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#Series Review: Netflix’s Tidelands


As is often the case, production from Oz always offers something different than the rest of the world. Quite frankly, they often offer better and more imaginative stuff than anyone else; however, this creativity does not come without a downside. In other words, production from Australia is always bloodthirsty and full of nudity. All of the said applies to this new series as well.

In the series, we meet Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best) who is, as we will learn later, half human and half siren. She returns to her hometown Orphelin Bay after spending time in juvie for arson attack to neighbour’s house. She comes to her brother Augie (Aaron Jakubenko) and ends up staying with him. Her brother is a drug smuggler and his drugs come from the Tideland. Tidelanders are a commune of members who are half human and half sirens. They want their siren mothers to return to the bay and they serve their queen Adrielle (Elsa Pataky), who is a villain in this series. Adrielle wants to collect all pieces of an ancient horn and bring sirens back to the bay while destroying humanity entirely. Some of the things she says about humans are good food for thought, because Adrielle comments on human’s desire to conquer and kill everyone different, and history teaches us that this is indeed the history of humankind.

The legend on sirens murdering men is portrayed interestingly, but I wish there was more on that. I wanted to see more of sirens and more on these legends. Most of all, I wanted to see something progressive about them, and not just re-enforcing old patriarchal prejudices of female monsters killing men by sleeping with them or calling them, and crazy widows thus wanting to kill sirens.

But, there is plenty of action in the series and the story progresses fast, thus making the series very engaging. I do recommend this to everyone.

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