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Star-Crossed Review: The Atrian 7

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It's safe to say that The CW does well in the supernatural game, so it was only a matter of time until we had an alien Romeo and Juliet on our hands.

However, Star-Crossed is really much more than just your average love story.

Star-Crossed Season 1 Episode 1 introduced a new take on the spectrum of political issues that America has been facing for hundreds of years now. 

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This is your first look at Star-Crossed. The series tells the tale of a romance between an alien and a human.

As noted in our Star-Crossed preview, the show tackles social and racial issues that drive a lot of American politics.

There's a lot of commentary on the way our society as a whole reacts to people who are deemed "different" or minorities in general. The Atrian's first day at school has drawn comparisons to what it was like when Brown vs. Board of Education took place.

The way the Atrians walked off the bus and into the school surrounded by the guards and protestors felt eerily familiar.

The story here is nothing new, but it is being told from a fresh perspective: aliens from the year 2024. Of course, there are going to be people on both sides of the fence.

There's Julia, played by Malese Jow (The Vampire Diaries), who is fascinated with everything Atrian. Then you have Eric, who plays that stereotypical high school bully; he's hotheaded and immediately takes to disliking the Atrians. 

Then there's the love story because... well, duh, this is The CW!

New girl Emery (Friday Night Lights Aimee Teegarden) is finally attending high school after a four-year hiatus in the hospital. When the Atrians start school, she immediately takes notice of Matt Lanter's Roman and is reminded of the boy she tried to save in her family's shed 10 years ago on arrival day.

Emery thought he had died protecting her, but by the end of the episode she realizes that it's Roman after all.

Roman hasn't ignored the fact that Emery was not only kind to him 10 years ago, but still is today. During a party scene where Drake (Greg Finley) - a tough guy Atrian - goes to make a statement and stand up to the bullies, the cops are called and everyone flees.

Emery had a chance to run off with hottie human Grayson (Grey Damon) but didn't want to leave Roman to fend for himself against the police.

Unfortunately, the police tend to get a little trigger-happy around the Atrians. This goes for the people in the SEU who are supposed to be trying to keep the peace between the two species.

Emery's father ends up accidentally shooting Roman's father Nox, who was actually a leader among the Atrian community. You could say that things just got a little more complicated for Emery and Roman's relationship...

There's a lot to learn about the Atrians and the Star-Crossed pilot was really only a preview of what's to come. There are healing powers, as we saw at the end of the episode when Roman used a mysterious herb called Cyper to cure Julia's cancer. If the humans were to realize this existed, the Atrians would be locked up and used even more than they are now.

I'll admit, I was mostly drawn to this show because of its casting. There are a truckload of alumnae from TVF's favorites such as The Vampire Diaries, Friday Night Lights, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, The Secret Circleand 90210.

However, I think there is a lot to offer here. Star-Crossed could really take off and I'm interested to see where it goes.

What did you think of the series premiere of Star-Crossed? Will you tune in again? Vote below and then sound off in the comments!

 

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Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Snakethecritic

🌟🌟 Redundant Matter. Not overly exciting , although that E.T moment was nice. No Reese's Pieces just cold spaghetti. I don't see anything intriguing going forward...

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This show is actually the type that is right up the CW's alley, so I don't see it being canceled anytime soon, unlike the previous comment. The only issue it may have is that it's on Monday. The CW never seems to perform well on Monday. Every show they put there seems to go downhill pretty fast. But I thought the writing on this show was done very well. There were a lot of cool elements to look forward to in the coming episodes. I don't really think it's that similar to TVD. The CW lives for love triangles, so that's a trait of basically all of their shows. I agree with the reviewer that all the political concepts and comparisons to segregation in history make it really interesting. It's just a freah, new perspective on these issues. Also, the show could stick around just for the cast alone. They did a great job casting this show. So I personally can't wait to see what happens next!

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I was really looking forward to watching this show but I have to say I was really disappointed.This show is a poor immitation of The Vampire Diaries but with aliens. I really find love triangles boring and none of the show's characters is interesting enough. I expect this show to end after one season. Its a pity that the CW can't come up with any fresh ideas.

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I've been waiting forever to see this show and I'm so glad it's finally on. The first episode was amazing so much happened for it to be the first episode. It's about so much more than romance and I love that. The opening scene when the Atrian walked out with his hands up not showing any kind of hostility but coming in peace and then the soldiers just shooting him really got to me because that's not right they came in peace and weren't going to hurt them but they though oh there aliens of course they want to take over and kill us all so we better kill them it was shoot first and ask questions later. Also they shot roman when he was a child a child he wasn't being hostile he was protecting emery and they shot him a child who was defenseless. Those were the things that bothered me and it's probably because if it were really that's probably exactly how we would react and I hate that. At the end when Emery chose not to leave Roman and help him run from the cops was one of my favorite parts because it shows how good of a person she is. I knew Romans dad was going to die the minute they all pulled out the guns and he wasn't the target him being shot was a total accident and the person who pulled the trigger was Emery's dad so that should cause some problems and I can't wait to see what happens with that. The whole healing plant power thing is interesting and I can't wait to learn more about that. When Emery walked in the room she saw the plant on the ground so I think she knows Roman was the one that healed her or she assumes it either way I think she figured it out. I can't wait to see the next episode I am loving this show and it's only had one episode I can't wait to see what's going to happen everything and learn more about everything.

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