To be honest, I was very leery of Star-Crossed at first. This was for a variety of reasons, not least of which being I’ve been burned by The CW in the past, but I gave the show a shot for exactly one reason – aliens. And I’m very glad I did.
The basic premise is that in 2014 a group of aliens called the Atrians landed on Earth, and one alien child named Roman (Matt Lanter) was helped by a human child named Emery (Aimee Teegarden). Fast forward ten years to 2024, and the humans are attempting to “integrate” the Atrians into their society instead of keeping them solely confined to the Atrain-only Sector.
The plan is that a group of high-schoolers, known as the Atrain Seven, will attend school alongside their human cohort. Naturally, this means Roman and Emery meet each other again after ten years apart, and things take off from there.
The concept of discrimination against the Atrian Seven and the Sector often hits close to home given the USA’s history of unfair treatment of racial minorities, and these scenes where individuals, whose only outer differentiating feature are a series of tattoos, are treated differently can be hard to watch. I’m hoping the show will make more of an effort to bring this potentially very interesting social critique to light in future episodes.
But what makes Star-Crossed so engrossing after only a few episodes? And why should you give it a chance of you’re not watching it already? Read on to find out! I’ve tried to avoid spoilers, so you should be able to read freely. Continue reading