Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure – Season 1, Episode 18 ”The Trident Job” Review

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Director: Grant Brown

Writer: Michael Joshua

It’s Halloween and people get dressed up! You would think that Mako Mermaids would do a horror-themed episode (like most of Halloween-episodes in a television series) but not this time. This Halloween-episode plays more like a heist movie.

The full moon approaches once again, and Zac decides that he will try to get the trident that he’s been obsessing. He knows that the mermaid-trio will try to stop him, so he and Cam come up with a plan to get the girls bamboozled.

I'm all for another sequel to Weekend At Bernie's, but for Pete's sake, at least have a new corpse in it!

After odd 20 years or so, I think we’re all ready  for another sequel to Weekend At Bernie’s, but for Pete’s sake, change the corpse at least!

The Ocean Café throws a Halloween party, where Zac and Cam attend dressed up and Nixie, Lyla and Sirena also manage to work their way in. Lyla and Nixie work as waitresses at the party, while Sirena gets to sing with a band and her party tune is the catchiest song that she’s performed yet. Good job, Amy Ruffle.

The quality of the episode depends on if Zac’s plan to reach the trident unstopped is written smart enough, and for the most part, it is. Writer Michael Joshua succeeds in making the plan feel a bit fresher than a regular costume switch, if only marginally. It also helps that the plan is not explained beforehand, so the viewer gets to participate in the guessing game.

Nixie's dressed up as a girl with an eating disorder.

Nixie’s dressed up as a girl with an eating disorder.

Director Grant Brown gives the episode some nice cinematic flair (this has easily the most slow motion used in any episode) and the music gets to add some tension into the proceedings. Also, the ending is pretty brilliant, leaving the girls in a place they really have not been since the show started. I hope this episode is a sign of things to come, because I really feel the show is going in the right direction. Tightly written and effectively paced, this was easily one of the best (if not THE best) chapter in the Mako Mermaids saga.

The Aussie remake to "Devil's Advocate" took the less subtle approach.

The remake to ”Devil’s Advocate” took the less subtle approach.

And is that the finish line I see in the horizon? Damn, we’re getting close to the season finale!

Best scene: The climax. It’s nice to see that the show has some balls leaving some tension and sense of danger in the air.

Most memorable bit: Carly’s weird pumpkin suit. The weird thing is that actress Brooke Nichole Lee still looks seriously HAWT, even with the added padding below the waist. BNL, je t’adore.

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