confess I really didn't get into Roswell on my first viewing
when the show was broadcast here. Initially I found the first
season a bit of a slog as the series found its feet during the
first year. And in the subsequent seasons I gave up entirely
due to the erratic scheduling of the show by the local
So when the
opportunity arose to review the first season of Roswell I leapt
at the chance to revisit the series and see if the years since
have changed my perspective on the show. I can say without
doubt that I'm glad I did, as Roswell is a damn good show that
warrants repeat viewing.
isn't your average run of the mill Sci-Fi show. During its
first run it was more often than not referred to as and sold to
the viewing public as a cross between Dawson's Creek and The
X-Files. A tag that I'm sure annoyed the show's producers just
as much as the fans of the shows respectively.
on a group of teens living in Roswell, New Mexico. Home to many
UFO nuts, and probably one of biggest UFO conspiracies of all
time. Liz & Max's relationship are the focus of the story.
The first episode introduces these two characters as well as the
rest of the faces in Roswell and sets up the premise of the show
nicely. Our hero Max is not from around these parts. And by
these parts I mean Earth!
proverbial cat is let out of the bag during the series opener.
When Max saves the life of his girlfriend Liz from certain death
by using his alien abilities after she had been clearly shot.
Now the two must conceal their secret from friends and family.
Not too mention the local sheriff who is suspicious of the
claims that she wasn't actually shot, when clearly the physical
evidence says that she was.
As the series progresses Max's search for his true origins leads
him on a series of some strange adventures and startling
while the suspicion of him grows amongst his friends. The same
goes for the local sheriff who is never far behind Max
struggling to put the pieces together.
The first season contains 22 episodes spread across six discs:
1 - Pilot
2 - The Morning After
3 - Monsters
4 - Leaving Normal
5 - Missing
6 - 285 South
7 - River Dog
8 - Blood Brother
9 - Heat Wave
10 - The Balance
11 - Toy House
12 - Into The Woods
13 - The Convention
14 - Blind Date
15 - Independence Day
16 - Sexual Healing
17 - Crazy
18 - Tess, Lies and Videotape
19 - Four Square
20 - Max to the Max
21 - The White
22 - Destiny
Season One is presented for the first time in its intended
aspect ratio of 1.78:1, 16:9 enhanced. The series was broadcast
initially at a cropped ratio of 4:3. And the transfer to DVD
has opened up the frame and given the show a more cinematic
feel. Which truth is told has helped me develop an appreciation
for the show.
transfer betrays the TV origins of the show. You would think
that this series was a recent feature film by looking at it.
Colours are rich and the small object detail is very good
throughout. There were some slight mpeg artefacts present as a
result of the transfer to disc. However these would largely go
unnoticed by the general viewing public, those with larger sets
may notice them.
video, the audio provided on this release is stellar. A full
bit-rate Dolby Digital 5.1 English track has been provided by
the good folk at Fox and I'm sure will put a smile on the dial
of many a home theatre enthusiast. The soundtrack features
surround effects and some truly deep bass via the LFE channel.
Dolby Digital 5.1 track is also available. Given that my French
is worse than my English! I stuck with the English track for
this review and sampled the French track here and there for
comparison. Fear not Parisians, as the discrete 5.1 French
stream is just as good as the English.
Extras are located on the sixth disc and consist of the
following Featurettes: -
In addition to this there is a music video, “Save Yourself” by
the group Sense Field, as well as audio commentaries on selected
episodes. And last but not least a single deleted scene from
the series pilot.
Fans of the show will not be disappointed with this release.
And for those yet to experience the show you’re in for a treat
if you can look past the teen angst element of the show and
surrender yourself to the greater story arc as it unfolds.