Thursday, August 1, 2013

Review: Mako Mermaids

If you keep up with me on social media - or my artistic endeavors - you'll know I have a thing for mermaids. Merpeople in general have always held a special spot in my inner pantheon of all the great beings. Then I grew up and realized singing underwater wasn't as easy as a certain redhead made it appear in the movies.


You may also recall a while back I wrote a review for an Australian TV show called H2O: Just Add Water. It's like Charmed meets mermaids meets teenagers meets all the wholesome goodness you'd hope to find in a Saturday morning Disney show about girls gaining tails. In the original series, three girls fall into a pool of water under a full moon at a place called Mako Island and subsequently gain the ability to become mermaids when exposed to the most splashy of elements.

It had occasional discussions on ecology, being aware of where your food comes from, being responsibly environmental, but also dealt with the good kid stuff like friendship and listening and overcoming obstacles. I loved it. LOVED IT. So much so I've watched the entire series probably three times over the last couple of years thanks to Netflix.

But, it only had three seasons. A woeful tragedy if you ask me.

Then, a spark of hope. This past spring I found out a new series was being made as a spin-off to H2O (thanks to Netflix originals for picking it up), but this one would have a couple of twists:
  1. Instead of 3 girls that get turned into mermaids, it would feature 3 mermaids that choose to come to land. 
  2. There would be a BOY added to the mix! A guy that finds his way to Mako Island's moon pool during the right time to become a merman. (Merteen?)
So... Neat, right? We get the additional mythology of "real" mermaids, plus lots of shots of a cute boy accidentally going shirtless and soaked every time he's in a rainstorm. Then, this past week... Mako Mermaids went live with the first half of its first season on Netflix streaming.
And...

I spent my weekend watching it.

And..

I felt this way.
Then a little this way.


Then some of this. 


And finally this.


Gone was the laughter and the lighthearted morning show vibe. Sure, they still have it in some Australian city that is tangentially close to the eponymous Mako Island, but calling it a spin-off is wrong. A spin-off features an old character getting put into a new story, typically, or at least lives in the same universe as the parent show. But this new show shares nothing with the original. In fact, for the events in the second series to have happened, the first show could have occurred. The mermaid mythos is completely changed, and you end up sort of hating everyone on the show. Everyone. 

Let me break it down further:
  • There's a bad guy, but nobody can decide who it should be. You know how in Legend of the Seeker (stay with me) you have to drown a male confessor child at birth or else he'll abuse his powers because he's a stupid boy and kill all the everyone? Well, apparently there's a strong hint that being a merman is all the bad and there's a trident and if he gets it he's totally coming for seaside armageddon. Or he's not. Or the three girls are total bitches and spend half of every episode trying to take the accidental merboy's powers away.
  • The three mermaids are textbook definitions of depression. So they get kicked out of their pod (family of mermaids) because the lead guy becomes a merman. And they literally spend every minute of screen time being very, very, very sad about it. It's the most melodramatic attempt at teen angst I've seen, and it's not even done well. You can tell the girls have naturally bubbly personalities that have been directed into submission because they're going for an older audience. 
  • Oh...That's right...older audience. At first it was fun seeing the cute boy constantly take his shirt off and find reasons to flex. And the girls even got their share of skin time. But, then it was all the time. The guy changes his shirt in the middle of a scene, seemingly just to remind us he still has a six-pack. The girls wash up naked and confused on a beach and then the leggiest of the three walks around like some Freshman dork's wet dream in a white button down and boots for an entire episode. (Yes, and nothing else.) I'm not a prude, I swear, but it's really jarring to see this in what is definitely supposed to be a show accessible to a pre-teen audience. Plus, it seems to be done in lieu of a plot. 
  • THE POWERS! Ok... I get it. You might tweak the powers a bit because of the 'real mermaid' and 'new merman' plots, but these are off the chart. Sometimes they're telekinetic, have the power of invisibility, can affect electronics with their mind, control the different phases of water, storms, and the list goes on and on. For every situation, there's a brand new power. Sometimes, lightning bolts just shoot from random places because nobody's used their mermaid powers in a few minutes and they just feel like reminding us they can. 
  • The friendships, or lack thereof. What was the central point of the first series, and most successful YA shows is the friendship of the main group. However, the three mermaids make it a point of reminding us how they were forced to be together because they're cast out. The merman initially gives us a great storyline with his best friend, but almost immediately treats him like a jerk, dumps his girlfriend hard and painfully, and goes on the biggest ego trip ever to swim the seven seas. You feel no empathy for anyone. There were times when I wanted to call up the nearest sushi place and tell them of a new Australian delicacy.
  • The Power Rangers set. Obviously, the first series did quite well financially, because they have the money to make the biggest Power Rangers wannabe secret hideout mermaid set ever. Also, apparently if you're a school principal in Australia, you can afford an oceanfront mansion with a batcave...er...mercave? 
I didn't like it. At all. I got through all thirteen episodes hoping it would find its groove, but it never did. It tries too hard to maintain both the aesthetic charm of the original and the brooding teen angst of a CW show. In fact, they should have just gone full Vampire Diaries. At least then it would be honest and they could really give the whole sexy, broody vibe a true shot. Presently, I'm hesitant to give it another go when the other half of the season drops in September. 

Have YOU watched Mako Mermaids?


Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

73 comments:

  1. I loved the Original H20. P.S. Did u realize that both Cleo (Phoebe Tonkin) and Emma (Claire Holt) are TVD (the vampire diaries?). I love that. I had such high hopes for The Perfect Circle (also with Phoebe). But I literally just saw the H20: Make thing on Netflix and had been meaning to watch it. I'm a little sad that its not as good.

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    2. I think you mean The Secret Circle instead of 'perfect' :)

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    3. I think it all depends on what series you watch first. Everyone always loves the original better because it's what you're used to. I really enjoyed both series-they're different but both awesome. Maybe they decided to change things up because the original got cancled. They probably wanted this one to run more than 3 seasons. I think both seasons are definitely worth watching

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    4. It didn't get cancelled because Australian tv only has 3 seasons just like mako mermaids have 3 seasons and I honestly think that h2o is better even though I watched mako mermaids first. H2O was suppose to only have 2 seasons but people wanted another season so it was popular. Mako mermaids was suppose to be a spinoff and I think it isn't cause it doesn't have one of the original characters in it even though rikki was at the end, it still wasn't a spin-off.

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  2. Ohhh, I totally marathoned Mako Mermaids the day it came out, and my love for the original is as deep as it is irrational. I could snuggle it forever.

    I had a hard time pinning down why I didn't like this one as much, although I still enjoyed it. You bring up some good points, and I definitely agree: dark merpeople for the win.

    For good things, I appreciate that there's an emotional core with some sort of overarching plot/McGuffin thing, although I agree it's not done as well as it could be. I love the fish out of water comedy bits. I like the idea of a whole mermaid society, but I'm really wondering how merpeople exist, though, if there have been no mermen for centuries. Are they all the offspring of Poseidon and a fish, like in old mythology? (I'm probably over-analyzing this). Also, I know Lyla and Zac are probably supposed to be the main couple/love interests/whatever, but I heart Sirena and David forever; they're adorable.

    As for not-so-good things, Zac was a jerkass, wasn't he? I know he's a teenage boy, but he's just so insensitive to his "friend" Cam, who is obviously jealous of his powers. I mean, Cam is totally going to stab him in the back/tell Evie on him/extort the mermaids for fun and profit. As for the mermaids, I see what their characters are supposed to be, but we don't know them as very distinctive personalities. I think it's partially not seeing them interact with their families, which I think fleshed out the characters in the original series. Plus Nixie's acting seems... off, somehow. Even for this level of show. I know she's supposed to be funny, but her line readings fall flat. I.e. "Not if we. have. legs." "Don't you. miss. the pod." Also totally agree on the new power inconsistencies. Set the rules and stick with 'em, showrunners! Less is more.

    ANYWAY. Sorry; no one to discuss this with in real life. Despite my misgivings, I'm still coming back for the gorgeous underwater shots in September. The last couple of episodes leading into the mid-season cliffhanger were much stronger, so I have hope it will hit its stride, balancing comedy and drama. Specifically, I hope Zac discovers how not to abuse the trident powers through the Power of Friendship, and that we see the mermaids become better friends and more established characters. Zac developing platonic friendships with the non-Lyla mermaids would be good to see, as well.

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    1. You are so right. Not one character is likeable. The story lines are convoluted. The authors don't know who is the good guy/girl and the bad guy/girl. I thought they replaced the two actresses bec they realized they were uninteresting, but their replacements were equally bad ma total disappointment.

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  4. I totally agree with this, but if I may add a few points here myself
    They completely failed to explain how an entire mermaid society got by unnoticed in the first series, and how Cleo, Ricky, and Emma/Bella failed to notice the three other mermaids that liked to hang out in the moon pool on the full moon, and then on top of that didnt notice the city of mermaids worshipping the full moon.

    They then also completely redesigned the moon pool and added that weird secret entrance. And while I get that they couldn't get everything EXACTLY the same, they could have at least put up a little more of an effort.

    And the last one I will be mentioning even though there are SO many more, they also failed to explain why one merman is important enough for them to throw a hissy fit and abandon three teen girls, but when Cleo, Ricky, Emma changed they didn't even bat an eyelash

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    1. Thats what i was wondering. I noticed on the wiki Mako Mermaids was originally gonna be a prequal then they decided it was a sequal. Concidering in the finale Rikki was there not much older, how did it go unnoticed.
      As for the moonpool changing it didnt change much. I do believe in H2O it got distroyed so that mught be part of the reason. But what i didnt understand was what happened to the original set. Like the JuiceNet/Rikkis which got replaced by another place. Or the school which looks completly redone, not to mention the marine park changed also.

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  5. I have to agree with your points Lyte. I just marathon watched the show myself once I had the time. I loved the first series and was thrown very quickly by the early episodes of this new spin off. It didn't fit in the world we knew and loved, and the characters were so unapproachable or likeable. Lyta was just so nasty at the start and you got the feeling they were together only because they were the three youngest in the pod.

    My other problem, and one of the few problems to carry over from the old show, is the adults. They're so clueless, especially the older meremaids. They're always going on about how foolish the girls are, or how they didn't finish 'meremaid school' and just don't understand. Yet there is a total lack of parental guidance. At least in the last show, while clueless, we saw Cleo's dad trying to be a parent and teach his daughters.

    Then there is Zac. I honestly can't tell if he was suppose to be the villain and the first half of the show that we were given is his 'origin' story of why he's a big jerkass power tripping mereman or what? He has no redeeming qualities. Save maybe his body. His friend was at least somewhat a stand up guy, til the last episode. Then he joins the brain washed jock jerkass group with Zac.

    I may try to watch a little more when the rest comes out in September, but my hopes are far from high. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. Look forward to seeing what else you have to say if anything.

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  6. Love this review, and I totally agree. I discovered H2O last summer and it's amazing. I can't really describe what I love so much about it. In fact, at first I thought it was kind of dumb. But it slowly drew me in, with its humor and friendships and magical nostalgic moments and the sad scenes that were done just right and the character development...I could go on and on.

    That's why I was thrilled about Mako Mermaids. But this show is a trainwreck. The mermaids' powers are all over the place and Zac is a moron. Why oh why does he have to be the main character? And the worst part is that none of the girls have slapped sense into him yet. Remember on H2O when they'd have one character that you'd grow to dislike, but you were SUPPOSED to dislike them because they were the bad guy (like Charlotte)? And in a way, you enjoyed to dislike them because it made it interesting. In Mako Mermaids, almost all the characters are Charlottes, but the problem is that you are not supposed to hate them.

    Great review! I agree on all points.

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  7. My daughter and I love this show. She is ten. We can separate the two shows as been similar but different. Loved all 26 shows. The only thing I have to say about it is they go around the problems a little bit silly. Like when Zac thought that David had his cell phone. They went in all directions trying to get it back instead of just saying "Hey, thats my phone, let me prove it by calling it. Oh, it's not mine? Let me call my phone and try to find it." Instead they snuck in after the place closed to try to find it with out calling it then either.

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    1. Although they at least reasoned that out, with neither of them having a phone at the time, and Cam worrying that David would look at his pics to show it's his, then see Zac as a merman. I think they only carried on for the sake of having a humorous/team-working episode though.

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  8. they made it stupid. sad =( one comment is right, zac has no redeeming factor! actually all of them. no one to root for, except perhaps david. who's not even included in the main plot. sigh! and nixie, oh god nixie. she can't act to save herself! when she's supposed to be sad, or angry, she just looks fake. i hate what they did to this show ugh!

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  9. Totally agree with everything! One point I would like to stress more though....if Merman haven't existed in centuries then how do mermaids reproduce? How does Sirena have a sister unless they had parents - parents being male and female. Someone please explain this to me cos it's driving me insane!

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    1. Its not that merman hadnt existed, they hid. But that still brings up a grest point. If the mermen hid, how did the mermaids have kids.

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    2. In one of the season one episodes when they are all, annoyingly, fighting for the trident, nixie uses the phrase: I wasn't 'hatched' yesterday... :O

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    3. OMG !!!!! 😥 I hadn't noticed! It's frightening!!! Now we have solved the parents' question...

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  10. Completely agree. I'm on episode 21 at the moment, and there's not a single likeable character. Sirena-cringe worthy sweet. Nixie- know-it-all. Lyla-stubborn. Cam-Smug. The merman (can't remember his name) egotistical. His girlfriend (psycho and insecure). His dad (zero listening skills) . Basically just watching for the underwater moments

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  11. I don't like the fact that it's so centered around a boy. The previous series was full of girl power, and the power of friendship. Instead in the new series the girls are ridiculous. foolish and are contently bickering. The guy is the all powerful one. Their entire existence centers around this boy. It just sort of gives me the wrong vibe.

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  12. I think it was too many secrets and unexplained pieces of the show that was that I feel was vital to understanding the story line. Also the way the characters communicate with each other seems unrealistic to how people would interact with each other in reality. Like for example, a total stranger shows up out no where and you trust them so much that you'd run off with them and take their word for everything. Then, you have a girlfriend that you leave hanging constantly and run off with 3 other girls on a daily basis that no one knows any about. Then the girls show up in a world that's new and foreign to them and they act like they know everything. So they end up running around acting suspicious and rude and bogarding there way into where they feel like. With H20, all the characters pretty much knew each other already and just built on those relations. Also they tried to blend there normal life with their water life so they weren't too odd or strange acting. I'm almost finish season 1 and I'm curious to see how this end and comes together.

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  13. Coming late to this, but I had to wait and buy the show on DVD. I've been binge watching and I'm at episode 24 "Trust". Like most people I watched and loved all of H2O, and while that show had its own loose plots and poor acting moments, I felt that overall it managed to win me over anyway because you could tell it was starting out, and planning to improve as the season's progressed, and it did that fantastically! With Mako I think they wanted to leap straight off the bat with fully developed characters and plot (because they weren't sure how long the show could run, or just because they've already done a mermaid 'origins' show and wanted to try something different?), and I think it's got a more rigid approach because of that. I don't like how arrogant and entitled Zac is, especially because I think we're meant to see glimmers of good in him (which will eventually win out?), and if he is just on a trident power-trip then I don't think it's been written well enough to pull it off. I do like how the mermaids have been written though, and I think it makes sense from a 'exotic species' perspective to do whatever to protect yourselves and your habitat - my only frustration is that the storyline is too plot heavy to have more light-hearted episodes where they adapt to land living.

    Despite its shortcomings I still love this series, and I've heard they've got a second season coming and maybe more afterwards, so they might loosen up and really develop the show more. Btw, I saw comments about the timeline, and on the Mako wikia it's hypothesised that it's meant to be waaay after the H2O mermaids...with the idea they've built up the mermaid community? Although I also question how they're all born mermaids but don't seem to have parents. Pluuuus it's also been 'confirmed' (on twitter) at least one of the original H2O mermaids will be appearing, so I'm hoping they'll use that to straighten out the timeline/mythology.

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  14. I think mako mermaids is a great show but I do agree with the reproducing point

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  15. I think you guys are holding onto H2O too much. the previous characters would have never noticed lyla nixie and sirena. Cos this took place plenty years later. this show in my opinion really is unique and realistic. sirena is bubbly no doubt. Evie ticks me off won't deny it. But like a bf just suddenly got close to the new girl. can you blame her. nixie is awwesomw being just the right amount of mean I love how they switched it around making the sarcastic lead the most respondible as opposed to giving that role to lyla (as I initially thought). Zac is a n idiota at first hmm lets see the guy fell into some pool and now suddenly he has a tail. Thinks there's nobody else like him does not even know who to trust then when he finds he can trust lyla. Turns out she's the companion he's been looking for. It's like a more realistic take on cam p rock if you ask me. Of course he's furious and still part human soo he rebels against everybody. and now we come to lyla. Don't deny it. She took us all by surprise the one protagonist in my entire life time I can honestly say I did not see coming. LUCY really did this character justice. At first glance you think it's the typical mermaid leader falls for the boy who got them outcasted and slowly he'll break down her walls she's mature and blah blah..blah. NOPE! lyla is fiery immature. Stubborn. I love how she is not dead in the phone incident I would have expected the usual lead to have begged the merboy for forgiveness when he lashes out at her. But instead she is strongheaded and gives him just as much or if not more hate. Lyla clearly is my fave. I honestly thought she'd be this typical bore. I was proved wrong. as for the episodes come on you can't tell me you were not caught of guard when lyla and poisedon did not switch bodies to learn their differences.(sooo sick of those freaky friday eps) Or that in such an ep they managed to fit in a lyla evie confrontation. bottom line this show is better than anything else currently screening on disney. and I can confidently say this cos I have watched everything disney from the beginning of time from recess right down to that wannabe jake and blake show liv and maddie

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    1. Your have a great point actually I hadn't thought of that

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  16. Surely everyone involved in creating the show knew how vapid and unlikable Zac was. Maybe they didn't realize that hardly any of the other characters were likeable either but, still, that's what fascinates me about this show: given that I don't like anyone (and that the plot details are so often jarringly lazy), why do I like this show so much?

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  17. Okay first of all the "leggist" one was actually wearing short shorts on under the white button down shirt which was shown during that episode so no she was not completely naked during the episode. And your comment as how they kept showing skin constantly throughout the season and gave the example of them washing up on the beach naked, that was the second episode so sorry but you have mistaken.

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  18. This show is a train wreck. Zach's best friend and girlfriend ruin the show for me. They are obnoxious to say the least. Also, the fact that some of you are defending a show like you are personally bother by other comments is just plain sad. It is a tv show, get over it.

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    1. The girlfriend is extremely obnoxious, at least in just add water zane wasn't annoying and always in the show, although to be honest I liked zane

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  19. I actually like the show better than H2O.

    1. the male protagonist makes the show less girly. I'm female, but it was just too much in the first show. Especially Rickie, who never appreciated her boyfriend.
    2. there's more going on in the story than pointless romance.
    3. they're actually getting into mermaid mythos.
    4. the love angles were downplayed and not overwhelming.

    Granted, all of the flaws you mentioned were on point. I can't deny that the anti-merman point wasn't well explained. Also, Nixie is a despicable person who rebelled against mermaid rules by watching humans, and yet at any time anyone wants to do anything, she's like, "no, we can't." She's super controlling.

    All the same, I find the flaws kind of endearing. I'm really enjoying pointing out all their logic flaws.

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    1. I hate ppl like u who go round thinking that girly and boyish exists, I bet ur like "pink is a girl colour", if u wanna play with barbie play with it if u wanna play with action figures play with them, I repeat u do what u want u like what u want. U must be a 4 yr old cuz there always saying "football is for boys" etc. I though u were a boy until I read "I'm female", u bring shame on girls, so shame on you

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    2. In my opinion the love angels were acting like a married couple,saying " we're gonna have a special time just u and me" and she doesnt like him hanging out with other girls and she has to be around him 24/7

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  20. I liked it, but there was flaws moon pool, powers and no one from original series, but then season 2 came and I completely lost interest because Nixie and Lyla were gone so good review

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    1. Same, I think also that Lucy Fry has played incredibly well. The decision to kick her out was decidedly stupid and counterproductive. She was one of the best there. You're right, Ivy Latimer hasn't played very well but I'm sure that if you let her more times she could be better.

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    2. Okay, they didn't kick Lucy Fry out. I DO think that she played her role as Lyla incredibly well, and I'm quite sad that she wasn't present for season 2. Now, why, you may ask? Okay, well, Lucy Fry had another movie, Vampire Academy, and that's the only reason she couldn't be on Mako Mermaids anymore. She had to stay indoors and everything to achieve a pale complexion as she had the role of Vasilisa (Lissa) Dragomir, a royal Moroi (vampire) princess. I loved how she played Lissa in Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, but I STILL wish she could've been in season 2, too. But it just wasn't possible. Lucy Fry seriously has talent. I love how she acts. In Now Add Honey, she is this character that's bubbly and kind of like a dog. She pulls it off just like that. She's a brilliant person and wonderful actor.

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  21. This article is kinda crap cuz ur just saying stuff that nobody really noticed, like didn't ur family ever tell ur supposed to watch/read stuff using ur imagination, u just go with the flow then u don't notice the glitches, so u cant hate it cuz of their glitches, cuz that means u hate everything. I love just add water way more, they need a season 4 coz 3 seasons too short and emma hasn't returned, they cancelled j.a.w cuz they were "too old", but think about it if ur a mermaid it won't change with age, so it'd make it more realistic

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    1. It's not crap. The show is so heavily flawed, people can pick them out just like this article did. Everyone must've noticed how power-hungry Zac was or how smug cam was. His girlfriend was an insecure psycho who'd get jealous if Zac even breathed in another girl's direction. The glitches wouldn't be hated if they weren't so big.

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  22. If you thought Season 1 was bad you should check out Season 2/3 on Netflix. UHG! The only redeeming feature is that Zac bulked up some (deliciously so) and they have a new uber-gorgeous merman named Erik. I totally gave up on the non-existence plots and just stayed to watch two hot shirtless guys swimming around.

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  23. What happened to Nixie and lyla? I liked them way much better the season 2 and 3 girls hope they come back for season 4 or this show would be officially boring to me. It was more exciting with Nixie and lyla, the other girls are good but not as much as them ( this show is kinda better then h2o

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    1. I'm not sure why Nixie was gone, but I know why Lyla was. She had a different movie--Vampire Academy, so she couldn't be on the show.

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  24. Sirena sings terribly! Wish they got someone else to sing. Every time she sang (and she sang ALOT) I had to soften it. Pity as Bella was an awesome singer in H2O-Just Add Water.

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  25. I loved H2o. Mako mermaids...not so much. The characters were awful and the fact that the mermen were immediately more powerful then the mermaids annoyed me incredibly. However, season 2 is much better and they introduce more likable characters and get rid of Lyla and Nixie. If you gave up on season 1, try watching season 2, because I was about to give up on Mako Mermaids completely but found season 2 was better.

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  26. I think the first season was actually pretty good. But they changed the cast afterwards. Lyla and Nikki are no longer in the show and it made no since in season 2. No explanation why they left, why they keep hunting down. Zac when he destroyed the Trident. I agree, H2O Just Add Water was so much better but the first season of this show kind of gave it a little twist to the tale. If they didn't change the entire storyline / cast in the second season, and made Zac's girlfriend a mermaid I would have kept watching. For the most part, I agree with you

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    1. You read my mind completely. I mean the girlfriend was always annoying and always put her nose in places where no one wanted her. They never explain why zac even likes her, they just announce her as his gf no questions asked. I loved Nixie and Lyla!! Nixie was obviously paired with Cam and Lyla was supposed to be a love interest for Zac but now since there gone theres no drama or interest. The new girls dont have an accent and i cant seem to get used to their faces.... i quit the show eventually. The second season is literally a spin off of a spin off. Also the characters look like they aged 5yrs not a week.... Overally now that zacs gf has a tail i advice that no one watches the show because she is a bore.

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  27. I think that throwing out Lyla and Nixie has taken away what made the series interesting, that what had made interesting H2O just add water, the contrast between the different mentalities and different carattery of the protagonists. Lyla was also the only one that has managed to make me believe that her character really existed and was not only invented instead.

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  28. I loved the original show so I decided to watch the full 1st season and....
    At first I of course thought it could never be as good as H2O.
    I learned to love the show, and then they FUCKING GET RID OF LYLA AND NIXIE
    Fuck them! When they left THE SHOW ENDED. What's there now is just a mess.

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    1. You're right. And also, Lyla was my fav to

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    2. So... I watched season 1. I absolutely loved it! Sirena--charismatic, Nixie--honestly, I loved her, and Lyla... Oh Lyla, I loved her. She was without doubt my favorite. She was stubborn (Stubbornness isn't a bad quality), fiery, and passionate. Lucy Fry (Lyla) is a seriously amazing actor. In Lightning Point, she starred as one of the main characters--er, aliens. She was Zoey in Lightning Point. Also, she was Lissa Dragomir in Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters. I absolutely fell in love with the way she played her character. She gave up the sun and the surfing to obtain a pale complexion as she played a Moroi (peaceful vampire). I loved Lucy Fry and Dom Sherwood (Dom played Christian Ozera, Lissa's love interest). Their romance was so CUTE! And I still ship Lyla and Zac. I will NEVER ship Zevie. If I ever write a fic about Zevie, I'm going to make them BREAK UP! Anyways, Lucy Fry is one of my favorite people in the entire world. Actually, she IS my favorite person. Anyways, the new characters aren't... bad, I guess. I mean, I think they are horrible replacements for Lyla and Nixie, but... I don't know. It's my opinion, right? Anyways, when I first watched season 1, I thought Lyla was going to be this boring, non-important character when BAM. She became my favorite as her and Zac's relationship developed. OMG. I wish they became a thing. *sighs* But I have to be content with my imagination--which is the next best thing. Zyla forever! Also, in January, I'll be posting my Mako Mermaids/Vampire Academy fanfiction on fanfiction.net. Yay! =) It's the age thing.

      Lucy Fry, Ivy Latimer, and Amy Ruffle were spectacular mermaids. Chai was good as a merman.

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  29. P.S Lyla was my fav so yeah

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    1. Lyla was my fav!! I still ship her and zac.

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    2. Lyla was my favorite, and honestly, I didn't exactly want to watch season 2. Sometimes, I wish she didn't have to do her movie Vampire Academy, so she could stay on the show. =(

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  30. ok so i'm coming to the party way late and while watching mako mermaids is a guilty pleasure I cannot overcome the true feelings of hate I hold for the plot and for the characters. I loved H2O but i was excited to watch a new show about teenage mermaids with a different dynamic. I was sadly let down by a land slide. Not only is Zac the most excruciatingly annoying merman that has probably every existed but he's also such a jerk of a guy. He treats his best friend like dirt (granted Cam is the definition of dirt, i really hate cam), but he also treats his girlfriend like trash and the three mermaids just as poorly. The show has no purpose either, every episode is the same after the other. nothing new! I'm on episode 20 now and it seems exactly like the past 5. Furthermore, the shows main ideas seem to be a complete regurgitation of H2O, the secret pool and the island are the same. i get it, they're supposed to be similar, but it wouldn't hurt to give mako mermaids some depth to it. over all the characters though are what really make this show awful, again, there's a total lack of depth and pretty much none of them understand empathy and good lord they have no individuality.

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  31. You're right but if you wait 2 episodes you're going to see Lyla showing empathy to zac, and nixie who try to broke their friendship thinking that it could be dangerous for them

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  32. I've seen it come up in my Netflix suggestions so much and I just can't bring myself to watch it because I'm a die hard for the original (well the original of anything) the fact that they call it a spin off is a blatant lie. The only good spin off I've ever witnessed is Nickelodeon's "Sam and Cat" which I think was done really well. Netflix just enjoys jumping on the band wagon of things, they literally did their own version of a French drama called "the returned" but named there's "the originals" but legit had partially the same storyline and it was marketed as a "Netflix original" how is it original if it's copying something that was already created? Damn Netflix sort your act out.

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  33. I like the 2, 3, and 4 way better! I hated Lyla soo much! I love the new characters way better! I miss Sirena though.

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  34. I only liked the first season I liked the girls on there others one kept changing bitches

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  35. While I do truly enjoy this show, there are a lot of problems, the fact that most problems arise from the characters either not communicating properly or just having no common sense, the fact that they seem way to eager to share their secret with people, that they can't blatantly see that their friends are betraying them (e.g Cam) and they can't tell when they're being complete idiots because they think that their friends have betrayed them (e.g Zac saying that the girls are his enemy when they're trying to help but he won't listen because he's an arrogant stupid idiot)..
    One of my biggest quibbles, if Cam wanted to be a merman so bad, why couldn't they just let him be a merman after the trident was destroyed? He wouldn't be more powerful than them and I doubt he'd blow their secret when it's his secret too. Also, why didn't he just sneak back to the Moon Pool during a full moon? A lot of the characters in this show do not react how normal people do, half the time I'm honestly surprised the characters don't just beat the hell out of eachother. Like when Cam had the trident and Zac was trying to get it off him.. Could've just punched him in the face and walked away with it to be honest.. I get the show is for a younger audience but... It just frustrates me so much!!

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  36. Also it annoys me how there supposed to be these all powerful mermaids and mermen but a lot of their problems is because they're being such pussies!!! like, in the episode Supersize (s02e12) when Joe asks them to get out the cool room when they're looking for Mimmi's moon ring, and they actually get out like it a big problem??? just say 'no im looking for my ring piss off'???

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  37. I like mako mermaids better than h20. But what happened to lyla and nixie in season 2. Total info hanger guys!( Lyla is my favorite) on season 3 many you can bring lyla back. It would make things intresting.

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  38. I think Cam deserve a second Chance After what happened I think he was under the Spell of the full Moon be fair to him

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  39. I absolutely love H2o. Like I love it so much, I can't even describe it in words. I've loved it for years now and it's one of the only tv shows I can watch over and over and over again a thousand times and never get tired of it (which I've actually done already. If I had it on tape, they'd be broken already). In fact, my love for it even grows. I've loves it before I became a fangirl and I think it was the first tv show I ever bought on DVD. My whole family loves it too and there's a reason we do: Because it's freaking great, well developed, well thought out, the characters are so likable and the idea is just great. Tbh I hated season 3 though. I think a lot of characters totally behaved out of character (I'm looking at you, Zane), Lewis was gone for so long and it was mostly all about Bella and Will which annoyed me a lot since I thought Will was a douchebag and Bella was kind of annoying. I've only watched that season once, it was okay all in all but there were so many things that bothered me and actually really hurt me (again, why Zane, why?!) and it just didn't make any sense. It didn't have that H2o spirit I so loved.
    Mako Mermaids could have been a great restart, with fresh characters and a different story, so that I didn't have to bang my head against a wall because of how much they'd screw the characters up. And what happened? They were screwed up from the beginning. And I totally agree with everything you said. I've watched a few episodes and it absolutely sucked. There were so many things I hated about it and you listed them quite precisely. I mean seriously, I started watching H2o because I love mermaids and Australia and the underwater shots, that's what I loved about it before I started loving the characters and becoming a hardcore Zikki shipper. And still, the idea of a show about mermaids sounds soooo good to me, even if it wasn't about Cleo, Emma, Rikki, Lewis, Zane etc. I just can't believe that whole concept totally went to waste in Mako Mermaids. Like I just don't get how you can take Australia, the ocean, beautiful beaches, merpeople and all the possibilities that come with them and turn it into this crap! It honestly makes me so sad. Mako Mermaids is so boring, annoying and just overall a pain to watch. It's not a spin-off of H2o, it's a disgrace. It feels like they didn't even try, like it's just a money-grabber. Ugh.

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  40. I miss lyla, nixie and Sirena.
    It's not as good without them. Why are they not on there anymore?

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    1. i dont know why nixie left but lyla left us behind to do vampire academy.
      i'm on season 4 even though the new characters grow on you its not the same. The seasons aren't even as long anymore. The show is nice but at least for me its not must see anymore. No offense to the rest of the characters but
      lyla was the best character and in my opinion the show took a big hit

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    2. The characters had great chemistry the first season, after that it all fell apart.

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  41. i'm 21 and I haven't really seen more then an episode or two of h2o and i didn't really like it. I watched this series as a stand alone and i am loving it. I didn't really pay attention to the skin stuff they swim i get it.After watching anime everything seems tame in comparison. I'm just upset that they get rid of two of the original girls. Especially she is my favorite on the show character and actor even if they bring the character back but not the actor i will be a little disappointed. However i will vouch for first season very entertaining ill just have to see how the rest goes i'm on season 2.

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  42. My daughter loved these that she received for her birthday. If your daughter is into mermaid tv shows she will probably enjoy it. Also they are family friendly.

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