Siren (Freeform) – Premieres 29th March – Renewed
Drama set in the mermaid obsessed town of Bristol Cove, where a fishing trawler off the coast managed to catch something they didn’t recognise along with their haul. After the mysterious thing attacks and injures one of the crew they manage to shove it into the storage bay while radioing for medical assistance. To their surprise a military helicopter arrives quickly taking the unknown catch and injured fisherman with them.
Back in the town, the mayors son Ben – who earlier skipped the unveiling of the statue of town’s founder and first mermaid fancier, his great-great-great-great-grandfather – meets the fisherman who was on the boat earlier. Who tells him they believe they caught a mermaid much to his disbelief. Soon after the chat a kid floats across a severed sharks head, where Ben and his marine biologist cohort and girlfriend Maggie can’t determine what attacked it.
As Ben heads back home he almost runs over a naked woman who happens to be a mermaid trying to find the one that was captured. As the show goes on Ben starts to twig that she might not be human, only for it to be confirmed when he follows her into the water and she attacks him in mermaid form.
As fantasy dramas go this one is a slog, the story barely gets going, and there’s a fair amount that’s briefly shown with no real development. Which only adds to the jumbled story, making it a grind to get through.