Roar was a short-lived FOX network show from 1997, the brain-child of Hardy Boys alum Shaun Cassidy.Conor (Heath Ledger), a young Irish warrior, is trying to unite 4th century Ireland against the invading Romans. Longinus, leading the Romans, is secretly the cursed-to-be-immortal centurion who stabbed Christ at Calvary. The show freely mixed Christian tradition, Celtic Mythology, Druidism, and, barely, smatterings of history. And then there's the Roar. What heck is the 'Roar'? Did anybody ever figure it out?Roar was not very well received and lasted less than one season, with only 8 of the 13 ordered episodes aired. The complete series is now available on DVD.
Provides examples of:
Action Girl: Catlin and Molly, as well as many other guest-stars. In fact, it was more unusual if a woman wasn't an Action Girl.
Affably Evil: Diana remains polite and regal throughout her dealings with the Celts (most of the time).
Artistic License - Physics: In "Projector", the Romans get hold of some gunpowder and build a cannon. They load it by placing a gunpowder-filled grenade in the mouth of the cannon and lighting the fuse. Great way to blow your cannon to bits.
Decoy Damsel: Catlin and Tully lose their horses to one of Longinus's followers in this manner.
Despair Event Horizon: When Longinus loses the Spear of Destiny to Conor and realizes that he's doomed to live forever.
Disposable Woman: Clare. Played by a young Keri Russell, the writers soon realized their mistake and kept trying to find ways of bringing her back.
Dreaming of Things to Come: Longinus, though he's wide awake when he has his prophetic visions. Also notable is the sheer span of his visions—when experimenting with rudimentary dynamite, he has flashes of nuclear weapons.
Also Shannon and her family, though they only have visions of impending death.
Establishing Character Moment: A doozy of one for Diana. Her lover enters her chambers to find her writhing about in a mud-bath. Knowing he's leaving on a dangerous mission, she deigns only to blow him a kiss. As soon as he's gone, another man emerges from the mud, gasping for breath. She tells him: "you missed a spot" and pushes him back under again. Need we say more?
Rescue Romance: Conor meets Catlin after rescuing her from the Romans. Somewhat subverted in that at the time, he's in love with someone else.
Parental Incest: Done briefly, when Fergus is initially quite attracted to Molly before he realizes that she's his daughter. It's hinted that the attraction only stemmed from her resemblance to his wife. Later he leers at her naked body behind a veil before realizing that it's Molly.