I fully expect to post a great many things on Roswell (1999 – 2002), one of my all-time favorite television shows. It is, as I like to say, a part of my religion. Roswell changed my life, if you can believe it (and even if you can’t). It has affected me and who I am to a great extent. The characters on it are, to me, my family and friends, as silly as that may sound. I really feel the need to share with others how profound I feel it is. The creator of the show, Jason Katims, is a genius when it comes to characters and stories, as are a number of the writers and, in my opinion, the actors. Wherever I go, however out of place I feel in the world, I have my family and Roswell to call home.
So great is my need to share this with people, in fact, that I have a silly quirk related to my love of Roswell. I am a very antisocial person, as a rule, and not much of one for making friends, but I have to admit that, whenever I strike up any kind of a rapport with someone, I try to force Roswell on them. I have kind of a joke whenever I meet someone new that I have any interest in: “Come in, watch Roswell and get out!” I don’t really mean it, exactly, but that is how it sometimes tends to go, and I have to say that there isn’t one person (out of about a dozen) who I’ve pushed Roswell on who didn’t love it.
One of the greatest things about Roswell, as I see it, is the fact that all of those involved created an amazing blend of fiction and reality, as the purported events of the 1947 Roswell crash are incorporated into the story of the lives of the characters involved. The gist is that there were pods housed on the ship that crashed in ’47, which incubated over a period of decades before a group of human-looking children emerged and had to begin coping with life as aliens on Earth, hiding their identities and trusting only the few family and friends they let in on their secret. A lot of what are believed by many to be real-life elements come into play, such as a great many things to do with the 1947 crash, especially in the “Summer of ’47” episode, which is all about what events surrounding that phenomenon, with fictional elements beautifully intertwined that support the overarching story of the characters.
Another thing of note that I must mention is the music. It was some time after the series ended before they released it to DVD and, when they did, they did something which I consider to be abhorrent. They replaced most of the music that features throughout the show with a great many terrible substitutes. When they first bought the licensing for the music they used while the show was on the air, they didn’t pay for the rights to use it for DVD release, so they were not legally allowed to use much of it when the time came. I think that’s a terrible oversight that should’ve been considered ahead of time and it has left us, in my opinion, with an “inferior item”, as Maria might say (if you don’t know who she is yet, you will find out, if you take my advice and watch the show).
There is, however, one person who has saved us from the horrible fate of being stuck with this outcome. There are many people who may not agree with this, and I daresay the law doesn’t, but if you look up the Roswell Restoration Project by Kel163, you will find what I’m talking about. This person has taken the original television audio and paired it with the DVD video, so that we can have our episodes back in their proper form with the proper music, as they originally aired on television in the first place. I should say that I have paid for the DVD set twice over the years and I do not feel bad about partaking in this, as it is actually better than what you’ll get from the set you buy commercially. Maybe I shouldn’t recommend this to people that haven’t paid for the show, but I’m a purist and I stand by what Kel163 has made for those of us who care.
Should you wish to buy the DVD set nonetheless, you can find it on Amazon and other online stores. Please look into Roswell, one way or the other.
UPDATE (2:31 PM 8/2/2019): I have uploaded a new Roswell video of the reprise music (ending credits) here: