Siren Season 1, Episode 2 Review: No Sophomore Slump for Freeform's Mermaid Mystery

Siren Season 1, Episode 2 Review: No Sophomore Slump for Freeform's Mermaid Mystery
Credit: Freeform

Welcome back to Bleeding Cool's weekly recap/review of Freeform's SirenEric Wald and Dean White's mermaid fantasy-action drama. After a very strong and promising start to the series, let's see if the the show builds upon it or suffers a second-episode sophomore slump with 'The Lure'. But before we get to that, a quick sneak preview and synopsis of the episode from your friends at Freeform:

Siren 1×02 – 'The Lure': 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.

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Credit: Freeform

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.

Siren Season 1, Episode 2 Review: No Sophomore Slump for Freeform's Mermaid Mystery

Refresh your brain with Bleeding Cool's look back at Siren's pilot episode:

Bleeding Cool also had the opportunity to speak with series star Eline Powell (Ryn) before last week's two-hour premiere event:

Here's a quick look at what we can expect from this season's third episode, 'Interview With a Mermaid':

Siren 1×03 – 'Interview With a Mermaid': 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.

Here's the series overview for Freeform's Siren (though I'm pretty sure you know why you're here):

"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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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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