This show really should have lasted longer. Never have I loved a television couple more than I loved the relationship between Max and Liz. In fact, the bonds between ALL the characters on this show are the reason I tuned in week after week. The chemistry between Appleby and Behr is undeniable and their tragic, epic love affair rivaled that of other primetime supercouples. Even Buffy and Angel couldn't compare to Max and Liz. Has anything ever been romantic than the moment Max healed Liz? Has anything ever been more poignant than the day Michael decided that life with Maria was more important than going home to Antar? Has anything been more tragic than the look on Max's face when he finally understood the depth of Tess' betrayal? Has anyone ever felt more bereft and alone than Izzie did when she lost Alex, only moments after finally finding him? Has any family ever experienced the heartbreak that the Valenti's felt after losing Tess?
The answer is yes. Yes, we have all felt betrayed, bereft, heartbroken, alone. And we have all, in some form or another, experienced joy, love, sacrifice... and that's what made Roswell so brilliant. Because it brought these emotions into our homes each week, and the actors portrayed them with truth and eloquence. Acting is about truth and writing is about life. Roswell may have been a show about aliens, but it was an exercise in humanity.
Roswell was one of my all-time favorite shows. The first season was the best of the three, mainly because they didn't use too much sci fi. Instead, they focused more on developing the characters. The relationships between all of them were fabulous. My favorite pair was Max and Liz. I absolutely adore the episode "Blind Date," where Max finally professes his love for Liz.
I enjoyed the second season (and third) because I like Sci Fi, but a lot of my friends got annoyed...especially with the "Hybrid Chronicles." Looking back, this pretty much killed the show. They lost lots of viewers, and the WB didn't renew them. They were lucky to get a third season from UPN.
We all know how once the audience likes a particular couple together (Liz & Max or Michael & Maria), the producers will do whatever they can to throw a wrench in, to create drama. I think if they had done this less, Roswell wouldn't have been cancelled...at least for a couple more seasons. That said, I still really loved the show. I have the DVDs of the first two seasons, and plan to buy the third once it comes out.
I stumbled upon this show looking for something new after I realised that Buffy & Angel weren't coming back and I was immediately hooked. It's a show that is so unique that you can't compare it to anything. This is one of the few shows out there worth wat
I stumbled upon this show looking for something new after I realised that Buffy & Angel weren't coming back and I was immediately hooked. It's a show that is so unique that you can't compare it to anything. This is one of the few shows out there worth watching.This show has an incredible cast and writers that continue to keep the show looking fresh. This show was far ahead of it's time and it's a real shame that it was cancelled after only 3 years but those 3 years were some of the best TV episodes I have every seen.
watched this show when it aired own the series love watching it every once in a while i think it would be awesome for them to do a 10 or 15 year reunion movie where it shows whats happened over the past time maybe even an end of the hunting.......or an invasion??
This may well be the best tv series that only a few poeple ever saw. It was on WB and UPN when they were just getting started and they both had small coverage. If you liked Lost, you will love Roswell. The writing is simply the best. The plot is well thought thru and stays on point. The writing is a great example of how you can keep people interested while not bogging it down by too much dragging things out. (My only issue with some of Lost). The first season is on Hulu so you can try it out, but be warned, you will get hooked!
I know it has its faults and people often judge it unfairly (particularly those people who claim to love Smallville but hate Roswell)but what I have for this show is just utter love, no other way to describe it.
This is, and always will be my all time favourite show. So much so that when watching 'Smallville' for the pleasure of seeing Jensen Ackles flash his beautiful smile I feel like I am cheating on 'Roswell'. Yes it is far from perfect, but I think its flaws are also one of my favourite things about it.
The characterisation is just spectacular, I blame the character of Alex for my unbelievably weird love for Colin Hanks (a pleasure that living in the UK also doesn't come cheap thanks to Colin's obsession with making small independent movies which never get released in this country lol) and it is the bonds between the characters that also just draws me into this world. The relationship between Max, Michael and Isabel, and then the later addition of Tess. And looking at how much these character change and develop once the humans enter their world. Watching the development of the relationships throughout all three seasons is amazing, especially because each one is just so individual. Michael's utter change from feeling like he doesn't belong anywhere on the earth, to deciding he has to stay on earth because he can't leave Maria. Max and Liz's struggle to overcome his role and destiny to be together, Izzy's reluctance to admit how she really feels about Alex until it is too late, a mistake she doesn't let happen when it comes to Jesse. Kyle's bond with Tess and the utter realisation that it was all a farce on her side when he discovers what she did, what she forced him to help her do. Valenti's bond with all the teens - whether it be his son, humans, or aliens he will give up everyhting for them. The sweet and gentle friendship between Alex, Maria and Liz, and the later friendship between Izzy and Kyle, a bond merged out of grief, resentment at Max, and the realsiation that Tess betrayed them in similar ways. It really is just a great story to follow, with tragic losses, great rewards, and a few laughs, some of which include strips and nipples, being buired underground and singing American Pie, Buddha and seeing what happens to aliens if they get drunk!
Season 1 was the heart & soul of the Roswell story & i watch the season 1 like 4 times.
and after the season 1 it just lost the story & just keeps getting boring.
The is my personal ratings for Roswell. Season 1 i will give 10 points, Season 2 like 8 points & Season 3 like 6 points, but the final Episode was great they End the season with a very good & happy ending but they never get to their home world & free their people.
On season 2 future max told Liz that he & Tess must be together to insure their survival but later on Tess has nothing to do with the story.
They seriously need to go ahead with the one time plans to make a movie that centers around two of the books from after the end of the series, I bought season 3 right when it came out and i still want more! Great show! Anyone out there thinking about checking it out, do it! Now!
Despite it being a ridiculous sci-fi show, it was a great cast and they had something. I just bought the box set and its great. It has also made some major stars, Katherine Heigel is amazing and Emille De Raven is just so wonderful.Jason Behr really made that show so watchable. I believe he was responsible for the chemistry that was intense between him and Liz. I know it has become a cult classic and most people who did watch the show actually liked it. I hope most people can see the efforts put into the show by the actors. Its one of the better shows the WB pumped out.
Roswell is about the supposed crashing of a UFO, but was it really not a UFO?
Max (Jason Behr), Isabel (Katherine Heigl), Michael (Brendan Fehr) and Tess (Emilie de Ravin) were 4 of the people in that UFO, they grew up in pods untill they were about 6 years old, now 10 years later Liz (Shiri Appleby) got shot by accident when 2 men fighting, Max who had been in love for years ran upto her and healed her. Then the questions began, where was the bullet, why was there a bullethole in her uniform, and why did she had a silver handprint on her body. Sheriff Valenti (William Sadler) heard all his life from his father about aliens that had killed people and left a silver handprint on their body, all those years he, and everyone else didn't believe him, but now he began to believe.
Most teen-dramas rely on storylines that we all have seen already, and get tiring pretty soon, Roswell is something different, they aren't your average teenager, these are teenagers that were with the question, who are we, why are we here, and while looking for the answers they also tryed to live another life, a normal life.
Some episodes are more about Science Fiction while others are more about Drama, together they give you a good show that doesn't get boring, and keeps you wondering about things.
This show can be compared to some degree to Smallville (the teenage years of Clark Kent/Superman) which started to air a year after Roswell, but this series goes beyond Smallville, the storyline is better, the main problem of Smallville is that they are limited with what they can do because it's a prequel, while Roswell ofcourse doesn't have that problem.
Even though Roswell became a real cult hit the show was still cancelled after it's 3rd season, ofcourse i wished there had been more seasons, but the thing that has, and still does, bugs me most is the fact that the show was cancelled right before the last episode, leaving the writers to make a good ending in 1 episode, which also originally was supposed to be a 2 hour episode, but was after shooting cut to a 1 hour episode because the WB changed their mind on the 2 hour episode, which hopefully will be on the season 3 DVD box which will be out on August 9th.
On this day fans all over the world are still fighting for a Roswell movie, wether it will succeed or not remains the question, but i truely hope it will.
This show is mainly targeted for ages 13-29, but can also ofcourse be watched by people older then that, if you like these types of shows then i really do recommend to check this show out, the show is currently airing re-runs in the US on SciFi.
I shouldn't be admitting this, but when Roswell originally aired it took my wife ten episodes to get me to watch. Once I did, I was kicking myself I hadn't been on board from day one, and not just because she insisted on gloating each and every day after. Up until about halfway through the second season, there is no show that captured and so completely engrossed me as this one. Seriously, if the show were a woman, I would have married her immediately and remained faithful for fifty glorious years, finally dying holding her hand like a scene from "The Notebook". I really did fall in love with every aspect of Roswell, from the often crazy and always kooky sci fi story lines, to the perfect music that seemed to settle around each scene, framing it and raising it to another level.(Any show that has Sarah Mclachlan's "Fear", Dave Mathews Band's "Crash Into Me", and of course Dido's "Here With Me" all in the first episode already has me hooked) But what set the show apart was the romance - the quick but so incredibly intense looks shared between characters each and every episode or the flashes of a thousand years spent together each time they kissed or even brushed against one another. The writers skillfully took full advantage of the concept that half the characters were aliens to amp up the love stories, while also often amping up the angst in the process. There is a Romeo and Juliet feel to the relationship between alien Max and human Liz right from the beginning. As the story progresses it's impossible not to enjoy watching them fall in love even as they face obstacle after obstacle. The second human/alien couple, Michael and Maria, have personalities that clash in all the best possible ways and allow the writers to explore completely different but just as rewarding character development as a result. The two couples could not be more different, but compliment one another for exactly this reason. When you add in the remaining family and friends, you have a group of people you can't help but both identify with and care about, even as your watch them care for each other. I really do love this show with all my heart. If I were Bill Gates rich I would immediately reassemble the cast and start filming tomorrow, although I would insist upon rewriting the story beginning with where my favorite episode, "The End of the World", leaves off, and where in my estimation the show got away from some of what made it so wonderful. Needless to say, my wife continues to taunt that it was she who discovered this series, as well as Veronica Mars. I suppose I shouldn't complain, but ought to instead be excited to find out what she's picked for me this season. As always I will be watching dutifully, grasping everywhere for some semblance of the elements that made me fall so hard for Roswell.
Roswell, being a fantastic and cleverly understood TV show, is definately up there in my top ten shows. Along with Charmed and Buffy, it is a classic supernatural series, which shows classic paranormal characters dealing with their everyday problems but also struggling with their other-wordly duties. The cast are extraordinary actors and actresses, with the potential to move away from Roswell onto bigger and better things. The pilot episode just had fans instantly hooked, and tuning in week after week to see the amazing turnouts and events that filled the show. The series had a spectacular final episode which left the fans longing for more, but glad the characters lived [pause] happily ever after.
This is one of the best shows ever!
I just finished watching Roswell and I needed to come here, so say something.
Most people can look at this show and think "oh another alien tv show", Roswell is more than that.
It is about fears, joys, honesty, survival, relationships, future, finding your path, discover your past and so on...
What I like the most about this show is the fact that I get emotional, I like their feelings and that's one of the things I like in TV show or movies, I want to be moved. I show that doesn't make you cry or smile or even scream is not my type of show. I need to feel something to like it and this show gave me that. Right now I sad because it's over but it was great, I had a great time re-watching some of the episodes and seeing others for the first time, this time nothing escaped. I also liked the way they made the special effects, they were good, simple, effective, nothing like those normal big non realistic effects we use to see.
I'm happy and sad at the same time, I'm glad I saw this show again and I'll see it again someday but I'm sad it's over, I'm always sad when something I like is over.
Just to rap this up, you should see this show. Not because it's just a TV show but because you are going to love it, the funny moments, the sad ones, the intense ones and you can see the chemistry between the characters. The story doesn't stop evolving and there are always new discoveries to be made. Just watch and see it for yourself.
For those who aren't with the program here, Roswell follows Max (Jason Behr), Isabel (Katherine Heigl) and Michael (Brendan Fehr), three teens in Roswell, New Mexico who are aliens originating from the infamous UFO crash of 1947. They are about as much in the dark about their origins as anyone else. Their secret starts leaking out when Max heals a girl he likes from a gunshot wound after an incident in a diner. These three and a select group of trusted friends then embark on an adventure of discovery and secret-keeping. There's also romance. Lots of it. This is almost like sci-fi for chicks. That's very sexist of me, but I know it conveys a sense of this series to some of you.
Despite some extreme soap elements, Roswell was a well-crafted series and some of the more fully defined teen characters in the whole of the Dawson's era of shows.
I remember seeing the promo for the pilot and thinking, aliens? thats gonna be stupid. But luckily for me the WB aired an encore episode. The scene where liz sees into max's soul was all I needed. I think what drew me in and kept me was the intense love they shared and how many times they faught for it. It was truely touching. Roswell was an excellent show and just like all the fans, I was digusted to learn that it had been cancelled, I really did feel like it had "many miles to go before it slept."
I loved this Tv show so much espicially season 1 since its the one I have really concetrated on so far I havent seen season 2 or 3 but I think they are good aswell but the reason I love season 1 is because of Tess and the way they introduced her was great because we didnt have a clue if she was good or bad but hey it was a brilliant way to bring in a new character.
I watched Roswell couple of years ago and that time i did not watch it so regularly. Recently i watched it and i finished all the episodes within a week :). i love Roswell and everyone in it. Max and Liz specially. If there was a fourth o fifth o sixth season Im sure ill be ready to watch it. God.. i wish roswell didnt end with only three seasons.
All the stories are linked so perfectly. i love the love story of max and lix. They are like the most romantic couple i have ever seen. BEST SHOW EVER..
Roswell with it's cutting edge music and first class cast had to be the best sci-fi drama since The X files . Although it was allegedly for teen viewers I found it to be addictive . Call it an old mans guilty pleasure , like the book Among us was to the King of Antar . An inventive twist on the tired story of the Roswell incident . I absolutely love it to this day . I have the disc set and close every day with my fix!!! Hope I'm not alone in this crush . Lets hope Terminater pans out it's my last best hope for a break in the Sci-Fi monotony that is television CES73
This show is about Science Fiction with some Drama and when you watch one episode you fall in love with the characters: Max (Jason Behr), Isabel (Katherine Heigl), Michael (Brendan Fehr) and Tess (Emilie de Ravin). They came from the space crashing of a UFO. They have secret powers and live like normal people but looking for answers and trying to understand who they are, why they are here on the Earth Planet.
The plot is so amazing that you can't be bored and keeps you wondering about the next episode.
The show also had an unforgettable soundtrack.
It's a show that is so unique that you can't compare it to anything. It's a pity just have 3 seasons.
I didn't see this show when it came out. Didn't even know about it. I rented all 3 seasons about a week ago and would go to sleep everynight at 5:00am to wake at 7:30am to go to work. It's a great show that should have been longer.
This is one of the best shows I have ever seen. The characters were so real! I believe that if it is brung back it would be much more succesful than it was when it premiered. You have a great show on your hands and should take advantage of it. It ended as if it were unfinished. If there is a movie being made or even the show being continued they should bring the same characters back. There was still war going on at antar. How they not help! Bring it back! It is to good to end there. This show is way better then lots of shows on now that have been on for 5,6 or even 7 or more seasons. Bring it back! It gives faith to us all!
I am the product of the WB Generation. Growing up there where only two channels on my TV: The WB, and ABC. But 90% of the time it was always the WB. My love affair with Television began on March 17th, 1997 when "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" premiered on TV. I remember being nine years old and sitting on the coutch with popcorn stoked that I was allowed to stay up til 10pm to watch the show. From there I expanded into "Charmed," "Dawson's Creek," "Popular," and so on. But one show that for some reason of another that I never watched was "Roswell." A couple of years ago when the first season DVD came out, I bought it without thinking twice.
That was when I was introduced into this magical world. For some reason the story of Max, Isabelle, and Micheal, mixed in with the story of Maria, Liz, and Kyle just drew me in and never stopped. Over the course of the 5 weeks it took me to watch the entire series (you have to love ebay), Roswell easly became my favorite show, I just wish I would have been there with Tabasco Bottles in hands in 2002 when UPN cancelled the show to show my support, but now atleast I can support the Cause in a different way. Roswellmovie.net look at it! sign the petition! get the movie made!
So I remember when this show first came on. I loved the idea of it. Whereas the other 'supernatural' high school (at the time) Buffy the Vampire Slayer was an analogy of how high school was hell, Roswell took teenage alienation to new and more literal heights. Everyone remembers feeling out of place, hormones racing through a body you wouldn't recognize yourself as having had 3 years ago, not knowing where anything is, who you are, ect. Well imagine how much harder it is when you are actually aliens, sent here from another planet?
Story idea is this, when the UFO crashed in Roswell in the 40's the government didn't get everything for the crash. They missed the incubation pods stored nearby in the cliffs for one, and they also missed a shapeshifting alien. Flash forward 30, 40 years and a couple of 6 year olds wander out of these incubation pods. There were 4 (Max Evans, Isabell Evans and Michael Guerin), although we don't find out about the 4th until the end of season 1 (sorry for the spoiler). They are adopted into normal human families, and all is well. They have secret powers (like healing, changing the molecular structure of things, telekinesis, you know normal super power stuff), and no one outside of them knows their secret.
That is until Liz Parker gets accidentaly shot in The Crash Down the diner owned by her parents (although we see little of Mrs. Parker after season 1). Max Evans one of the alien boys heals her because he is sort of enamored by her and has been wanting her from afar since they were kids. Liz is dating the local sheriffs son Kyle, and the sheriff is seen as an enemy for the alien teens. Liz'a best friends Maria and Alex eventually find out the teen aliens secrets, and soon they all realize they are in danger. Not just from the US Gov't and FBI, but from warring factions of aliens who seem hell bent on reliving a war on earth that was started on their home planets. Plus there's love and romance of the very romeo and juliet kinds (only without the suicide).
Personally Roswell is a show that I can watch over and over again. It made me laugh and cry and made me think sometimes on what it means to be truely human.
Roswell was doomed from the get go but fans helped it get 3 season on the WB and later on UPN. I recommend this show to all Buffy and Dark Angel fans cos its along similar veins. Think X-files for teenagers.
Roswell is a fun show about ordinary teenagers, growing up in Roswell, New Mexico, who just happen to be the aliens who‘s crash landing put Roswell on the map of American oddities.
A great cast and interesting concept should have gotten this show more attention. The first two seasons were highest caliber entertainment. Season three went a bit off target, but is still worth watching and the cast was not killed off at the end.
Jason Behr is pretty good as Max. His limited range of facial expressions (which can be really annoying in other things I’ve seen him in) actually works to his advantage here, making him look like he is trying to hide something.
Shiri Appleby is great as Max’s gorgeous girlfriend and occasional narrator. Like Jason, she is better here (Roswell) than she has been in any projects she’s done since. She’s very good looking though.
I don't know about you guys but i really miss it. i used to watch every episode with my sister and i think they should bring it back or at least show reruns. This programme led me into my imaginative years and i want it back. Maybe someday. Who Knows.
I just discovered Roswell on Netflix. I am grateful to take the risk and watch this TV show. I got hooked immediately!! I'm just sad the series has been done over 10 years ago. I agree with everyone that wants a reunion show/special/movie. That would be awesome!
The show started of well enough, even if it looked more like the cliche highschool opera, it had plenty of color added to it by the alien angle. My biggest problem with season 1 is that all the characters are pretty one dimensional: Liz is the good girl, Max is the good guy, Kyle is the jock and so on and so forth. Each character had a very specific role to play which might make the show comfortable to watch, but in the end doesn't bring much in the way of originality. Still, I like a little angst and a little spice and the couple Michael/Maria had plenty of that.
This is by far my favourite season, a time when the characters really came into their own. The dialogues were clever, touching and the situations were at times dramatic! This season also had some of the funniest one liners, my favourite being: "What do you think alien crystals go for on Ebay". What good work they had done in season 2, the writers demolished it with the finale, making Tess seem like the ultimate evil, after spending most of the season making us like her. And like her I did, damnit!
"What the f@#$ is going on?" is the question I had been asking myself for most of season 3. The plots in the last season were... they were just bad. Especially the whole body switching plot. That was pointless, badly done, and unintentionally funny. Isabelle and Jesse made a terrible couple, and she took advantage of him more then once. Liz freaked out over having superpowers... and what does this genius do? Go into a new environment away from the people exactly like her. lame.
Now the season finale was well intentioned but again, like most of season 3, I find it severly lacking. It felt rushed, cheap and not to mention predictable.
In the end, I enjoy watching seasons 1 and 2 from time to time, because they characters are interesting and relatively easy to relate to, but they act totally insufferable in the last season, which in my opinion should not have existed.
Roswell was a very interesting series to watch the first year. I like the characters a lot.New characters which bring new sci-fi plots were introduced in the second season as a way to make the story richer in events.But the third year was a total waste of
Roswell was a very interesting series to watch the first year. I like the characters a lot. We get attached to them. New characters which bring new sci-fi plots were introduced in the second season. This was an attempt to make the story richer in events. That was a good idea. The results were not always well interpreted. The show evolves between these two seasons but I was still having fun to watch.
But the third year was a total waste of time. This is the time of the downfall of the characters, the lost of their dreams. I listen to the third season’s episodes and feel bored most the time. A lot of episodes were just repetition of the same story line. In my opinion, he should never been produced. I can understand some of the reasoning behind Season 3 plots but the episodes were just boring to watch. The finale of the show was not better – it was predictable. It is sad to see a good show declined like this.
In all fairness, Roswell may have been produced in a time where there was not a big enough market for it. I know that the producers have to fight to keep the show on the air. It seems to me that the network has too big expectations regarding the rating of the show. So basically, Roswell is the perfect example to prove that making changes just to appear to more people can be a huge mistake. Sci-fiction shows, even when you mix with teen romance, are never to be a huge hit because sci-fi is not main stream subject. Networks do not always get it. It is said that Roswell has to pay for it.
I encourage people to view the first 2 seasons and skip the last season. This way you will leave the show with good memories.
I found this show on Netflix, I Love It. I was in college when this show was running. I have no clue why I never watched it. I sure hate it's been gone 13 years now. I have watched them over and over. I really wish Liz and Max had another movie or something together.
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