The straining-disbelief Siren trailer.

I have a weird issue with the Sirens TV show.

And it’s basically this. “This” being how Coelasquid over at the Manly Guys Doing Manly Things webcomic imagined mermaids actually looking if they, you know, existed and everything.  Which would not be an issue, except that the mermaid above is being portrayed as a predator.

…That mermaid cannot be an effective predator.  At least, not as effective as a dolphin — and the dolphins would have extincted competition like that long ago. I get that they’re supposed to be going with alien-attractive, but biologically speaking this critter is all over the plausibility map.

Moe Lane

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  • Luke says:

    Most female faeries presented themselves as beautiful or horrific. (Sometimes, one right after the other.)
    Such is glamour.
    Think of mermaids as an unnatural phenomenon instead of a natural one, and you’re much closer to the source material. Small gods or capricious spirits more than flesh and bone.

    • acat says:

      Alternately .. older than dolphins, and evolved smart enough to know dolphins would out-compete ’em in the open ocean, so adapted to areas dolphins were .. disadvantaged .. someplace a group of mer with long pointy sticks can defeat a dolphin .. or shark.
      They won’t *show* that, of course. Flipper being the Bambi of the sea, and all that implies.

  • BigFire says:

    Moe, you should read old myth stories. Sirens and Mermaids draws in unwitting sailors with their alluring songs and drown them.

  • Belcatar says:

    I can understand why fish breasts would not have nipples. I have no idea how to make an entire episode, let alone a series, about fish with nipple-free breasts and long hair.

    “Hey, Doris, how’s it going?”
    “Oh, you know, same old sea.”
    “Any ships today?”
    “Want to do some reef gardening?”
    “Actually, I was thinking of hitching a ride with Todd and going over to see those vents. I hear the sulfur is good for the skin.”

    Maybe if they added Sebastian the crab…

    • acat says:

      The point to the breasts is to produce milk.
      If the finny ones don’t produce milk, as evidenced by the lack of, you know, milk-distributing nipples, then .. why are there breasts at all?
      Just sayin’ is all.

  • irusro says:

    Just read this,
    Q. “What do you call a mermaid with a badge?
    A. A police siren”.

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