11-day-Roswell-Celebration – Ideas That Never Made It To The Screen

Jason Katims spoke with “Starlog” magazine, about the finale episode and some ideas that never made it to the screen. He also mentioned, that they originally hoped to do a two-hour wrap-up.

Read the interview snippet below and let us know, what you think!

As the clock began ticking toward the end of “Roswell’s” final season, there was still plenty of ground to cover and not much time to do it. With several different storylines to resolve, and UPN trimming two episodes from the season, some ideas simply never made it to the screen. “What we had to do in four
episodes, we ended up doing in just two, so for the final two episodes, we threw out one story and then made what was going to occur in three episodes happen in two,” Katims explains. “Unfortunately, we had to throw out a story that we were very excited about, so that was frustrating. The idea was to do a ‘What if?’ episode, a time-travel idea, where we would go back to different moments in the show’s history – including the pilot – and say, “What if Max hadn’t saved Liz? What if Michael ended up saving her instead? What if Maria [Majandra Delfino] told Liz to duck before she got hit with a bullet?’ I thought the notion of it was a very fun and novel way to look back at what we had done.

“What we wound up doing as the finale, we had originally hoped to do as a two-hour wrap-up, but it ended up just one hour. So that was disappointing too, but at the end of the day, as I said, I’m very happy with how the final episode turned out. We were able to make the best of it, and the truth is, it’s always frustrating, but that’s TV. Things happen and schedules change, so you have to roll with the punches. You thought you were going to air an episode in February, and it ends up in May, or you get a couple more or a couple less episodes than you expected. You just have to go with it. Often, challenges like that make things better.” – Starlog Magazine, 2002

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