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Roswell - (S03E14)

Romance . Mystery . Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama

Jesse finds out the kid's secret.

Episode Title: Chant Down Babylon
Airs: 2002-02-26 at
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Under the guise of fantasy, Roswell manages to be insightful, profound, romantic, eerie, mysterious and funny. It artfully uses the alien characters as engaging stand-ins for countless teenagers who, rebelling against pressures to conform, feel like beings from another planet. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • John Levesque

    One of many shows plumbing the "growing-up" experience this season, Roswell is easily one of the best. And producer Jason Katims, who never got a chance to fully examine new love in ABC's "Relativity," should get plenty of time from The WB to use "Roswell" as a captivating way to explore young people's notions of differentness, romance and loyalty. [6 Oct 1999, p.E9]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Joyce Millman

    What grabs you about Roswell is its lyrical depiction of being 16 and in love and feeling like everything you thought you knew about yourself has become alien to you. [4 Oct 1999]

    Salon Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    Part science-fiction, part teen soap opera, part Shakespearean love story, with a healthy dose of "The Fugitive" thrown in, Roswell has more than enough to make a believer out of me. It might not be as good as "The West Wing" or "Once and Again," but it is my favorite new series of the fall season. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Sweet and intelligent...A genre-bender if ever there was one, Roswell takes the "Romeo and Juliet" love story, dresses it in "Rebel Without a Cause" Americana, and then gives the whole thing an "X-Files" twist. The show is a long, long way from "My Favorite Martian" and "Mork & Mindy." [6 Oct 1999, p.E1]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ann Hodges

    The writing is sharp, and the show is surprisingly sweet and innocent. This is one teen show that could appeal even to "The X-Files" fans, thanks, no doubt, to the interesting credits that Roswell's executive producers bring to this unique and promising mix - David Nutter of "The X-Files," Jason Katims of "My So-Called Life" and Jonathan Frakes, star of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." [6 Oct 1999, p.H1]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Involving, enjoyable TV. [5 Oct 1999, p.D6]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Terry Jackson

    As science fiction, Roswell is passable entertainment, sort of a less-dark X-Files. It rises above that, however, through the relationship of Liz and Max. Appleby and Behr make their characters crackle with magnetic attraction. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michele Greppi

    Like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," which also has mined adolescent alienation for ratings gold, Roswell promises to be wise, witty and watchable beyond its ostensible years. [6 Oct 1999, p.91]

    New York Post Full Review
  • Marvin Kitman

    The most thought-provoking new series of the year on TV. [6 Oct 1999, p.B39]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    Roswell works so well because writer Jason Katims (My So-Called Life) has a deft touch. He based the show on a series of books by Melinda Metz. He taps into teen angst without going mushy, he writes humor without turning sophomoric, and he arranges tense situations without reaching. [6 Oct 1999, p.E1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    With wit and intelligence, they transform what might have been little more than high concept hokum into a clever, evocative mix of sci-fi, suspense and raging teenybopera hormones. [6 Oct 1999, p.1E]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Roswell isn't yet anywhere near [The X-]Files in emotional depth, and its sympathetic but blank-staring actors only make you appreciate the nuances that Duchovny and Anderson bring to poker-faced emoting. But if this season proves The X-Files' last, there's a chance that Roswell can step into the void and supply TV's highest-quality heebie-jeebies.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Caryn James

    [Its] sharp writing elevates it above its strained concept.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Laura Fries

    The series is anything but ordinary, a cosmic blend of high school angst and otherworldly intrigue.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    A fun show with broad appeal. [6 Oct 1999, p.D01]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Though it seems a product of calculation more than inspiration, Roswell has appeal.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    Roswell is, really, not bad. But in a prime-time universe crowded with quality dramas in general and quality supernatural dramas in particular, pretty good is not quite good enough. [4 Oct 1999, p.T1]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    In an ideal world, Katims and Nutter would have taken the best elements from their previous series: the keen insight into teen behavior of "My So-Called Life" and the inventive storytelling of "The X-Files." Unfortunately, Roswell gets it backwards, using both the self-importance of the former and the paper-thin characterization of the latter. [6 Oct 1999, p.73]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review

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