Back in the late 1990s I used to watch a fair amount of teen "soap opera" shows, as my mom called them. I got into Dawson's Creek because I heard the girls at school mention that Dawson was an aspiring filmmaker; I got into Roswell for the sci-fi angle - and because my girlfriend at the time was a huge fan. (My wife was a fan of the show, too.)
The original Roswell starred Jason Behr (my wife's crush), Brendan Fehr (my ex-gf's crush), Shiri Appleby* (my crush), and Katherine Heigl. I don't remember a whole lot about the show or any specific episodes, and you guys probably don't care anyway.
*I'll get to the point in a sec, but first I wanted to share something random. There's a quote on Britt Robertson's IMDB page that mentions Shiri:
I eat like no other, it drives everyone crazy. I eat donuts three times a day and I probably go through four Mountain Dews a day. I'm on like a sugar high at all times, pretty much. Shiri Appleby, who plays my mother, is a vegan and works out every day for two hours before she goes to work. When she sees me with my Mountain Dew, eating chips and a donut at 4 in the morning, she's like, "Wow. Wait until you're 30".
Britt Robertson looks like that and eats like me? Now that's a woman after my own heart!
Anyway, where was I? Oh, right.. Roswell.
The CW rebooted the show last year and gave it a new name:
The Mrs. and I started watching Roswell, New Mexico a couple months ago - after Superstore and This Is Us ended but before Stranger Things returned. Now that we've finished watching ST3 we've started watching Roswell, New Mexico again.
The basics of the original show are still in place: Max, Michael, and Isabel are aliens who crash-landed in Roswell. Max and Liz have romantic chemistry in both shows.
The names are the same - almost (in the reboot, Liz has a more ethnic-sounding surname) but the plot lines and details are different. For example, the current show is a lot more "woke", getting a lot of mileage out of aliens in a border state struggling to blend in.
My wife hates politics, and the frequent reminders of it annoy her. I get that. But things were different 20 years ago, and the show is understandably geared to a younger, more diverse audience than its predecessor. We're not exactly the target demographic.
Anyway, the point of this post isn't to discuss the actual show - or its forebearer.
A few episodes into season one I noticed that one of the new characters, officer Cameron, looked familiar to me.
Once she had a decent amount of screen time I figured out why (or thought I did, anyway) This girl looks like Taryn Southern, I thought, and immediately did two things:
- I hadn't seen Taryn in quite some time, so I checked her Instagram to refresh my memory... and that is when I learned that she's battling cancer (#fuckbob)
- After that news knocked me for a loop, I hopped onto IMDB. And maybe from certain angles Riley Voelkel kinda resembles Taryn...but not really.
But! While I was on her IMDB page I learned that I had seen her before - in one of my favorite shows. And she played a significant role in one of the most significant scenes of said show..
Yep, that's Riley - asking the question that serves as a flashpoint for the pilot episode of The Newsroom. Damn I miss that show.
I just wanted to share that with you guys. There's no sports to speak of today anyhow.
Thanks for reading!