I’ve spent the last few weeks watching STAR CROSSED, the new CW series. It’s the story of a romance between a human girl and an alien boy 10 years after they landed on Earth. The premise is not new; he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. Boy meets girl, gazes lock across a crowded room, an interest sparks, and then world conspires to keep them apart. Absolutely nothing new there. Even the alien theme isn’t new anymore! It has been done before in Smallville, Mark and Mindy, etc.
But, what first captured my interest was their initial meeting after Roman’s spacecraft crashed in Middle America. (Of course it’s Middle America!) Roman and Emery meet as children, one child aiding the other as soldiers kill the arriving aliens.
Their bond is rekindled after they meet again in high school. Because he’s an alien, Roman lives in an internment camp and is restricted from mingling with humans. Even as a new plan of integration and assimilation is implemented by the government.
After five episodes, you have the predictable storyline of a society torn between their traditions and the new world they are force to live in…and the standard a love triangle. There are political intrigues, both alien and human which gives the series a new and different dynamic. Racism and prejudice against the alien race is poignant, especially as I compare the real world we live in. This all plays out within the angst filled confines of high school, though a large percentage of the cast is in their late twenties and early thirties. I find this particularly funny as there is an abundance of available teenage actors who could have filled the roles.
Of course, Roman and Emery are beautiful Matt Lanter (Roman) has the most soulful eyes. Aimee Teegarden (Emery) is blond and ethereal. God forbid the producers cast an average Joe and Jane! Don’t get me wrong, I love looking at a hot guy as much as the next one… and there are certainly some stunning examples on Star Crossed. Greg Finley (Drake) is a fine example. He’s the one on the left.
I think I’m hooked on the series and l can’t wait for the rest of the season!