Star-Crossed (TV series)
|Also known as||Oxygen|
|Created by||Meredith Averill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original run||February 17 – May 12, 2014|
Star-Crossed is an American science fiction romantic drama television series created by Meredith Averill. Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central.
On May 8, 2014, The CW cancelled Star-Crossed after one season.
Set in the near-future in 2024, 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 in the fictional town of Edendale. It was also filmed at Chalmette high school in Chalmette La.
- Aimee Teegarden as Emery Whitehill
- Matt Lanter as Roman
- Grey Damon as Grayson Montrose
- Malese Jow as Julia Yeung
- Titus Makin Jr. as Lukas Parnell
- Natalie Hall as Taylor Beecham
- Chelsea Gilligan as Teri
- Greg Finley as Drake
- Brina Palencia as Sophia
- Tahmoh Penikett as SEU Officer Jack Beaumont
- Jay Huguley as Ray Whitehill
- Andrea Frankle as Michelle Whitehill
- Susan Walters as Maia
- Jason Douglas as Nox
- Deena Dill as Margaret Montrose
- Tom Hillmann as Mr. Montrose
- Victoria Platt as Gloria Garcia
- Merle Dandridge as Vega
- Louise Lombard as Saroya
- Johnathon Schaech as Castor
- Stephanie Jacobsen as Eva Benton
Development and production
The project was originally titled Oxygen while in development at Isla Producciones (in collaboration with Olé). It was then adapted for the American market by Powwow before being acquired by The CW. Star-Crossed premiered on The CW on Monday, February 17, 2014, at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central. The series was picked up for a thirteen-episode season.
In 2013, it was announced that Natalie Hall and Aimee Teegarden landed roles. On February 25, 2013, Grey Damon was cast as Grayson. 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. On March 5, 2013, Matt Lanter was cast as a co-star opposite Aimee Teegarden. It was announced Tahmoh Penikett will appear as SEU Officer Jack Beaumont Deena Dill was cast as Margaret Montrose along with Johnathon Schaech, who was cast as Castor.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production code||U.S. viewers
|1||"Pilot"||Gary Fleder||Meredith Averill||February 17, 2014||101||1.28|
|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||102||1.14|
|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||103||1.12|
|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 Grayson's parents are the Red Hawks and ostracises Grayson. Vega reveals that the cube produces Black Cyper, a weapon deadly to Atrians and is implied to be 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||104||0.99|
|Roman is furious when the sector guards ransack his family's pod looking for restricted technology. After the guards leave, Roman's mother shows Roman a cell phone she found in his father's things. Roman asks Lukas to try to find out anything he can from the phone and tells his uncle and his family that the phone was destroyed. Roman and Lukas get caught with the phone and Gloria destroys the data from it. Meanwhile, human students learn about Atrian biology. Sophia decides to join the swim team with Emery and Grayson's support. The team finally agrees, because Atrians have an underwater advantage. Before the meet starts, one of the girls on the other school's Swim Team learns the Atrians are deadly allergic to caffeine and tricks Sophia into drinking something with caffeine in it. Emery ends up saving Sophie but the Atrians and humans from Marshall HS fight with the opponent school's team and they end up in the pool area when Gloria stops them and cancels the meet. She praises them for fighting together (Atrians and Humans) against the other team and says it shows they are learning to work together. Emery and Grayson work out their issues and have their first kiss which Roman unfortunately watches from the bus. Afterwards, Gloria watches the video that was on the cell phone of her son playing in the water, revealing that Roman's father, Nox is also her son's father.|
|5||"Dreamers Often Lie"||Michael Pressman||Marc Halsey||March 17, 2014||105||1.00|
|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 that she is interested in someone of the same sex, and revealing that all Atrians are pansexual. Gloria sents her son away with Jesytur (the summon gatekeeper of the Atrians) to the Atrian save haven location Negea and the gatekeeper will protect her son from the humans.|
|6||"Stabbed with a White Wench's Black Eye"||Oz Scott||Yolanda E. Lawrence||March 24, 2014||106||0.88|
|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||107||1.04|
|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 try to find out the person who is behind it and discover it is Zoe who is planting the Black Cyper, at the boat house to spread the town, they go to stop her until Emery joins Roman who is also trying to find the cure for Lukas, before it's too late. After successfully destroying the Black Cyper, Roman and his sister Sophia give the cure to Lukas, after Emery is given the cure by Roman. Emery and Roman kiss after Emery told Roman how she feels about him; Grayson sees Emery and Roman kiss.|
|8||"An Old Accustom'd Feast"||Michael Zinberg||Brian Studler||April 7, 2014||108||0.95|
|Roman invites Emery inside the sector to celebrate Dinaskyu, an Atrian holiday that celebrates the family. Emery asks Sophia for tips on how to impress her mother.Vega tells Drake that with Zoe missing, they’ve tapped him to be their new undercover operative, which means he’ll be leaving town and getting his markings removed.When Roman goes to Vega and asks her to reconsider sending Drake away, she offers him a way out. Meanwhile, Eva approaches Julia with an offer.When Julia refuses, Eva takes her mission to a dangerous place. Finally, Grayson confronts Emery about her feelings for Roman.|
|9||"Some Consequence Yet Hanging in the Stars"||Zetna Fuentes||Samantha Stratton||April 14, 2014||109||0.76|
|Roman argues with Emery about whether he can trust his uncle Castor. However, when Roman asks his uncle about the day their spaceship crashed, Castor’s reaction is far from what he expected. Meanwhile, Grayson tries to remember what happened the night he blacked out, and Taylor throws a “meteor shower” party to spend more time with Drake. Sophia finally makes her move on Taylor. Still unable to deny her feelings for Roman, Teri makes a decision that puts her in grave danger.|
|10||"What Storm is This That Blows So (What Storm is This That Blows So Contrary)"||Norman Buckley||Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Yolanda E. Lawrence||April 21, 2014||110||0.81|
|A hurricane suddenly hits the town and everyone is trapped inside the school. Teri drugs Roman, which leaves him very paranoid and very angry. While drugged he says some very hurtful things to Emery that alter their relationship. Taylor convinces Drake that they should go public as a couple. However, when Grayson overhears the couple talking, he blackmails Drake into breaking up with Taylor. Meanwhile, Julia turns to Emery for help after Eva threatens her. Sophia and Lukas discover that the hurricane might have originated from the crashed Atrian spaceship. Drake's rejection of Taylor brings her closer to Sophia.|
|11||"Give Me a Torch"||Michael Katleman||Marc Halsey & Jay Faerber||April 28, 2014||111||0.83|
|Sophia suspects Taylor is pregnant with Drake’s baby. Sophia tells Emery and the two research Atrian pregnancies. Red Hawk extremist Vartan stumbles upon the information and mistakenly believes Emery is pregnant, so he kidnaps her. Vega tasks Teri with finding the Iksen’s key, which they need to complete the Suvek. Meanwhile, Roman and Castor testify before the Hwatab about the day the spaceship crashed. Also, Eric shares a pleasant moment with Julia at the school's Winter Dance.|
|12||"This Trick May Chance to Scathe You"||Elizabeth Allen||Brian Studler & Samantha Stratton||May 5, 2014||112||0.87|
|After Roman and Drake discover the Trags are building a bomb known as a Suvec, they realize they need help and Turn to an unexpected source - Grayson. Emery enlists Sophia and Lukas to help them smuggle the Suvek out of the sector, which ultimately puts all of them in danger. Meanwhile, Teri continues her mission for her mother, Vega, by helping Castor recover from his wounds while plotting to betray him at the same time.|
|13||"Passion Lends Them Power"||Ed Omelas||Meredith Averill & Adele Lim||May 12, 2014||113||0.83|
|After Roman is badly hurt, Emery turns to an unexpected ally (Teri) for help. They used cypher to heal him when Teri leaves Emery and Roman engage in sex, Meanwhile, Grayson, Drake, Sophia, Lukas, Eric and Julia all join forces to race against the clock to find the stolen Suvek before the Trags can activate it. However, Vega is a step ahead of them and plans to set off the Suvek in the middle of a Mardi Gras parade. Teri is shocked when she overhears Vega ordering the death of her friends and makes the painful decision to turn in her mother and the Trags over to the human authorities. Elsewhere, Gloria discovers Taylor’s pregnant secret and shares one of her own. Roman finally learns about his late father's illegitimate child and receives a warning about what the Suvek can really do. Zoe is revealed to be alive and finally reveals her Atrian origins to Taylor when she stumbles upon the Suvek. In the final confrontation, Roman, Drake, Emery and Grayson lead an assault on the Trags rooftop position where the Suvek is. In the subsequent shootout all of the Trags, including Zoe, are killed, but Grayson is seriously wounded. Roman deactivates the Suvek, but Zoe activates a back-up trigger before she dies which sets off the Suvek, creating a pulse shockwave which knocks out all the humans in the area. Taylor is trapped in an overturned car caused by the shockwave. Roman and Drake then discover that the Suvek is not a bomb but a transmitter which sends a beacon into deep space where a huge battle fleet of Atrian warships are just positioned outside the Milky Way Galaxy in which they head for the source of the beacon: planet Earth.|
The pilot episode debuted on the The CW on February 17, 2014 The second episode "These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends" debuted on February 24, 2014 , drawing an audience of 1.14 million viewers. As of February 19, 2014 , the debut episode is the most watched episode which aired March 24, 2014 , 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 drawing an audience of 0.76 million viewers., drawing an audience of 1.28 million viewers.
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". Diana Werts of Newsday gave the series 3 out of 4 stars, saying "Plenty of potential, if Star-Crossed stops talking down to us". Carrie Raisler of The A.V. Club gave the series a positive review. Jeanne Jakle of San Antonio Express-News gave a positive review, particularly of Aimee Teegarden's performance, 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".
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". 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".
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". 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?" Matt Roush of TV Guide gave an negative review, saying "Star-Crossed lacks humor, suspense or even heat".
Awards and accolades
|2015||Nominated||Teen Film/TV Series International Awards||Outstanding Comedy Series, Drama or Musical|
|2015||Won||Teen Film/TV Series International Awards||Best TV Actor : Comedy, Drama or Musical||Matt Lanter|
|2015||Won||Teen Film/TV Series International Awards||Best TV Actress : Comedy, Drama or Musical||Aimee Teegarden|
The series airs in Australia, eight and a half hours behind the East Coast of the United States on Fox8 from Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 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, at 8 p.m. In the United Kingdom, the show aired on Sky 1 on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8 p.m. In Norway, the show aired on TV 2 Bliss on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 19:00. In Slovakia, the show started airing on Sunday, 3th of May at 9AM on Tv Joj.
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