Ryn reunites with her daughter and tries to keep her safe as Tia executes another attack on Bristol Cove. Maddie, Ben and Ryn try to find a cure for Xander’s illness.
On Siren Season 3 Episode 9, Tia unleashes a deadly attack on Bristol Cove. Ryn, Ben and Maddie race against time to find a cure for Xander’s mysterious illness, while anticipating Tia’s next move. Baby Hope returns to land to reconnect with Ryn. Ted discovers that all is not well with Ben.
Don’t Pick up the Phone
Tia is easily the most dangerous antagonist Siren has ever had. We’ve gone up against the military, Katrina, Big Oil and Ben’s hyperrealistic imagination. The stakes feel way higher and the potential for life-altering changes has never been greater. Tia’s attack hits the entire County and not just Bristol Cove. But at the same time, it still feels very safe? We know that our protagonists will pull off a win somehow.
I wish we had spent more time with Tia, getting a deeper look into her philosophy and her experiences with humans. She touches on them in the first two episodes of this season. But after that, Tia fell into the periphery while other plots like Ryn’s baby and Ben’s injections came to the fore. Tia just seems like your typical one-dimensional baddie now. I’m a big fan of showing, not telling so I think it would have been more impactful to see some of her past. For practical production reasons, we wouldn’t be able to follow her current underwater takeover.
One of the shortcomings of moving back to the 10 episode format is that the writers have several different plots running from the previous Seasons into Season 3 along with all these new ones they’ve introduced. It’s resulted in the abrupt resolution of arcs that could have been explored further like Chris’ condition and the effects of the song, the spirit world and the implications of Ben disturbing a buried mermaid. The whole matter of Elaine’s treatments and why Ben started injecting himself in the first place have all but vanished. Elaine herself has been absent for the past 6 episodes. I’m fairly certain these will pop up again in the future, but the execution has been more of a miss than a hit for me this season.
Hope returns to land after making her first kill, and her and Ryn’s reunion is just as sweet as you’d expect. Alix West Lefler does a fantastic job both underwater and on land as a young mermaid. For her first time appearing in the show, I instantly felt her connection to Ryn. Eline Powell also does a wonderful job of expressing Ryn’s pride and joy at her daughter. I especially loved the scene where Ryn teaches Hope how to sing since we also learn that mothers teach their daughters their songs.
Outside of scenes with Ryn, we see Mate looking like a proud father, Cami and Helen playing with Hope among the hybrids. It’s really touching to see both groups come together as a family in this time of crisis. And it really is a calm before the storm because none of them realizes there’s a traitor in their midst. Maybe Katrina was right that Ryn has become too human. She’s too easily swayed by emotion. She accepts Hunter’s explanation for her survival at face value and doesn’t probe any further. It’s possible she also feels a bit guilty for leaving Hunter behind. Ryn forgets that Tia managed to turn Katrina and others, couldn’t she have done the same to Hunter?
One again, Ryn’s more human maternal instincts are at war with her mermaid ones. She chooses to leave Hope with Hunter and the others because ultimately she feels responsible for dealing with Tia. Also she and Ben are generally just inseparable these days. As we push forward with Ben and Ryn’s relationship, with Hope back in the picture, the imagery and messaging is more and more blatant: They’re a family. Hope somehow looks more like Ben than her actual father. Ryn and Ben are pretty much engaged. It feels like the writers are building up towards history repeating itself somehow with Ben and Ryn as a modern twist on Charles and his mermaid.
Dark Times Ahead
Xander’s illness temporarily brings the trio back together to assess the situation and strategize. It doesn’t last long as Ben and Ryn go off to find Hope while Maddie is once again left alone this entire episode. With Ben and Ryn off doing their own thing, Maddie reaches out to the military as well as Robb to get help and a possible cure for Xander with no luck. She also tries to get in touch with Dale but he’s nowhere to be found. Maddie finds his car and phone abandoned, as well as blood and proof he answered Tia’s call. This is really intriguing since everyone who heard Tia’s song seized and passed out on the spot. Are we about to find out that Dale might not be fully human? Or did TIa’s colony members get to him and kill him elsewhere?
Xander, even while ill picks up on Maddie’s emotional distress and tries to comfort her before falling into a coma. Someone who is not as supportive is Ted. Ben and Ryn go to him for help shutting down the phone lines. He makes a valid point that they can’t just cut off communication during a crisis. Ted’s also very wary of Ryn’s relationship with Ben and what it’s doing to his mind and body. He sees that his son is transforming into something else because of her.
Taking matters into his own hands, Ben shuts down the local power grid, giving Hunter the perfect opportunity to sneak off with Hope without triggering any alarm. Helen tries to stop her but Hunter overpowers her and escapes. Tia now holds a very powerful advantage in what seems like a very pointed attack against Ryn specifically. Couldn’t she have hit the Russians first?
What did you think of Siren Season 3 Episode 9? Can Hope be saved? Is Dale still alive? Share your thoughts in the comments below.