Revisiting television from days gone by has become somewhat of a regular occurrence. This past year has seen many beloved classic series air new seasons, including Gilmore Girls, Twin Peaks and Prison Break. And it doesn't stop there as The CW is bring back another much-loved series.
Well, sort of. Roswell will be returning to our screens but, before you dust off the old DVD boxset or drink some tabasco sauce in celebration, there's a bit of a twist.
The new #Roswell series will be a reimagining of the classic series, meaning that it's not a revival but an entirely new show altogether. Much like their Dynasty reboot, The CW is cutting ties with the original Roswell series and going back to the drawing board. However, like the original, the new Roswell will also be based on the Roswell High book series by Melinda Metz.
The Roswell reboot will be written by The Originals's Carina Adly MacKenzie and will have an immigration twist, reflecting the realities of its location in a state bordering Mexico. The series will follow the daughter of undocumented immigrants, who discovers that her teenage crush (now a police officer) is actually an alien who has kept his abilities hidden his entire life. Much like Liz Parker in the original #TV series, the girl will protect his secret.
The original Roswell series ran for three seasons from 1999 to 2002. Originally airing on The WB, the network cancelled the show after two seasons, citing low ratings.
UPN, which had managed to outbid The WB for the hugely popular Buffy The Vampire Slayer, also picked up Roswell for a third and final season. The show made stars out of its young cast, most notably Katharine Heigl, who would go on to star in several successful movies, as well as playing a leading character on Grey's Anatomy.
Reboot Vs. Revival
While it will be nice to see Roswell adapted for viewers of the modern era, it's likely that fans of the original series would've preferred a revival instead. Roswell was significantly popular during its first season and the show has become somewhat of a cult classic, so there is definitely an audience for a revival. Moreover, while the show did wrap up its storylines before concluding, there was an uncertainty that hung over our beloved aliens, and we'd love to know what happened to them and find out if they all managed to survive beyond 2002.
But alas, it was not meant to be and, despite our desire to revisit Max, Liz, Michael and Isabel's lives, we're still excited to see how The CW's reimagining of Roswell will turn out. One thing's for sure: they'll never top the classic Dido theme tune that has become synonymous with the original series! Darn, now its stuck in my head.
Will you be watching the Roswell reboot? Would you have preferred a revival of the original series? Tell us in the comment section below.