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The CW's latest reboot, the sci-fi drama Roswell, New Mexico, obviously has a lot in common with the original Roswell series, which aired on The WB for two years before moving to UPN for its final season. This makes sense because both TV series were adapted from Melinda Metz's Roswell High series of books. But you don't really care about how the two shows are similar; you want to know how they're different.
Well, the good news — or the bad, depending on how you felt about the original series, I suppose — is that the two shows are actually not all that different. They both center on a handsome, brooding alien who saves the life of a beautiful, science-obsessed human he's been in love with for years. They both involve government conspiracies and investigations that naturally come with the the topic of aliens and the UFO crash of 1947. And they both feature characters named Michael Guerin who were/are destined to be fan favorites. Still, there are some key differences between the two series, so let's break them down.
Characters - Way - Series - Possibilities - Show
Aging up the main characters was the quickest and best way to set this new series apart from the original. It not only opens up new storytelling possibilities, thus making it easier for the show to stand on its own, but it also means the characters are adults rather than lovesick, hormonal teenagers. The series picks up 10 years after high school has ended, and although that might make the characters a bit older and wiser, it doesn't mean they have everything figured out just yet.
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Show - Liz - Ortecho - Jeanine - Mason
When the show premieres, Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) — yes, the series uses the character's original surname from the novels — is now a biomedical researcher who's returned to her...
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