Roswell: The Complete First Season

Cast: Jason Behr, Shiri Appleby
Studio: Fox
Rating: 6.5/10

Corporate Line: Living among the citizens of the infamous New Mexico city of Roswell are four who are not there by choice. They are there to follow a destiny given to them by the members of their dying race, a race that they are someday destined to save. Max Evans, Isabel Evans, Michael Guerin and Tess Harding are teenage humans with extraordinary gifts – gifts that are “not-of-this-earth.” They are human/alien hybrids, sent here as replacements for the royalty of an alien race. Their counterparts have already perished in a war of attrition, thus one day, the “royal four” will return to their home planet and save their race. Before a fateful day in 1999, the teens hid their gifts. The event that forever changed their lives was when Max healed Liz Parker (a classmate) after she was fatally shot in the stomach in a dispute between two customers at the restaurant where she was a waitress. A close relationship then developed between Max and Liz. “Roswell” is a distinctly science-fiction show built on the relationships between humans and aliens.

The Show: Roswell is the alien version of Dawson’s Creek meets the X-Files. What Roswell did better than Dawson’s Creek was trick you into thinking you had it all figured out. Apparently they thought it important to keep us watching; it worked. It tried to match the X-Files with its outlandish storylines but never quite conjured up as much moxy. What Roswell did work up was a sexy show that could keep love hungry teens tuned in.

The Discs:
Disc One:
• Pilot
• The Morning After
• Monsters
• Leaving Normal

Additional Bonus Feature:
• Commentary on “Pilot” by David Nutter and Jason Katims
• Deleted scene (“Liz and Maria Talk After Shooting”)

Disc Two:
• Missing
• 285 South
• River Dog
• Blood Brother

Additional Bonus Feature:
• Commentary on “Blood Brother” by David Nutter

Disc Three:
• Heat Wave
• The Balance
• The Toy House
• Into The Woods

Additional Bonus Feature:
• Commentary on “The Balance” by Thania St. John

Disc Four:
• The Convention
• Blind Date
• Independence Day
• Sexual Healing

Additional Bonus Feature:
• Commentary on “Sexual Healing” by Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino

Disc Five:
• Crazy
• Tess, Lies and Videotape
• Four-Square
• Max to the Max

Additional Bonus Feature:
• Commentary on “Crazy” by Shiri Appleby and Majandra Delfino
Disc Six:
• The White Room
• Destiny

Additional Bonus Feature:
• “Area 51” featurette
• “Roswell High” featurette
• Sensefield’s “Save Yourself” music video
• Commentary on “Destiny” by Patrick Norris and Jason Katims

Frankly: Roswell wasn’t a complete wash. It’s all too sexy episodes couldn’t make up for a complete lack of entertainment-yet somehow they did keep us watching.

+ Charlie Craine

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