'Roswell: New Mexico': Nathan Parsons teases the Easter Eggs in the show that will take original 'Roswell' fans down memory lane
Although Parsons' Max is a police officer with his own responsibilities, he still retains a lot of Behr's Max and the innocence and charm of the character
The CW is taking its '90s audience on a trip down memory lane with their most recent reboot of the 1999 cult classic, 'Roswell', which had starred Shiri Appleby and Jason Behr as the teenage star-crossed lovers, Liz Ortech and Max Evans. Picking up with almost a similar storyline, the reboot, 'Roswell: New Mexico', is following the now adult Liz as she returns to her native town Roswell only to discover an uncomforting truth about her childhood sweetheart, Max. Played by Jeanine Mason and Nathan Parsons, the reboot is pulling in some extremely contemporary themes such as immigration and LGBTQ in order to make it more relatable for the millennial audience.
However, Parsons has stated that the show might also have a lot in store for original 'Roswell' fans. Speaking to MEAWW at the Critics Choice Awards, Parsons subtly teased about Easter Eggs on the show that the original show's fans will totally relate to.
Parsons indicated that the fact the show has picked up with a high school reunion might just be engaging for the audience of both generations. He said, "We have already received immense support from fans of the original series, and with this series, we are trying to give people some Easter Eggs, with which they can go like, 'Oh, I remember that!'.
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Parsons also said that the music of the show could serve as a source of nostalgia for fans. 'Roswell: New Mexico' brings everything '90s to the show, and the soundtrack only helps push that forward. The show even has Third Eye Blind's 'God of Wine' which actually serves as a plot point in the pilot episode.
Although it is not as enthralling as Dido's soundtrack in the original series, it still helps set the tone for the series. Parsons noted, "The music for the show is from the '90s, the early 2000s. So we are always kind of calling back to that."
Along with its looming tune of the 90s, 'Roswell: New Mexico' has also brought in elements of our generation which makes it a millennials' show. Parsons explains, "We do talk about a lot of new stories on what is going on in today's society as well. So hopefully, it draws in a younger crowd that wants to discuss that."
While 'Roswell: New Mexico' is being treated as the show's reboot, it is actually drawing inspiration from the original sourcebook series, 'Roswell High', and is set to follow the characters as they grew up to become adults with their own responsibilities.
The original saw a struggle in the teenagers to survive, and the reboot is taking up adult problems to accentuate the whole theme of discrimination on the show.
Speaking about his version of Max when compared to Behr's Max, Parsons said that there is a lot of difference between the character he plays and the one played by Behr. He said, "First of all, I am a deputy sheriff. So the responsibility of taking care of society and taking care of your time is a little bigger than midterms. Being able to be part of the growth of a character in 10 years is a big step." 'Roswell: New Mexico' aired on the CW today, and the show is already setting its own trend for the millennials.
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