Star-Crossed (Television Show, 2014)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Teen
Lead Cast: Aimee Teegarden (Emery), Matt Lanter (Roman)
Synopsis: “About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp.” -IMDB
Let’s face it, sometimes we watch a show simply because we secretly (or not so secretly if you please) enjoy watching attractive people…and yeah, for us ladies it’s often the extremely handsome bad boy with a good heart or whatever. And, well, that is what happened with Star-Crossed. One of the lead characters, Roman (played by Matt Lanter), is quite a handsome human, oh I mean alien, and he caught my eye on the poster-picture so I added the show to my Netflix queue. Fortunately Lanter, well and Roman, is not only a pretty face but a good person and a talented actor. This much cannot be said to quite that extent for some of the other roles in the show. The whole star-crossed lovers idea is cliché but continually successful and actually it isn’t this that makes this show simply…okay.
[BABBLES, RAMBLES, & NONSENSE (#0.5)]
It’s just the usual, really. Things like too much too soon, a dried up idea well, choosing pretty faces over deep talent (although the script also contributes to the simply par acting), relying too much on romance which can easily and quite effortlessly become annoying and dramatic and blah blah blah (It had the same vibe almost all shows by The CW network have basically). I didn’t watch this show until it popped up on my “recommended” list on Netflix and since then I’ll watch a couple episodes at a time having to take a break from the nonsense but always being drawn back to the show because of the basic intriguing idea, the interesting world of the Atrian race, and a desire to see this show through to the end.
Dramas are hard to write so don’t fret too much (and I am definitely not saying I can offer anything at all better). But you see, you don’t want to make everyone cry so much that they stay away not wanting to spend their free time as an embarrassing leaky faucet (plumbers can be quite expensive you know). You don’t want to rely too much on action, Action, ACTION because let’s face it, while explosions and car chases are all thrilling and fun it is never enough to cover up a lack of substance. And you simply can’t rely on mushy gushy romance because ew no thank you. None of that namby pamby stuff for me, thank you.
A balance must be struck between all three of those elements: heart-ache/tragedy, action/adventure, and romance/love. But those are all simply the flavorings and icings of the cake while the actual substance of cake itself must ultimately be a good idea. Come up with something creative, inventive, intriguing, strong, relatable, connective, realistic (even if completely fantastic), and new. Steer the plot true to its creative origins, not to the guessings and mistaken desires of an audience. You can bend and adjust the levels of flavor and decoration to suit the audience’s preferences as the show goes along but if you allow any silly audience member to steer the whole bloody ship then you’ll surely die ridiculously. No no, this is exactly why most television shows have a fantastic season 1 and then crumble and bumble down the hill of doom with each subsequent season…or episode if it’s that bad.
…Right, so this was supposed to be a review on Star-Crossed but turned into a bit of a review on television in general…I suppose I should change the title of this review then. Right, well just to finish it up I’ll supply a sampling of shows that I recommend despite their own individual flaws (because no one and nothing is perfect and that is beautiful…sometimes. Also keep in mind that I’ve only seen what’s available on Netflix, haha no money for TV, so if a show went south I might not know about it just yet)
Classics: Columbo (1971-2003), MacGyver (1985-1992), Midsomer Murders (1997-), Rosemary & Thyme (2003-2006), Magnum P.I. (1980-1988), Rockford Files (1974-1980), Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980), Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989-), Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012-), M*A*S*H (1972-1983), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961-1966), The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977-1979), I Love Lucy (1951-1957), Matlock (1986-1995), Monty Python’s Flying Circus (1969-1974), Fawlty Towers (1975-1979)
Sci-fi & Fantasy: Doctor Who (2005-), The 100 (2014-), Once Upon a Time (2011-), Robin Hood (2006-2009), Merlin (2008-2012), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003), Dollhouse (2009-2010)
Action & Drama: White Collar (2009-2014), Lie to Me (2009-2011), Graceland (2013-), The Finder (2012), Leverage (2008-2012), Sherlock (2010-), Downton Abbey (2010-), Broadchurch (2013-), Arrow (2012-), Revenge (2011-2015)
Comedy & Other: New Girl (2011-), Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000), Long Way Down (2007), Hjordis (2015), Top Gear: U.K. (2002-2015?), Psych (2006-2014), Rehab Addict (2010-), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-), Friends (1994-2004), 30 Rock (2006-2013), Pokemon: Indigo League (1998-2000), Departures (2008-), Parks and Recreation (2009-2015), Good Eats (1999-), Idiot Abroad (2010-2013)
Juvenile: Flight 29 Down (2005-2007), Wolf Blood (2012-)
These definitely disappointed or irritated me but they had good ideas and are even worth the watch up to a point: Switched at Birth (2011-), Pretty Little Liars (2010-), Gilmore Girls (2000-2007), Drop Dead Diva (2009-2014), Beauty and the Beast (2012-), Revolution (2012-2014), The Lying Game (2011-2013), Young & Hungry (2014-), Make It or Break It (2009-2012), Outcasts (2010-2011), Vampire Diaries (2009-), Hart of Dixie (2011-2015), The Secret Circle (2011-2012), etc.
Also…why was Chloe King (2011) cancelled??? You can’t cancel a show after ending the season with a massive cliff hanger!!! Well, unfortunately it probably would have ended up disappointing as a whole but I’d at least would have liked the decency of a proper ending or or or I dunno, something.