Roswell

Season 1 Episode 13

The Convention

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 02, 2000 on The WB
9.4
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Max plays host to actor Jonathan Frakes at the annual UFO Convention while trying to avoid the meddlesome couple who witnessed Max's life-saving abilities on Liz at the Crashdown Cafe.

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  • Normal advancement of the series. A few interesting scenes.

    8.5
    Seeing I am a big time Trekkie, I was surprised to see Jonathan Frakes step from behind the camera to back in front for an episode. I like the way Max being his personal assistant and going out of his way to please him. The alien convention which happens in real life was a nice touch to also be included. While the events of the first episode set the series in motion with all the main characters. It was an interesting move by the writers to include an eye witness to the first every scene and how they evolved away from Roswell. The mystery with the shape shifter deepens with the final few minutes of the episode.moreless
  • A Homecoming of sorts to Roswell

    9.5
    This episode has a lot of good different elements. Larry and Jennifer coming back is a really nice touch and the bonding that occurs between Jennifer and Liz over the men in their lives is really clever and a nice comparison between human and alien relationships. Max is really great in this episode and I love how he asks Micheal at the beginning about what he can to get his mind off Liz and then he throws himself into the convention and Frakes is so funny in this episode as the sci-fi attraction. Then Hubbel comes in and this episode takes on new dimensions as the story unravels about the photographs with the silver hand prints and then when it is his wife and child that are killed by Nasedo you feel for him. Then when Valenti comes to save Max and Micheal it is a new development in his character that shows he would be open to helping them instead of just chasing them.moreless
  • The UFO convention has arrived in Roswell and the couple who witnessed Liz getting shot are back.

    9.5
    This episode was really interesting, seeing how it is spanning over three days. The couple from the pilot episode are back and reveals the secret of Max healing Liz at the convention. The fourth alien is talked about again when Hubble shows Valenti various photos of dead bodies. So far this season has been good with a few mysteries that i am looking forward to finding out. This episode was good from the very start to the climatic finish. This episode had everything in it that i love about Roswell, the mystery, the romance and the drama. Looking forward to seeing the next episode. Great episode!!moreless
  • UFO freaks are gathering in Roswell... event that'll make a lot of troubles for Max and Jim Valenti.

    9.5
    So, all of the UFO freaks are on the one place. Larry and Jennifer are back, and although Jennifer is sick of chasing aliens, Larry wants to tell everyone about the healing Max did on Liz. Also, alien "bounty hunter" Hub is in town. He's an old friend of Valenti Sr., and also a man Jim holds responsible for his fathers arrest. Hub is looking for a alien that killed his wife, and Larry's story and few details from Valenti convinces him that this alien is Max. Even though he spends all the time chasing Max, and hoping to find out his secret Jim is forced to realise that he made a mistake, and to cover for Max and Michael.

    The sweetest moment in this episode was Maria's and Michael's kiss, after he helped her mother, and the funniest girls and Alex talk in Crashdown... Maria, Amy, Liz and Jennifer rock it. Isabel is only in two scenes... while the guys are doing fun things with girls (basicly make-up/break-up), she is being Isabel: she loves her Mommy, and she's torturing Alex.moreless
  • A knowing look at what's going on...

    8.7
    Roswell is overrun with conventioneers all wanting a piece of the supposed alien action. Even Max is roped in to dress as an alien - complete with buggy eyes and big hands. Of course nobody is aware that there are actual aliens anywhere near.



    It's a good episode that brings Valenti even more into the proceedings. It's a mix of comedy and adventure. Johnathan Frakes does a good job of taking the whatsit out of himself, and the whole episode reeks of that slightly unworldly, bizarre concept that is any convention. The introduction of Hubble is a little weird, but again it pushes the story along to a conclusion that is slightly unexpected. The use of Valenti's backstory with his father is cleverly done and the injustice of what happened to him explored. It also gives us a good intro to Nasedo and what he might be about.moreless
Jason Behr

Jason Behr

'Max' Maxwell Evans

Shiri Appleby

Shiri Appleby

'Liz' Elizabeth Parker Evans

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Isabel Amanda Evans Ramirez

Majandra Delfino

Majandra Delfino

Maria DeLuca

Brendan Fehr

Brendan Fehr

Michael Guerin

Colin Hanks

Colin Hanks

Alex Charles Whitman (Season 1-2)

Kevin Weisman

Kevin Weisman

Larry Trillin

Guest Star

Wendle Josepher

Wendle Josepher

Jennifer

Guest Star

Tom Bower

Tom Bower

Everett Hubble

Guest Star

Diane Farr

Diane Farr

Amy DeLuca

Recurring Role

Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner

Milton Ross

Recurring Role

Jason Peck

Jason Peck

Deputy Hanson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • At the beginning of his interview with Jonathan Frakes, Larry skips from looking over his right shoulder to looking over his left shoulder.

    • Throughout the scene where Max drives Hubble, the background keeps changing speeds depending on which actor the camera is facing. It's slowest behind Max, faster behind Hubble, and fastest in the shots that have neither. Also in some shots they are driving into the sunset and in others the sunset is behind them.

    • Hubble describes pulling into the Peppers Cafe, then turns to Max and says accusingly, "You know that, don't you?" In the next shot, he's facing forward again.

    • Max tackles Hubble, who loses his grip on the gun as they drop to the ground, but the sound of the gun hitting the ground occurs slightly after the shot where it does so. Moreover, Hubble is still holding the gun tightly as Max tackles him, but it has somehow traveled several feet and completely stopped moving by the time they hit the ground less than a second later.

    • In the climactic scene where Hubble threatens Max with the gun, Hubble shifts back and forth between holding the gun with both hands and with one hand between front shots and reverse shots.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Michael: The guy was crazy, Max, all right. He didn't know what he was talking about.
      Max: I don't think he was crazy, Michael. I think the one we've been looking for has killed people... a lot of people.

    • Valenti: I didn't know this was gonna happen. I didn't know he was as dangerous as he was.
      Max: What did you tell him? Why did he come after me? You're the Sheriff. You're supposed to protect me. But all you've done is go after me! You believe all these crazy things. You're just like Hubble. You want me? Well, here I am! Take me.

    • Maria: My mother. Great first impression.
      Michael: Why would I want to make an impression?

    • Michael: Alien Takedown? What is that? Some sort of wrestling match?
      Maria: Yeah, the Alien Takedown. You have a problem with that?
      Michael: Yeah, you know what? I do. I'm here trying to figure out the meaning of my existence and I'm tired of having to wade through the kooks like you and the freak shows like this to do it.

    • Max: Mud.
      Liz: What?
      Max: Pie. Mud pie. For the lunch the Crashdown is catering tomorrow. I was thinking about mud pie.

    • Max: Save me, save me, I'm a human trapped in an alien's body.

    • Isabel (about the UFO center): This place is psychologically damaging.

    • Michael: Mud.
      Maria: What?
      Michael: Mud. I am thinking about mud.
      Maria: Why do I even try?

    • Valenti: Son.
      Max: Would you treat your son this way?

    • Max: Michael, I've gotta talk to you about something. Personal.
      Michael: Nothing's too personal.
      Max: How do you do it with Maria?
      Michael: Too personal.

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