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Back in the late 1990’s there was a TV show called Roswell. The premise, based on a ten book series by Melinda Metz. Bizarre things start happening in the little New Mexico town where UFOs were spotted in 1947. Cut to 1999, when a cute high school student saves the life of a teenage waitress. Surrounded by cliques of clever, angst filled classmates, the two form a bond that threatens the survival of a secret universe involving super human powers, a yen for hot sauce and an alien gene pool. Two romances develop between human and alien characters. Liz and Max’s romance is portrayed as tender and sweet, Michael and Maria’s as passionate and often explosive. Later in the first season a tentative romance develops between Isabel and Alex. And the first season was lovely to watch. And then the second and third. This did not have the same feel of the first season, a sci fi element was brought in and although there were stand out episodes, like “Wipeout” and “Meet The Dupes”. The show did not get the viewing figures. Many fan campaigns kept this show on the air for the three years in a row. I was obsessed with this show. I went out to the US, to visit the filming locations, and still have friends to date due to us falling in love with this show.

Roswell New Mexico

Then in July 2018, I found a trailer for the pilot episode and I was not impressed. I shared this with my Roswell friends and we were all apprehensive what they would do to our beloved characters. I do know they are only characters but we feel in love with Max and Liz all those years ago. And then I watched this new take of my favourite show. After returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, Liz the daughter of undocumented immigrants discovers her teenage crush Max is an alien who has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect, but when a violent attack points to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him. Having watched this series. I liked that the return some of the characters back to what the book originally had. The characters of Liz, Kyle and Alex had been white washed and now back to their Latina originals as they were in the books. I have seen all thirteen episodes and wow. I have enjoyed them so much. They have been so well written by the team behind this show. There is a lot of humour and some of my favourite lines have come from Isabel, who I was not a fan of in the original run.  This first season remind me of Veronica Mars’s first season with the mystery with who killed Liz’s sister Rosa. I am not going to spoiler this show for anyone, but I can not recommend this enough. There have been so many OMG moments, the scripts have been so well developed. I really hope they are rewarded with future seasons. If they can keep up this quality. The day the final episode of season one aired. The CW announced it was coming back for a second season.

I have been following the series executive producer Carina Adly Mackenzie and she is always open to answering many questions without spoiling the episodes. It is so nice to see. I am looking forward to where this show is going. And the second series is going to have the original Max Evans played by Jason Behr. He has not done many performances so it will be nice to see him back and he is going to be directed by Shiri Appleby, the original Liz Parker.


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