Tidelands is the very grown-up drama about a town populated by half-mermaid-half-human beings. Don't be fooled. This is not for children or the faint of heart. It is instead Netflix's first Australian original content show.
Caliope McTeer (Charlotte Best) has just been released from prison where she has spent the last 10 years of her life. Imprisoned for the murder of a police officer, she was sent down at just aged 14. Now she's out and returning home to Orphelia Bay. Orphelia Bay is the family town and the place where her fisherman father died at sea. It also turns out that this is where hundreds of men have lost their lives at seas over the years.
Any why is that? It's because of the Sirens of the sea. These mythical creatures are very much real in Tidelands and they lure men to their death. But not before they use their wily ways to get pregnant. Those little babies – now half mermaid, half human, are then abandoned before being found and raised in the Tidelanders secret commune by the leader Adrielle Cuthbert.
But that is just a fraction of the plot of Tidelands. The larger picture is that Cal's brother Augie, is actually a drug trafficker. Using his father's fishing boat he is in partnership with the Tidelanders. They create the base for drugs before handing it over to him. His crew, including his best friend Colton, get to work and process the drugs before selling them on to his one supplier.
It all goes wrong when one of Augie's men follows the Tidelanders out to sea. Unfortunately he gets murdered for his trouble. With his men growing more discontented with every passing day, a new drug kingpin tries to move in on his territory. Oh and everybody apparently wants to see Cal McTeer dead – for some unknown reason. So things are not going well for the the residents of Orphelia Bay.
Tidelands is an interesting show. It's opening packs a punch and grabs your attention however, there are so many plots and layers that it's almost disorientating. Bizarre loyalties to Adrielle, the Tidelanders desperation to call the sirens, the drug running, an infinite number of murders, bags of violence, corruption, a seemingly unending number of people who are willing to have sex with each other, prophecies and almost no real resolutions all make up this show.
It will be interesting to see if they create a second season. SPOILER ALERT: That's mostly because virtually everybody is murdered in Season 1 so there's probably only about 4 people left who could be in it!