Season 1 Episode 1 H20: Just add Water

Cariba Heine as Rikki, Phoebe Tonkin as Cleo & Claire Holt as Emma H20: Just add picture image

Cariba Heine as Rikki, Phoebe Tonkin as Cleo & Claire Holt as Emma, H20: Just add Water

I can appreciate that this children/teen show from Australia is not for me or my demographic but that being said everything about it sucks except for that one dolphin.

The premise is that these three teenage girls get stranded on a creepy island after a rich bully was a jerk. On this island they find this tide pool that was in a dormant volcano and somehow being in the water with a full moon causes moon magic to happen. So now when they touch water they turn into mermaids and they have water magic. Maybe the mechanics of the how is addressed later.

This show has a very 80’s approach to it. It feels like it was made in the 80’s but it’s from 2006. However it having an outdate vibe doesn’t make it bad, you know what does?  Everything. The acting is stilted and unnatural. The camera work is dreadful unless it’s underwater.

Even the structure of how the characters are introduced is awful. They just show up. I guess they all go to school together. Emma swims, that is her introduction. She’s on the swim team. Then Cleo gets tricks on a boat by the rich bully, the kind of character you see in every teen movie in the 80s. The rich asshole does this because the boat is broken because his spark plug was taken and for some reason he gets Cleo on the boat before untying it. Why does he do this? He’s an asshole.

The the last  girl, Rikki, jumps on the boat to saves Cleo. Rikki is the one who stole the spark plug, she admits this because tell don’t show.  They then boat around and run in Emma who joins them for boating fun-times.  That is how these three come to together. We don’t know much about them before said metamorphous.

At least we know that Emma is motivated, maybe. Rikki is impulsive, maybe.  And Cleo is timid, I guess.         

This is show awful, everything sucks. I suppose if you like attractive young ladies swimming you could like it. Or if you want ever wanted Splash meets the Secret Life of Alex Mack but with a Australian 80’s/2000’s vibe this could be the show of your dreams, but that is very specific.

2 Thoughts on “Adventures in Netflixing; Fantasy Picks – H20: Just Add Water Episode 1

  1. Georgia on 06/07/2018 at 1:28 pm said:

    Ah! I actually like this show, watched this on mey childhood with my best friend!
    The actress that plays Cleo “Phoebe Tonkin” was quite awkard back then but she’s grown into a stunning woman. Must see her pictures without makeup also, really pretty. I think she looks a lot like Disney’s Esmeralda, besides, her acting improved a lot.

    But I have to admit my favorite was Emma, played by Claire Holt.

    Phoebe and Claire are very good friends irl, besides they acted together again in “The Originals” (though I didn’t watched it, vampires show are kinda crappy for me, even silly vampires like twilight makes me afraid – yucks!) – I wonder if Disney made a live action of HOND and included a Fleur de Lys Character, it would be fun to see Phoebe as Esme and Clair as Fleur.

    Stunning actresses.

    Okay, I liked H2o, but I’ll admit it was kinda bleak. But I love beach theme movies/series.

    • jess on 06/09/2018 at 8:58 pm said:

      I have to agree with you, Phoebe Tarkin would make a stunning Esmeralda and Claire Holt a lovely Fleur de Lys.

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