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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Struggles to Recapture the Magic of the Original Series


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An additional day, a further reboot. As The CW continues to indulge its nostalgia for the excellent old times of the WB community (adhering to fall’s Charmed remake), we get to revisit the swoony human-alien romance of cult favorite Roswell (1999–2002).

It starts from scratch, growing old the former teenager protagonists to angst-crammed older people. This will allow for extra graphic and assorted sexuality but robs the story of its Romeo-and-Juliet sweetness. Roswell, New Mexico even more updates the premise with topical relevance by generating human heroine Liz (Jeanine Mason) the daughter of ICE-fearing undocumented immigrants.

She hence understands the entire “alien” strategy when, upon returning to her hometown as an completed scientist, she learns her large-school crush, police officer Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons), has been hiding his very own otherworldly origin tale.

Local prejudice and cleaning soap-operatic insider secrets complicate the escalating attraction involving Liz and super-sensitive Max — who, like his fellow closeted aliens, tries to keep his powers under wraps lest scary authorities brokers capture on. This developed-up Roswell has its moments but mostly reminds us how really hard it is to recapture the magic of an initial.

Roswell, New Mexico, Sequence Premiere, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9/8c, The CW

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