Siren Season 1, Episode 8 'Being Human' Review: Tragic Loss, Hard Truths for Xander

siren season 1 episode 8 review
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Welcome to our "Lucky #8" edition of Bleeding Cool's weekly recap/review of Freeform's SirenEric Wald  and Dean White's mermaid fantasy-action drama. After last episode's tragic ending, 'Being Human' brought us a Bristol Cove gathered together to bury one of their own. Xander (Ian Verdun) is forced to deal with a heartbreaking loss – and some shocking truths. But even in this time of mourning, the drumbeat of war between humans and mermaids grows louder – and what's with Helen (Rena Owen) and Ben's (Alex Roe) dad, Ted (David Cubitt)?

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Before we get started, here's Freeform's official promo and overview for 'Being Human':

Siren s01e08 'Being Human': Bristol Cove mourns a loss causing Ryn to experience a new human emotion.

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Just to be clear… I try to avoid heavy spoilers, but sometimes stuff happens. I cover themes and takeaways involving major and minor plot points from the episode, so just keep that in mind before viewing. Really not looking to have angry fellow geeks outside my apartment with pitchforks and torches because I slacked off on spoiler warnings.

Check out a sneak preview of next week's ninth – and penultimate – episode of Siren's first season, 'Street Fight':

Siren s01e09 'Street Fight': Donna comes ashore with two other members of her colony to bring Ryn back home. When mermaids once again begin wreaking havoc throughout the town, Dale tries to put an end to it once and for all.

In this scene from 'Being Human,' Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) takes care of Xander – and we learn that this is far from the first time one of them has "cared" for the other:

In an additional scene from 'Being Human,' we learn that Ben and Maddie really need to work on their timing:

Siren takes us inside Bristol Cove—a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean.

The series stars Alex Roe ("The 5th Wave") as Ben, a bright marine biologist who finds himself drawn to a mysterious new girl in town, Ryn, played by Eline Powell ("Game of Thrones"), who is a strange young woman with a deep dark secret. Fola Evans-Akingbola ("An American Exorcism") stars as Maddie, also a marine biologist who works with Ben, and is highly suspicious of Ryn. Ian Verdun ("Life's a Drag") stars as Xander, a deep sea fisherman on a quest to uncover the truth; and Rena Owen ("Star Wars" Episodes II and III) as Helen, the town eccentric who seems to know more about the mermaids than she lets on.

"Siren" is based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White who both serve as executive producers. Emily Whitesell ("Finding Carter") serves as showrunner and executive producer. Brad Luff, Nate Hopper and RD Robb also serve as executive producers.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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