Everyone was dealing with their own set of problems on Siren Season 2 Episode 3. In fact, there wasn't a single character who didn't have something going on.
It was all very plot-heavy, and while it seemed like a lot to throw into just forty minutes, Siren managed to execute it well.
With the character's hands all full, it seems safe to say that a vacation day is out of the question for at least the next year or so.
One thing that Siren hasn't taken advantage of in the past is its opportunity for comedy. Lately, the show has managed to add a bit of humor, but it feels like it could still do better.
Maddie: This is gonna take a miracle.
Ben: Well, lucky for us we've got duct tape.
Jerry is a prime example of this. During Sirens Season 1, Jerry always seemed to pop up at just the right moments. He's a hilarious character who brings something special to the table.
It would be nice, however, to see more of him and even integrate him into the mermaid group. He could provide a fresh new perspective and a sense of comedic relief that the show has been lacking.
On another note, we have Xander. Xander has been going through a lot, and it has definitely shown during the current season. But it is reaching a point where we're just starting to feel annoyed by him rather than feeling sorry and empathetic for his situation.
After what he did to Donna, it would be nice to see him make more of an effort to reach out to Ryn and do his best to help his friends rather than fight them.
Ben and Maddie could use the help, as the mermaids do not make it easy for people to take care of them. When they're not destroying gas stations or running out in front of moving cars, they're fighting within each other and causing all kinds of havoc.
Katrina deciding to challenge Ryn was something that we all saw coming.
Helen: What the hell is going on?
Ben: Survival of the fittest.
It was surprising, however, to see just how upset Ryn was at Ben's intervention of their fight. Although Ryn won, she was furious at Ben for trying to get in between them.
Ben did hear the siren song right before he charged to the rescue, but it would've been believable had that not been the cause of his actions.
Ryn told us we couldn't stop the fight, but you tried anyway. Were you hearing it again? Her song? In your mind?Maddie
Ben always wants to help everyone, so even if Ryn's siren song wasn't playing in his head, it's possible he may have interfered regardless. He cares deeply about Ryn, and even though he knows she can take care of herself, it's not easy for him to sit back and watch her get hurt.
Recording Ryn's siren song was a good idea, but having Maddie in the room felt like a risk despite it possibly being a necessary one.
Ryn's song sounded pretty loud for those noise-canceling headphones, and Maddie looked like she was in some kind of trance whether she could hear Ryn or not.
It would be interesting to see them take this opportunity to dive in and discover more about the siren song. In mythology, sirens are known as dangerous creatures that can drive a person mad with their voice.
The siren song is a huge deal, and it feels like we need to learn more about it. It's what sets them apart from being your stereotypical mermaid and puts a new spin on the show as a whole.
Hopefully, it's not something that the show will be one and down with after Ben's situation is figured out, and will instead be a common occurrence or issue on the series.
Outside of the mermaid dilemma, Maddie is dealing with some problems herself. Now that her mom has been back in town for a while, it's obvious that both Maddie and her dad are keeping secrets.
Susan is worried and frustrated, and we can't blame her.
Talk to me, please. Tell me what's going on. I want to help.Susan
Susan genuinely seems like she loves her daughter and wants to help in some way. But we know she has a sketchy past, and we don't know her well enough to judge if she's a trustworthy character.
Telling Maddie's dad about Ryn and the mermaids felt like the right move, but it may not be the same for her mother.
We don't know what Susan may think the best course of action is, so we also can't blame Maddie and her dad for keeping things from her. It could be a matter of life and death.
We also can't forget that eerie phone call that she made. Even though the person on the other line is unknown, there's no way that's not about to stir up some kind of trouble.
Overall, Siren Season 2 Episode 3 was a good episode. It wasn't the strongest so far, but it managed to juggle multiple different stories without overwhelming the audience.
Now the most pressing thing we need to know is if Ben is going to play that recording of Ryn's song. But as usual, we're going to have to wait until next week to find out.
Anything can happen on Siren, and we're eager to see just how far everyone will go to keep the mermaids safe.
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