Star-Crossed (TV series)

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Star-Crossed
Star Crossed Series Logo.jpg
Also known as Oxygen
Genre
Format
Created by Meredith Averill
Starring
Composer(s) Gabriel Mann
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel The CW
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original run February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) – present
External links
Website

Star-Crossed is an American science fiction romance television series created by Meredith Averill.[1][2][3] Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central.[4]

Synopsis[edit]

Set in the near-future, the series follows a romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and six others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school. It is filmed and takes place in Louisiana[5] in the fictional town of Edendale.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Dora Madison Burge as Zoe, Taylor's second in command.

Guest stars[edit]

Development and production[edit]

The series was titled Oxygen while in development at The CW.[1][3] Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central.[4] The series was picked up for a thirteen episode season.

Casting[edit]

In 2013, it was announced that Natalie Hall and Aimee Teegarden landed roles.[11] On February 25, 2013, Grey Damon was casted as Grayson.[12] In February, it was announced that Malese Jow would be joining, playing Julia, a girl who has an illness which may be cured by aliens.[13][14] On March 5, 2013, Matt Lanter was cast as a co-star opposite Aimee Teegarden.[15][16] It was announced Tahmoh Penikett will appear as SEU Officer Jack Beaumont[17][18] Deena Dill was casted as Margaret Montrose along with Johnathon Schaech, who, was casted as Castor.[19][20][21]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "Pilot" Gary Fleder Meredith Averill February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17) 101 1.28[22]
On September 17, 2014, alien species from Atria, known as "Atrians", arrive on Earth where people's unwelcoming reactions provoke them, and the two species begin a war. A six-year-old Emery finds Roman, an Atrian who had escaped and has hidden in their shed. The two later become friends; however, their friendship is cut short when the military shoots him. Ten years later, when Emery goes back to school after spending four years in the hospital dealing with immune deficiency, officials announced seven Atrians will attend the same high school. In order to help her friend Julia, Emery leads her to the Atrians' Cyper, but are unsuccessful in finding the cure they need. Emery later learns about Roman and how he survived being shot. After a confrontation in school between Roman and Eric, Roman's friends are on a mission to crash an upcoming party, where Eric is attacked by Drake, while Roman is able to escape with Emery when the police raid the party. In the final scene, Roman heals Julia, while his father is shot by Emery's father by accident. 
2 "These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends" Gary Fleder Meredith Averill February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24) 102 1.14[23]
There is an explosion at the Sector, injuring some of the human personnel. As Roman's family is preparing for the funeral, they are visited by their Uncle, Castor, who wants to take over where Roman's father left off. Due to animosity between them, Roman rejects his uncle's bid to become the new Atrian leader and asserts his birthright, taking on the role himself. At school, Roman avoids Emery after her father's accidental shooting of his own father. Emery later campaigns against the Red Hawks at a school board meeting to allow the Atrians to attend the school's homecoming carnival. Roman reluctantly agrees to attend in order to protect Emery, who is being targeted by the Trags, the Atrian extremist group, who are seeking vengeance for Nox's death. Roman later stops and confronts the Trag assassin, learning that he is an Atrian who has had his markings removed. Roman yields the Atrian leadership to Castor, but indicates that he does not trust him and will not hesitate to have him deposed. 
3 "Our Toil Shall Strive To Mend" Deran Sarafian Adele Lim March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03) 103 1.12[24]
With the tenth anniversary of the Atrians' arrival looming, Gloria arranges for Emery's class to be permitted inside the Sector to witness a commemoration ceremony. While Roman objects out of concerns for Emery's welfare, she attends anyway and, with Grayson, attempts to make a video of Atrians telling their Arrival Day stories. Most are hostile, but Sophia agrees to be interviewed, to Roman's chagrin. The side effects of being cured with Cyper are showing up in Julia; her veins are turning blue. Roman asks Teri for the cure, a plant called Vire. She refuses, due to her feelings about their shared romantic past. After helping him avoid the wrath of his mother, Teri provides the cure, though warns Roman that it has never been administered to a human before, and that there may be side effects. Julia consumes the Vire, and her veins return to normal. During the ceremony, the Red Hawks hack the video that Grayson and Emery made, and broadcast a racially vilifying message. Roman gives a speech afterwards, while Drake, in an initiation for the Trags, breaks into the Atrian starship and retrieves a hollow, wireframe cube for Teri's mother Vega, their leader. Emery discovers that Grayson and his parents are Red Hawks, and ostracises him. Vega reveals that the cube produces Black Cyper, a weapon deadly to humans. Teri joins the Trags, and Gloria is revealed to have an Atrian child. 
4 "And Left No Friendly Drop" Harry Sinclair Robert Hewitt Wolfe March 10, 2014 (2014-03-10) 104 0.99[25]
Roman is furious when the sector guards ransack his family's pod looking for restricted technology. Roman's mother mentions his father had a cell phone. Roman later gives the phone to Lukas after telling his family it was destroyed. Unknowing about the tracking device in the phone Roman and Lukas gets caught. Meanwhile, human students learn about Atrian biology. Sophie decides join the swim team and Emery helps her along. The team is strangely okay, because Atrians can breathe underwater. The team wasn't okay, but Emery and Sophie convince Vega that it's a great idea, because the team is on losing to their rival school. Until one of the girls on the other school's Swim Team learn the Atrains are deadly allergic the caffeine and tricks Sophie who drinking. The Atrains fight with them for revenge and Grayson and his friends help them. With everyone working together they managed to realize they're not different. (During the fight Drake and Taylor have a moment hinting they might have feelings for each other). Afterwards, Gloria with the cell phone with a video of her son, revealing Nox (Roman's father) is her son's father. 
5 "Dreamers Often Lie" Michael Pressman Marc Halsey March 17, 2014 (2014-03-17) 105 1.00[26]
When Gloria tells the Atrian Seven they are allowed to spend one day outside their sector, Roman sees it as an opportunity to further investigate his father's mysterious past as well as the origins of the mysterious cell phone. Roman later makes a startling discovery about Gloria as well as a location of a potential Atrian safe haven. Meanwhile, Emery and Grayson go out on a date, but their night is ruined after Eric calls Grayson for help involving covering for a group of Red Hawk extremists and ends up putting everyone in danger. Drake mistakes Taylor for an undercover Trag when he is tasked with an assignment to deliver a lethal strain of Black Cyper to a contact outside the sector. Lukas makes his move on Sophia, but she ends up telling him her own secret because she is not intrested in persons of the opposite sex. 
6 "Stabbed with a White Wench's Black Eye" Oz Scott Yolanda E. Lawrence March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24) 106 0.88[27]
When Emery is confronted by a tabloid reporter with a video of her and her friend Julia talking about Cyper, she enlists her friend's help to find a replacement story for him to keep him off the track. Meanwhile, Drake tells Roman about how Grayson's parents are the leaders of the Red Hawks and when Grayson's parents throw a big charity ball at their house, Drake makes plans to go at Vega's request: to undertake an important mission. Roman arrives at the party to make sure Drake stays out of trouble and to keep an eye on Emery, however he gets caught in the middle of a kidnapping scheme when Drake and the undercover Trag: Zoe, plot to kidnap Grayson in order to force his parents to give up the location of imprisoned Atrians allegedly held at various black site labs and locations. When the car crashes in the middle of the road, Roman and Drake rescue Grayson, but Zoe escapes allowing them to find her and stop her and Emery puts the replacement story to the reporter and the police arrest Grayson's mother (one of the leaders of the Red Hawks) who setting a meeting for the Red Hawks and destroy the Atrians. 
7 "To Seek a Foe" Ed Ornelas Jay Faerber March 31, 2014 (2014-03-31) 107 1.04[28]
Roman and Drake explain about the Trags' kidnapping plot after they rescue Grayson from the previous episode, but they must find the person responsible: Zoe. Meanwhile, Emery and Grayson are watching the news after Grayson's mother is arrested by the police and discuss their relationship fall apart. In town, Lukas is poisoned after he opens the car door of Taylor's car when a Black Cyper leaf is planted as a trap and he is sent to the hospital. Later, Roman and Drake to find out the person who behind it is Zoe and she is planting the Black Cyper, at the boat house to spread the town, they going to stop her until Emery joins Roman who also trying to find the cure for Lukas, before it's too late. After successfully destroyed the Black Cyper and killing Zoe. Roman and his sister Sophia put the cure to Lukas, after Emery given the cure by Roman. 
8 "An Old Accustom'd Feast" Michael Zinberg Brian Studler April 7, 2014 (2014-04-07) 108 0.95[29]
Gloria releases the prisoner from Drake's past and the secret of the crashed Atrian spaceship is revealed. 
9 "Some Consequence Yet Hanging in the Stars" Zetna Fuentes Samantha Stratton April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) 109 0.76[30]
Castor claims that he wants to establish a separate society for Atrians to co-exist on Earth while the Trags want to exterminate humans to have the planet for themselves. At the pool party, Sophia finally makes her move on Taylor where she tells Sophia that she is not interested in any romance. 
10 "What Storm is This That Blows So"[31] Norman Buckley Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Yolanda E. Lawrence April 21, 2014 (2014-04-21) 110
11 "Give Me a Torch"[32] Michael Katleman Marc Halsey & Jay Faerber April 28, 2014 (2014-04-28) 111
12 May 5, 2014 (2014-05-05)[33]
13 May 12, 2014 (2014-05-12)[33]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

The Pilot episode debuted on the The CW on February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17), drawing an audience of 1.28 million viewers.[22] The second episode "These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends" debuted on February 24, 2014 (2014-02-24), drawing an audience of 1.14 million viewers.[23] As of February 19, 2014 (2014-02-19), the debut episode is the most watched episode which aired March 24, 2014 (2014-03-24), drawing an audience of 1.28 million viewers and the least watched episode "Some Consequence Yet Hanging in the Stars" aired on April 14, 2014 (2014-04-14) drawing an audience of 0.76 million viewers.[22][27]

Critical Response[edit]

David Hinckley of New York Daily News gave the series 4 out of 5 stars, saying "Add forbidden love, which can never escape the shadow of potential doom, and “Star-Crossed” could become both provocative and entertaining".[34] Diana Werts of Newsday gave the series 3 out of 4 stars, saying "Plenty of potential, if "Star-Crossed" stops talking down to us".[35] Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club gave the series a positive review.[36] Jeanne Jakle of San Antonio Express-News gave a very positive review, saying "Just as she was so heartbreakingly natural as young Julie Taylor, she also comes across refreshingly unpretentious in "Star-Crossed" — which, actually, may be the best reason of all to watch the CW drama".[37]

Gail Pennington of St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the series 2 of 4 stars signaling mixed reviews, saying "Star-Crossed doesn't aim as high as those, Lanter does get a few witty lines (“One of my hearts stopped beating for a few minutes. Luckily I had a backup)” but the tone is mostly dreary and the plot with few exceptions goes precisely where you expect. Only if the romance proves genuinely heart-stopping to young fans (maybe, the same ones who have embraced "Reign") will this one be a hit".[38] Robert Lloyd of Los Angeles Times gave the series an mixed review, saying "It's the usual dance of insiders and outsiders, mean kids and weirdos, of Sharks and Jets, Montagues and Capulets biting their thumbs at one another in the school corridor while one special guy and girl fall in love. There are the good ones and the bad ones, and the bad good ones, and the good bad ones. Adults, as always in these things, are no help at all".[39]

David Wiegand of the The San Francisco Chronicle giving it a negative review, saying "The title is "Star-Crossed" because it's about an alien boy who falls in love with a human girl, a repurposed "Romeo and Juliet," without the poetry. Or drama. Or credibility".[40] Robert Bianco, of USA Today, saying "As vapid as it is unoriginal, Star-Crossed is sadly typical of a network that continually underestimates its audience. Teenagers may not be smarter than they were when the WB was at its peak, but it's unlikely they're dumber. So why does CW treat them as if they are?"[41] Matt Roush of TV Guide gave an negative review, saying "Star-Crossed lacks humor, suspense or even heat".[42]

Broadcast[edit]

The series airs in Australia, eight and a half hours behind the U.S. East Coast on Fox8 from Tuesday, February 18, 2014,[43] at 8:30 p.m. The series airs in the Philippines, three days behind the U.S. and Australia on ETC from Friday, February 21, 2014,[44] at 8 p.m. In the United Kingdom, the show aired on Sky 1 on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.[45]

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