Siren Season 1 Episode 10 Review: Aftermath

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The end is near, or at least it was for one of our favorites this time around.

Donna dying wasn't exactly how I saw things working themselves out, but this continues to be Ryn's story. That means that sadly no one is truly safe except for Ryn.

And in a way it did make sense, yet you can't deny that a scene stealing character like Donna will be missed dearly. Decker was the one who gave an example of that when facing the bad news.

During Siren Season 1 Episode 10, Donna dies and this starts to stir the way that the siren song affects those who heard it, Also, Xander and Calvin find themselves in a best friend fight while Ben and Maddie try to work out the issues in their relationship. 

The Siren Song

Donna was an engaging character and she will be missed. Sadly though, she appeared to tell Ryn's story so once that shifted away then it looked like she wasn't going to make it.

There could be the option to explore all these other mermaids, but it seems like the show isn't moving in that direction. 

There is something specific about Ryn and her journey that requires her to be the one prominent mermaid on land.

Also the fact that Donna never wanted to stay with humans provided a problem since that is where all the other characters were that she had to interact with.

Maddie and Ryn - Siren Season 1 Episode 10

None of this erases the way that Donna stole each scene that she was in, there was something that she brought to the story that can't be replaced by anyone else.

In a perfect world Donna would still be alive, but at least there is no doubt in my mind that she will live on through Ryn.

Their last moment together was beautiful and it was heartbreaking at the same time. 

A question on my mind though is about Donna's death in general. She got an infection, yet couldn't the ocean possibly save her? It feels like the water can treat a lot, especially when it comes to creatures of its own.

Just a thought ... 

Maddie: You called him?
Ben: She was dying, Maddie.

Ben has been slipping into a strange round, it is really upsetting that it had to get as far as him losing the two most important women in his life. 

While him asking Ryn to sing to him was a bit strange it doesn't have to be more than that.

Ryn didn't even know what she was doing to Ben's state of mind after the fact, so why was this one of the break points for his relationship with Maddie?

Their bond seamlessly began to bring Ryn into the mix, and yet this was a moment that felt like Ben had ruined things without realizing that there was a line that he was crossing. 

Maybe this has to do with the fact that all three of them never really discussed their relationship together, or maybe it is because the boundaries weren't clear which led to things getting blurry.

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Regardless of that, for some reason I feel myself siding more with Ben on this. He needed to hear Ryn's song and maybe he should have told Maddie but it also came off as if he didn't even register what wanting to hear it meant.

At this point Ryn, Maddie, and Ben need to come together again because they are the one constant on the show.

I've mentioned before how successfully Siren has managed to tell a story of Ryn affecting both of them, and yet this isn't made out to be a jealous love triangle that continues to go back and forth.

There is hope for all three of them, but it seems like the first step is engaging and really exploring what exactly their relationship is.

Defining the relationship is the new cool thing if you want to lock down a mermaid. 

Ryn: Ben tried to help us.
Maddie: I know, Ryn. But he didn't, did he?

Maddie has gone through a lot, and even though my thoughts with her on Ben differ I still know exactly how upsetting this all must be.

She mentioned to Ben how she went through this before with her mother. and that wasn't subtle at all.

The second she sat down for dinner with her dad I was awaiting that phone call. The music choice was spot on because it created that suspense when Maddie knew she would say the word that would shift the place in which her father was.

Ryn Dealing With The Unexpected  - Siren Season 1 Episode 10

Moving forward it would be wonderful to get more scenes wrapped around Maddie's family, if her mother is coming back then it necessary above all else. 

Outside of her family though, Maddie has been an incredibly strong presence on screen this season which is something I am counting on never changing.

Also please more Ryn and Maddie scenes for the win. There is just something about their chemistry that stretches across all their scenes, but of course I am partial to the ones that move things along in their relationship. 

She sang to you to escape from you, not because she loves you. She will not do it again.


Xander's role this time around was more limited, yet it was just as engaging.

In terms of his relationship with Calvin, I am still over here shipping it and willing to wait however long it takes.

Realistically though, further on in his story it would be important to see Xander try to understand more about the mermaid still in town.

There is no way to forget that his father was killed at the hands of one, but as Ben likes to reminds everyone she really is different. 

Ben Deals With His Decisions  - Siren Season 1 Episode 10

His anger and worry will never end as long as he doesn't try to figure out how to handle the inevitable.

I would also love to see him interact more with Ben and Maddie, they seem to be his friends too but the emphasis is on seem.

There is just never enough scenes with those two to make me truly happy. 

We used to make decisions together. Now I feel like you are off in your own head.


Siren had an interesting ending in that it could both wrap up forever and still have us waiting to see what happens in the next season.

Luckily, Siren will have a second season which means the story is far from over. 

The real arcs that are standing out for me include Maddie's mother coming back into the picture, the core relationship within the show, the secret about mermaids that Maddie's father has to keep, and where Xander's story goes from here.

The first season was strong in the way that it allowed for Ryn's journey from mermaid to human to flow without it getting old fast.

Things made sense as they were happening and all of it was setting up for the next chapter in her story which includes now tackling life as a human with plenty of new emotions. 

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Moving forward, Ryn's bond with Maddie and Ben deserves even more attention. Specifically though, there are strong relationships between them across the board that shouldn't be disregarded.

Ben/Ryn/Maddie make sense but Ben/Maddie and Ryn/Maddie and Ben/Ryn all bring something different to the table too.

It would also be great to see more of the mermaids again with some hints of more mermaid mythology as well.

That shouldn't be a problem though with Helen still around and hopefully in Ben's life in a more permanent  place.

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What did you think of the season finale? Did it wrap things up enough for you before the second season? Were there things you hoped were resolved that weren't? Is there anything you liked the most? Is there anything you liked the least?
What do you think Maddie's mother wants? Is there hope for Maddie and Ben and Ryn and Ben to make it all work out? Let us know what you think below.

And don't forget that you can watch Siren online, right here on TV Fanatic.

Aftermath Review

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Siren Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

Maddie: You called him?
Ben: She was dying, Maddie.

Ryn: Ben tried to help us.
Maddie: I know, Ryn. But he didn't, did he?