Roswell was a science-fiction television show, developed by Jason Katims. It lasted for three seasons, running from 1999-2002. The show starred Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Brendan Fehr, Majandra Delfino, Colin Hanks and William Sadler. Besides having a unique and interesting storyline, this show also featured excellent music.
In this article you’ll find my top ten favorite episodes from the series, in no particular order (except for the pilot, which was impressively captivating). There are spoilers below.
Pilot (Season 1, Episode 1): Liz Parker is shot at the Crashdown Café and Max Evans heals her. Later, Liz finds out Max is an alien, along with Michael and Isabel. Sheriff Valenti suspects that something abnormal went down the night of the shooting, so Liz and Maria team up with the aliens to throw the sheriff off track. The episode features music by the Dave Matthews Band and Sarah McLachlan. This episode was scripted perfectly. We are welcomed into the strange, wonderful world of Roswell and we immediately connect with the characters. By far this is the best episode of the entire series.
Leaving Normal (Season 1, Episode 4): Max is beat up by Kyle’s friends for hanging around Liz, but Kyle didn’t know about it. Liz’s grandmother visits but has a stroke, so Max helps Liz say goodbye by using his powers. Michael uses his powers to mess with Kyle’s friends as payback for what they did to Max. This episode is bittersweet due to Liz’s grandmother passing and the way Max helps Liz make peace with her before she dies.
285 South (Season 1, Episode 6): Michael kidnaps Maria in her car to drive it to Marathon, TX in order to investigate the dome he saw in his vision. Isabel, Liz, and Max follow them. Kyle follows them all separately. Kyle and Michael get into a quarrel when Kyle shows up at the motel. They later find the dome, and Michael’s key opens a secret door. Sheriff Valenti follows them inside, but he’s knocked out by Mrs. Topolsky. This episode is where we first see a spark between Maria and Michael. We’re also taken on a thrill ride once the characters enter the dome and we see what plays out.
Blood Brother (Season 1, Episode 8): Max and Liz get into a car accident and Max is knocked unconscious. Doctors take Max’s blood but Michael switches it with Alex’s. Alex asks Liz what’s going on and Liz tells him that she and the others are on drugs. Liz convinces Alex to hack into Mrs. Topolsky’s computer and they find out she’s FBI, so she leaves. This episode is dramatic because we learn that Max, along with the other aliens, never got sick in their life at all. This makes the severity of Max’s condition even more threatening to the aliens’ secret.
The Balance (Season 1, Episode 10): Michael goes to see Riverdog to investigate the map of symbols Max found. He enters a sweat lodge, but when he leaves he gets extremely sick, eventually returning to a cocoon-like state. While Michael is sick, he has flashes of the symbols and a certain place. The gang goes to Riverdog and he gives them powerful stones to hold while doing a chant in order to revive Michael. Michael wakes up and places the stones in the cave wall to form another map. Max breaks up with Liz.
Sexual Healing (Season 1, Episode 16): Liz receives visions every time her and Max kiss, and this leads them to a radio tower where they find an otherworldly orb.
Tess, Lies, & Videotape (Season 1, Episode 18): Max is having sexual fantasies and visions about Tess. The sheriff learns that Mrs. Topolsky’s psychiatric doctor was never in Roswell, and the sheriff confronts Max about it. There’s a hidden camera in Michael’s house. Michael investigates Tess to find the army at her house. Isabel goes to check out Tess’s house and Tess makes it appear that everything’s normal. Max kisses Tess. Liz goes to Tess’s house to confront her about the kiss, and also to plant a camera. Later the gang watches as Tess uses her powers to put a vase back together, and they find out she’s also an alien. This episode is shocking because we learn of Tess’s secret.
Destiny (Season 1, Episode 22): The aliens revive Nasedo and Michael kills Pierce accidentally. Nasedo, using his shape-shifting powers, turns into Pierce to take the heat off the aliens. The aliens use a device which allows them to witness a message from their home planet from their mother. She reveals that Max’s true mate is Tess, and Liz runs away after hearing this. For fans of Liz and Max, this is a sad episode as we find out that Max is destined to have another mate.
Cry Your Name (Season 2, Episode 17): Alex has died in a supposed car accident, and the sheriff thinks its suicide, but Liz thinks otherwise and begins investigating. After the funeral, Liz says that it could have been an alien, which turns the aliens against their human friends. At the end of the episode, Liz discovers a clue about Alex involving a quote from Robert Frost. This episode deals with the aftermath of Alex’s death, and also brings thrills to those who believe Liz is right in thinking Alex was killed.
The Departure (Season 2, Episode 21): The aliens are set to leave via the grenalith. Max and Liz go to investigate Leanne, but when they find out she’s not an alien, they know she can’t be the killer. Max tells Liz that Tess is pregnant before kissing her goodbye. Michael and Maria sleep together. Liz notices a type of finger-tapping on people that Tess has done a mind-warp on. Maria and Liz get Kyle to remember who killed Alex. The non-aliens go to tell the aliens what happened about Alex. Tess confesses to Max that Nasedo made a deal with Kavar years ago to deliver the other three aliens to death on their home planet. Tess goes home while the others stay. Max says he has to save his son, as U2’s “Walk On” plays.