Star-Crossed

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This show had potential, but never really managed to hits its stride before getting cancelled after just one season. The CW ventured into the realm of science fiction while still maintaining their young adult drama formula that seems to work very well. An alien race called the Atrians that look suspiciously human except for some super cool tattoo-like markings crash lands on Earth, where a human girl saves the life of an Atrian boy when everything goes pear shaped. Ten years later, they’re in high school with the whole Romeo & Juliet forbidden love thing going on. I really liked that every episode was titled with a line from Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, but I’ve got to say that a lot of the conflicts in the show felt manufactured just to create drama. There was some interesting character development and a bunch of interesting sub-plots other than the larger “why can’t we all just get along” issue, but there were lots of inconsistencies within the narrative. A person would say or do something that was totally out of context with their established character, making the show plot-driven as opposed to character-driven. The writers did do a great job creating an entire alien culture, complete with exotic flora, way cool technology, social structure and even holidays. But at the end of the first and likely last season (unless it is resurrected by some miracle on a different network), I was left with way too many questions and puzzled as to the logic, or lack thereof, behind a lot of things. Peopled with beautiful actors and a premise that could have been great, I think in this instance the CW bit off more than it could chew. – BETHANY

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    This is a much used image of Emery (Aimee Teegarden) and Roman (Matt Lanter).  Does he look alien to you?

                                   Here they are as suitably adorable kids where Emery saved Roman’s life.

Grown up Roman is, admittedly, very hot.  What red-blooded American girl could resist?

Oh, but there’s trouble in paradise.  Not everyone is content with the status quo.  Drake (Greg Finley) and Teri (Chelsea Gilligan).

Oh, those tattoos glow when touched by water.  No clue as to why.  This is Sophia (Brina Palencia), a super-shy Atrian who just wants to be on the swim team, darn it!  (Episode titled ‘And Left No Friendly Drop’)

And because this is the CW, there is also be a less romantic but very hot human/Atrian couple hooking up.  Taylor (Natalie Hall), this high school’s queen bee and Drake.

Roman and his uncle Castor (Johnathon Schaech).  This guy is seriously sketchy.

Does this image really need any explanation?

   Emery and her sort-of-ex-boyfriend-it’s-complicated, Grayson (Grey Damon).

 

Photos courtesy of 360 Powwow, CBS Television Studios, Isla Producciones, Olé, Space Floor and the CW

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