In the Bering Strait during a violent storm, three fishermen are hauling in a large net of fish when they scream that something big is caught inside. They release the net, dropping its content on the boat. They notice it moving when it lashes out at them. Grabbing weapons, they corner it into a large bin as it injures their friend Chris. The captain reports the innocent, saying he doesn't know what hit him. Xander, along with his remaining crewmates, go up onto the deck to investigate their catch. Just as he opens the lid, the spotlight of a helicopter surprises them as Naval SEALs drop down on ropes. The SEAL leader is eager to open the door, but the captain insists they tend to his injured worker. Chris is strapped to a stretcher and taken away in the helicopter, and the leader opens the lid, looking at the specimen inside it. A shooter beside him subdues what's inside, and, in a large metal box, carry it away in the night.
On a sunny day in Bristol Cove, their annual "Mermaid Days" Festivalis in full swing. Among the festivities is a children's play retelling of a legend where a captain named Charles H. Pownall fell in love with a mermaid. As it ends, a man appears, telling the audience that was his great-great-great grandfather as he introduces his wife Elaine and son Doug. He unveils a statue of Captain Pownall. In the midst of the crowd cheering he asks his wife where Ben is.
Ben is later seen parking a boat by the docks with Maddie, rescuing a sickly sea lion who was 30 miles outside her usual range. As they head out, Ben says it was good they went out, with Maddie adding against his dad's wishes. She also says he doesn't agree with Ben being with her. Ben says if he did everything his dad told him, he'd be Doug. They agree to meet up later as they kiss.
At a bar, Ben meets up with Xander, who says he has something to tell him. His other crewmate is upset as they thought they'll keep it to themselves, but Xander insists. He tells Ben of the unusual encounter plus the military like response. Showing Ben the security footage of the boat, he's convinced a it's mermaid, but Ben isn't as sure and thinks it could be something else.
At a military base, an official is briefing an admiral about reports of possible mermaids sightings around the world. He brings up the incident in the Bering Strait. The admiral asks if he thinks it's the real deal, to which the official tells him to judge for himself. They walk through a lab, where a paralyzed Donna is trapped in a tank.
Elaine visits Ben, telling him his father is very angry with him. She comments on the latest insult he throw at her - bitch on wheels, revealing a history of abuse. She tells him they have to put on a show for the town and how he was supposed to be there. Ben isn't having it - he doesn't want to be included and has other stuff to worry about. Elaine tells him she knows about him and Maddie from Doug, and says he always had a thing for the wild girls. Ben says he has some things to do and bids his mother goodbye, closing the door and revealing that Maddie is side and wears everything. Maddie says she and his mother might actually hit it off if they met, and Ben says she's right - Maddie is the exact kind of girl she'll want for him - beautiful, smart funny and passionate as he kisses up her arm and they kiss.
At a bonfire, Maddie notes that she doesn't remember Jerry being such a "burner" in high school. Ben remarks that the burners were more so her crowd. He then notices Xander all by himself, and takes this opportunity to talk to him after their disagreement at the Anchor. Xander isn't upset with Ben as he should've known better than to expect him to believe that mermaids exist. Ben doesn't come out with them on the boat anymore, so he wasn't there to see it himself. Nonetheless, they took Chris. Ben argues that he was likely taken to a military hospital and that his disappearances isn't due to a cover up that Xander believes to be taking place. Despite all this, Xander stands firm on his belief that they caught a mermaid. And with Ben admitting that 95% of the oceans remain unexplored, who was he to say otherwise. In order to make Ben a believer, Xander plots to catch another mermaid. Meanwhile, a shark's head turns up on shore. Xander suspects that it's the doing of a mermaid while Ben and Maddie have not the slightest clue as to what could've ripped a shark's head off.
At the research center, Maddie and Ben examines the shark's head. The bite radius was far too small for it to have been done by an orca whale. And it certainly wasn't done by another shark. Maddie proposes another explanation. Maybe it got caught in a boat prop and a sea lion bit the carcass, but Ben begins to suspect that there might be a new predator in the ocean.
After leaving the research center, a mysterious girl steps out of the woods completely naked. She stares into the headlights of the car as Ben comes to a screeching halt. Ben follows the girl as she stumbles across the road, asking if she is okay. But she does not respond. The girl doesn't make it far before passing out. Ben wraps her in his coat and puts her in his car. He then calls Dr. Abbott and arranges for the girl to be checked out at his house. Upon arriving at the boat house, after dressing the mysterious girl, he offers her something to drink as she wakes up. The girl doesn't speak and exhibits odd behavior. In spite of this, Ben offers to help her. Still, she doesn't talk. However, she does sing to him, emitting a captivating sound that nearly puts Ben in a trance. It is then that Dr. Abbott arrives. Ben invites him in, but warns the doctor that the girl is a bit strange. Unfortunately, by the time they return, the mysterious girl is gone.
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- The pilot episode was filmed in October 2016, in BC, Canada.
- One of the primary settings during production for the pilot episode was Steveston, but filming also took place in Deep Cove and Port Moody, all in Canada.
- This episode consists of one particular VFX sequence that takes place under water with the mermaids as they hunt. The mermaid tail effects for this scene was done by Pixomondo, the same visual effects company known for designing the dragons in Game of Thrones.
- The scene in which the boy is lurked in the water references the classic horror Jaws, though here the shark becomes the prey.
- Ryn: "I am Ryn. I come from the sea."
- Ben: (to Ryn) The night we met, you sang a song. I can't get it out of my head. Everywhere I go, I hear it.
- Rabbit by Tanya Tagaq
- The Run Up by Make It
- Lonesome City by The Black Canyon Gang
- Twentyfourseven by Kasabian
- Cold Feet by Fink
- Angel Of The Morning by Juice Newton
- In The Rain by Flagship
- ↑ Vulture — "Freeform Orders a ‘Thrilling,’ ‘Complex,’ and ‘Scary’ Pilot About Mermaids" (July 25, 2016)
- ↑ SpoilerTV — "Final Adjusted TV Ratings for Thursday 29th March 2018" (March 30, 2018)
- ↑ SpoilerTV — Freeform's March 2018 Programming Press Release (February 23, 2018)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 What's Filming—"Siren Season 1 Starts Filming in Vancouver" (August 2, 2017)
- ↑ YouTube Comic Con — "Siren New York Comic Con Panel | Freeform" (October 29, 2017)