Freeform’s Siren
Season 1, Episode 4: “On the Road”
Directed by Steven A. Adelson
Written by Elle Triedman

* For a recap & review of the previous episode, “Interview with a Mermaid”  – click here
* For a recap & review of the next episode, “Curse of the Starving Class”  – click here
Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 11.37.36 AMAt the military compound, the scientists are still trying to extract more DNA from the mermaid (Sibongile Mlambo). Meanwhile, Chris (Chad Rook) is in and out of consciousness, hearing the commotion going on after an alarm’s raised. Screams and people running everywhere. Soldiers with guns are deployed. Chris comes across a woman, who looks suspiciously like the mermaid; except with legs. The two of them escape the facility, getting into a car and through the gates. Simultaneously, Xander (Ian Verdun) and Calvin (Curtis Lum) are staking out the nurse’s house, trying to find any leads on their friend.
At home, Ben (Alex Roe) and Maddie (Fola Evans-Akingbola) are getting used to having Ryn (Eline Powell) around. She’s not entirely attuned to life on land, plus she’s getting scaly. Although she’s been on land a couple days, and it’s not as bad as before. Perhaps she’s getting used to it. Ben and Maddie have to head out and meet Xander at the nurse’s house, so they’ve got to stash Ryn someplace. Surely Helen’s (Rena Owen) place is best.
Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 11.39.53 AMSheriff Dale Bishop (Gil Birmingham) keeps on looking for the mysterious girl who’s been lurking around Bristol Cove, possibly murdering men and stealing clothes from backyards. It’s only a matter of time before he starts talking to his daughter about it after Doug (Andrew Jenkins) mentions seeing Ryn with Maddie at the recent party.
On the road together, Chris and the mermaid don’t do much talking. At least, she doesn’t. He can’t get much of a word out of her. She’s just enjoying being human for a bit. For the time being, the mermaid goes by the name of Donna. Because she killed the nurse to get those clothes. And back at the compound, Aldon Decker (Ron Yuan) surveys the carnage left in the wake of Ms. Donna’s rage. He finds the real Donna – dead – and a molted tail that falls to ash when he tries picking it up.
We see that Ben and Maddie both have become attached to Ryn, though they each have different ideas about how things ought to go when they get her back into the water.
Helen has an “autoimmune” issue. Or, that’s what the doctors tell her. Is it possible – and this is just a THEORY, okay – that Helen was a mermaid herself? Or that she has some deeper connection to the mermaids? There’s absolutely something more mysterious at play, and those scars on her leg are suggestive.
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“I don’t wanna just let her go”

Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 12.09.58 PMBen and Maddie meet Xander and Calvin, finding there’s no nurse coming home after her shift. Little do they know. So, instead, the crew pick a lock and head in to have a look around the place. They search her house, but soon get interrupted when men in a van turn up. Obviously this is some military team there to sweep the place for anything sensitive relating to Donna’s government research. The crew then head to the military compound where they see a load of dead bodies being taken out into a van, worried Chris might be in one of them. But Ben and Maddie need to go back to try and help Ryn, who refuses to go in the water again until she locates her sister.
Aldon meets with Admiral Harrison (Anthony Harrison). The Admiral believes Mr. Decker has lost his “professional detachment” in regards to the mermaid. What the military worry about now is that the mermaids could be living amongst people, which, of course, they have been doing.
Just like Ms. Donna, who’s seeking water. She needs a swim. Not unlike her sister Ryn, continually wasting away without going back in. Worse for her, Chief Bishop is poking around at the Marine Research Centre looking to talk with his daughter about the wanted girl. Maddie gets him to leave. But after that, Chris gets a text from Xander saying they’ve been in touch with Chris. And none of them yet realise Chris is with the mermaid sister.
When they find Chris he isn’t doing well. Xander takes him to head down to the clinic. Ryn then also finds her sister, who’s seeking water like her. They go down near the shore. She and Donna see each other for the first time in days, both in human form. Then Donna carries her sister back into the water along with her.
Screen Shot 2018-04-13 at 12.12.23 PMOn the news, the military compound is ablaze. Seeking clues, Decker tracks down the car in which Chris and Donna escaped, where he finds blood and the smashed radio. At the Research Centre, Ben and Maddie track Ryn, until suddenly the tracker disappears, and they have no idea where she’s gone.
Nevertheless, she’s safe for now, down there with her sister again.
Really loving this series! It’s got drama, some horror, lots of science fiction crossed with folklore + mythology. The relationships are great, too. So, Siren is a winner in my books, and I’m looking forward to more. “Curse of the Starving Class” is next.

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