mermaid (note: not a siren). One of Ryn’s companions is captured by the American military and Ryn ventures onto land in order to rescue her friend but doesn’t get very far.
Ben discovers Ryn unconscious on a Bristol Cove beach and decides to help her (it’s usually the other way around), something which may lead to an interspecies romance, it’s not unheard of after all. That is unless she kills him, she is a bloodthirsty mermaid after all.
It’s worth mentioning that the mermaids in this series are nothing like those from fairy tales and children’s movies like The Little Mermaid. The mermaids here can be vicious and violent, which makes for a refreshing change of pace, but means the show is more suitable for older viewers. Your kids can always watch Aussie’s Mako Mermaids.
I’m unclear where things are headed and judging by what I’ve seen so far so I’m not sure if I will continue watching. Siren‘s main drawcard is that it has added its own twist to an old mythological tale with the show’s writers spicing it up with some sexy and deadly adult content. You’ll know if that’s for you.
Siren – Season 1
Freeform (US), TVNZ (NZ)
29 March 2018