Thanks to Emily_A for sending these in :)
I was just going through the news archive to show the columnists that write
for the Daily News that we appreciate their support of our show and found
some articles that are older but are very pro-Roswell. I’ve included
the links and the best one is the last one..
Since most teenagers feel like they’re from outer space anyway, the plot of
WB’s “Roswell” may strike a universal chord in more ways than one: it’s
about a trio of normal-looking high-schoolers who can trace their lineage to
a flying saucer.
Like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” another WB series that mixes youth culture
and the paranormal, “Roswell” sounds like a joke, an instant toss-away. Like
“Buffy,” it’s anything but.
“Roswell” opens with an attractive young high-school girl, played by Shiri
Appleby, writing in her private journal.
“I’m Liz Parker,” she writes, “and five days ago I died. After that, things
got really weird.”
Her death – by gunshot, a random act of violence – was circumvented by Max
Evans (Jason Behr), a fellow classmate who came to her aid immediately and
miraculously, and surreptitiously, cured her. Max turns out to be one of
three teens at Roswell High with an otherworldly origin – and Liz now knows
She also knows she’s attracted to Max, which doesn’t make things any less
complicated. It’s like an interstellar “Romeo and Juliet,” but, one hopes,
with a happier ending.
“Roswell” works so nicely because it has such a strong sense of place and
perspective. Each character has a purpose that makes sense, and reactions
that fit – even under the silly-sounding circumstances.
Max and his two alien friends (Katherine Heigl, whose Isabel is a tough-girl
charmer, and Brendan Fehr, whose Michael is a rebel with a real cause) don’t
know their past or their purpose, but are determined to learn both. One
thing they do know: They are not alone.
Liz vows to keep Max’ secret even from her very best friend Maria (Majandra
Delfino, eccentric and fiery – a young Molly Ringwald), which makes for a
lot of tension between the two.
Meanwhile, circling and sniffing around them all is the local law and the
FBI, who have reason to suspect that all is not as it seems in Roswell, N.M.
Roswell, of course, is the small town near a reported flying saucer crash in
1947. “Roswell” takes it a little lighter than “X-Files,” at least by
imagining a community so image-conscious that local burger joints have UFO
themes and the big tourist draw is an annual Crash Festival – complete with
clever special effects, eye-popping costumes (arguably the sexiest on TV in
years), even a guest appearance by an actual “Star Trek: The Next
Generation” cast member. It’s tacky, and yet that backdrop is used to
advance the story and underscore the drama.
Next week’s second episode continues to propel the narrative and reveal more
about the characters, in a way that suggests that this series, like “Buffy,”
“Angel” and “Charmed,” will prove to be a delightful, successful and
supernatural addition to the WB roster.
By the time tonight’s season finale of “Roswell” is over (the WB at 9), the
teen protagonists of the show express amazement to have gotten as far as
they have. Still, they have lots of uncertainty about their future –
although it’s likely that the series has survived its own brush with
This first-year drama, a sort of “Dawson’s Creek” with a sci-fi spin on
“Romeo and Juliet,” began quietly but impressively last fall with an
introductory episode that established Max (Jason Behr) as a love-struck teen
and Liz (Shiri Appleby) as the object of his initially unspoken affection.
As in “Romeo and Juliet,” these young lovers were robbed of their future by
sudden death – in this case, a robbery that claimed Liz as a fatal gunshot
victim. Where “Roswell” parts from any Shakespearean inspiration is in
making its Romeo an extraterrestrial alien in human clothing.
Max has the paranormal ability to heal, and, to revive Liz from the dead,
does just that.
That one very unusual act of love, however, unleashed a domino effect of
Local authorities, especially the local sheriff (William Sadler), began to
ask questions; soon, so did the FBI and other government organizations. Max
came under intense scrutiny from those looking for Earthbound aliens – and
so did Max’ similarly unusual friends, played by Katherine Hiegl and Brendan
Liz, alive again and in love with Max, soon shares his secret – and shares
it with her own best friend (Majandra Delfino), who becomes part of the
group trying to help the alien teens learn about their origins while
avoiding the increasingly large posse out to expose and capture them.
In recent episodes of “Roswell,” the chief adversary of the teen aliens has
been identified as Agent Pierce, a threatening man with paranormal abilities
of his own (think Lt. Girard from “The Fugitive,” except he can
shape-shift). Other faces have joined the cast as well, including beautiful
Emilie De Ravin as Tess, a fellow alien teen who finds Max – and instantly
throws herself between Max and Liz.
Tonight’s season finale packs all that exposition, and tons of action, into
one very dense hour of drama. By the time it’s over, the allegiances, the
pasts and the futures of the alien teens all seem irrevocably changed.
The teens have one showdown with the sheriff, and another with Pierce; they
also, in a climax that steers the narrative in an entirely different
direction, discover not only their origins, but their expected fate.
The cliff-hanger ending gives the alien teens of “Roswell” a past and a
future, which is quite a present. It also, at the last moment, introduces a
new set of villains and an unexpected moment of heartbreak.
Fans who have made the series the subject of an emotional campaign for
staying around next year should take heart. Their show has earned a fall
renewal on its merits, as well as their support.
Nothing else on TV will deter me from watching Game 4 of the New York
Yankees-Atlanta Braves showdown – but for the record, lots of other networks
are trying hard to attract viewers with fresh or interesting alternatives.
9:00 p.m. (WB) “Roswell.” If I were to watch one show tonight instead of the
World Series, this moody, quirky series would be it.