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    Siren - Freeform

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    Siren

    American television series

    Legend has it that Bristol Cove was once home to mermaids. Now, this coastal town has a mysterious new visitor in a girl named Ryn, who may just prove that all of the stories are true. Ryn catches the eye of local marine biologist Ben, and when he begins to show interest, fellow marine biologist Maddie becomes suspicious. Others in town, like deep sea fisherman Xander, are on a quest to discover the truth that is out there, and Helen, the town eccentric, knows more about the mysterious creatures than she lets on. The battle between man and sea takes a dangerous route as these predators seek to claim their birthright.

    First episode date: March 29, 2018
    Network: Freeform
    Production location: Vancouver
    Executive producers: Eric Wald, Dean White, Emily Whitesell, Brad Luff, Nate Hopper, R. D. Robb
    Genres: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery
    Freeform used to be ABC Family has recently been airing many YA (young adult) paranormal shows like the Beyond and Shadowhunters.

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    Siren (formerly known as The Deep[1]) is an American television drama series that premiered on Freeform on March 29, 2018.[2] The first season will run for 10 episodes.[3]

    Plot
    The coastal town of Bristol Cove, known for its legend of once being home to mermaids, is turned upside down when a mysterious young woman (Eline Powell) appears and begins wreaking havoc upon the small fishing town. 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, and are there more like her out there?

    Cast
    Main
    Alex Roe as Ben Pownall, a marine biologist who is helping Ryn.
    Eline Powell as Ryn, a strange young mermaid with a dark secret.
    Ian Verdun as Xander McClure, a deep-sea fisherman who seeks to discover the truth.
    Rena Owen as Helen Hawkins, an eccentric woman who seems to know more about sirens than she claims.
    Fola Evans-Akingbola as Maddie Bishop, a marine biologist who is also Ben's girlfriend.
    Sibongile Mlambo as Donna, a mystical and deceptively powerful mermaid.

    Recurring
    Aylya Marzolf as Katrina, a mermaid alpha leader[2]
    Sedale Threatt Jr. as Levi, a warrior merman[2]
    Chad Rook as Chris Mueller[4], a fisherman who was taken to the military base after getting injured by a mermaid

    Production
    Development
    On July 25, 2016, Freeform orders a pilot titled The Deep, based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, who will serve as executive producers on the pilot, Wald wrote the script. Scott Stewart will direct the pilot, and Emily Whitesell will serve as the showrunner.[1] On April 19, 2017, the series was officially picked up with the current title for broadcast in the summer of 2018.[8]

    On October 7, it was announced that the series would be released on March 29, 2018 in a two-hour event.[2]

    Casting
    On August 24, 2016, Eline Powell joined the cast in the role of Po (now Ryn) and Rena Owen as Helen.[9] On September 26, 2016, Ian Verdun joined the cast in the role Xander, followed by a few days of Alex Roe and Fola Evans-Akingbola in the roles of Ben and Maddie, respectively.[10][11] Chad Rook announced on May 16, 2017 via twitter that he will be in the series playing Chris Mueller. On July 26, 2017, it was announced that Sibongile Mlambo joined the cast as regular as Donna.[12]

    Filming
    The pilot was filmed in October 2016, in British Columbia, Canada.[13] Pre-production started on July 26, 2017.[14] The official shooting of the remaining episodes began on August 4, 2017,[15] and they continued filming until November 22, 2017.[13]

    Marketing
    The trailer was released on April 19, 2017, the same day it was picked up.[16] The first episode was shown at the New York Comic Con in October 2017.[17]
    "The series is based on Eric Wald and Dean White's mermaid story, The Deep"
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    Re: Siren - Freeform

    Season 1 Episode 1 - "PILOT" - 3/29/2018

    Siren - Season 1 Episode 1: Pilot (2018) - BuddyTV

    From Freeform: The coastal town of Bristol Cove, once known for being home to mermaids, is turned upside down with the arrival of a mysterious girl.
    Young adult paranormal/fantasy stories can be either very good or very bad. Sirens is one that can be very good. The pilot opens with fisherman catching something unknown in their nets. There are a lot of hints of mystery and danger some almost falling into cliché but saved by a little twist. This is not by any means a Disney Princess mermaid tale. Sirens are predators even though they may look like helpless little girls.
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    Season 1 Episode 2 - THE LURE - 3/29/2018

    Siren - Season 1 Episode 2: The Lure (2018) - BuddyTV

    From Freeform: Ben and crew of The North Star uncover a device emitting a strange sound. Meanwhile, Ryn finds shelter in the home of the local folklore expert.
    Episode 1 and 2 are considered the premiere for this series. Ben finds a marine tracking device that emits a sound that is actually a recording of Ryn's sister. Ryn's sister has been captured by the military and they are taking tissue and fluid samples from her. For what purpose I don't know.

    Two of the crew of the North Star, Xander and Calvin want to activate the device, wait for the military to show up, ambush them and force them to find their friend Chris who was wounded by the captured mermaid in episode one. What is scary is that these two don't understand what a dumb idea that is.

    More people get involved in the story, Helen the store owner. Knows a lot about the history of the mermaids. Ben's asks his father about his ancestor and is basically blown off.

    It is obvious that Ryn is very powerful, strong, and like a wild animal ready to defend herself at any minute.
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    Season 1 Episode 3 - INTERVIEW WITH A MERMAID - 4/5/2018

    Siren - Season 1 Episode 3: Interview with a Mermaid (2018) - BuddyTV

    From Freeform: Dale and the local police‘s investigation starts pointing directly to Ryn, meanwhile Xander and Calvin‘s search for Chris heats up when they locate the nurse who works at the military bunker.
    'Siren' Recap: Ben and Maddie Start to Understand What They're Dealing With

    Siren might be the only mermaid show on TV right now, but it's still - hands down - the weirdest. In the third installment, "Interview with a Mermaid," we learn more about Ryn and her sister, and I will never look at mermaids the same again. The more that's revealed about these creatures, the more I'm rethinking my mermaid obsession.

    Ongoing Investigations

    There's two concurrent investigations going in Bristol Cove and the audience knows the solution to them both. The sheriff continues to look into the murder of the man that Ryn killed and he seems to be getting closer. He has a sweatshirt with her blood on it and a sketch artist's drawing of her face. I don't think Ryn will do well in prison.

    The other involves the missing sailor, Chris. He has the wherewithal to steal a nurse's phone and text Xander, S.O.S. Xander quickly figures out that amateur sleuthing is harder than it seems, and can't really follow through with confronting the nurse in person. He and Calvin attempt several times, but they never get the nerve to actually do anything, so Chris continues to be held hostage by the military.

    Science Experiments

    Chris might be a captive of sorts, but he's still got it worse than Ryn's sister. Even though lead scientist, Aldon Decker, is getting into his feelings, he's still under strict orders to keep doing the experiments on the creature.

    Her extracted blood is very valuable, curing rats and what not, so Decker's sympathy for the sister is unpopular with the Admiral. He's so enamored with her that he defies orders and halts all extractions because this is what made her so sick. They also have Ben's picture from the device, so they will probably come knocking on his door in the next episode.

    Family Drama

    While Ben is busy with Maddie and Ryn, his brother and father are cooking something up over at the business headquarters. They want Ben to come on board as an "environmental consultant," but I suspect it's a scheme to bring him back into the fold.

    Ben's parents have a strange and tense relationship. While they aren't openly hostile to each other, there's a palpable acrimony, probably having to do with Mr. Pownell's not-so-secret girlfriend.

    All About Ryn

    Ben finally convinces Ryn to calm down a little and come back to the rescue center for some questions and examinations. We learn all sorts of interesting tidbits about Ryn. For one, she's incredibly smart and adaptable, and aces a memory game Ben designs for her. Also, changing is super hard and hurts them every time they do it. They also need salt water to turn. This tiny little wisp of a girl tops the scale at 196, suggesting she has really dense bones. She's got insanely acute reflexes, kicking the table across the room when Ben tests them. She also confesses that there are many like her, but when they're in the water they have to fight - it's kill or be killed.

    Mermaid's First Party

    Tired of all the prodding and invasions, Ryn leaves with the hapless Jerry to go to a party at the aptly named "Siren Song" motel. Once there, it kind of seems like she's having a good time, and inexplicably, she has a really high tolerance for alcohol. Even after chugging several beers, Ryn never gets drunk.

    She and Maddie have to duck into one of the rooms to hide from the police. While they're there, they do a little bonding, and Maddie teaches Ryn about trust and faith, and she catches on pretty quick. I told you she was smart.

    Later, after the party, Ben and Maddie try to get Ryn settled on their pullout couch, but once the light turns off, she climbs into bed in between them. This is a little tongue in cheek for Freeform, but it was also sort of sweet. Evidently, Maddie's lesson about trust really sank in
    Ryn is definitely not Ariel. I do wonder about what the military plans on doing to the mermaids as it is clear the Admiral does not care if the mermaid lives or dies.

    What scares me the most about this episode are the two fishermen, Xander and Calvin, from the North Star. Calvin is so hot tempered and Xander is almost there in their obsession to find fellow fisherman Chris that hearing their plans for the nurse are so scary stalker and kidnapper that I wonder if they even know that there would be jail time involved if they actually followed one of their plans.
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    Season 1 Episode 4 - ON THE ROAD - 4/12/2018

    Siren - Season 1 Episode 4: On The Road (2018) - BuddyTV

    From Freeform: When the military facility goes on high alert, Chris manages to escape, but he‘s not the only one who gets out.
    Breakout

    The episode opens on an ailing Chris, coming in and out of consciousness. He hears alarms and sirens, and he is immediately panicked. He pulls a Rick Grimes-esque escape and hauls himself out of the bed to get the heck out of there.

    What we know, but he doesn't, is that Sister has rebelled against the scientists, attacked the woman trying to extract her spinal fluids, and mass-murdered all the lab workers and soldiers in the way of her exit. She kills Nurse Donna, takes her clothes, and is trying to make her way out of the lab.

    Road Trip

    Both captives, Chris and Sister, find each other in the hallway and team up to get outside and into Nurse Donna's car. They just start driving, fleeing the scene of their recent, mutual nightmare.

    Chris is wounded, but Sister hasn't been in the world long enough to know what a car is or what American music sounds like, so she is rightfully disoriented. He tries to communicate with her, but she just stares at him menacingly.

    He realizes she has Nurse Donna's phone, so he tries to call Xander and crew, and I guess it doesn't really occur to him to just drop a pin to reveal his location. His injuries get the best of him, and they have to pull over.

    Meanwhile, Back at the Lab

    As Chris and Sister flee the scene, we get glimpses of the carnage left back at the military base. Alton Decker, head scientist and project leader, arrives to see a bunch of dead folks and some chilling video surveillance of Sister's exit.

    Decker is in big trouble with his superiors, as they watch Sister crawl out of the tank and disappear into the dark lab room. A quick check of the other cameras reveals she can transform into a human, classifying her as a "security threat" because she can transform and "live among us."

    Decker realizes that Sister and her kind are smarter than they initially thought, and that she had been studying them all along. He is obviously enamored with the creature, and I think we can all agree with the boss when he says he's, "lost professional detachment." It was probably her song.

    Helen Has a Secret

    Ryn has been on land far too long, and she is starting to get really sick. Her skin is drying out, developing a gnarly rash. She's weak and has a gross cough that gets increasingly more concerning as the episode wears on.

    Ben and Maddie need to go see about Chris, but they can't leave her alone. They ask Helen to babysit her while she's sick, and Helen concocts a salve for her skin that she says is "an old family recipe."

    As she and Ryn sit at her table and Helen tends to her wounds, Helen lifts her pants leg to reveal injuries that look suspiciously similar to Ryn's. Cryptically, she tells Ryn that "they" call it an autoimmune response because that's what they call it when "they don't understand what something is." Is Helen a mermaid too?

    Ben and Maddie, after last week's G-rated three-way scene, have developed a special bond with Ryn, and worry about her safety. They urge her to go back into the water and get increasingly worried the longer she stays out.

    They feel very protective of her, and convince her to wear a necklace with a tracker on it, so they always know where she is. She agrees, and it seems like she is developing feelings of trust in the two. Let's hope that doesn't backfire on her.

    Reunited

    In the same moments that Ben and Xander are reunited with Chris, on the road, Ryn senses her sister nearby. She stumbles, weakly, away from the car toward the ocean where she sees her sister near the shore.

    Their dynamic is confusing and sending some real mixed messages to viewers. At first it seems very adversarial as they size each other up in their human bodies. It quickly turns to a sensual scene as they touch each other's skin and take in the new form. Eventually, it turns loving, and Sister senses how weak Ryn is. Sister picks her up and carries her into the sea.

    The final scenes with Ryn and Sister are pretty typical tropes in mermaid-fiction. The last we see of them is their tails flipping in the distance, and Ben and Maddie standing on the beach longingly looking into the horizon. They rush back to the lab to try and track her, but they quickly lose her, ostensibly to the depths of the ocean.

    The episode fades as we see Ryn and Sister, in their mermaid form, frolicking iridescently through the water.
    A lot has happened in 4 episodes, finding out mermaids exist and helping Ryn find her sister and both getting back to the sea.

    While that felt quick the search for Chris seemed way too slow and who cared except for Xander and Calvin.

    What shocked was that the Admiral acts as if the navy/military have known about the mermaids for some time and are treating them like some deadly enemy. Why?
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