Created by Meredith Averill and coming at some time midseason on The CW, Star-Crossed adds a sci-fi element to the teenage soap-opera motif the network regularly traffics in. The premiere episode debuted on Thursday at Comic-Con to a packed Ballroom 20, though some of those in attendance were likely waiting for Psych, Sherlock, and The X-Files scheduled later in the day.
In the prologue, a young girl finds a young boy about her age, hiding in the garage of her suburban home. Nothing seems out of the ordinary as she brings him a bowl of cold spaghetti other than he doesn’t speak. Then, the military arrives in great numbers to take the boy away because he is an Atrian, one of many beings from an alien ship that very recently crashed on the Earth.
Cut to years later when both kids have grown up to be great-looking high school students. Emery (Aimee Teegarden) has been away from school for a few years after being away for medical reasons. Roman (Matt Lanter) is part of a group of Atrian children allowed out of the camp the Atrians are restricted to in an attempt to integrate them into school. To help identify them, they have tattoos on their face and neck, which hopefully won’t encourage more kids to make take off that unfortunate trend.
Star-Crossed seems well made for the young demo it’s directed at and has great storytelling potential. There’s the familiar clash of cultures seen when Roman’s attempts to befriend Emery aren’t taken kindly by a few human boys. The inevitable Romeo and Juliet-esque familial clash referenced by the series’ title and punctuated at the end of the episode. Plus, there’s the revelation of the powers and technology Atrians have, as seen by what Roman can do with an augmented version of his blood.