Mako Mermaids: Island of Secrets Season 1 Vol. 1 Review

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The Netflix Originals series Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure (MSRP: $19.99) made a splash onto DVD on March 18, 2014 with Volume 1 of its first season, containing the first thirteen episodes grouped together as Island of Secrets.

Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure is a spin-off to the popular live-action mermaid show that aired on TeenNick from 2006-2010. Although, if you haven’t seen H20: Just Add Water, I don’t feel that you will be lost diving right in with Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure.

Mako Mermaids: Island of Secrets Season 1 Vol. 1

The episode list for Mako Mermaids: Island of Secrets is as follows:

  • Outcasts
  • Getting Legs
  • Meeting Rita
  • Lyla Alone
  • Blizzard
  • Dolphin Tale
  • Zac’s Pool Party
  • Zac’s Return to Mako
  • The Siren
  • Zac Returns to Mako
  • I Don’t Believe in Mermaids
  • Close Call
  • Betrayal

Bonus Feature: Cast Interviews

In Mako Mermaids, Zac, a human, unknowingly interrupts a mermaid ritual on the island of Mako and falls into a sacred pool during the full moon. Touched by the light of the moon while in the pool, Zac gains water powers and a tail!

The three mermaids—Nixie, Sirena, and, Lyla—who were in charge of guarding the sacred pool during the ceremony are abandoned by their mermaid pod, and must take to the land to take Zac’s powers from him.

But fitting in with the humans and gaining Zac’s confidence proves difficult—especially when social interactions take place at the beach or pool parties, and just one drop of water can turn their legs into fins. Not to mention that Zac has a girlfriend who is already suspicious enough of him. How will the three mermaids get close to him? And once they do, will they be able to convince Zac to give his powers back so their pod can return to Mako?

With Mako Mermaids having a male as one of the leads in this family friendly show, it holds appeal for young male viewers as well as a female audience. The theme song of the show is incredibly catchy, and I found myself singing along to it every time I started a new episode. Each of the episodes contains a new dilemma for the three mermaids, and it’s fun to see how they will get themselves out of it.

Even though the show is mostly humorous, there are some more dramatic moments to it. I especially feel bad for Zac’s girlfriend, who has no clue in these thirteen episodes of the secret that Zac is keeping. To make matters worse, it seems like she also thinks that Zac is cheating on her with Lyla.

The final episode on the Mako Mermaids: Island of Secrets is the most tension-filled of all, and makes me eager to see what will happen next! This show is perfect for young children as well as teens with an interest in fantasy. Not to mention the mermaid-tail costumes are quite pretty and fun to look at!


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