5 Episodes of Roswell that Made us Cry

Multiple entertainment outlets announced today that a Roswell reboot was in the works, and thousands of Roswellians – including me – rejoiced. Although it’s been 15 years since the short-lived series wrapped, Roswell was an integral part of my teenage life. I had Brendan Fehr as my desktop background for a good two years, and Roswell is the only reason I bought the Dido CD. Roswell was also one of the first TV shows where I got invested in the characters, their lives, and their relationships, and as a result, I shed many teenage tears for all of the alien drama. Let’s take a look back at the beloved sci-fi series, and the most tear-jerker episodes that made us love it so much.

5) Destiny

In the first series finale, the pod squad learns that they were sent to Earth with their significant others, which meant that Michael and Isabel were once lovers, and Max and Tess were once spouses madly in love. Upon hearing this message, a heartbroken Liz leaves the cave. The final scene shows Max calling after her to no avail; Liz knows that she is has no part in their extraterrestrial mission. A weeping Liz walks away from a visibly distraught Max, and we can’t help but remember everything they’d been through that season:  the heated kisses, drunk confessions of love, rescuing each other from law enforcement and the government… none of it mattered in the end. “Destiny” was a tear-jerker for all Dreamers out there, and we cried even harder when we realized that we’d have to wait months to find out what happened next.



4) A Roswell Christmas Carol

TV Christmas episodes will usually play on some holiday sympathies, but we absolutely were not prepared for “A Roswell Christmas Carol.”  In this episode, we meet Brody’s daughter Sydney, and then learn that she has terminal cancer.  She is taken to a hospital where she spends Christmas Eve along with a room full of other impossibly young cancer patients.  Haunted by the ghost of a man he didn’t save, Max goes into the room to heal Sydney but quickly learns he can’t leave those other kids to die. One by one, he heals those little children, draining his own energy as he does. The next morning the news shows happy parents shedding happy tears as they discover their children have been cured, and we can’t help but cry along with them.


3) Graduation

The series finale of Roswell made us shed tears for many reasons. The pod squad decided that they had to leave Roswell and run from the government, probably for the rest of their lives. They said goodbye to their parents, their friends, their hometown, and (for Isabel) their spouses.  We cried as Maria insisted to Michael that she would always be going with him because she loved him.  We cried as we saw that Max and Liz were able to eventually get married and live a happy life together. We cried at the very last line of the series, in which a voiceover states “All I know is I’m Liz Parker, and I’m happy.” And then we realized that there would be no Roswell episodes ever again, and we cried some more.



2) The End of  the World

When future Max comes to present-day Roswell, we’re at first confused but very, very happy. No one can really object to two Jason Behrs taking up their screen. But we quickly learn that the reason Max is sent back is to stop Liz and Max from ever getting together because that union sets off a series of events that eventually leads to the end of the world. Future Max crushes our hearts by revealing that he and Liz marry in Vegas and dance the night away to their song “I Shall Believe,” but that is the very event he must stop. After the plan is set in motion to have present-day Max fall out of love with Liz, future Max tries to make things up by having one last dance with Liz to their song, and after he spins her she turns back to see that he is gone. The future has been changed. Future Max no longer exists, and we all cried.


1) Cry Your Name

Here it is. The ultimate tear jerker. It doesn’t get any sadder than this.

When Alex came back from Sweden, he was a changed man. He seemed happier and more carefree. He was no longer obsessing over Isabel or self-conscious about his dorkiness; he was owning it. So it came as an absolute shock when he suddenly died. We will never forget how pod squad rushed to the ambulance so Max could save him, and how an anxious Isabel kept telling the others that everything would be okay. But alas, even Max could not reverse death. Alex’s death was a crushing blow to Stargazers everywhere, but the person who took it the hardest was his best friend, Liz. She obsessively went into detective mode, demanding answers from everyone in town and even driving down to Las Cruces to figure out what had really happened. It was good that she did despite everyone’s pleas for her to stop; it was her persistence that eventually led to finding out what had actually led to Alex’s death. But nothing could be done to bring Alex back. RIP Alex Whitman, you will always be our favorite bass playing nerd.


Although the reboot couldn’t possibly live up to the love I have for the original, I am nevertheless excited to see what kind of alien drama awaits us in the future. Did your favorite tear jerker moment make the cut? What did I miss? Are you listening to “Here With Me” by Dido right now? I’d love to geek out with fellow Roswellians! Leave a comment or tag us @6NerdyChicks to reminisce about our favorite moments!


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Mindy Jang

Writer and Techie at 6NC. An avid computer gamer and devout Slytherin. Mindy can usually be found cooking veggie friendly meals, binging reality TV shows, or herding her clowder of cats.

5 thoughts on “5 Episodes of Roswell that Made us Cry

  • October 13, 2017 at 11:45 am

    Aaaaand, crying at my desk. Alex </3 </3 </3

    I'm both super excited and super scared about the possibilities of this show. Done right, it could be SO timely and important, particularly in the shows themes, but done wrong, it's going to break my heart.

    • October 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Agreed. I think the show was just short lived enough to where a reboot done right could be a great thing, and there’s a lot of possibilities now since society seems more open to embrace the sci-fi genre. But at the same time it’s going to be hard to capture the chemistry the actors had, and that was really the heart of the show.

      I wish the original Roswell had been given a better shot. The whole changing networks and constant threat of cancellation made the plots feel way too rushed past the first season (although I really love some of those random plot lines they threw in towards the end).

      • October 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm

        Can’t agree more, on all counts. It’ll be really interesting to see how the reboot is received by the current CW audience, and if this news bumps the popularity of the original at all. I know so many people my age who watched The WB in the Roswell era, and who would have enjoyed the show for sure, but for some reason never saw it.

  • October 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Not to hate on your list or anything, but anyone who didn’t cry in “Independence Day” when Michael was crying is a monster.

    • October 17, 2017 at 4:20 pm

      How could I forget Michael’s emancipation?! I blame Hank for the slip up. Michael’s always been my favorite character and whenever he gets emotional I turn into a puddle.


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