This is going to be the most random blog post I’ve ever written.
A couple of weeks ago I was sick and laid up in bed for over a week, so with nothing better to do, I made myself feel better by watching a TV show by one of my favourite Australian children’s TV producers, Jonathon M Shiff. He does the BEST TV EVER. My favourite show he’s done is Thunderstone, followed by Pirate Islands, Silversun, and Ocean Girl. Australian kids’ TV is seriously the best.
I binge watched H2O: Just Add Water, which is a show about three regular Aussie teenage girls who accidentally become mermaids and are granted magical powers, but must keep their secret from everyone, including their families, and the shenanigans they encounter as they discover more about mermaids and the mysterious Mako Island that changed them.
I really like the show. I do. I think the three main leads are incredibly beautiful and look amazing as mermaids. I even like the storyline, even though by now it’s a bit juvenile for me and I’m constantly pointing out plot holes.
The thing that really bugs me is the opening theme song.
The official opening/ending song is “No Ordinary Girl” written by Shelley Rosenberg and music by Danny Beckerman and Ric Formosa.
It’s performed by a different singer for each season. Season 1 is Ellie Henderson, season 2 is Kate Alexa, and Season 3 is Indiana Evans, who plays Bella, who sings a lot in the show due to being in a band.
(actually, fun thing I noticed: Bella wants to write a song about the ocean with Will, and the song she ends up performing at the end of season 3 is ‘No Ordinary Girl’.)
The lyrics used really promise a different story to the one we get.
I’ll show you:
I’ve got a special power that I’m not afraid to use
I’m afraid that’s incorrect. The girls are deathly afraid of using their powers in front of people and in public. They’re afraid they’ll be taken away and experimented on.
So come on this is my adventure, this is my fantasy
It’s all about living in the ocean being wild and free
I’m afraid this is wrong, too. It’s not all about living in the ocean. The girls still live on land, they only visit the ocean.
Cause I’m no ordinary girl
Um, yes, they are. That’s the entire point of the show. Three ordinary girls become mermaids.
I’m from the deep blue underworld
No, they’re not. They’re from the land. They’re land people who can become mermaids. They’re not from the water, they’re from the land.
Land or sea, I’ve got the power if I just believe
Well, according to the show, they have the power even if they don’t believe they have it anymore, including the time they jumped into the moon pool during an eclipse thinking they were giving the powers up. Funnily enough it only lasted 12 hours, long enough to get the bad guys off their tails, but they legitimately thought they’d lost their powers forever. So they’ve got the powers whether they believe or not.
On the other hand, they’ve also got their powers if they concentrate and work hard, not ‘just believe.’
Cause I’m no ordinary girl, I’m from the deep blue underworld
We’ve been through this. They are humans from land first, mermaids second.
Land or sea, the world’s my oyster, I’m the pearl
Not quite sure what it’s trying to say here. Is it trying to say the girls are pieces of dirt or grit then encased in something hard and unyielding and become beautiful and rare? Yeah, I can actually see that working.
No ordinary girl
(this is the opening credits from season 3 where Emma played by Claire Holt was replaced by Bella played by Indiana Evans)
Do you sometimes get irrationally annoyed by something that doesn’t even matter and feel the need to blog about it? I’d LOVE to see your crazy posts so I know I’m not all alone!