Star-Crossed (TV series)
|Created by||Meredith Averill|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
|Original network||The CW|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||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 February 17, 2014. 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 named Emery and an alien boy named Roman 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.
Cast and characters
- Aimee Teegarden as Emery Whitehill:
- Emery is a 16-year-old human girl who lives in Edendale, Louisiana and the female protagonist of Star Crossed. She was 6 years old when the Atrians arrived, and on that day, she helped a young Atrian boy (later found out to have been Roman) survive. Emery spent 4 years in the hospital due to an immune deficiency and just recently began high school at the beginning of the show. Emery's first day of high school is also the day the integration program is set into action. She believes strongly in integration and meets Roman during that week. There is an immediate attraction between the two of them as the show's main love story begins to form. Emery is best friends with Julia, but is also close with Lukas, Taylor, Sophia, and, later on in the show, Eric. Her other love interest in the show is Grayson Montrose, a human boy who is seen to have cared about Emery since the beginning of the show. Her main enemy is Teri, Roman's ex girlfriend who constantly shows dislike for humans, especially Emery.
- Matt Lanter as Roman:
- Roman is a 16-year-old Atrian boy who now lives on Earth in a militarized sector with the remaining members of his race. When Roman was a little boy and had to flee from the chaos of Arrival Day, he took refuge in Emery's parents' tool house upon which Emery found him and cared for him until he was found. Roman defends humans and does not despise them, he feels that while they're very unwelcoming, but knows that just like Emery, there are good people in the world. He is the son of Nox, leader of the Atrians, and is thus a natural born leader. His father dies in the Pilot after being shot by Ray Whitehill (Emery's father.) Roman's father's death took a huge toll on him as he now feels it is his job to keep his race alive and protect his mother and his sister, Sophia. Roman notices Emery on the first day of school and immediately recognizes her. Throughout the show, Roman is seen as having to choose between his love for Emery or keeping her safe, being that her father killed his people's leader. He feels the pressure of having to choose between his people or Emery. Roman is best friends with Drake, and he was once friends with Teri, despite their romantic past, until she betrays him and he decides that they cannot be friends. He is also close with Julia, Lukas, and friends with Taylor. His main enemy on the show is Grayson, the human boy who is also in love with Emery, and whose parents are leaders of the Red Hawks.
- Grey Damon as Grayson Montrose:
- Grayson is a 16-year-old human boy who lives in Edendale, Louisiana. He is an average teenage boy (hangs out with his friends, he's on the school swim team, etc...) except for the fact that his parents are the leaders of a terrorist group against the Atrians inhabiting Earth known as the Red Hawks. Grayson is always shown to be kind and welcoming despite growing up with parents like his, but he is also seen as resolute and stubborn, using any means necessary to get what he wants. Grayson's main love interest in this show is Emery, whom he's liked a lot since the beginning of the show. When Emery learned about Grayson's parents, she was infuriated, however, she eventually forgave them and the two had a very brief romantic relationship. Grayson is best friends with Eric but is also friends with Taylor, Lukas, and Julia. His main enemy in the show is Roman, who is also in love with Emery.
- Malese Jow as Julia Yeung:
- Julia is a 16-year-old human girl who lives in Edendale, Louisiana. Julia was diagnosed with a terminal illness at the beginning of the show, however Roman saves her by combining his blood with cyper. She is a very bubbly, lively young girl who is fascinated with 'all things Atrian'. Julia's main love interest later in the show is Eric, an ex Red Hawk who comes to appreciate having the Atrians around. Her best friend is Emery, but she becomes very close friends with Roman after he saves her life. She is also close friends with Lukas, Taylor, Sophia, and Grayson.
- Titus Makin Jr. as Lukas Parnell:
- Lukas is a 16-year-old boy who lives in Edendale, Louisiana. He is a very intelligent and kind person who excels in technological advances. Lukas has always fought for the Atrians' rights and believes in tolerance, however he starts to get a bit iffy about the Atrians' motives after he is poisoned by black cyper, a poisonous form of the Atrian herb, which was created by the Trags (Atrian terrorists against the humans) to extinguish the human race. Lukas had a crush on Sophia, but they're just friends throughout the series. He is close friends with Julia, Emery, Roman, Grayson, Taylor, and Eric.
- Natalie Hall as Taylor Beecham:
- Taylor is a 16-year-old girl living in Edendale, Louisiana. She is very much the 'popular socialite' of this show. She forms an intense relationship with Drake, despite the fact that Sophia is interested in her, and ends up pregnant later on in the show. She is close friends with Emery, Lukas, Julia, Grayson, and Roman.
- Chelsea Gilligan as Teri:
- Teri is a 16-year-old Atrian who now lives on Earth in a militarized sector with the remaining members of her race. She is very much a rebellious Atrian who despises the humans' intolerance and later becomes a Trag. Teri once had a very serious relationship with Roman until he realized that 'with (you) it's all about mind games' and ended their relationship. Her main enemy in the show is a Emery, due to the fact that Teri distrusts her as a human, and because Emery is in love with Roman. She is friends with Drake and was friends with Roman.
- Greg Finley as Drake:
- Drake is a 16-year-old Atrian boy who now lives on Earth in a militarized sector with the remaining members of his race. Drake is a very strong, tall Atrian and he is definitely not the passive type. He forms an intense relationship with Taylor, thus resulting in her pregnancy. Drake is best friends with Roman, but also becomes friends with Emery, Julia, and Lukas.
- Brina Palencia as Sophia:
- Roman's younger Atrian sister who is always curious about humans. After her father's death, she became frustrated with Roman as he was being overprotective of her. She tried to form a relationship with Taylor, but is rejected by her. Lukas also shows affection for her, but she is in love with Taylor. Sophia is close friends with Emery, Drake, Julia, and Lukas.
Recurring and guest
- Dora Madison Burge as Zoe
- Jesse Luken as Eric
- 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
- Alec Rayme as Sketchy Atrian
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|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 ostracizes 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"||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 Suvek, 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 seriously injured, Emery turns to an unexpected ally (Teri) for help. They use cypher to heal him and, when Teri leaves, Emery and Roman engage in sex for the first time. 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 secret regarding her pregnancy and shares a secret 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 a car overturned by the shock wave. Roman and Drake then discover that the Suvek is not a bomb, but a beacon that sends a signal to a huge battle fleet of Atrian warships in deep space, positioned just outside the Milky Way Galaxy. The fleet heads for Earth, seeking the source of the signal.|
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.
The pilot episode debuted on 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 the 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 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 a 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 aired 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. In the United Kingdom, the show aired on Sky 1 on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 8 p.m.
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