If you're obsessed with mermaids, Freeform's upcoming series Siren may just be your new favorite show. Set in the small town of Bristol Cove, Siren follows marine biologist Ben and other key players in the town as they encounter a mythical sea creature unlike anything they've seen before: a mermaid by the name of Ryn. However, the mermaids in this epic saga aren't aqua-haired glamazons with lavender-highlighter bespeckled cheeks. Read on to discover how Siren will blow your preconceived notions about mermaids out of the water!
Blue Lattes and Glitter Seem Downright Prissy Compared to a Siren's Ferocity
In case you hadn't noticed, mermaid hair, makeup, lattes, and smoothie bowls are everywhere this year — but truly immersing yourself in the trend is about more than just the beautiful surface trimmings. Short of abandoning your day job in favor of a life spent swimming with dolphins and admiring your collection of shipwreck loot, Siren is the closest you can get to becoming one with the mermaid trend beyond sipping your blue algae-infused juice, thanks to its elements of mystery and intrigue. From the history of mermaids to their unique, supernatural gifts, Siren will answer all of the mermaid questions you've secretly been curious about.
Ryn's Eerie, Spiked Mermaid Form Is More Dangerous Than Dazzling
Ryn completely defies mermaid stereotypes with her physical transformation into a fierce and powerful mermaid with pointed talons and fangs as opposed to one covered in shimmering scales. Who says mermaids have to be pristine and placid beings?
This Siren's Tune Is Utterly Bewitching
In classical Greek lore, sirens enchanted wayward sailors with haunting melodies. These captivating creatures were credited with a number of shipwrecks inadvertently caused by the distracted mariners. Siren carries the legend into the 21st century with Ryn's riveting song as she attempts to mesmerize Ben — but her plan is thwarted by an unexpected interruption. Still, Ben is haunted by her bewitching tune. Luring a significant other with stellar vocals might not be the most conventional method of flirtation, but it certainly works for the mermaids of Siren!
The Strength of These Mermaids Makes Action Stars Look Like Wimps
Mermaids may traditionally be viewed as beauty-driven mammals who spend their days sunning themselves on choice sandbars or collecting beautiful shells, but not Ryn! This mighty mermaid is all about strength and action when necessary, whether she's eluding capture or seeking her next meal (hint: she favors seafood shakes).
If You Mess With This Mermaid, She May Just Throw You Through a Window
Forget the damsel in distress trope! Ryn is indisputably in charge when it comes to her safety, mastering the art of self-protection in the face of danger. Ryn's skillful response to unwanted advances by a town resident is positive proof that this is one mermaid who doesn't stand for violations of her rights. Maybe it's time to finally enroll in that martial arts class . . .
Can You Say Government Mermaid Cover-Up?
Bristol Cove's sudden infiltration by mermaids hasn't escaped the government's attention, and an injury caused by an unknown, aquatic entity is quickly concealed when the victim disappears. As the government closes in on Ryn, she is forced to rely on locals, including marine biologist Ben and mermaid enthusiast Helen, for protection and help.
Mermaids Are an Oppressed Species — but Not For Long
Unlike the idolized mermaids of popular culture, Bristol Cove's original mermaids were the target of persecution and tyranny. As Ben learns more about Ryn and the shocking truth behind his town's colorful local legends, it becomes apparent that mermaids like Ryn may not be happy to remain second-class citizens.