The Aliens haven’t landed yet – technically
The pilot episode for The CW’s romantic science fiction series premiered on Monday 17th February 2014. Created by Meredith Averill the series follows a romance between a human girl and a male alien. When he and six other ‘Atrians’ are integrated into a suburban high school tensions arise among the teenagers.
The show stars 90210’s Matt Lanter who plays Roman; Aimee Teegarden who plays Emery Whitehall; The Vampire Diaries’ own Malese Jow stars as Julia, a close friend of Emery.
The pilot episode opened in an array of bangs, flashing lights and a Matt Lanter voice-over. An alien boy witnessed the deaths of his race just as they crashed landed onto Earth, but miraculously he survived after he ran away and hid in a shed, where he meets a young human girl by the name of Emery, who shows kindness to Roman despite him being from another planet.
A decade later (the Atrians landed in 2014), the alien visitors better known as Atrians, distinguish themselves by their distinctive tattoo-like markings. Strangely enough, the Atrians are being held in internment camps, they are given a curfew by the US government. The US Government has decided to mainstream the Atrians by introducing seven of them into the local high school; Roman (Matt Lanter) happens to be part of the group, along with his sister for their father is in negotiations with the local high school principal and authorities.
The chemistry, or rather a childhood attraction, between Roman and Emery has had a ripple effect in their own worlds, which is somewhat similar to Twilight, True Blood and The Vampire Diaries. The parallels to the book series phenomenon, the HBO series and the CW’s own supernatural series are very numerous and obvious, but this is a show of its own entirety.
Overall, StarCrossed’s shoulders rest upon the chemistry between Lanter and Teegarden to carry on the episodes. The durability as themes of both hopeless love and the fantasy of an otherworldly lover and the outsider that becomes popular can bring in a sizeable audience.
The plot itself is understandable and the characters are relatable and stereotypical, but besides that, Star Crossed is a show to watch on a Monday night.