Roswell v. Twilight

Book CoverSo which is better Aliens or Vampires? compares Twilight to Roswell and asks if the former isn’t the poor man’s version of the latter.

I didn’t watch Roswell, but I am betting many of you did. So, what’s your call?

[Thanks to Walt Stone for the link.]

ETA: Check out How to be an empowered stalkee from Courtney Summers for o_0 chuckles. Link courtesy of Sassee.


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  1. 1
    Trac says:

    The article doesn’t mention how Edward is all Creepy McStalker who watches Bella sleep, while Max at least tries to be a normal kid who knocks.

    Also, Max and Liz rob banks, ftw.

  2. 2
    Cat Grant says:

    Hey, Maria in Roswell literally sees stars whenever she kisses Michael, the alien hunk. (Who, IMO, is ten times hotter than sparkly ol’ Edward!) No question – Roswell wins!

  3. 3
    Serena says:

    I like Twilight better, but I really loved Roswell too. Except, well… I think it was cheap of Roswell to make the “obstacle” to the main couple evil. It was like, yeah, Max wants to be with Liz over Tess! But Tess is an evil murderer, so it’s not like it was *much* of a decision. I liked how SM didn’t make Jacob or Tanya evil (especially Tanya, I was totally expecting her to be some horrible whore)… they were decent people, a decent choice, so I think that made the decision better :)

  4. 4
    Rose says:

    Roswell was great but only the first season, season 2 was disappointing and season 3, well, let’s nto go there. And I agree with Cat, Michael was totally hot and also not a stalker, which is good. I think the actor is on Bones this season.

  5. 5
    eve says:

    Roswell wins for me! No stalkers, good music, and the guys were HAWT. When it was cancelled, the writers put everything into a convenience pill and tried to make us swallow it, but for the most part I definitely prefer Roswell.

    Rose – Jason Behr played Michael and he’s playing Seely’s little brother on Bones this season. :)

  6. 6
    Kelly W. says:

    This is like comparing apples to oranges.  Sometimes I want an apple other times I want an orange.  Both are great in their own ways. 

    Season one of Roswell was fabulous.  After season one the love story between Max and Liz changed and I liked it less although Maria and Michael kept me coming back. 

    I think Twilight slightly nudges out Roswell mainly because I liked the ending of the Twilight series better than the ending of Roswell.

  7. 7
    KTG says:

    There is no comparison. Season one Roswell was some of the best TV I’ve ever watched. The writing was original and thought provoking, and unlike Twilight, SEX did not equal DEATH.

    It’s too bad the show tanked in seasons 2 and3.

  8. 8
    sheena says:

    um, Brendan Fehr played Michael and is now on Bones. Jason Behr played Max and I have no idea what he’s up to. Anyway, I have no interest in Twilight because it looked creepy from the getgo. So Roswell FTW.

  9. 9
    TJ says:

    Roswell wins hands down – no contest

  10. 10
    katiebabs says:

    I was a very big fan of Roswell the first two seasons But the comparison between Roswell and Twilight is very close, especially with the love story.
    But I am a bigger van of vampires than aliens. Can’t get passed the movie Alien when the little suckers pops out of John Hurt’s chest and of course the scene at the dinner in Spaceballs. “hello, my baby…”

  11. 11
    michelle says:

    Roswell was awesome, especially season 1.  Also Liz wasn’t a doormat.  Roswell gets my vote.

  12. 12

    Whoa.  It never occurred to me to make this comparison.  It’s true that Max (of Roswell) has supernatural powers (check), goes to high school (check), is Liz’s lab partner (check), has siblings that look suspiciously on his relationship with Liz (check), and saves Liz’s life as a how-do-ye-do (check) because of a major crush on her (check)—all in the first episode.  I guess that’s an impressive list of coincidences.  But comparing the two series feels like comparing apples and oranges, because Max’s reasons for all of the above are driven by motives that are clearly spelled out provide a great deal of insight into his character.  I never really got where Edward was coming from in Twilight.

    I want to give a major rec to the first season of Roswell for anyone who hasn’t watched it!  When it was on television, I didn’t get it at all, because the pacing seemed weird and slow and the characters were atypical for teen drama—quiet, thoughtful, a bit introverted.  But I watched it on DVD and while the second season gets weird and the third is just bizarre, that first season is golden.  According to the DVD commentary, the pilot, at the time of its review by test audiences, received the highest score of any pilot ever made.  I can see why.  It’s a fantastic hour of drama, and bears a lot of repeat-watching value for someone trying to figure out how to start a story off with a bang while creating complicated characters and a conflict that will sustain twenty episodes of storytelling. 

    (And it’s super romantic to boot.  Was Sarah McLachlan’s music ever used so well??)

  13. 13
    Linnet says:

    Oh my goodness I LOVE Roswell! The first season is definitely the best, although I also liked the third. The second season seemed really more sci-fi and not so much about the characters and their relationships (which is what drives the first season so well.) I haven’t seen Twilight; I’ve kind of been avoiding it so I can’t compare. Just wanted to add the first season of Roswell is definitely a must see. Especially for sweet, handsome, brooding Max! *happy sigh*

  14. 14
    Rose says:

    Meredith, I’m not surprised the Roswell pilot had such a high score – it was pretty cool stuff. I love the bit when Max, Michael and Isabel are looking at the recreation of the crash – I think it was at the end of the pilot? Regardless, there was so much to draw in the viewer and the first season delivered on that potential. The other two seasons, not so much…

    I hear vampires and automatically think of Buffy, but the comparison to Roswell does make sense (I’ll take Angel and Spike over Edward any day, though).

  15. 15
    Suze says:

    The theme for Roswell was sung by Dido, who has a wonderful voice.  Speaking of vampire links, though, the guy who played Max had a spot in Buffy (don’t know which season, but he was a kid with a terminal disease who wanted to become a vampire for the cure, and had a bunch of other vampire wannabe’s, including Chanterelle, who became Anne in Angel, gasp pant), and David Boreanaz starred in Dido’s music video for the “I will go down with this ship” song.

    I loved Roswell.  The second and third seasons did indeed get weird, and I was a little taken aback by the switch between one week, they’re the FBI’s number 1 wanted, and the next week, they figured the FBI didn’t know they existed.  The plotting and continuity got a little sloppy, I guess.

    I haven’t read or seen Twilight, and it doesn’t appeal enough for me to go to the effort.

  16. 16
    kittyfischer says:

    Well, I haven’t seen Twilight yet.  But personally I though Roswell was cheesy.  Also, what is with the guys from Roswell getting on CSI-related shows?  I think at least two of them star in the spin-offs.

  17. 17
    KTG says:

    Was Sarah McLachlan’s music ever used so well??

    Agreed, Meredith! That was her song “Fear” in the pilot when Max is healing Liz. That song is so haunting, I still get chills when I hear it today…

  18. 18
    DeeCee says:

    I loved Roswell the first season when the music was amazing and the storylines were somewhat relatable. Season 2 was betrayal and alien hooha with brief flashes of greatness (that one episode where future Max comes back to save Liz still makes me cry when they dance). Season 3 was so far off track that I couldn’t keep up and quite trying. I think if the creators would have stayed on track after season 1 it might have been on tv for a few more years. :(

    While I loved watching Roswell 9 years ago, now I love reading the Twilight series. Progression.

    Now if only Meyer would put Midnight Sun out-I’d but it. I liked his perspective much better than Bella’s in Twilight. The jokes were funnier, the actions made sense and it complimented Twilight like it was designed to do. :)

  19. 19
    Holly says:

    Roswell wins, hands down. I have all three seasons on DVD, I am that lame. :D

  20. 20
    DeeCee says:

    Wow am I the typo queen. I meant quit trying and buy it. :)

  21. 21
    Jana J. Hanson says:

    Roswell wins.  Loved Season 1 (and the original set of 12 books written by Melinda Metz); Loved portions of Season 2; Liked bits of Season 3. 

    I will confess I loved Twilight two years ago when I read it—but I do not plan to re-read the first three books or purchase Breaking Dawn—and I think it’s kind of funny the number of my friends swooning about Edward as of late.

  22. 22

    Agreed, Meredith! That was her song “Fear” in the pilot when Max is healing Liz. That song is so haunting, I still get chills when I hear it today…

    Oh, yeah.  I actually can’t listen to this song anymore, because I had it on repeat every day for twelve hours when rewriting the second half of Duke of Shadows.  (And since the walls in my apartment are pretty thin, I’m pretty sure my neighbors have never forgiven me for it!)  But it’s beyond intense.  In fact, the soundtrack to the first season should be called Angst 101, or something.  I love it.  :-)

  23. 23
    Lori says:

    It would never have occurred to me to compare these 2, but if we’re going there my vote is for Roswell, at least the 1st season.  As others have noted it got odd in season 2 and just plain nuts in season 3, but season 1 was really good.  Unlike Bella, Liz had agency and unlike Edward Max was not a creepy stalker. 

    Was Sarah McLachlan’s music ever used so well??

    As much as I liked Roswell I think Sarah was better used by Buffy.

  24. 24
    Emma says:

    Those soulful czechoslovakian eyes!!! Roswell hands down for me and I love the fact that Liz wasn’t a door mat. DeeCee I agree with season 2 in the episode with future Max. I LUUUUUUVVVVVEEEDDD the intro song Here with Me by Dido.

  25. 25
    Evangeline says:

    Roswell!! Hello! Max and Liz? Iconic! The show saved me during my school years. *g*

    I can’t even touch Twilight because it felt too similar to Roswell when I first became aware of the books.

  26. 26
    Karen W. says:

    I liked TWILIGHT (not so much the next books), but I would also have to say “Roswell.”  I LOVED me some Roswell. :)

  27. 27
    Lisa Asanuma says:

    I was definitely one of the ones who read Twilight and had to pull back a few times just because there were so many correlations with Roswell.  I’m pretty sure Isabel Evans and Rosalie Hale are the exact same character, with different names.

    But really, Roswell has had a lot more staying power with me, at least.  Partially because Bella Swan is such a non-character of a character.  Twilight reminds me of one of those trompe l’ouille paintings.  You’re kind of stunned and amazed because there’s so much detail… but then after everything, it’s still only two dimensions.

  28. 28
    Lori T says:

    You are not the only lame one…I, also, own all three seasons.

    I have a hard time choosing between the two…I really did like Roswell and I have to admit that I was a bit leery about Twilight when I initially saw the previews.  But at this point, I would probably lean towards Roswell…although, I do plan on reading the Twilight books and this may put me over the curve.

  29. 29
    Brie says:

    Roswell was for me what Twilight is for teens now. Greatness. I loved Max and Liz and Michael and Maria. I agree with everyone who said that the first season was the best, but I think I was too young to notice that the following two seasons weren’t that good. Looking back on it now, I agree. Since I haven’t read Twilight and doubt that I ever will, my vote goes to Roswell.

    And gosh, it’s been ten years since Roswell premiered. I feel so old.

  30. 30
    Eunice says:

    As someone who read Twilight (as in the first book) and watched the show: Roswell was way better. Max and Liz vs. Bella and Edward is definitely the deciding factor here.

    Also, I totally have the soundtrack.

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