As the couple that first inspired me to seek out fandom, Roswell's Max and Liz will always hold a special place in my heart. I mean, I. Was. Obsessed. I had a GeoCities site devoted to them (R.I.P.). Made my parents stop in Roswell, N.M., on our trek to the Grand Canyon. Had every episode of the series recorded on VHS. Can still to this day quote most of the pilot episode. THAT kind of obsessed. Why?
Their story grabbed me from that very first scene, in which Liz is accidentally shot in her parents' diner and Max uses his secret magical alien healing powers to heal her, all set to Sarah McLachlan's “Fear,” of course, because this was 1999. Now, can is that the most romantic thing ever, or is it the most romantic thing ever? Their lives are changed forever, and then their bond gets EVEN deeper when Max lets Liz see inside of his mind (as he'd uninentionally gotten into hers while he healed her) and she discovers that he's loved her from afar since they were kids. SWOON! I was a goner. Thirteen-year-old me wanted to be Liz Parker and marry Max Evans, let's just say that.
Unfortunately, the show got REALLY weird in late Season 1 and never recovered, in my eyes (I'm sure others would beg to differ), but it still had its moments (like Season 2's “The End of the World,” in which Liz learns Max's love for her could DESTROY THE WORLD, oh the ANGST!) and I stuck with it until the very end and was very very pleased with my beloved pairing's HEA in 2002.
Did you watch the show? Did you ship Max/Liz, or were you a Michael/Maria fan? What are your favorite episodes? Now I want to go rewatch a few, like the solid-gold “Pilot,” “Leaving Normal,” “Heat Wave,” and “Blind Date.”