Awakening the fear of the deep

movie & TV May 25, 2018 01:00


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In popular culture, mermaids are portrayed as shy but enchanting half-human, half-fish creatures that would risk exposing their secret existence to save drowning sailors in a stormy sea.

In mythology, however, these aquatic beings are far from benign, and would prey on hapless seafarers by luring them with their hypnotic song. 

It’s these vicious mermaids of ancient times that are wreaking havoc in the new American drama series “Siren”, which makes its debut on June 4 at 8.45pm on Blue Ant Entertainment available on TrueVisions Channel 337 and on AIS Play. 

Legend has it that mermaids once lived on what is now Bristol Cove, a quiet coastal town on the Pacific Northwest. The town folklore would soon prove more than a fairytale with the sudden appearance of a young woman who calls herself Ryn (Belgian actress Eline Powell). The mysterious visitor catches the eye of local marine biologist Ben Pownall (Alex Roe), whose interest in the strange woman arouses suspicion from fellow marine biologist, Maddie Bishop (Fola Evans-Akingbola).

Others, like deepsea fisherman Xander McClure (Ian Verdun), are also on a quest to uncover the truth beneath the waves, while town eccentric Helen Hawkins (Rena Owen) seems to know more about the local legend than what Bristol Cove has been led to believe.

Tension rises between the denizens of land and sea as predatory mermaids seek to claim their birthright.