Covid 19 Survival Guide or What We are Watching in Lockdown: Siren

Since all of us are locked down and watching a lot of new tv shows, we thought we’d share our thoughts on a couple of our favorite new ones. First up is Siren.

I’ve wanted to watch this particular series for a while. I had heard interesting things about it and the premise of mermaids trapped by humans sounded intriguing. So after checking it out, I totally love it for it’s unusual characters and storylines that are not the typical fare.

The coastal town of Bristol Cove, Washington, known for its legends of once being home to mermaids and mermen for centuries, is turned upside down when a mysterious young woman (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town to look for her captured older sister (Sibongile Mlambo) who was abducted at the hands of the local military. Marine biologists Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to land.

This interesting series is three seasons in which we streamed on Hulu. First season is only 10 episodes so it was not difficult to jump in and didn’t take us long to get through. The plot is engaging. Ben Pownall is descendent of a man who fell in love with a mermaid and then led a slaughter on the mermaids when she left him. His father owns the local fishery but Ben wants to make a difference. Then he meets Ryn who is searching for her captured sister. Ben and Maddie both find Ryn mesmerizing and their relationship evolves into a really atypical one where the three become lovers. Part of what makes it such a unique show is that the three of them are in a relationship together. Interestingly, it never devolves into the typical soap opera drama. There are elements but the three communicate together, talk, and handle issues in a more mature way than most do on television. They also spend time navigating Ryn’s transition to human society and her dynamic with them involves some of those elements.

Besides, Ben, Maddie, and Ryn, there are others in the town that are involved with the mermaids that make this a fun show. We also meet Rena Owen as Helen Hawkins, a woman involved with Ben’s family, who has a lot of information about the mermaids and a secret of her own. In order not to spoil the show, I won’t give away the secrets but she becomes an integral part of the show, helping Ben and Maddy with Ryn and others of Ryn’s tribe. We meet Xander McClure played by Ian Verdune. Xander plays Ben’s friend, one of the fishermen that is initially involved in the capture of Ryn’s sister. Xander’s story arc is one of the most developed in the show, one of the character’s that grows and changes the most in the show, growing up and learning how to deal with all the changes in his town.

All of the characters are three dimensional. The plot is smart and the mermaids are not what you would expect, much more realistic, much more in tune with authentic aquatic creatures. I love the design. I especially love the idea that the mermaids can shift into humans and the use of Native American mythology in the concept of the mermaids being able to shape change. There are some really well thought out ideas and the plot is engaging. If you want something new to add to your roster for the pandemic, I assure you this one is worth it.

It is in season 3, airing weekly on Hulu.

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