Australia is finally dipping its toes into the ocean that is Netflix, with the supernatural crime drama Tidelands, the first Original to be created, filmed and produced in the land of Oz.
The show – which drops at 7pm AEDT on December 14 – has been described a sexier, revamped version of the Aussie treasure that was H2O Just Add Water (think True Blood vibes).
For those of you who are torn between floating poolside or drifting through Netflix’s newest additions, now’s your chance to proudly dive into some home-grown Aussie drama.
The show is set in ‘Orphelin Bay’, a small town hidden on the coastline and dubbed ‘Queensland’s best kept secret’. Or that is, until Cal McTeer (Home and Away and Puberty Blue’s alumni Charlotte Best) returns home to the bay looking for closure after a 10-year stint in juvie.
Instead, she’s thrown into the deep end as a local fisherman washes up dead – opening Cal’s eyes to the dangers that lurk beneath the waters of her home town.
She begins to investigate Orphelin Bay’s resident outcasts – beautiful half-siren, half-human creatures named “Tidelanders.”
If you aren’t familiar with the term, sirens are dangerous creatures in Greek mythology who lured fishermen and sailors to their deaths with their angelic and entrancing singing voices.
The ridiculously good looking cult-like tribe are led by their ‘queen’ – none other than Spanish bombshell Elsa Pataky, wife of Chris Hemsworth.
So, while at first glance it may appear a town full of true blue’s living it up in Queensland, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Orphelin Bay stayed secret for a reason. Come visit and find out why… pic.twitter.com/pvF2xphpki
— Tidelands (@Tidelands) December 11, 2018
Mixed reviews for Tidelands
Since the Tidelands trailer dropped, the show’s premise has been met with mixed reviews. Many people have been quick to make the comparison to H2O, with some Facebook users posting: “Remember H2O Just Add Water? This is them now. Feel old yet?” and: “The new season of H20 looks so good!”
Some Facebookers were excited, stating they “couldn’t wait!”, while others expressed their disappointment, with one complaining that they “pay for Netflix to escape the nightmare of Australian film,” (ouch).
Love it or hate it, it’s pretty clear that Tidelands is already making a splash.
Catch the eight-part series on Netflix now.