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Fun Friday: TV Spotlight – Life Unexpected

I’ve just started watching CW’s Life Unexpected.  To be honest, I’ve been looking forward to it since the moment I heard about the show.  Why, you may ask?  Because I’ll look forward to anything that involves new Shiri Appleby every week.  (Yes, I even watched the ill-fated Six Degrees, just for her.)

What I didn’t expect, was for her to be coming back to the network (sorta kinda, maybe not) that made me fall in love with her in the first place… or for her to be part of a teen show once again—as the mom.

Yes, I’m hinting and referring to the WB’s (and eventually UPN’s—the two conglomerates that melded to form the CW) literally star-crossed drama, Roswell, where Appleby played Liz Parker, the smallest of small town girls, who happened to be in love with a serious, dark-eyed boy… who happened to be an alien.  Her old show is a little more of our normal subject matter, but Life Unexpected is also aimed towards teens (ish) and it’s honestly delightful.

The show is about Cate and Baze, two adults going about their normal everyday lives, when their given-up-for-adoption sixteen-year-old daughter Lux walks back into their lives—and they end up being granted joint custody of her.  In the pattern of Gilmore Girls (another show I love, miss, and mourn!), it shows parents and teens on more of an equal-footing than a simple child/guardian image, and the relationship is more complex and real feeling than when the parents are the ones who have all the answers.  I’ve only seen the first three episodes as yet, so I’m a little behind, but so far I’m honestly loving the show.  The struggle for Cate and Baze to finally grow up, and even more so, for Lux, who’s been in foster care her whole life with less-than-stellar experiences, to finally learn to depend on someone, has been really moving and fantastic to watch so far.  I really hope this show sticks around for a while… and not just so I can get a Liz Parker fix.

TV Magic Monday: Roswell

First, I’d like to start by congratulating our winner of the New Moon Tattoos from Friday’s Mini Giveaway! I inserted the entries into random.org and the winner is:

Jaclyn Reynolds!!!!

Please contact us at hollowtreetales AT gmail DOT com with your address so I can ship those out! 🙂

Now, I know this this is a bit of a diversion from our usual movie Mondays but after talking about the striking similarities between Roswell and Twilight last week, Roswell has been on my mind.

The premise was simple. A small town girl is saved from death by a quiet, not so human hottie. But he’s not a vampire. He’s an alien. And he has the power to see into someone’s soul. *dreamy sigh* This may all sound kind of corny in theory, but the acting and the writing were so moving that they not only sold it, they made me believe it was real. Its one of those things you have to see for yourself because describing it doesn’t do it justice.

There were so many things that worked about that first episode. For starters the hook is phenomenal. When Max ran into the corner and told Liz to look at him I was breathless with anticipation. Their chemistry is effortless. It sizzles. And it only gets better throughout the season. The storyline perfectly blended scifi intrigue with high school drama constantly incorporating the themes of loneliness and alienation. And although by its 3rd season the show suffered miserably because of the corporate tools meddling in the writing, most fans watched loyally, too emotionally invested with the characters to leave them.

Even the side characters grew into their own. Everyone was multi-layered and well rounded. They all had their obvious flaws but we loved them even more for it. By the end of the first season, there were 3 couples, involving 6 of the characters, each unique and interesting in their own ways, each drawing a seperate fanbase. And who could blame them. Have you seen the pretties on this show?

If you’ve never seen it, I would highly recommend renting it. It has the allure of Twilight, but is… well, can I say this?… infinitely better. Roswell is everything Twilight failed to be. And it is still, in my heart, one of the best teen dramas ever to air. I miss it.

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