Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure – Season 1, Episode 14 ”Battlelines” Review

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Director: Grant Brown

Writer: Sam Carroll

Rita: So, what’s another way to stop them seeing you?

Nixie: Uh, we drown them?

Episode 13 did miracles to the show. Shaking things up got the show to be a tad more energetic and interesting. This episode thankfully keeps the bar pretty high. Where the previous episode was pretty serious, this one goes for the comedy and surprisingly pulls it off.

She knows what you did last summer.

She knows what you did last summer.

Principal Rita confronts Zac on his degrading grades at school and by doing so triggers Zac’s suspicion that she too is in fact a mermaid. After  he gets the confirmation, Zac threatens to blackmail Rita so hard that she considers leaving the town. The girls decide to help Rita by trying to talk some sense into Zac. When that doesn’t work, they decide to turn the tables on him.

Ivy Latimer's head. Sometimes that's all you need.

Ivy Latimer’s head. Sometimes that’s all you need.

When Zac is trying to make amends with Evie (remember that she broke up with him in the previous episode) by inviting her to his place for a movie night. However that relaxing couch-time is seriously hindered when Lyla, Nixie and Sirena use their ever-increasing mermaid super-powers to mess with Zac in many hilarious ways. After the shenanigans Zac learns that it’s as easy to him to be exposed as Rita, so he takes back his thinly veiled threats to Rita.

Getting busted trying to skip couple's night.

Getting busted trying to skip couple’s night.

We all know by now that Ivy Latimer is an astoundingly funny actress, but it’s Chai Romruen, surprisingly, who gets to do most of the physical comedy this time around. Thankfully he does nervous slapstick quite well. Also, I think Lucy Fry is getting more comfortable in her role as Lyla, because she finally seems to have some genuine fun in the show. Don’t worry Amy Ruffle, I’m sure Sirena gets something tangible to do along the road.

"Shall we dance?"

”Oh, I’m sorry. Did you want that chair?”

Evan Clarry steps down from the director’s chair, and Grant Brown does good job directing this episode. The camera seems to flow more fluently, the framing is more interesting and he seems to be better with the actors. I hope I see him back on the sattle with the coming episodes as well.

Ivy Latimer sure makes one bad-ass Jedi face.

Ivy Latimer sure makes one bad-ass Jedi face. Amy Ruffle…not so much.

Really solid comedy bits here, I actually chuckled a couple of times out loud. Bring on the next one, my body’s ready!

Best scene: Zac panicking.

Most memorable bit: Zac panicking.

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