I remember I liked this show, that it got weird a couple of times, but I don’t remember much else. It’s been a while since I rewatched one of those I only vaguely remember. It’s like seeing something new! I’ve made some of the most fun realizations, knowing now what I didn’t know then.
- Ronald D. Moore, reviver of Battlestar Galactica, was an executive producer on the show for a while. Season 2 involves some loose ideas that he reused in his Cylons, and it’s so much fun! It’s like seeing bits from JJ Abrams’ Star Trek movie in Felicity—which is a thing, too. I’m still looking for bits of Outlander, but I’m not so sure they’re in here.
- Taran Killam was a jerky jock in an episode, with his little baby face. It was definitely a fun surprise.
- I will definitely miss Mary Ellen Trainor in movies. She passed away last May, and I will miss her warm, reasonable mom presence. I’ve loved her since Goonies. She was one of those great, quiet, character actresses you could always count on.
- The most fun realizaton, though, is all about Katherine Heigl’s character repetition. On both Roswell AND Grey’s Anatomy, she played women named Isobel who loved someone who died, and then kept talking and kissing his ghost. She also had lovers named Denny on both shows. SO WEIRD!! Both Isobels make insane life decisions that we’re supposed to just accept.
- Fashion choices in 2000 were so transitional. It’s the last days of plaid flannel, and vertical stripes are taking over. Ribbed knits were changing shape. Twin Sets!! Men’s shirts were starting to fit again, and lose their silly oversized-ness. Men’s hairstyles discovered pomade, but still wanted that 70s revival. And women’s shoes were still chunk-heeled and clunky.
- The 90s definition of “romantic” was pretty stalker-y. Maybe it’s just because I’ve heard the stalker-anthem theme song nearly 60 times now. It’s fun to see how the show starts, with the girl with her supernatural boyfriend. It feels like The Vampire Diaries and Twilight, but with her diary-entry voice-overs, it still has that throwback feel of the Beauty & the Beast series starring Linda Hamilton & Ron Perlman from 1984.
- The Evil Twin storyline is insulting to goths, punks, criminals, and New Yorkers.
- Sexy Future Max really needed to make more appearances.
- Max is the quiet, brooding love interest, but more interesting than Edward Cullen, but much less so than Damon or Stefan Salvatore. Different inner demons, I guess. Sexy Future Max actually smiled. I really wish Present Max smiled more. He’s way too serious. Why are there so many of those leading men on television: brooding, serious, one-facial-expression lover-types. Who falls in love with that guy? Is it just a rom-com trapping?
- Brendan Fehr’s nose is a lot like Alexander Hamilton’s. This means I’ve been staring at $10 bills too much lately. I really ought to #takeabreak. By the end of the series, though, he looks more like The Beast from Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, after he’s transformed back into a person.
- If they’re in the American Southwest, where are all the Mexicans? I’m not trying to be insensitive, but seriously.
- I’m curious what today’s television criticism would make of this show. Like, if tv critiques were a thing back when it aired.
- Michael is the boy from an abusive home in a trailer. He’s the stereotypical white trash storyline, before Friday Night Lights gave us the gift that is Tim Riggins. I am so grateful for FNL and the life it gave to a tired story...which is also created by Jason Katims. So Michael really DID grow into Riggins and holy crap my mind is blown with this revelation.
- Michael & Maria’s story is a great one of a relationship that’s full of cracks, that can’t work. The little cracks shift and grow and sometimes you see them and sometimes you don’t. You can deny they’re there, but they don’t fully go away. They learn from each other and grow as people, but it’s bound to fail in the long run. It’s one of the show’s strong points, for sure.
- By season 3, the writers were sooo over these kids being in high school. They’re now mechanics and security guards and short order cooks and waitresses who work from open to close. No training. Just go. Or married to lawyers who are always around.
- Can we say we’re out of the era where teenage characters get married and it’s all good? I hope so. I feel like that has never actually been relatable. I much prefer it when teens are allowed to be teens, and not forced to grow up because the writers are tired of writing plots around school. If you want to write them as adults, then have an actual time jump.
I started watching this again because I decided it was time to watch Farscape, and then INSTANTLY remembered I don’t like my aliens heavily made-up or puppeteered. So of course I thought of Roswell. So glad I did.
ETA: I was also reminded why I was so happy Nick Wechsler was on Revenge. Now I just have to watch UnReal when it’s all on Hulu to see what Shiri Appleby has been up to. I hear it’s delightful!
I’ll leave this here for y’all, too: