Freeform offered an extended look at its newest series about mermaids at New York Comic Con on Saturday. The series, titled Siren, follows Ryn (Eline Powell), a mysterious girl who arrives in Bristol Cove, a town that was originally a home to mermaids and is now a kitschy tourist stop for those hoping to catch a glimpse of an actual mermaid or spend some hard-earned cash on “real mermaid artifacts.”
The clip comes several months after Freeform released the initial trailer back in April, and it offers a better glimpse of how the series will present its mermaid-centric storyline. Viewers see Ryn waking up in an abandoned boat, and clearly checking out her feet (which may be new) before snacking on a rat and walking barefoot into Bristol Cove. Ryn walks along the storefronts of the quaint seaside town until she catches the eye of a shopkeeper who seems to understand just what the young woman is.
Mermaids can be something of a hard sell for a television series, but the show’s creator, Eric Wald, told audience members that the characters in Siren are far from Disney mermaids. In the show, the mermaids struggle to adapt to a new world, while responding to the threats that humans bring to marine life. Siren stars Powell, Alex Roe, Fola Evans-Akingbola, Ian Verdon and Rena Owen. Sedale Thrett Jr. and Aylya Marzoff as those who have to deal with the impact of an actual mermaid arriving in Bristol Cove.
It seems as though Siren has a darker take on mermaids than has been seen in films like The Little Mermaid or even Ron Howard’s 1984 comedy Splash, starring Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. As played by Powell, Ryn almost comes across as an alien walking the earth for the first time. It’s an interesting approach for the series to take, and one that may well mean getting to know and understand Ryn will be a big part of the series’ first season. According to Freeform, Ryn’s arrival “begins wrecking havoc upon the small fishing town. Using their resources, marine biologists Ben and Maddie must work together to find out who and what drove this primal hunter of the deep sea to the land and there more like her out there?”
As Freeform is also looking to get into the comic book game with the teen-centric Marvel series Cloak & Dagger and New Warriors, it seems the network formerly known as ABC Family is definitely dipping its toes in the waters of genre television in 2018. That addition to the network’s already successful programming should help bring in even more viewers come next year.
Siren premieres Thursday, March 29 at 8pm on Freeform. The network is also calling the premiere date, International Mermaid’s Day.
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