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. 

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!

Pilot Review

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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (69 Votes)
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