|Date(s):||October 6, 1999 – May 14, 2002|
|Country of Origin:||United States|
|External Links:||wikipedia, IMDB entry|
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Roswell is a science fiction series that ran for three seasons. It revolved around a group of teenage alien-human hybrids -- semi-clones of members of the royal family who had been killed in a power struggle on their home planet -- who had been sent to Earth for their safety. Their ship crashed in Roswell, New Mexico, and they were raised there as humans. The show focused on their friends, romantic interests, allies, and enemies, and on the alien teens' struggle to understand their background and possibly find a way back home while evading detection by Earth authorities.
- Max, former king on home planet, really a lot of eyeliner
- Isabel, his sister, really wears a lot of leather for a conservative family
- Michael, Max's best friend, really special hair
- Tess, used to be Max's wife on home planet
- Liz, really in love with Max
- Maria, really a lot of lipstick
- Alex, really just a nice guy
- Kyle, really reluctant to be dragged into the whole alien business
- Kyle's dad Sheriff Valenti, really curious about the aliens until he figured it out
During its first season the show had a strong arc around the developing romance between alien Max and human Liz. TPTB brought in Ronald D. Moore as showrunner for the second and third season; subsequently the focus headed towards various alien plots and danger-of-exposure of the week episodes.
Roswell fandom is (in-)famous for its unusual pairing name conventions. Most ships, both het and slash, and the fans of these ships are referred to by obscure nicknames in Roswell fandom. Some are very common, e.g. Dreamers for Max/Liz fans, others quite obscure, e.g. "Suncatchers" for Isabel/Alex/Kyle threesome fans. Often these nicknames were derived from each other, e.g. the canonical ship Michael/Maria is called "Candy" (because of its "M&M" initials), the slash ship Max/Michael then "Peanut M&M", the threesome Max/Michael/Maria "Peanut Butter M&M", the Michael/Maria/Kyle "BBQ M&M"... They also reflect the view of the pairing in fandom (like "Dreamers"), and thus sometimes names vary depending whether fans like or dislike the ship, e.g. Max/Tess and Michael/Isabel may be called POD or "Protector of Destiny" by someone if they want the Pod Squad together, but "Shipwreckers" and "Intruders" respectively if they oppose these ships. Some ships have multiple names, e.g. Kyle/Tess fans can be Lamp Trimmers, Rebounders, or Space Cowgirls.
- Late for the Sky (2000)
- Newbie Guide to Roswell on LiveJournal (fandom resource)
- Roswell: An Overview on crack_van by icalynn
- Pairing primers on ship_manifesto: Max/Liz by PepperJackCandy, Michael/Maria by aliaspiral, and Liz/Kyle by piper47
- Michael Guerin character essay on idol_reflection by magelette (includes recs)