'Roswell: New Mexico': Fans are skeptical about 'Legacies' showrunner Julie Plec directing pilot episode of reboot
Fans certainly do not want to see new faces for old characters, but with Julie Plec directing the pilot, that might not be avoided
Fans cannot wait for The CW's upcoming show, 'Roswell: New Mexico' to hit the screen on January 15, and it seems this time they are pretty apprehensive about the new alien family. Picking up from the 1999-2002 series, 'Roswell', starring Shiri Appleby and Jason Behr, the reboot is set to follow the daughter of undocumented immigrants, Liz (to be played by Jeanine Mason), who discovers a shocking truth about her teenage crush, and Max (to be played by Nathan Parsons), who is now a police officer.
As an alien, Max has kept his unearthly abilities hidden his entire life. She protects his secret as the two reconnect and begin to investigate his origins. But when a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth, the politics of fear and hatred threaten to expose him and destroy their deepening romance.
Coming from writer Carina Adly MacKenzie ('The Originals'), the show which is based on the Melinda Metz's book 'Roswell High', will probably pick up from where the original Jason Katims-created drama had left in 2002. Audiences fell in love with Liz and Max when they first lived through the entire romance and trauma in the original series which had chiefly focused on their lives as teenagers.
As the reboot is set to throw light on Liz and Max's lives as adults, fans cannot wait to see what is in store for the couple. However, they are quite skeptical about Julie Plec directing the pilot episode of the reboot since they do not want to see a new actor play the role of an old character who was already there in the original.
A fan on Twitter claimed, "I do want to check out this show. I'm actually relieved to get a break from Legacies for a little while. I think someone needs to tell Julie Plec that it's not okay to create new stories about old characters when the actors don't want to reprise the roles. It's just upsetting."
'Legacies' barely has two of the original cast members returning, with Matt Davis resuming his role as Alaric Saltzman and Candice King probably returning as Caroline Forbes, and 'Roswell: New Mexico' will once again see Liz and Max, this time being played by different actors.
However, as a change in the storyline, the show is set to pick up on a burning political crisis, immigration, as a central theme, as MacKenzie claimed she wants "this show to feel like smart conversations with smart people who aren't on the same side of the issues all of the time." Probably the excitement surrounding the reboot is based on this very fact and the bringing in of contemporary elements to tell a more convincing story than the teen-flick of the '90s.
However, fans are still a little skeptical about Plec directing the pilot episode of the reboot series, since one fan said: "Just my opinion but I was so excited about this show until I saw Julie Plec was behind it." Whether Plec is able to do justice to the show's pilot episode, will be seen once it is released January 15, 2019, but as of now, it can be said - by the trailers and the teasers - it might just be an interesting watch.
Watch the trailer below.