When I was a wee pre-teen, a WB show came out called Roswell. It was a show about sexy aliens doing teenager things while trying to fend off the FBI. I was in! When I went to Barnes & Noble after begging to go to the bookstore, I found a novelization of the series. Sweet! Books and tv were my jam! As an adult, I revisited the first season of the show on Netflix. Right now, I’m re-watching the entire series, but something is different this time. Why did I start watching the show again? Well, for starters, I’m now addicted to the remake, Roswell, New Mexico. This is how the stories are the same, yet different.
In the first iteration of Roswell, we have Liz Parker. She’s a brilliant, small town teen with dreams bigger than Roswell, New Mexico. She works at her family’s cafe, the Crash Down, with her best friend, Maria. Everything is pretty typical for this teen up until one day, she’s accidentally shot during a showdown in the cafe. That’s when everything changes. That day, Max Evans witnesses Liz get shot. It’s then that Max makes a decision that not only changes his life, but the lives of those he holds closest to his heart. From there, the story gets romantic and sci-fi, leaning more towards sci-fi in the later seasons.
Now, the remake of Roswell is Roswell, New Mexico. The brilliant Liz Ortecho is returning to town to check on her father, who is being harrassed for being undocumented. It’s ten years after high school, so everybody is grown up. One evening, after helping her dad at his cafe, the Crash Down (oh yeah, that’s the same. right down to the alien antennae), Liz serves Deputy Max Evans. We learn Max was Liz’s lab partner in high school, and as they share a milkshake, there’s a drive-by. Liz is shot! Without a second thought, Max heals Liz. From there, things get twisted and dramatic. There’s some sci-fi in there, but it feels a little more like horror.
Now the stories sound very similar as they share bones and definitely begin in a similar fashion. I’m thoroughly enjoying this new Roswell for its diversity. Liz is the daughter of a Mexican immigrant. Maria in this version is Afro-Latina. Alex is a gay veteran. One of the aliens is gay. Liz’s sister, Rosa, was a teenage drug addict. It’s just interesting to see how things are tweaked and how it affects the storyline. I’m interested to see how much the new show deviates from the old one.
They both have their ups and downs. I think for right now, I enjoy the old Roswell for the nostalgia, and the new Roswell, New Mexico for the storyline. What can I say? I’m a sucker for soapy teen dramas.