Be still our teenage hearts: the cult classic ’90s drama Roswell is being rebooted on The CW with an immigration twist.

We are living in the age of nostalgia, with practically every and all more-or-less popular franchise being rebooted or revived.

The CW has dipped its toes into reboot territory several times — from the ill-fated Carrie Diaries to the just-premiered Dynasty and again to the Charmed and Lost Boys reboots currently in development — and now the time has come to revisit an absolute gem of a ’90s cult classic: Roswell.

Related: The top 5 reasons to watch Roswell on its 15th anniversary

As reported by Deadline, the Roswell reboot is written and executively produced by The Originals writer Carina Adly MacKenzie, who came up from the entertainment journalism field and has years of experience working in the Plec-Williamson ‘verse on the network. MacKenzie also has an abundance of of ’90s fangirl cred, making her the perfect person to take on this particular reboot.

The original Roswell ran from 1999-2002 on The WB, itself an adaptation of Melinda Metz’ YA novel series Roswell High. It was developed and executively produced by Jason Katims, who is not involved with the reboot; in fact, the only creative link between the reboot and the original is executive producer Kevin Kelly Brown.

Aside from introducing a new generation of teen aliens, the new series will be more politically relevant than its predecessor, reflecting our troubling times: where ‘illegal alien’ was a tongue-in-cheek double entendre in the original series, in the upcoming reboot all the meanings of the term are set to be explored.

The new ‘Liz’ is the daughter of undocumented immigrants, while the ‘Max’ of this story is a police officer who is similarly hiding his true identity. The story thus takes on a very different weight from the original, and introduces a new tension between the main protagonists: while the original Max and Liz only had to worry about protecting Max and his family’s identities, new!Max (who presumably won’t be called Max) will also find himself morally obliged to protect new!Liz and her family’s identities.

Roswell always had the potential to serve as an allegory for the U.S.’ immigration issues, and in this new version, it looks like this underlying metaphor will be front and center of the story, which will explore “the politics of fear and hatred” on a wider, more relevant level.

Roswell season 2 cast

Now, full disclosure: Roswell was one of my absolute favorite series as a pre-teen ’90s kid, which is why I am super stoked that a) it’s coming back at all and b) the series is being re-imagined as opposed to continued with the original cast.

The original three-season show was amazing in its own right, but it certainly wasn’t perfect (read our three-part article series of a newbie’s reaction to watching Roswell for the first time) — there were a lot of story elements that, if MacKenzie and her team choose to revisit them, could be done a lot better this time around, including the actual pacing of the central romance (spoiler alert, they never actually have sex despite this event being a major anticipatory plot point throughout the series).

Roswell had a complex and rich mythology including alien royalty, evil clones and soulmates that was set up really well, but never properly explored before the series’ conclusion; although the reboot is set to focus on a different struggle — according to Deadline, the inciting incident of the series is “a violent attack and long-standing government cover-up point to a greater alien presence on Earth” — I hope some of these elements will be revisited and given their proper due.

Aside from a revival potentially disrupting the original ending (which was actually satisfying, which isn’t something that can be said for season 3 in general), it would also be practically impossible to gather the original cast, which was comprised of young actors that are almost all superstars today: Katherine Heigl, Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Colin Hanks, Brendan Fehr, Emilie de Ravin, Majandra Delfino, Nick Wechsler and Adam Rodriguez have all gone on to have very successful careers, and it’s hard to imagine that they would all be able to come back for a reunion special/fourth season.

So I for one am all in on this Roswell reboot. I can’t wait to see what Carina MacKenzie does with this new version of the story, and how the metaphor of aliens hiding among us, living in constant fear of discovery and persecution, can be used to reflect contemporary issues in American society.

Are you as stoked for the ‘Roswell’ reboot as I am?

The News

Quentin Tarantino says he knew about Harvey Weinstein’s behavior: ‘I knew enough to do more than I did’

In a new interview with The New York Times, director Quentin Tarantino — whose films have largely been distributed by The Weinstein Company — admits he knew how Harvey Weinstein treated women.

Earlier this month The Times and The New Yorker published bombshell reports revealing horrific behavior by TWC founder Harvey Weinstein. The reports — and the revelations that came in the days after — rocked Hollywood.

Tarantino remained silent until Thursday’s interview. In it, he tells The Times he “knew enough to do more than I did.”

“It was more to it than just the normal rumors, the normal gossip. It wasn’t secondhand. I knew he did a couple of these things,” Tarantino said, referencing the stories recently shared by “prominent” actresses.

“I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him.”

Tarantino admits that he can offer nothing but a “crappy” excuse at this point. Even though he heard stories about his business partner on multiple occasions, he “chalked it up to a ’50s-’60s era image of a boss chasing a secretary around the desk. As if that’s O.K. That’s the egg on my face right now.”

The director, whose most recent film The Hateful Eight was distributed by The Weinstein Company, says that he tried to reach out to the disgraced Hollywood mogul after the reports were published, but Weinstein didn’t pick up. More of Tarantino’s remarks can be read over on The Times’ website.

As more women share their stories, Hollywood is starting to take (some) action. Last week The Weinstein Company fired their founder, and The Academy voted to remove him from their ranks.

Explaining their vote to expel him, The Academy said in a statement, “We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”

October 19, 2017
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