Roswell (1999-2002) was a short-livedScience Fiction series that debuted on The WB network in 1999. It was moved to UPN in 2001 in a package deal with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and completed a run of three seasons.The series was a combination of a Science Fiction/Monster of the Week show and a romantic Teen Drama. Many audience members felt that the show never quite got the balance right.The three main characters, Max, Isabel and Michael, are Antarian survivors of the Roswell UFO crash, and were adopted by human families. Though Max and Isabel were raised in a privileged, loving family, Michael was raised in a trailer with his abusive foster father. Though the three successfully isolate themselves from the rest of their classmates through high school, their plan is disrupted when Max saves the life of a girl named Liz Parker using his alien superpowers.Liz's sidekicky friends Maria and Alex add the comedy to this otherwise broody and dramatic lot.Based on the YA novel series, Roswell High. Often considered to have set the stage for (and been superior to) Smallville, which uses a lot of the same themes, but with DCU characters instead of original ones.
This TV series provides examples of:
Aborted Arc: Upon the discovery of their spaceship's hologram message, the group is met with a projection of Max's mother/the queen. She tells them how their planet has been overtaken, their people are now slaves, and she begs them to save them (presumably the reason they were even cloned in the first place). We expect some resolution of this in the end, but the final episode gives us the happily ever after of between Max and Liz, who seem to have forgotten all about the crisis on their home planet -despite the Skins (the invaders) being repeatedly establish as bad guys.
Subverted with The Reveal of Tess' intentions. The whole situation of why the character's Protector would abandon his mission of protecting them and die so Tess could return home, and why the Big Bad would even want Tess and Max's son to be the new heir when he's been trying to kill the Royal Three all series makes no real sense when you think about it.
Makes more sense when you realize that there is a resistance who are loyal to the royal four and would willingly accept rule from someone who came from the royal bloodline and who would presumably hold the seal, even if in name only. Stands to reason that if you control the ancient bloodline of the King, you control the throne and it's people. Though it turns out Tess' pregnancy yielded no results on that front.
At the end of the season one finale, the camera very deliberately pans across the four hybrids, and stops momentarily on each (as if to emphasize that there are four of them) as a slow, steady pulsing sound rises in the background... We then go to a scene of a handsome young man in a car, driving at night (the scene ends with him in New York City) with an alien device in hand; the device is the source of the pulsing sound. The device begins to flash with a spinning series of flashing lights; we then see a bright flash of light, and what appears to be a pulse of sound in response to the device), from four different locales across the U.S. (a farmhouse, a home in a suburb, a lighthouse on a seashore, and a high-rise in a large city). The young man looks up from the device and says, "It has begun." It seemed as if the next season was going to introduce a group of hybrid Evil Counterparts to the Roswell kids - but the entire thing was dropped without any further mention or explanation.
Human Outside, Alien Inside: fairly subtle for the most part, but Michael's reaction to alcohol, where he had electrical lines running through his body and every sense in overdrive, was one of the more obvious cases.
Actually, he would look exactly like his human donor, not Zan the king. The Hybrid Chronicles arc covered this up with Michael finding his family's donor, who were shocked at how similar Michael was to their father/grandfather. Of course he was the guy's clone.
More impressive and unexpected with Max's shield in the beginning of season 2. Also can be applied to Tess's sudden ability to wipe out and completely change memories, though no one seemed to be surprised in the show.
Touched by Vorlons: Every humans whom Max brings back to life gains powers similar to the hybrids. It is not clear if they become half-alien themselves or just become as evolved as them. (See Evolutionary Levels above)
Why Are We Whispering: Season 1 Episode 2, has a rather large whispering exchange between three characters. Max and Liz are spying on someone, when Kyle, Liz's boyfriend, thinks they are actually making out. He approaches them: