EditorialsMay 26, 2002 - My last word...
March 12, 2002 - The Unvarnished Truth
March 4, 2002 - Am I a fool for Max and Liz?
December 2, 2001 - Where do we go from here?
November 4, 2001 - Myth, Magic and Metaphor…..
October 24, 2001 - Stop the Negativity - I want to get Off!
October 16, 2001 - The Day the Ratings Fell….
May 23, 2001 - It's Not a Fairy Tale Any More
February 15, 2001 - The Cost of Ratings
October 17, 2000 - On the road to a 'harder edge'
Cherish Intros from the keeper of theDDD.comDreamers aren't hopeless romantics...
In the midst of our black hearts...
'...their emotions pour off the screen and envelop me...'
'...each kiss is as the first...'
For the love of Max and his Lady Liz!
Wouldn't it be wonderful if....
The way that you love me…
'Long ago and far away, I dreamed a dream one day…'
Our Hope Springs Eternal
Are We Ready to go 'that far'?
They're like no one else on Earth!
When your world falls apart…
'For every soul has a mate...'
Max was right about one thing, to love Liz!
Liz knew it wasn't like Max.
Sometimes the Price for Love - Tears!
Article 1: Statement of Love: The Kiss
Liz is the only one Max will ever dance with!
It's all right to live your DREAMS!
Knowing Liz has made Max human!
Liz IS "The One." The only one.
It's all just magic when Max thinks of Liz!
Max didn't think anyone could feel that way about him!
It feels right in a way that it has never felt right before.
Everything Max felt in his heart that first year WASN'T a lie!
It's all just magic when Max thinks of Liz!
Calling All Angels … and Dreamers!
Redemption! To love is to be vulnerable. C.S. Lewis
'All these possibilities... It's all just there waiting for us'
What happens now, Max?
... the time is coming baby, I know their love will win…
'I'm ready to wake up now!'
Where Oh Where has our hero Max gone?
We cry together and ask why together …..
All the qualities that we love in Max are at work against him!
Ode to an Orgasmic Odyssey
'There's oh such a hungry yearning burning inside of me…'
'Desperate for changing, starving for truth'
'Dedicated Dreamers never lose sight of their Dreams.'
"True love's the gift which God has given… "
May 26, 2002 - My last word…
'Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notion of time; effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.' Germaine De Stael
Too bad the creators of Roswell didn't understand this!
Kevin Kelly Brown, executive producer of Roswell, wrote a letter to the fans. In it he says 'what makes me angry is that I don't know why…' Roswell didn't succeed like Buffy or Smallville. 'Roswell had such great potential' and 'Even the most jaded folks in our business saw that pilot and said, "This one is special; this one can go all the way."'
I find your question very sad Mr. Brown. A man who puts up his own money and has so much at stake and in the end does not know 'why' Roswell failed, doesn't say much for his next project's success. So, I'm going to do you a favor and explain it to you.
I only suspect the villains in this story so I won't belabor who is at fault and refer to them as 'the creators' or 'the writers' or 'TPTB' (the powers that be). It is quite obvious to most fans what happened to Roswell. And it doesn't matter whether you're a 'Dreamer' or a 'Candy' or even find the character of 'Isabel' phenomenally fascinating. The problem with Roswell is that the creators never had a long-term vision for Roswell - They did not understand their own characters and they did not understand science fiction or mythology. And because in addition they profoundly misunderstood the audience Roswell did have, the results were inconsistent writing, badly crafted storylines, characterizations that changed suddenly instead of evolving; and badly conceptualized science fiction and mythology that in an effort to MAKE Roswell succeed, changed episode to episode, season to season. TPTB (whoever they were at any given moment) failed to hold onto what was 'good' about Roswell and build on it because they never really understood what was good about Roswell to begin with. In misguided efforts to 'broaden the appeal' of Roswell they ignored the audience that 'got' Roswell and sought out an audience that turned fickle when their efforts failed.
What was good about Roswell and made the Pilot 'one of the best' was the interaction of three aliens with their human teenage counterparts. What was best was the central theme that 'because a boy loved a girl he changed the world'. What was best was the beginning of a real 'mythology' (which is different from Science Fiction) that should have paved the way for many years of wonderful stories revealing that mythology in the context of the alien struggles to discover who they are, why they are here, while attempting to fit in - to find a place - in their new home. The irony of the 'alienated' teenager was texture not substance. The central focus of this struggle is the bond and unfolding love story of Max and Liz, brought to magical and vivid life by the actors who portrayed them. From the moment young Max sees the beautiful, happy Liz on the playground in his new home, Max and Liz are the embodiment of star-crossed lovers - soul mates - who were meant to be together and despite all odds of the universe find each other. Just as all lovers are in mythology, their love was 'special.' Not only are these characters the moral center of Roswell as we watched them discover just how special their love was, their love story touched a nerve in the audience because it was so special - so different - so magical - so unlike any other love story portrayed on television or found in most viewers real lives. But this difference was trampled and ultimately reduced to the ordinary by those who would 'change' Roswell to broaden its appeal. Those who apparently believe that love is not enough, that betrayal is inevitable, and that there is no place on television for loyalty, bonds that never break and a love so strong it can withstand even the weakness of humanity. The creators deemed such a love would prove boring and limiting. That indeed Max and Liz were boring. However, these beliefs only defined the limitations of the creative team. Struggle is a part of love and of life and struggle can be portrayed, obstacles provided to love without betraying that 'special' love. The 'tension' can be maintained and this one concept - steeped in the mythology of the aliens' planet - was a canvas so large it amazes me that TPTB couldn't see it. Couldn't see that the purpose of the aliens on earth was to merge with humanity and make a stronger more resilient humanity. (And further add to the metaphor of teenagers discovering their place in an adult world.) They could still have had their evil aliens and the action of constantly hiding from those that would destroy them while still evolving the relationships and the growth of each of the characters. They could still have found something for Isabel to do that didn't involve cleavage or throwing herself at the nearest unattached male. They could still have utilized Michael's edginess and distrust juxtaposed against Max's cautious and sensitive nature.
But, Season two unceremoniously dropped any themes having to do with mingling with humanity and focused only on the aliens. Selfish, rather dimwitted aliens fighting other bad, dimwitted aliens leaving any human contact to the end of episodes as afterthoughts instead of meshing the relationships into the alien struggles to remain invisible while fighting for their lives and the lives of their human friends. The aliens we grew to love were now more like cardboard cut outs fashioned after billboards flaunting their sexual appeal rather than their humanity or intelligence.
It is funny to me that as Season 3 began the party line about the newest incarnation of Roswell was supposedly brought about by the fans inability to follow a complex storyline. Aside from the inherent ridicule of this statement it is totally false. What was difficult to follow in Season 2 wasn't the complex mythology and science fiction but the badly conceptualized science fiction that prevented understanding or caring for that matter. Characters and stories were introduced and then dropped, alien powers materialized with no foundation and came and went or transferred from character to character for the convenience of a story line. Events in previous episodes were ignored in the next. There were no rules or limits or growing understanding of the mythology of these aliens. The lack of continuity was laughable. But the saddest change in Roswell was the loss of 'the love story of Max and Liz' and how their growing bond furthered the humanity of the aliens and their understanding of who they are and how they fit in. Gone were the growing friendships with the humans as they shared the danger that knowing these aliens presented to them and how these friendships affected all of them.
Instead we got the destruction of every relationship, of every character but most glaring was the destruction of Max. Apparently the 'search for son' storyline is what passed for vision but like the vision or not, it didn't have to be presented in the heavy-handed way that it was. The story could have been done without the decimation of the love story of Max and Liz. If only the writers had understood how this relationship had touched their audience! But the failure of the writers to comprehend the audience reaction to Max and Liz or their choice to ignore it is simply more proof of their inescapable inability to tell a compelling story without disenfranchising the faithful. Either way it further eroded the Roswell that should have gone the distance.
And the beginning of Season 3 only confirms this conclusion. By continuing to write their hero as selfish, shallow and emotionally distant to the one person who in the beginning he had 'risked' everything for was incomprehensible. It's hard to imagine how anyone new to Roswell would be sympathetic to either Max or Liz given this introduction! The only audience left for Roswell were those who had seen and felt what was special about Roswell before it was fleshed out and tampered with and who managed to still hope against hope that somehow it would find it's way back.
But in the end the damage was done. Not only had Roswell lost most of it's die hard audience there were no new viewers flocking to this third 'makeover' of Roswell. Neither the chemistry and wonderful acting of Jason Behr and Shiri Appleby nor the edginess of Brenden Fehr or the beauty and talents of Katherine Heigl could overcome the lack of creativity of those in charge and their inability to craft a science fiction love story steeped in an unfolding mythology of three aliens discovering their humanity.
In short Mr. Brown - Roswell failed because the creative people you chose to bring the project to life simply didn't know what the hell they were doing.
'The heart has reasons that reason does not understand'
March 12, 2002 - The Unvarnished Truth
It is unbelievable to me that the beauty of S1 could end up so corrupted by the very person who is supposedly responsible for it's magic. This is what Katims says about the use of the song 'Fear' in the Pilot from the new Roswell CD:
"The love affair between Roswell and music was born in the editing room while we were working on the first few minutes of the first episode. In early cuts, there was something unsatisfying to me about the moment Max healed Liz after she was wounded by an errant gunshot. This moment was so important. It was the foundation for the pilot episode and the entire series. I felt it needed to be not only a heroic moment, but also a spiritual one. It needed to be something that would create a deep,life-altering bond between Max and Liz. "
It makes one wonder how he could then purposefully destroy this 'life-altering bond' between Max and Liz. But he did. We all know now how much JK loves the character of tess because we are subjected to her every May sweeps. He has always intended that this character be THE BIG OBSTACLE. From what transpired after her introduction the only thng I can think of that explains it, is that JK truly must have believed that the viewer would be torn asking the question 'Should Max love tess?' or 'Or should he choose Liz?' His definition of 'spiritual and life altering' must be different than mine because he never seemed to either be aware of the amazing 'connection' that the characters of Max and Liz had made with the majority of the viewers or he ignored it (I think he ignored it). He may have described the connection in words we associate with it - but he also must have thought that he could create just as big a connection with the character of tess. And when he couldn't, he was unwilling to redraw the story. He just went ahead - and made it worse - trying to MAKE us LIKE tess. And then the WB only added to the destruction when they came down on the side of JK by the dictum 'to make it about the aliens' (no one will ever convince me that isn't in a memo somewhere!) and concentrate on the blonds. Thus EOTW and its obvious intention of making Max 'available' for a romance with tess. Viewers were outraged (HA!) and that's when JK apparently dug his heels in and those last six episodes of S2 were written - JK always intended the 'tex' to be real - but he left it 'questionable' so he had an out (or perhaps all the questions and ridiculous dialogue are just more examples of inept story telling), in any event, he just never took it. It saddens me beyond words that the 'tex' scene was made so 'pretty'. It sickened me that he thought Max would succumb to tess in this way without being mind warped! JK apparently doesn't believe in soul mates and he doesn't think a man would 'save himself' for someone he pledged was 'the one, the only one.' JK's only interest was setting up the 'search for son' story line that as it turns out, he badly miscalculated viewer response and sympathy for. And now it's even sadder for me knowing that M&L won't get nearly as much time for resolution all because JK wouldn't back down from what he originally planned and go with what was WORKING! That makes him either stupid or arrogant. Sorry - if I offend anyone but I will never forgive this man and I put the blame for the disaster that is Roswell squarely on his shoulders.
And that doesn't even cover his total incompetence in telling a story! The continuity problems, dropped story lines and questionable science fiction are simply over-whelming and have degraded the show to the point of ridicule. The viewer doesn't know what to believe, what to remember; what's a clue to be filed away or simply one more unexplained event. He has no understanding for the fact that a viewer invests emotionally in these characters and providing an emotional pay off is what makes the viewer stay tuned. If JK thinks 'tex' is the big emotional payoff of S2 this only further reveals a total lack of respect for the viewer, his characters and a total incompetence for writing science fiction. The writers, under JK's direction, have broken so many rules of story telling that the viewer has lost faith in them and therefore the characters. It is a credit to the strength of the actors, most notably Jason (even on a bad day) and Shiri and their portrayals of the characters Max and Liz that there is any audience left at all.
So many of us have devoted our time and our money to 'saving' this show. Our thanks has been to disregard our feelings and treat us like we have no intelligence. The sane thing is to want this show to end - to want a stop to the emotional roller coaster - but then again the sane thing would have been to stop watching at the end of Season One. But Max and Liz have touched me so deeply, have invaded my life so completely that as insane as it is -
I hope that somehow, some way there will be a Season Four! Part of my insanity in wanting a S4 is knowing that once again Max and Liz have gotten the short end of the story telling in upcoming episodes. We are finally to see Max and Liz cement and marry...all in about 60 seconds. We were forced to endure 'tex' and the morning after and the crap preceding and following; we were forced to endure 3 episodes of Isabel wedding a character we didn't know and the honeymoon and more than one scene of them having sex or just finishing with sex. And now we are forced once again to relive 'tex' for another entire episode. And our reward for riding the roller coaster of Max and Liz is 60 seconds. Our emotional payoff for our investment in three years of suffering is 60 seconds. I suppose we should be grateful we will see any resolution at all but this again is something I place at the feet of JK and for which I also will never forgive because if he had any sensitivity, any brains at all - it would all be a mind warp and he would not waste an entire episode on a story line he lost a million plus viewers for and knows is a slap in the face to those fans who stuck it out! If he only had a brain, he would have resolved the issue and given us Max and Liz rejoicing in the knowledge that neither betrayed the other and we would be witness to a loving union and the morning after that is longer than 60 seconds!
I truly wish we could bring a class action suit against him for negligence. We sue manufacturers for faulty products all the time. Roswell has become a faulty product causing untold suffering and mental anguish and the one responsible is Jason Katims. But alas, we will have to settle for our 60 seconds and believing the adage 'what goes around comes around' and take solace in that.
March 4, 2002 - Am I a fool for Max and Liz?
NO! JK is the fool for ignoring me and you. I keep asking myself how these writers could have a heroic character say 'I could never be with anyone else' and then be with someone else. I guess that is the way real life is - and that's their excuse. Evidently, they never saw it as a fairy tale and we did - that was their first mistake. I should have known the minute Max left the CD after uttering those words to Liz and then kissing tess that JK would betray us all. He telegraphed his intent a long time ago.
And betray us he has. But then again, he has every right to. It's his baby (pun intended), his vision. He can write any damn story line he wants. It doesn't have to make sense to anyone but him. Tess is his creation - his vision and has been different than ours from the moment that character was introduced in Crazy. It's been downhill for anyone who believed that Max and Liz were special; who believed that their flashes were a sign of them being 'meant to be'; who believed in romance; who believed in this 'alien' who was more human than any of us and lived a higher standard in being so. JK tore him down in S2. Made him stupid, gullible, mean and inconsiderate. And the really, really sad thing is, JK doesn't see it! He believes that S2 just made Max more human. That we should have felt sorry for him as he threw those trash cans around while never once mentioning Liz! Yup, just what television needs, a hero who treats women badly and behaves like a child just because his feelings have been hurt. Talk about different visions.
And you got to give the man credit. I mean not even losing a million fans over the ending of S2 and another million after the S3 premiere has stopped JK from continuing with his vision. He wanted Max searching for spot and didn't care if he had to continue writing Max as selfish and stupid in the process. I can just see him stomping his feet and yelling 'It's my show damn it! Screw them all!' And so he has. Giving those of us still watching crumbs while he went about his story line and lost even more viewers. And, if you can believe the spoilers, the course is still set for what he believes is an 'emotionally satisfying' conclusion.
Any man who can use words like 'magic' and 'mythical' and 'emotionally satisfying' to describe the Roswell of S2 and S3 is definitely the fool. Not me. I don't care if he gets paid more money for one episode than I've made in my lifetime, I know good story telling when I see it. I know that the creator of a television show can not betray the audience and expect to succeed. I know that if the audience loses faith in the hero you have no moral center for any story. I know that you can't send out messages (metaphor's or not) that it's ok to mistreat women, that's it's ok to be irresponsible and that it's ok to betray and kill, without the show paying a price in failing ratings. Bad story telling is bad story telling and staying true to your vision at any cost is stupid and irresponsible and makes JK the fool, not me.
December 2, 2001 - Where do we go from here?
They do not understand. The writers of Roswell! Here is a simple case on point. In the teaser for Behind the Music Max and Liz are looking at the bulletin board where Max's father has pinned up his clues to his question 'what is Max hiding?'. Max and Liz talk. There is a montage of Max's memories of his worst mistake and then he turns to Liz and says 'I need it back'. The pendant that Max had given Liz. It was so unsympathetic! No regret that he needed to ask for the pendant back. No sympathy for Liz even though Max knows it was the ONLY thing Liz has that he had given her. Liz's face was so sad and it was as if Max didn't even care. How difficult would it have been to have Max hug Liz after she gives him the pendant? It wouldn't have taken any more time and it would have shown the audience that Max does love Liz - at least that is what he says! The problem is the writers never think to let him show it anymore! Why is that?
Ron Moore made the following statement in a recent interview for Starlog Magazine:
'As long as people care enough to keep watching?' The show has lost nearly 2 million viewers. Apparently the loss of so many viewers doesn't concern them. What do they attribute the loss of half of their audience to? Let's see…. UPN covers fewer markets than the WB. Ok I believe that amounts to approximately 10%; Jason Katims has made reference to the extremely difficult time slot, however both Buffy and Enterprise also have difficult time slots and they haven't lost 2 million viewers, though I do admit neither is competing head to head with a show that is nearly a carbon copy of Roswell's first season. (By the way it's doing bonkers in the ratings I wonder if this fact has also escaped their notice?) But I believe that any viewer lost to 'that other show' is a direct result of Roswell story lines that destroyed the very basis of the show's central themes. And I want to point out that the fans do not expect obstacle free relationships, but fans do expect that the integrity of a character be preserved. Fans also expect story lines slightly more imaginative than the 'other woman/guy'. This is a show with a science fiction twist after all. Why not weave some Antarian biological differences or legend restrictions, or a credible enemy to keep the lovers a part?
And it is not as if the writers can claim they don't know what fans want. Ron Moore goes on to say:
The Max-Liz connection works so well, as is so popular with "Roswell's" fans, because, in Moore's opinion, "It's very romantic in the classic sense of the word. Max is a young man from another planet, with secrets. He saved her life in the first episode, and they became soulmates across time and space. It's a classic set-up. Beyond that, the appeal of their relationship has a great deal to do with the chemistry between Shiri Appleby and Jason Behr."
Why not USE that popularity and amazing chemistry? Below is a reaction by one fan to the debate regarding the drastic change in the character of 'Max'. I believe it represents the reaction of the majority of fans still hanging on in the hope that Roswell will at least end well.
"Max cannot be defended in any way. The Pilot and the following episodes in S1 defined the character of Max. He had loved Liz since 3rd grade. He risked his life and the life of his sister and friend, to save hers. Liz knew his secret and still loved him. They had mutual trust. Given these plot points, none of the events that JK gave them would have given us the finished product that we have now. Max would not have let Liz walk away in the cave. Max would have not walked away when he saw Liz with Kyle. As many fan fics have shown, he would have stayed to see what was really happening. He would have trusted Liz. There would never have been the relationship with T*** or the baby from it. That was not in Max's character.
…I know how Max would respond and how Liz would respond after seeing them for 16 episodes. NONE OF S2 WOULD HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE THE WAY IT WAS WRITTEN. THAT'S WHY YOU CAN'T DEFEND MAX. That isn't Max as written in S1. JK is not a good storyteller. After you have the premise, you have to stay with the characters you have created. You can't make them suddenly different!"
Don't we have the reasonable expectation of at least continuity of character? In the end what's important is believable story telling - and Roswell hasn't had that since the end of S1. This isn't even about the cheesy sci-fi because even that would have been tolerable if the characters had remained true to themselves. And this is not to say that they shouldn't grow or change. But the growth and change should make sense with how the character was introduced. Their behavior and reactions should be understandable! TPTB at Roswell have not done this. They have sacrificed the integrity of the characters to force a story line they badly miscalculated viewer response to.
Roswell lost nearly one million viewers from the season finale on the WB and the season premiere on UPN. I believe the majority of that loss can be directly attributed to the direction of the storyline. And when the show lost nearly another million viewers from the premiere episode to the second episode - certainly some of that loss can be attributed to disillusioned fans. But still TPTB seem not to be listening! They give lip service to the 'return of relationships' thinking that will cure what ails Roswell. What we want are relationships that reflect the sensibilities of the characters as they were written. They have so corrupted the premise of this show and the characters personalities in favor of misguided story lines or meeting the demands of egos and network brass, that it no longer resembles the show we fell in love with. The show we fought for!
Viewers have to trust the storyteller - the fans of Roswell have been dealt so many twists and turns in the name of ratings and/or ego that we no longer trust the storyteller - and I believe that is the reason for the demise of Roswell. The arrogance of TPTB in not reacting to legitimate fan protest and their failure to understand the appeal of their own show.
Now they have 6 more episodes. Everyone knows the show will not be renewed and all of us are worried that the characters and the story will be left up in the air and we will have no closure. The fans are the consumers and we have been giving them feedback on a failing product that has been ignored. I am NOT suggesting the writers should always react to every fan outcry but when the 'false spoilers' being fed to us last season were actually better than what was aired and the loss of fans seems to support this - shouldn't they change the product? Why wouldn't they change the product?
November 4, 2001 - Myth, Magic and Metaphor…..