Top critical review
on April 18, 2004
I never watched Roswell before I got the DVD, the purchase being based on all the glowing reviews and my "what the heck" attitude.
That said, here is my review:
Decent premise (small group of aliens in hiding.)
Good production values. Made a lot from little.
Mostly interesting story. Some "out there" stuff, though.
Some of the relationships seemed forced (such as Maria and Michael - why drag that out so long? He was always a jerk, and she kept coming back, again and again, for nothing...)
Adequate acting, but nothing special.
Nice geography and geology.
The actors and actresses playing high school kids ranged from age 18 to 25. I understand the problems and expense of working with minors, but the cast just seemed way too old for the characters, especially Jason Behr as "Max" (25 as 17) and Shiri was 20 as 16...Of course, adolescents always imagine themselves as older, so younger audiences will not notice or care.
The women were very attractive, and the guys had attractive hair. In fact "Michael"'s hair seems to be a supporting character - it certainly had a mind of its own.
One problem I had is that when watching several episodes in a row, marathon style, a lot of the little quirks of the characters became annoyances or distractions. I will mention no names, but you know what I'm talking about:
1. Knock-knees. The Achilles heel of a beautiful woman.
2. Yoda ears. Combined with advanced age and wooden acting was distracting.
3. Hair and pout. I understand the hair became some sort of "thing", but really, it was pretty bad. It never saw a comb until the last ep or so. Also, an unusual lip purse/jaw drop pout action going most of the time, which was a distraction.
4. One voice was irritating. Sorry, it grates after a while and was distracting.
The above is not a slam, just an observation that if seen once a week it would probably be fine, but in a condensed version, it becomes quite noticeable.
As for the DVD itself. the list of features is misleading.
I found no "gag reel".
Only 1 deleted scene - about 20 seconds - and I could not get a commentary on it.
Only 2 "featurettes", not 3 - the behind the scenes which was good, and a brief and listless bit with the book authors.
The episode commentaries (about 6 in total) were pretty good. Shiri and Majandra giggled through two of them, including the one where they and boyfriends make out a lot - those were the best. The final ep had Jason Katims and the episode director. Unfortunately, Jason had the "you know" syndrome pretty bad there, you know.
I would not know (never having seen the TV run) nor do I care now, but some of the songs have been changed. I only found this out after watching all 6 discs because when I was putting them in the box, I noticed a paper squished up inside it. It is a message from Jason Katims, the executive producer, apologizing for not being able to afford all the music rights and having to substitute some.
I thought about 6 shows were really good, 3 were really bad (for logic/believability/technicality reasons), and the rest were so-so. Overall, mildly entertaining, but don't think I will go for next season.