'Roswell, New Mexico': Melodrama, clichés and a good-looking diverse cast, this '90s cult classic reboot is everything CW
The show has followed every rule of the channel with a cast of extremely beautiful people, overly sensationalized emotions, and of course, some old characters
When it comes to The CW, we can easily expect a show that is all about a group of good-looking people all dressed up trying to solve some ordinary mystery, among all the cliched melodrama. Let's just say, 'Roswell: New Mexico' has it all. Starring Nathan Parsons as Max Evans, Jeanine Mason as Liz Orthecho, Amber Midhunter as Rosa Orthecho, Lily Cowles as Isobel Evans, and Michael Vlamis as Michael, the reboot of the '90s cult classic is everything CW.
The premise follows Liz's quest to find her sister Rosa's murderer when she suddenly stumbles upon a fact that was unknown to her for the longest time. Liz comes to know that her childhood lover, Max, and his siblings, are all aliens but that doesn't have an impact on her love for Max although she is suspicious of his involvement in her sister's death.
However, the mystery looms in the background since Max and Liz are always too busy pouring their hearts out to each other because, after all, melodrama matters when it comes to The CW. With its cliched characters, bizarre acting, and kind of familiar storyline, here are the five reasons why 'Roswell: New Mexico' is the most CW show ever:
1. A line of remarkably beautiful people
Be it 'Riverdale', 'Legacies', 'Supernaturals' or 'The Originals', The CW has always managed to appeal to the eyes with overly good-looking casts who play rather ordinary characters. The similar has happened with 'Roswell: New Mexico'. We have some extremely grounded characters like Liz and her sister Rosa Orthecho, Liz's best friend who is also a bartender, Maria De Luca, and several others who are kind of typical girls next door you would know. However, on The CW, looking good at all times even when you are being at your own restaurant is mandatory.
2. The generous amount of death and resurrections
'Supernaturals' has already proven that it doesn't matter how many times you die, you just should not die for too long. In fact, the characters on the show have died so many times that no one would blame you for losing track of when or how they died. It is not very different in 'Roswell: New Mexico'. Within the first ten minutes of Episode 1, Liz returned to town, helped her father in his restaurant, and then got shot by some intolerant goon.
It is not fair that the female lead dies on the first episode, and thanks to her alien lover, Liz was resurrected from the dead. So was Max in two of the following episodes, and hopefully, the resurrection will continue in the remaining episodes. But was it necessary for Liz to die? Wouldn't it have made more sense for Max to resurrect Rosa?
3. The matter of the twins
Most shows on the channel have their fair share of strange relationships between siblings. Take for instance, Cheryl and her twin brother, Jason's relationship in 'Riverdale'. Of course, Cheryl's sudden seemingly incestuous outbursts with her brother did not go unnoticed, but the actors have time and again claimed the siblings share nothing of that sort.
We also see a strong yet strange bond among the siblings in 'Roswell: New Mexico'. While on one hand, we have a very gullible pair of sisters in Liz and Rosa, on the other hand, we have an over-possessive twin in Isobel who is weirdly jealous about Max going around with other girls. I wonder why?
4. Melodrama and all that
The CW is never complete without unnecessary agony, needlessly being exaggerated through highly emotional soundtracks or long stares. To make matters even more melodramatic, it takes the characters forever to state their point since the dialogues mostly consist of either, "I tried to tell you" or "But you won't understand".
I've lost track of the number of times a character on a CW show says one of those two dialogues. Even when Max tries to explain to Liz, he is not a murderer, he beats around the bush for a good five minutes before he finally makes his confession. Also, how can we forget the prolonged stares between Max and Liz that literally lead to nothing?
5. Unity in diversity
One good quality in a show is enough to make it stand out, and diverse representation is that one quality that makes every CW show worth our time. The channel has been leading the way with character diversity in shows like 'All American', 'Black Lightning', and 'Charmed' which have already brought in a rather inclusive graph of characters.
We see a fair share of representation in 'Roswell: New Mexico' which has done away with all the white-washing of the '90s versions. Creator Carina Adly Mackenzie wrote in Entertainment Weekly, " I filled the writer’s room, crew, and cast with diverse voices...I don’t believe in color-blind casting. I want the characters’ experiences to reflect their ethnicity."
'Roswell: New Mexico' airs on The CW every Tuesday.