'Roswell: New Mexico': How the show is bringing two generations of audiences together
The reboot is bringing two generations to watch a show that is current and yet, at the same time, retains an old world charm
In order to tell the story of the '90s cult classic, 'Roswell', Julie Plec took up themes that are extremely relevant in the present political scenario. Following Liz Ortech who is the daughter of an undocumented immigrant, 'Roswell: New Mexico' picks up sensitive subjects such as immigration, bigotry, and LGBTQ in order to portray the tensed climate of the US. While most of these issues are highly contemporary, The CW reboot holds the immense ability to draw in an audience from two generations.
Speaking with MEAWW at the Critics Choice Award, actor Nathan Parsons who plays the role of the grown-up Max Evans, claimed that the show is quite a comfortable premise for both generations to explore.
He said, "We are definitely taking notes from the original but we are going back to the original book series (Melinda Metz's original 'Roswell High'). We are trying to draw a little more inspiration from that, and weave it into an adult story. It was high school back in the day, and now here we are 10 years away from high school, with jobs and full-on adult responsibilities."
The pilot episode of the show, which aired on January 15, introduced us to almost all the major characters, which included Max, Liz (played by Jeanine Mason), Max's siblings Isobel (Lily Cowles) and Michael (Michael Vlamis), and Michael's undefined love, Alex Manes (Tyler Blackburn).
The episode takes us through a number of pathways. It begins with introducing us to the impending hatred brought in by a sense of discrimination and later takes us to a night out where Liz and Max attend their high school reunion. This is exactly the point where Plec, who has also directed the first episode, raised a toast to all the original 'Roswell' fans.
The CW's reboot can be categorized as a rather wise take on rebooting a show since it has retained the flavor of the '90s with all the ingredients of the mid-2000s. While most shows barely stand up to the criteria of a reboot which is more of a correction done in a franchise in order to restart it, 'Roswell: New Mexico' does the opposite. While it might indicate that it is beginning its story from where the original left, in reality, the show can be termed a standalone series.
'Roswell' saw a group of teenagers in the '90s dealing with the harsh realities of adolescence while maintaining their innocence as teenagers.
The reboot, on the other hand, picked up characters of the same name, albeit this time as adults who are living in the mid-20s. As mind-boggling as it may sound, there are high chances that 'Roswell: New Mexico' is basically a nod to the '90s generation, who are all now working adults. This is exactly how Plec, in spite of having the same old story, has managed to draw in audiences from both generations. While the iGen audience is bound to relate to the ongoing score of discrimination that is quite prevalent on the show, the millennials will understand the struggle of being a grown up in a world that is in a serious moral crisis.
Parsons also stated, "We have had so much support from fans of the original series, and we hope throughout the series we will be able to give people Easter Eggs to find, and go... 'oh, I remember that'." One of the show's most prominent Easter Eggs is its soundtrack which seems to have been picked up from some old '90s cassette. Featuring tracks like, 'Mrs. Potters Lullaby' by Counting Crows and 'I'll Be' by Edwin McCain, the show forms an ensemble of some of the iconic tracks that had defined an entire generation. 'Roswell: New Mexico' clearly defines the potentials of a reboot in bringing out nostalgia by focusing on the present socio-political atmosphere.