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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.
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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.
Exact Eavesdropping: comically play in Viva Las Vegas, when Maria conveniently hears Kyle and Tess talking about going to Las Vegas, and immediately puts the whole plan together. A bit subverted with Isabel who overhears Michael and Max talking about the same trip, and asks to be clarified. Since these kids talk about important things *all the time* in the halls, one wonders why no one else seems to hear them in any other episode.
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.
How Jesse finds out Isabel is an alien.
Isabel's eyes change when she's "Vilandra" in Interruptus.
Identical Grandson: The Hybrid Chronicles arc covered this up with Michael finding his human family's donor, who were shocked at how similar Michael was to their father/grandfather. Of course he was the guy's clone.
One of the book tie-ins has Tess's donor as a character.
The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life: This is interestingly averted in Isabel, who seems to date random guys every other week. She does confess she never lets anyone close, of course, but she's most definitely enjoying her dating life. In contrast, Max has been in love with Liz for years, and Michael doesn't even see the point of it if all he wants is to go "home".
Trash Landing: How Max and Michael get out of Valenti's Office in The Morning After.
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: