Roswell, New Mexico Reboot Provides Fresh Take on Aliens and Humanity

Roswell, New Mexico reboot pilot television review NYCC 2018 The CW

It doesn’t seem likely that a nearly beat-for-beat reboot could put such a new spin on old material, yet such is the case with The CW’s forthcoming Roswell, New Mexico. I missed the original series when it premiered in 1999—a combination of being a tad too young, and also Buffy the Vampire Slayer taking up all my too-young-to-be-watching-this time. So at first I didn’t realize that the new series, rebooted by Carina Adly MacKenzie (The Originals), retreads nearly every plot beat of the twenty-year-old pilot—but aging the main characters by ten years and layering the plot with an added dimension of immigration issues makes it a story worth retelling.

Warner Bros. Television screened the Roswell, New Mexico pilot at NYCC. While this is a non-spoiler review, it does touch upon minor plot points.

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