The end is here. Roswell was the first show I stayed with since its beginning…and now to its end.
One day back in late 1998, I was at the local K-mart for some reason I don’t remember. I had just months before finished reading the best, and first, book series I had ever read. It was called “Extreme Zone” by M.C. Sumner. I bought and read all eight books and went through a terrible case of withdrawal once the series concluded. I wanted to find another book series. I found that series that day.
I immediately saw the word “Roswell” and was immediately intrigued. I was still into UFOs and aliens like I am now. The book was titled “Roswell High #1: The Outsider”. At a “special introductory price” of $1.99, it was hard to pass up.
I bought it and read it. And liked it. I kept buying and reading every following book up until book 5 of what was to become a 10-book series. I was curious when book 6 would be released since the release date always seemed to be pushed back.
Not long after that, I began hearing small bits of info about a TV series being made for the 1999-2000 season. I tried to uncover any information I could on the show. I was very excited and hoped the show would be picked up by a network. And it was.
FOX offered a mid-season replacement spot for Roswell, but TheWB offered a full season. They went with WB. I prepared a tape a month or so before the pilot actually aired in order to tape the series. Once the series started, I was happy I did. Roswell’s ratings for the pilot episode was the best for any pilot that has aired on TheWB. Atleast at the time.
I taped every week from then on, enjoying it more and more every week. Even after the changes for the final 6 episodes of season 1, it became even more intereasting to me. It was my #1 favorite series from day one, dethroning X-Files for the rest of both series’ runs.
Roswell did lose some of its magic since that pilot episode though. There was just something missing that I couldn’t put my finger on. I did enjoy the complete series run. I still tape every single episode and I have never missed one (because I have no life, remember?).
And now, this Tuesday, this series that I watched grow from a series of books, to a hit tv series, and now back to a book series beginning in September, is ending.
See ya (and don’t miss SciFi channel’s Roswell reruns beginning in January 2003!)…