Thanks to jclinder for this :)
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2002
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Arts Section (there was a photo of Jason Behr as Max on the cover)
“As the TV season gets ready to call it a wrap, some of our favorite
shows will ride off into the cathode-ray sunset – and into the annals of
television history. With that in mind, several of our writers share their
farewells to those shows – from “Ally McBeal” to “The X-Files” – that
will leave a certain void in their viewing lives.
Touched by a Series
My favorite aliens are leaving the TV world and heading to the land of
I’m already bummed. But I imagine I’ll be sadder when I watch the
series finale. The program about three teen-age aliens was on my
do-not-miss list during its three-year run because I could relate to the
“My So-Called Life” aspect of being an outsider in your own world.
The aliens – Max (Jason Behr), his older sister Isabelle (Katherine
Heigl) and their friend Michael (Brendan Fehr) – realize that they’re
not like other teens and decide to keep their mysterious origins quiet.
The secret is exposed when Max saves the life of an earthling, Liz
Parker (Shiri Appleby), after she’s shot amid a robbery attempt. Liz
keeps the secret and falls in love with Max.
The chemistry between the two actors was great, and the story lines
were mostly riveting and suspenseful.
But what I’ll miss most is the show’s self-discovery aspect. It was fun
to tune in to see what powers the three developed each week. And to
help unravel the mystery of where they were from, and what their
purpose on Earth was.
But I’m glad they’ll be ending on a high note. Beam them up Scotty,
they’re ready to go home.
(The series finale will air Tuesday at 9 p.m. on UPN).
– JERRY McCORMICK