Western Animation / Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends
Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends
(1999-2000) was an animated show from the BKN
line-up, not to be confused with the other show about Roswell
. Consists of many diverse myths being debunked as alien activity, sort of like The X-Files
The main character is Nick Logan, a Bounty Hunter
who finds one of his marks is a little more than meets the eye. Soon after he receives a contract to track down another, a banshee named Sh'lainn Blaze. The two wind up saving each other's life and begin working together to figure out who's trying to kill them, only to wind up working for said organization, Nick so he can find out what happened to his father, Sh'lainn because she's been exiled from her clan and has no where else to go. It eventually builds up with a slow Myth Arc
involving alien invaders, werewolves, vampires, banshee and other aliens all coming to a head by the 40th episode.
Show provides examples of:
- Aliens of London: The Banshees all have some sort of Irish accent. In the pilot it's mentioned that they first settled (on Earth) in the British Isles, so presumably they settled in Ireland. Well, considering where the legend comes from...
- The Alliance: The organization Nick Logan finds himself working for has this name. However it is a case of In-Name-Only and is actually a Government Conspiracy. It May have started off as The Alliance for real but has since grown into a powerful paramilitary organization that keeps control of the various aliens who are living on earth. It is seemingly independent of the government or any other oversight.
- All Myths Are True: and they're all aliens. Sasquatch & Yeti, Werewolves, Banshee, Talos, Norse Mythology, etc.
- A Load of Bull: The Minotauri, Canmort and Charon.
- Ambiguously Brown: Nema, later revealed to be Egyptian.
- Ancient Astronauts: Prometheus, among others, was actually a Tribune... the single Tribune. Set, who is mentioned, is revealed to have been a vampire in addition.
- AREA 51: Mentioned a few times and one episode involves a supremely destructive robot that was buried there. Another had them trying to infiltrate it. The Alliance also stages UFO sightings there.
- Atlantis: The first to fight, and drive off, the Shadoens.
- Badass Longcoat: Logan
- Badass Native: Jefferson Trueblood.
- Bad "Bad Acting"/Obfuscating Stupidity: Fitz, whenever he appears before the press offers a half-assed explanation of the current event along with some Suspiciously Specific Denial so the public will suspect the government is doing something like DNA experiments on prisoners, transporting chemical weaponry, etc.
- Bad Boss: General James Rinaker. He's almost killed our heroes on several occasions, and declares almost everybody an enemy at least once. We eventually find out why.
- Bald of Evil: The vampire Ruthen
- Battle Couple: Nick and Sh'lainn have become one by the the end of the series.
- Beard of Evil: The vampire Davos
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Occasionally played with by Nick and Sh'lainn, but they get through it fairly quick. By episode 14 they've had their first kiss and by the first half of Season 2 they've had declarations of love.
- Benevolent Monsters: Ti-Yet, a Yeti whose tribe settled in the Himalayas. Although initially antagonistic he is a being of honor who is only seeking to defend his people who have been safeguarding a Doomsday Device from those who might abuse it. He eventually becomes friends with Nick Logan and an agent for the Alliance.
- Berserk Button: Vampires to Banshees
- Beta Couple: Fitz and Nema.
- Big Bad: General Rinaker, aka the Shadoen agent Wraith.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies: The fireant-Shadoen hybrids cooked up by The Mole, Rinaker.
- Bounty Hunter: Nick, of course, but also the Minotauri.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Conspiracy Guy taking notes on shadow without a source notices the camera. "What'choo lookin' at!"
- The Brute: Korlan to Hanek's Big Bad
- Catch Phrase: "Thank you General Rinaker!"
- Cat Folk: The species that Agazza belonged to, which was overrun and taken over n by the Vodun.
- Character Tic: Rinaker constantly toying with a set of keys
- Chekhov's Gun: The EMP charge kept by the Yeti is just what was needed to utterly destroy the Shadoen fleet.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Athos, son of Ruk.
- Chupacabra: Actually a vampire named Dvorak, who became deformed and driven nearly insane after biting something that didn't agree with him (General Rinaker). Ever since, he's lived in the rainforest, biting livestock and scaring the locals.
- Circle of Standing Stones: Such stones often indicate a Banshee outpost which they use as teleportation hubs.
- The Conspiracy: Actually faked to throw people off the scent of what was really going on, though that probably just makes it a conspiracy hidden inside another conspiracy. Subverted in that the ones running it are the good guys... most of the time.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Sid, the crazy guy in Roswell. really Obfuscating Stupidity. He's a former Alliance operative and then Crosses the Line Twice 'cause he's actually a Shadoen assassin.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Hanek, the Vampire head of Intracom.
- And Verhooven, his rival, also a vampire.
- Crop Circles: They are actually made by the Alliance as part of their misdirection ops.
- Dead All Along: Rinaker. A Shadoen apparently killed him and took his form.
- Deadpan Snarker: All the characters have their moments, but special mention goes to Fitz, with Nema not far behind.
- Defector from Decadence: Tanner
- Disappeared Dad: Subverted. Nick's father is actually a substitute the Alliance installed to keep an eye on Nick. A nice guy who actually gives Nick a lot of support when he decides to find his real father.
- Divide and Conquer: The Shadoens realized that if the alien races on earth ever started working with humans and each other, it would be much harder to take over. One of their own was sent to infiltrate the Alliance and ensure that such unity was never achieved until too late.
- Doomsday Device: the EMP charge.
- Also the entire Shadoen fleet.
- The Dragon: Chief Trueblood to Rinaker due to My General Right or Wrong.
- Agaza to Baron Samedi.
- Dorn to Hanek
- Dragon Ascendant: Rinaker himself.
- Drives Like Crazy: Sh'lainn. She hates technology to begin with, and therefore doesn't know how to drive. Needless to say, Nick gets rather annoyed when she tries to drive his car.
- Enemy Mine: After Sh'lainn finds out vampires were the ones who abdujcted Queen Mab she and the Banshees join forces with the Alliance to save Queen Mab and the banshee Tree of Lights.
- And the Alliance later allies with Hanek to hunt down Valra
- Enemy Civil War: Turns out that the Shadoen high command really don't like Rinaker but put up with him because they don't really have any better choices. They still keep a Shadoen spy on Earth to keep tabs on him, and said spy had no problem trying to blow up the Alliance base with Rinaker in it. In the show's final arc, when Rinaker returns to the fleet, they clearly don't get along, and Rinaker is quite satisfied when the Shadoen high commanders get nuked by the U.S.
- Evil, Inc.: Intracom
- Evil Genius: Valra.
- Also The Mole in the Alliance, Rinaker himself.
- Evil Overlord: Hanek
- Evil Redhead: Valra, again
- Expy: Jerich, Our Protector, is one of Superman, including having a "kryptonite" of his own and some "bathed by sunlight" scenes.
- Extranormal Prison: The Alliance has a prison facility for all the various alien they've arrested, many of whom have special abilities.
- Eye Beams: The Shadoen
- Faceless Mooks: Most of the S.T.A.R. Team
- Fake Defector: Lobo
- Though we never get any actual nudity, we do get a very nice shot of Sh'lainn Blaze the Banshee from behind wearing very thin pants and that nightgown we sometimes see her in. When she discards her long skirt, underneath having a miniskirt and showing her shirt is the Bare Your Midriff type. Finally, there's the outfit when she was temporarily The Leader of the the Banshee.
- Nema when she dresses as vampire bait.
- Fiery Redhead: Prof. Marina Petrovic.
- Sci-Fi Racism: Between the races and exploited by the Shadoen. The different races get over it by the end to save Earth.
- Between the Yeti and the Sasquatch.
- Foreshadowing: Quite a bit of it.
- The AED Unit's target: Rinaker.
- The Tribune surveillance satellite recorded a ship landing a year before the Roswell conspiracy began.
- Prior to the Fireant-Shadoen hybrids infestation of a small town, Rinaker is not present. Later in the episode he shows up in the town, just after the hybrids interrupt their attack and flee. And conveniently, he has gene-scrambling ammo that can kill them.
- The communicator in Sh'lainn's quarters mysteriously malfunctions so she hears about a Minotauri attack, prompting her to flee the Alliance base.
- 25 years ago, a man disguised as Walter Logan, whom Chupacabra refers to as "Logan-Not-Walter-Logan", bombs an Conduit safehouse and frames the Alliance. Chupacabra was originally a vampire named Dvorak who bit "Logan-Not-Walter-Logan" and got transformed by his blood. Later in the same episode, Rinaker is seen rubbing the back of his neck.
- Sh'lainn sees visions of an alien fleet capable of destroying planets in "Countdown." Just before The Mole attacks her.
- Rinaker's eagerness to attack the Conduit safehouse with lethal force.
- Sid who is actually a Shadoen infiltrator, saying he knows how Rinaker mind works.
- Rinaker knowing what a Shadoen was.
- "There's more betrayal, Nick Logan... Omega Level."
- After Rinaker finds out the Alliance were framed by the vampires for the abduction of Queen Mab he decides to attack the Banshee nevertheless.
- The human skeleton in Area 51: Rinaker's.
- Atlantis fought and drove off an unknown enemy.
- Frickin' Laser Beams
- General Ripper: Mentioned above.
- Genius Bruiser: Ti-Yet
- Genre Savvy: Nick Logan. Nema and Fitz as part of their Detail jobs.
- Gentle Giant: Ti-Yet. Chauf.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar:
- After Logan gives CPR: Clean, Pretty, Reliable to Fitz his response: is "I didn't know you cared".
- After Logan pretends to be a superior officer and yells at two Alliance mooks to infiltrate the HQ, Sh'lainn says: "Gives me tingles".
- Grand Finale: A huge one, involving a major alien fleet, the Moon being attacked, all the show's heroes and villains coming together, and the finale of a big Myth Arc.
- Gray and Gray Morality
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Fitz and Nema
- Human Aliens: Banshees, Lycanthropes, and Vampires.
- Human Popsicle: Turns out Walter Logan has been one since the 70s.
- Hero Insurance: Nick has a tendency to blow things up and cause a lot of damage. He gets away with it because the Alliance is an undercover organization. They have a team dedicated specifically to keeping the cover-up going, either making up stories or arranging someone else to take the blame.
- Heroic Albino: Sh'lainn Blaze.
- Heroic Sacrifice: A good amount in the Grand Finale:
Trueblood: Today is a good day to die. YAAAAAHHHH!
Jerich, Our Protector: If I fall, I gladly give my life… for the protection… OF EAAAAARTH!!!
Walter, Nick's Foster Dad: Rinaker, I got your Roswell Conspiracy right here!
Ruck: My ten year lifespan… is nearly complete. I welcome an honourable end!
- Humongous Mecha: The Cyclopses.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The Oni
- Improvised Weapon: "Available weapons, son, available weapons!"
- Interspecies Romance: Nick and Sh'lainn.
- Knight Templar: General Rinaker
- Made of Explodium: Every car, when damaged, will explode, with enough force to break through a fortified bunker entrance.
- Magical Girlfriend: Sh'lainn
- Magical Native American: Averted by Jefferson... until he plays it straight by becoming the leader of his tribe and doing a Spirit Walk thing.
- The Mole: There's one in the Alliance and he's one stept ahead of Nick. Pretty much the entire cast (save for Ti-Yet due to his size) is suspect. Turns out its General Rinaker
- Mysterious Informant: Kraker. Nick's contact who has access to seemingly unlimited amounts of information.
- Mystical White Hair: Sh'lainn's hair's snow white and she has all the powers other banshees have. Some other banshees also fit this trope, with the rest having slight tints.
- Myth Arc: It starts off with Nick trying to find out what happened to his father but before long, hints of something beyond the alliance begin to appear. It eventually culminates with the Shadoen invasion of Earth.
- Nature Spirit: The Banshee certainly fit the bill.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Agaza is technically a zombie cyborg alien parasite furry.
- Number Two: Smith-Heisen to Rinaker
- Out of Focus: Kraker stops showing up after a point, eventually becoming unused.
- Play-Along Prisoner: Ruk uses this once to get into the Alliance's maximum-security prison to kidnap Ti-Yet.
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: The lycanthropes
- Really 700 Years Old: Sh'lainn is older than she looks, though she won't tell Nick how old.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Ms. Smith-Heisen.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Fitz is Red, Nema is blue.
- Rental Car Abuse: In the second half of the pilot, after Sh'lainn is taken to the Alliance base, Nick rents the biggest sport utility available, insured to the hilt. He then proceeds to drive it straight into the Alliance's fortified front door. The resulting explosion blows it open.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent/Our Vampires Are Different: Vampires are presented as basically snakes with human features.
- The Rival: Agent Ling to Logan
- Roswell That Ends Well: The Roswell incident was staged and the witnesses were plants to spread the rumors that the government then had to coverup. This focused the country's attention on the conspiracy while members of the military who were involved could form The Alliance.
- Running Gag: Sh'lainn's predicting Nick's impending doom. Eventually gets to the point, due to them getting closer, where she can tell when he's in danger a continent away. Lampshaded in one episode where Rinaker mentions that she's predicted Nick's death a number of times with him surviving.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Hanek in human disguise
- The Smart Guy: Prof. Antonio Alascano. He designed the transforming Alliance vehicles and even modified Nick's car.
- Spy Catsuit: Sh'lainn in "The Conduit"
- Spy Satellites: An alien one has been watching the earth since the year before the Alliance was founded.
- The Starscream: Valra to Hanek.
- Supernormal Bindings:
- Lycanthropes when they transform, can easily break bonds meant for humans, so their cuffs must be much stronger.
- Banshee restraints cover their hands completely, so they can't fire their heat beams.
- The Syndicate: Vampire families are organized like this. Special mention goes to Intracom, Hanek's front.
- Take Care Of The Pup: A dying Kara, Ruk's mate, entrusts Nick with the care of Athos, their son.
- Technophobia: The Banshees are a tribe of aliens that arrived on Earth and settled in the wilds of Ireland. Their society is close to the earth and nature, which makes them distrustful to downright homicidal when machines are involved. Sh'lainn is the only known exception, having a more progressive attitude toward technology (she was in favor of steam engines), but even she is frequently hear exclaiming, "I hate technology, I hate it!"
- Temporarily a Villain: This happens to Sh'lainn three times:
- Once when she suffers from an affliction called "the iron death," which causes a banshee to go insane, and transform all the machinery around her, into a techno organic mesh, after staying away from nature for too long.
- Again when she's named Queen of the Banshees, and leads them in a war against the Alliance.
- In another episode she's nicked by Valra, who uses her blood to turn them both, into vampire / banshee hybrids. She resists when she's asked to drain Nick dry, giving The Alliance time to turn up, knock them out, and reverse the process.
- Those Two Girls: Shateera and Sheenta of the Banshee.
- Those Two Guys: The Detail Team, Nema and Fitz. Responsible for passing off alien activities as accidents, mishaps, or acts of Congress.
- Timm Style
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Nick in "The Conduit," and S'hlainn after being crowned Queen of the Banshee.
- True Sight: Logan can see past the disguises of lycanthropes and vampires, and even sense the Vodun inside their hosts.
- Underground Railroad: The Conduit.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Most of the main alien antagonists are shown to be this, mainly wanting to defend their people, from whatever threats they see. The only real exceptions are the Aesiri, who are just Ax-Crazy. It takes the threat of annihilation from the Shadoens, to actually get them to work together, though.
- Wham Line: In Episode 37, where we discover a rather shocking reveal:
Lt. Crowe: Right now, I have something vital to show you: a human skeleton. The flesh had been absorbed from the bones by an unknown lifeform, but this is who it was originally.
Walter: It's Rinaker!
Lt. Crowe: Bingo. And he's been dead since 1946.
- Wham Shot: Near the end of the series, in "Conspiracy Revealed," Sh'lainn connects her own mind to Nick's to unlock a hidden memory of his and finally reveal the person who took Nick's father. It's Rinaker.
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- With Due Respect: Nick and General Rinaker. Every Frickn' episode.
- Yakuza: Led by the Oni.
- You Are Our Queen Now: Sh'lainn after, Mab is abducted by the vampires.
- Our Zombies Are Different: The Vodun are actually slug like creatures, who inhabit dead corpses. Their leader has been trying to let them be Puppeteer Parasites, but hasn't been successful.