'Roswell, New Mexico' digs deeper into Project Mogul theory behind the 1947 mysterious UFO sightings in town
Brimming with anecdotes about the infamous Roswell Crash and several subplots it makes the reboot 'Roswell, New Mexico stand apart from the original.
The hit WB show, 'Roswell', had been able to amass widespread fan following for its unique portrayal of a Mexican town that gets afflicted by strange sightings, UFO spottings, and a mysterious clique of humans altogether. And now, ten years after the last episode of the original show aired, fans have something epic to look forward to as a sequel titled 'Roswell, New Mexico' is about to arrive in 2019.
The exclusive look at the first episode of the upcoming reboot arrived earlier this year in October and gave decent imagery of what to look forward to - especially in terms of all the desert sceneries and a refreshed viewpoint of one of the most phenomenal scenes from the original. Brimming with anecdotes about the infamous Roswell Crash and several subplots that offer better insight and dig in deeper into the storyline, it makes the reboot markedly different from the original, and also tells us a more relevant and compelling story.
But it's also just not the regular 'aliens' in the rebooted version of 'Roswell.' Here when aliens are mentioned, "we're talking about people who feel othered," writer and show developer Carina Adly MacKenzie had shared at Comic-Con this year, following the show's premiere. "I wanted to make sure there was a reason to reboot it," MacKenzie added. "The original show is available on Hulu, and it's really great, and there wasn't a reason to sort of update it unless we made it really current," she said. "One of the important things I wanted to do was return Liz Parker back to Liz Ortecho," which also happens to be the character's original name from the book offering all the source material.
Based on the "Roswell High" books by Melinda Metz, the original 1999 TV adaptation's synopsis described the plot as: "Bizarre things start happening in the little New Mexico town where UFOs were spotted in 1947. Cut to 1999, when a cute high-school student saves the life of a teenage waitress. Surrounded by cliques of clever, angst-filled classmates, the two form a bond that threatens the survival of a secret universe involving superhuman powers, a yen for hot sauce and an alien gene pool."
Speaking about Liz and the restoration of her last name, what is also striking is that the book described her of Mexican descent, whereas the original show had changed that aspect about her. But now, in the upcoming reboot, with Liz's character being placed in the core of the horrors that unfold, MacKenzie revealed that she wanted to "talk about what it really feels like for actual human beings to exist in a small town in a border state in 2018." And the one aspect of the reboot that is also noteworthy is that Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) and her family are humans, but the said aliens from the plot - Max Evans (Nathan Parsons), Isobel Evans (Lily Cowles), and Michael Guerin (Michael Vlamis) - are all white people, thus adding multidimensional layers to the story.
There's also a conspiracy theory that provided inspiration for the plot of Roswell. It all dates back to 70 years ago when little green men were reported to be crashing into the New Mexico desert, all the way back in 1947. Sheriff George Wilcox - at the center of the said conspiracy - had received mysterious items, including strips of rubber and fabric, from a certain W.W. "Mac" Brazel, from the town of Roswell. Brazel was said to be a rancher who had gathered all these items throughout the desert, but it later turned out to be pieces of a highly classified, high-altitude balloon shot into the ionosphere by the US government, as a part of Project Mogul.
But all that aside, the real reason why one should be thrilled about the upcoming reboot 'Roswell, New Mexico' is because the story goes in deeper to explore the effects of flying on the mythical balloon and potential extraterrestrials. With real-world fears that young adults face on a daily basis, the show will also be able to strike a bond between these people and other humans who are targets of xenophobia.
'Roswell, New Mexico' premieres Tuesday, January 15 on The CW.