For years my best friend has talked about this alien show she saw years ago, and how it’s one of her favorite shows. I quickly judged the show by its genre, as I’m not really a fan of sci-fi drama shows, so I put it in a little box and pushed it far away from me as possible thinking I would NEVER watch this ridiculous alien show… funny how things change.
ATX TV Festival announced they would be having Roswell’s 15th Anniversary during their third “season” and knowing only a couple of shows I know they’ll be show casing, I knew I had to start watching other shows to get into this year’s festival. Enter Roswell, New Mexico.
Roswell is a three season series about hybrid aliens Max and Isabel Evans, and Michael Guerin who crashed in Roswell, New Mexico when their spaceship crashed years ago. The trio are just figuring out where they’re from, their specie’s history, how they landed on Earth, all while balancing the life of being a high school teenager and the drama that come with it with their human friends, Liz Parker, Maria DeLuca, Alex Whitman, Kyle and Jim Valenti. As of that wasn’t enough to deal with, they all deal with an evil alien, Tess Harding, Skins who were even more evil aliens, and doppelgängers, and of course the FBI’s Special Unit who hunts and kill aliens.
Roswell was perfect. No show has ever made me feel the emotions Roswell gave me. I laughed when Kyle found Buddha, Alex gave a strip tease during Isabel’s birthday party, and Max sang a mariachi Spanish song to Liz. I found the entire “Viva Las Vegas” and “I Married An Alien” episode hilarious. I was depressed for days when Future Max gave Liz a dance to their wedding song then disappeared as their fate changed, cried during the death of Alex, Max’s painful goodbye and telling Liz he doesn’t love Tess like he loves her, and I became completely FURIOUS when Tess was revealed as the one who killed Alex. Boy did I want her to fall off the face of the planet.
At this point, I needed to be sedated…
Continuing with my emotions, my heart broke when Maria broke up with Michael to chase her dreams in season three and when Liz left to boarding school that led to breaking things off with Max once again. Then again cried when Max “died,” then when Max gave up Zan for adoption, and finally Max’s proposal to Liz. I experienced every human emotion with this show, and more so than any other show has ever had.
I love the chemistry between the core seven characters, whether it was romantically between pairs, or group scenes with all of them. Shiri Appleby and Jason Behr’s chemistry in the pilot is what drew me into Liz and Max’s relationship. Liz and Max’s relationship is the most complicated relationship I’ve ever seen, but the purist. No matter who came in between them, or what crazy alien situation came their way, their love for each other never faded.
For Maria and Michael, Majandra Delfino and Brendan Fehr had a different chemistry between the two compare to Appleby and Behr’s, but it’s what made those two characters and their constant on and off relationship work. Another couple that worked was Isabel and Alex. I just wish Isabel had realized her feelings for Alex a lot sooner because Katherine Heigl and Colin Hanks screamed “ADORABLE!” when they were together and I wanted more quirky, funny and cute moments between the two.
Lastly, as for Kyle (played by Nick Wechsler), poor Kyle never caught a chance in this show; first Liz, then Tess, and Isabel. I’d like to think he ended up with Isabel as they ran away from Roswell with the gang because Kyle and Isabel became best friends as the show went on in season three, and y’all know how much I root for BFF relationships. Plus, I really didn’t care about her husband, Jesse Ramirez.
Roswell taught me a few things, having alien friends may give you an un-normal life but you can always count on them to be there for you, even Michael. Human or not, heartbreaks are real; plus not all aliens are green and each have different special powers, but more importantly you can’t fight true love. If two people are truly in love with each other, no obstacle can overcome the love between the two. Either you’re an alien, destined to be with someone else, or the leader of another planet, love will always conquer all.
I regret not seeing it sooner, but I much have rather seen it later than to have not seen it at all. I wish I could erase the memory of watching this show to experience it for the first time all over again, no matter how much pain, tears, and laugher Roswell gave me. This show was worth every emotion, and I for one cannot wait for the reunion at ATX.
Tune in for the next post of my favorite moments and the best Roswell episodes.