Obsession: Roswell

August 3, 2008 at 12:33 pm 5 comments

Roswell, New Mexico. Among the teen angst of the students of West Roswell High, the social pressures and pot smoking, the immature sex and study periods, there lies an altogether new breed of issues… adolescent aliens.

Abandoned after the legendary crash of 1947 (which, for those of you not in the know, is a real event. Whether it’s extraterrestrial has yet to be decided), aliens Max , Isabel, and Michael stumble out of their busted space ship in the form of 6 year old humans. Living in Roswell with adoptive parents, the 3 have managed to keep a low-key existence until Max saves the life of fellow high schooler, Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby), using his other-worldly powers. Forced to explain the event, the three begin to confide in Liz and her friends while dodging suspicions of the local sheriff and the witnesses of the miraculous feat.

The best part about this show isn’t the plot, or how engrossing the story line may be. Right off the bat, the single-handed most addictive quality is the fact that Roswell employs all of the achingly drawn out tactics of pre-reality era television. Every possible feeling the alien threesome may have for their fellow humans is deliciously (if painfully), strung along until every avenue is explored, unlike the fast paced, tactless television of today’s ADD audiences.

Jason Behr’s classicly handsome physique is perfectly cast as he plays the brooding and authoratative Max Evans. In love with Liz Parker, the two have an on again, off again relationship that makes the screen sizzle with cross-cosmic crushing.

Oh, I’m sorry, your native alien race is in danger of being found out by the FBI?

Hold me.

Im just removing this bullet, I swear

"I'm just removing this bullet, I swear"

Max and Liz aren’t the only ones in an intergalactic relationship. Max’s sister, Isabel, (played by Katherine Heigl), becomes seduced by Alex Whitman (Colin Hanks) and his geek charm. Michael (Brendan Fehr), despite his seriously awful acting skills, gets down with Liz’s best friend Maria (Majandra Delfino). Three human, three alien, the six set out to combat the forces that are trying to ravage what normal life they’ve struggled so hard to create. Shirtless.


behr shirtless

After having watched the first season in the span of 6 days (that’s 22 episodes, people), I can safely say that this series is a good yardstick for all things 90s. Check out the baby-doll tees, dark lipstick, and flannel. Alex Whitman is even in a garage band. It made me so nostalgic, I almost cried tears of body glitter into my cargo pants.

Check out Brendan's frat spikes...along with Shiri Appleby's capri/3 quarter shirt combo. CLASSIC.


If you’re ever in need of a trip down memory lane, then I highly suggest you check out the first episode on hulu.com. And if these pictures haven’t been enough to seduce-er, I mean, convince you, then check out this high voltage video clip below. The amount of hormones per parts per million is enough to power ConEdison for a (light)year.


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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ryan  |  August 3, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    You can tell Blondie’s the classroom bitch, as she’s the only one with her hair in a scrape-back ponytail, wears leather, and sits on the ground with her legs open…She was the bitch of the series, right? I never watched it.

    Also, did all the guys buy their jawlines from the same shop or something?

  • 2. parkrangerolivia  |  August 3, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Yeah, Isabel is definitely the ice-queen of the series. But then again, pleather is sooo 90s, can you blame her?

    I don’t know where that jawline shop is, but if I did, I would wait there. Every. Fucking. Day,

  • 3. roswellian chick  |  August 4, 2008 at 12:33 am

    i love this show! i watched every episode of Roswell as it aired and i just loved every minute of it (we’ll i can name 2-3 parts i couldve lived w/o but…yeah). if u havent seen it go for it, u wnt regret it. and not for nothing but if such a shop existed i’d make like every guy i know go there b/c DAMN. the boys on this show where yum. also, katie was kinda the bitch the first season and a bit less season 2 but by season 3 she thawed a lot.

    ps.: Liz Parker was shiri’s character i think you wrote banks???

  • 4. parkrangerolivia  |  August 4, 2008 at 9:26 am

    oops, fixed the typos. thanks!

  • 5. Toni A  |  July 4, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Miss this show sooooo much!!!!!!! 🙂 ❤


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