Siren (TV series)

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Siren
Siren Logo.jpg
GenreDrama
Thriller
Fantasy
Mystery
Created byEric Wald
Dean White
Starring
Composer(s)Michael A. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Emily Whitesell
  • Eric Wald
  • Dean White
  • Brad Luff
  • Nate Hopper
  • RD Robb
Producer(s)
  • Peter Lhotka
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Cinematography
  • Stephen Jackson
  • Mark Chow
  • Brian Pearson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41 minutes (with commercials)
45 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorDisney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original networkFreeform
Original releaseMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29) – present (present)
External links
Website

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 included 10 episodes.[3] In May 2018, the series was renewed for a 16-episode second season and set to premiere on January 24, 2019.[4]

Plot[edit]

Season One[edit]

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 to look for her captured 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.

Season Two[edit]

Focusing more on the magical and irresistible siren song and how it affects male humans differently, this season introduces many more merfolk - mermaids and mermen alike - of which the people of Bristol Cove discover that such creatures have existed all along. The season will also be displaying the arrival of Susan Bishop, as she tries to make amends with her estranged family.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Alex Roe as Ben Pownall, a marine biologist who helps Ryn and is entranced by her melodiously irresistibly hypnotic siren song.
  • Eline Powell as Ryn, a strange young mermaid with a dark secret. She comes ashore in search of her sister who had been accidentally captured by fishermen of the North Star motorboat.
  • Ian Verdun as Xander McClure, a deep-sea fisherman who seeks to discover the truth about the existence of mermaids.
  • Rena Owen as Helen Hawkins, an eccentric woman who seems to know much more about the merfolk than she claims.
  • Fola Evans-Akingbola as Maddie Bishop, a marine biologist who is also Ben's girlfriend. She is descended from the ancient Haida people. Her step-father is the sheriff of Bristol Cove, her estranged mother is Susan.
  • Sibongile Mlambo as Donna (Season 1), a mystical and deceptively powerful mermaid who is Ryn's older sister. She is highly distrustful towards humans.

Recurring[edit]

  • Chad Rook as Chris Mueller,[5] a fisherman who was taken to the military base after getting injured by Donna.
  • Curtis Lum as Calvin, a fisherman who is also a friend and roommate of Xander.
  • Ron Yuan as Aldon Decker, an expert on mermaids that works for the military.
  • Gil Birmingham as Dale Bishop, the sheriff of the Bristol Cove Sheriff Department and Maddie's stepfather.
  • Garcelle Beauvais as Susan Bishop (voiced Season 1, Season 2), [6] Maddie's estranged mother and Dale's wife.
  • David Cubitt as Ted Pownall, Ben's father, head of the town's fishery industry.
  • Sarah-Jane Redmond as Elaine Pownall, Ben's mother, who became paralyzed after an accident.
  • Tammy Giles as Marissa Staub, the deputy of the Bristol Cove Sheriff Department.
  • Hannah Levien as Janine, Calvin's girlfriend who is also a bartender at the Siren's Song.
  • Andrew Jenkins as Doug Pownall, Ben's brother.
  • Anthony Harrison as Admiral Harrison, the head of the military base.
  • Aylya Marzolf as Katrina, a mermaid alpha leader.
  • Sedale Threatt Jr. as Levi, a Merman warrior.

Guest[edit]

  • Brian Anthony Wilson as Sean McClure, Xander's father and captain of the fishing boat The North Star, who debuted in the show's premiere, "Pilot", "The Lure", and "Dead in the Water".

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [7]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [7]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Scott StewartStory by : Eric Wald & Dean White
Teleplay by : Eric Wald
March 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)0.87[8]
Bristol Cove has been known for having been home to mermaids for many centuries. Stories about such marine creatures have been passed down to children in many generations, and such stories marine biologist Ben Powell is forced to confront and believe with the arrival of a strange young girl called Ryn, who is secretly a mermaid in search of revenge. In her human form, Ryn seeks revenge for her sister's capture but struggles with lack of communication with humans. Ryn's sister and crew member Chris a fisherman on board the fishing boat the "North Star", Bristol Cove's well-known fishing boat, were captured by the military. When Ryn unexpectedly requires marine biologist Ben Pownall and his girlfriend Maddie Bishop's aid to help her find her sister, things start to go downhill in the peaceful town of Bristol Cove, and the two are forced to work together to locate both Ryn's sister and Chris.
2"The Lure"Nick CopusEric WaldMarch 29, 2018 (2018-03-29)0.87[8]
Ben, Xander and Xanders' father seek the ocean in hopes of catching a mermaid to help locate Chris and solidify their belief that the government is hiding secrets within their walls. Aboard the North Star, Ben discovers a strange device in the water which emits the sounds of a mermaid that could lead to Chris. They decide to study it in case it is being tracked. Ryn discovers Helen and manages to communicate that she is looking for her sister. At the Military lab, tests are being conducted using Ryn's sisters stem cells and they come upon a frightening conclusion that the mermaids are not only what they appear to be. Ben shows Maddie the video footage recorded in the seal den where he dived in the water to save Ryn but was met with her violence instead. Ben and Maddie take the strange device to Helen, which causes Ryn to become upset hearing her sister's painful screams. On the hunt for her sister, Ryn and Maddie are brought closer as she learns the ways of the humans and their stories.
3"Interview With a Mermaid"Jay KarasEmily WhitesellApril 5, 2018 (2018-04-05)0.62[9]
Dale and the local police's investigation starts pointing directly to Ryn. Ben and Maddie convince Ryn to let them do some basic medical tests on her while also getting to know more about her people. Meanwhile, Xander and Calvin's search for Chris heats up when they locate the nurse who works at the military bunker. Ryn then goes to a party where she learns more about trust.
4"On the Road"Steven A. AdelsonElle TriedmanApril 12, 2018 (2018-04-12)0.68[10]
Thanks to the mermaid Donna, Chris escapes from the military base as he makes his way back to Bristol Cove. Meanwhile, Ryn starts to show signs of dehydration from being away from the ocean too long, and Ben and Maddie race against time to try to get her back into the ocean.
5"Curse of the Starving Class"John BadhamMichael Gans & Richard RegisterApril 19, 2018 (2018-04-19)0.69[11]
Ryn and Donna return to Bristol Cove to seek out Ben when there is over-fishing in their waters due to "recently" relaxed government regulations. However, Donna is not trusting towards humans thanks to the torture she endured before she escaped. Ben and Maddie deduce that the government and military are making the overfishing happen so that they can catch more mermaids. Helen reveals to Donna a huge secret about herself.
6"Showdown"Martha CoolidgeHolly BrixApril 26, 2018 (2018-04-26)0.59[12]
As Donna befriends Helen during the constant overfishing, Ben has an encounter with Aldon Decker at his mother's charity event. During their conversation, Ben deduces that Decker has heard a siren's song before and that it's stuck in his head; hence why he's involved with the military to find them. Meanwhile, tensions between Donna and Ryn begin to flare as they are split over their opinions of humans: thanks to her time at the military base, Donna wants to kill them all but Ryn refuses to resort to needless bloodshed.
7"Dead in the Water"Nick CopusIan Sobel & Matt MorganMay 3, 2018 (2018-05-03)0.51[13]
Maddie rushes to the police station when she hears that Ryn was taken there by Marissa to be interrogated. As Ben and Xander return to the ocean with Sean to get some answers, they are attacked by some Merpeople, and a tragedy occurs.
8"Being Human"Amanda TappingLiz MaccieMay 10, 2018 (2018-05-10)0.50[14]
Ryn learns a new emotion as all of Bristol Cove mourns the death of Sean following the incident on the ocean. Each of its citizens copes with Sean's death in various ways. Ryn also shares some information about her culture with Ben and Maddie. Xander stumbles across a big secret.
9"Street Fight"Joe MenendezZach AyersMay 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)0.62[15]
Donna comes ashore with the alpha female Katrina and a merman warrior named Levi in order to bring Ryn back to their home, but the two latter have other plans. Ryn then explains the reason for her to be killed to Ben;it is due to the fear of another imminent genocide that happened before and the story of the child of a man and a mermaid. In light of the merpeople attacking Bristol Cove, Sheriff Bishop works to put an end to it, Meanwhile, Xander prepares himself to avenge the loss of his father. The town soon becomes a battleground as merpeople and humans clash for the first time.
10"Aftermath"Nick CopusEric Wald & Emily WhitesellMay 24, 2018 (2018-05-24)0.66[16]
Following Donna succumbing to the gunshot wound that Xander put in her, the siren song that Ben and Decker hear starts to take their toll on them to the point where Aldon was found dead and Ryn rescues Ben before he could drown. Meanwhile, Sheriff Bishop deals with the recent crime rise and has to explain the cause of it to the town council. Helen Hawkins also reveals the history of her family and her true heritage to Ben, Maddie, and Ryn; that she, like Ben, is descended from Charles Pownall and is one-eighth mermaid, as her ancestor was Charles's mermaid. Maddie also gets a surprise after she finally hears from her estranged mother, Susan. Ryn expresses regret as she realizes that her song has badly affected Ben and, indirectly, Maddie's relationship with him. She decides to leave Bristol Cove in order to let him recover.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

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.[17] On October 7, 2017, it was announced that the series would be released on March 29, 2018 in a two-hour event.[2] On May 15, 2018, the series was renewed for a 16-episode second season and set to premiere on January 24, 2019.[18][4]

Casting[edit]

On August 24, 2016, Eline Powell joined the cast in the role of Po (rennamed Ryn) and Rena Owen as Helen.[19] On September 26, 2016, Ian Verdun joined the cast in the role of Xander, followed by a few days of Alex Roe and Fola Evans-Akingbola in the roles of Ben and Maddie, respectively.[20][21] 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.[22]

Music[edit]

Michael A. Levine is the composer of Siren's score.[23][24] The haunting and seductive Siren Call was written and composed by Levine and performed by singer/songwriter Mariana Barreto. Throughout the composition cycle, Levine incorporated the sounds of the tenor violin, octave viola (ciola), and the gusli.[24] A soundtrack release date has yet to be announced by Freeform.[25]

Filming[edit]

The pilot was filmed in October 2016, in British Columbia, Canada.[26] Pre-production started on July 26, 2017.[27] The official shooting of the remaining episodes began on August 4, 2017,[28] and continued until November 22, 2017.[26]

Marketing[edit]

The trailer was released on April 19, 2017, the same day it was picked up.[29] The first episode was shown at the New York Comic Con in October 2017.[30]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 94% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 7.75/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Siren turns traditional lore on its tail with a unique, well-paced show that presents dangerous, violent mythical creatures in a surprisingly empathetic and exciting light."[31]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 29, 2018 0.3 0.87[8] 0.3 0.83 0.6 1.70[32]
2 "The Lure" March 29, 2018 0.3 0.87[8] 0.3 0.77 0.6 1.64[32]
3 "Interview With a Mermaid" April 5, 2018 0.2 0.62[9] 0.3 0.64 0.5 1.26[33]
4 "On the Road" April 12, 2018 0.3 0.68[10] 0.3 0.78 0.6 1.46[34]
5 "Curse of the Starving Class" April 19, 2018 0.3 0.69[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Showdown" April 26, 2018 0.2 0.59[12] 0.3 0.85 0.5 1.44[35]
7 "Dead in the Water" May 3, 2018 0.2 0.51[13] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "Being Human" May 10, 2018 0.2 0.50[14] 0.2 0.68 0.4 1.17[36]
9 "Street Fight" May 17, 2018 0.2 0.62[15] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "Aftermath" May 24, 2018 0.2 0.66[16] 0.3 0.69 0.5 1.34[37]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Breakout TV Show Siren Nominated [38]

Broadcast[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the series premiered on SyFy on May 3, 2018.[39] In Australia, the series premiered on Fox8 HD, on July 30, 2018.

References[edit]

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