Published at: Sept. 12, 2000, 12:21 p.m. CST by staff
El Cosmico here, with a recommendation for viewing this October 2nd.
I try to watch a good range of television, but there are very, VERY few shows I watch on a regular basis. In fact, there are only two shows that I HAVE to see every week. That I'm really hooked on. One is Futurama. The other is Roswell.
There have been the inevitable comparisons to Dawson's Creek, Buffy, the X-Files, and every other somewhat thematically similar show on this earth, but the fact is, Roswell has a unique atmosphere to it, that for some reason, I really enjoy. What's it about? A group of three kids who've grown up in Roswell, have odd experiences, come to realize they're different than everyone, in fact, they realize that they're aliens. When one of them, Max, saves the life of a human who's shot, he risks exposing them all to alien hunters, namely, the FBI and sherrif. The first season essentially takes the three aliens from near-total ignorance of their origins to a revelation of who they really are. At least, the beginning of a revelation.
The entire cast is great, I would name my favorites, but I have a lot of favorites on this show for a lot of reasons, and I don't really want to leave someone out. I should note that I think Emilie de Ravin is an excellent addition to the cast, she came on in the last few shows of the past season.
I originally started watching this show just as the previous season was ending. The first two episodes I saw were the last two. I thought they were really interesting and original. Not a show that I'd imagined before. Not like a show I'd seen before.
I don't want to come off like I think this is the greatest show of all time. I do want to make it clear that if you haven't seen it, you should check it out. Watch a few episodes. It seems to have made it under a lot of people's radar, and there were even rumblings that it might not have another season. The fact is, it deserves many more seasons. It's just a well-done show, with a great cast, and a story arc that will keep you interested.
One of the things I enjoy the most about summer television is that it gives me a chance to catch up with shows I've missed. Thanks to reruns, I've now seen just about every episode of Roswell, and I'm all caught up and happy. For those of you who haven't seen the first season and want to catch up, there are a TON of Roswell fan sites online that you should check out.
First up, there's a good starting point, The Roswell Awards, a site that recommends noteworthy Roswell fan sites. My personal favorite of these is Not Of This Earth, which includes an absolute TON of content, including multimedia, episode guides so you can catch up on what's happened, just really a whole heck of a lot of stuff. This is a thoroughly well-done fan site. There is also, of course, the official WB site for Roswell.
Don't get me wrong, I think there are a lot of other good shows out there too, but Roswell deserves a lot more credit (and viewers) than it gets. So, go read about what you've missed, you can still catch the last couple of episodes next Monday and the Monday after that, including the season finale, and then check out the season premiere. I think you'll be glad you did.