Well, here we are. I've been looking and looking for a CHEAP version of Turnabout for a year and a half now and I finally just bit down on my wallet and shelled out the 200 dollars for the second part to the two part book finale of one of my all-time favorite shows, Roswell.
But was it worth it? Yes...and no.
First off, Pursuit and Turnabout are GREAT books. Very well written. The characters leapt off the page and I could imagine them all acting as they do in the book. Langley, in particular, was a spitting image of his TV counterpart. So many things were revealed and wrapped up and, with each progressing page, I grew more and more excited and fulfilled.
However...only two major complaints. One of the authors is gay, as most of you may know. And, although this doesn't bother me, it DOES bother me that he seems to turn these novels into soap boxes for gay rights/tolerance. This I didn't agree with. Roswell has always been about isolation but it's a sort of isolation that we all feel. Personally, I feel that Turnabout, at times, used this metaphor in relation to homosexuality ONLY and I don't think that was fair. There's a brief mention of the isolation that "big people" feel and that was positive, but it seemed that the finger of blame for all this isolation and oppression was pointed at "conserative Americans" or, even, "Fundamental Christians". AS a Christian, I, myself, felt very isolated by some of the passages in Turnabout, as I felt that the author was saying gays, Buddhists, aetheists, and every other "interest group" had a right to exist as they do, but those "darn Christians" don't. In a world where everying is tolerated EXCEPT Christianity, it's very easy for US to feel as unwanted aliens, persecuted by the fearful populace at large - no matter how "free thinking" they think they are.
But I digress.
I said I had one other complaint and this one isn't as controversial, but deals with one of the main concepts of the show. The conflict on Antar...It is never resolved! I realize that Max doesn't want to be a king, but we're talking about five planets spinning in the Antar solar system that are in a state of tyranny - MILLIONS of beings are DYING - and their last hope is a self-centered teenager who simply "doesn't want to help"? I found this very cold and, for all of Max and Liz wanting to tour the world and help people, you'd think they would want to help the very race that created the Royal Four hybrids to begin with. So, yes, I was very disappointed to see this MAJOR storyline was never properly resolved. I'd like to think that sometime in the future, we'll all know what happened to Kivar, but...sadly, by the very fact that the publishers ignorantly discontinued Turnabout and destroyed all the remaining copies, I don't think this will ever happen. Which is a shame.
All in all, Pursuit and Turnabout were a fast, exciting, heartfelt, and 99% satisfying end to a very underrated and much-loved show and I'm glad that, for good or for ill, I know how the series ended.