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Songs from TV Shows: Round One – Roswell

from Wikipedia

Roswell was my second favourite TV show when I was a teenager, beaten only by Buffy. A big part of what made me adore Roswell was the music. I found so many great bands and musicians from watching Roswell that I’d never have heard of otherwise. If you don’t know anything about Roswell, click HERE to read my thoughts on the show.

Unfortunately, much of the original music didn’t make it on to the DVDs, something I was livid about when I got my boxsets of all three seasons. I couldn’t believe it when I read through the leaflet in the boxset explaining that for licensing reasons, some songs had to be changed. I was devastated, and to this day I don’t bother watching those DVDs. Thankfully, I still have my videotapes. I diligently recorded every episode.

Roswell ended more than ten years ago, but when I listen to music from it, I still get goosebumps and come over all nostalgic. The characters felt like my friends and when I watch Roswell, it’s like I’m back in secondary school and 17 all over again.

I’ve chosen a small sample of songs I came to love because of this show.

Amy Hit the Atmosphere by Counting Crows. This song played out against a desert backdrop in season 1. Poor Isabel learned that her brother hadn’t revealed their true identities as aliens to her mother. Isabel desperately wanted her mother to know who she really was, believing her mom loved her unconditionally and would accept them. (I don’t think this song made it on to the DVD)

Fear – Sarah McLachlan. “Fear” played during the pivotal moment in the pilot episode when Max saves Liz’ life by healing her from a gunshot wound.

Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band. Max and Liz admit their attraction to each other but don’t see a way forward for them because they’re too different. She’s human, he’s not. Very Romeo & Juliet.

Save Yourself – Sense Field. For all the teenagers facing peer pressure.

In the Air Tonight by Majandra Delfino. I couldn’t find the video on YouTube of Maria performing this on the show. My one gripe with that scene was that Michael (her on/off boyfriend) wasn’t there to see her shine.

Run by Collective Soul. “Run” played out against a heartbreaking and poignant moment between Michael and Maria.

I Shall Believe by Sheryl Crow. This would have been Liz and Max’s wedding song, had future Max not time travelled to break them up to prevent the end of the world. One of the most beautiful and heartbreaking scenes of all three seasons.

That’s just a tiny sample of the music featured on the show. Other songs I adored were “Colorblind” – Counting Crows, “Save Tonight” – Eagle Eye Cherry, “On Any Given Day” – Laura Webb, “40 Miles from the Sun” – Bush, “Brave New World” – Richard Ashcroft, “She Cries Your Name” – Beth Orton, “We Haven’t Turned Around” – Gomez and many many more.

Are you running over to Netflix? Just remember many of these songs didn’t make it, but you’ll still love hanging out with all the gang at the Crashdown cafe where Liz, Maria and Michael worked. Are there any Roswell fans in the house?


Captivating Couples from Supernatural TV Shows

Tate & Violet from American Horror Story:
The most recent such couple for me has to be Tate and Violet from American Horror Story. The first episode of AHS last year freaked me out. It was disturbing and uncomfortable to watch, and I wasn’t sure I was going to tune in for the following week’s shenanigans. Has anyone sat through the film Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan? That’s the kind of uncomfortable I’m talking about. Hard to watch, but you just can’t look away. I persevered and am glad I did.

The relationship between psychopath Tate and troubled Violet was the highlight of the series. Only child Violet, who reminded me instantly of Winona Ryder’s character in Beetlejuice, is delighted to learn the house she’s moved into has been the scene of gruesome murders.  A creepy home suits her misfit personality just fine.  She likes to cut herself and enjoys pissing off the mean girls at her high school.  Her mother and father are working their way through the latter’s affair and don’t really notice Violet or her suffering.

Meanwhile, her therapist father treats patients in an office from home and one of his patients, Tate, takes a shine to Violet. Before long they’re hanging out in the dark, scary basement and it becomes clear that Tate is mentally unstable.  A shocking revelation halfway through the season only underlines the danger of Violet’s relationship with Tate.  Altogether a dark and intriguing couple that had me glued to the TV screen.

Buffy & Angel
Haunting, tragic, sad, inspiring. They had an epic love affair, until Angel fecked off to LA; silly man!

We all wondered just who exactly was the mystery man bringing cryptic messages to Buffy in the first few episodes.  As it turned out, Angel was a  240 year old vampire with a soul, in love with the slayer and trying to atone for a century and a half of debauchery and murder.  Buffy and Angel dated on and off for three years.  He went evil halfway through season two after they consummated their relationship, and Buffy had to send him to hell in order to save the world. It makes our real life breakups seem a tad boring, eh?  But he forgave her, and they dated throughout season three until Angel decided he’d like Buffy to live a normal life without him holding her back, a noble decision had it not been blatantly apparent that since she was a slayer, a normal life would not be had.  Over the next four years, they made brief appearances in each other’s lives, but their love story was over, freeing them up for other romantic pursuits.  Buffy fell into bed with Spike, while Angel found himself looking in Cordelia’s direction. Yes, he ended up trying it on with Buffy’s bitchy, former schoolmate in LA. Men!

When I think of Buffy and Angel, I try only to remember the early years, and they were good.

Michael & Maria from Roswell
“I hate you!” “Ditto” could sum these two up.                                                                    Michael, an emotionally stunted alien meets Maria, a quirky, big-mouthed waitress and sparks fly.  These two had me roaring in laughter for all three seasons of Roswell.  A much more enjoyable couple to watch than the boring and overly intense Liz and Max.  Michael and Maria seemed real. They bickered, they loved, they made us laugh.

Mulder & Scully from The X-Files
OK, not really a couple but I had to fit them in here. I’m sure they kind of, sort of got together at the end, didn’t they? Can anyone confirm this? Did they have a baby together, or am I dreaming?  As you can probably guess, I didn’t pay much attention to the last couple of seasons. The show just ran out steam, but while it was good, it was really, really good.

It doesn’t make sense for someone as sceptical as Dana Scully to really click with a true believer like Fox Mulder, but when they’re partnered up at the FBI, it turns out they’re a really good team.  The chemistry between them kept the audience captivated for years.  From the moment Mulder asked Scully, “do you think I’m spooky?” in the very first episode, I was in, and would spend a significant portion of my childhood and early teen years wearing a huge, silver X around my neck, proudly telling anyone who asked me if I happened to be fan of the show, “Yes. I am an X-Files addict”.  I was a nerd!

What couples from supernatural shows have you found yourself rooting for?