Episode 1.02: The Morning After

Everyone is spying on everyone (but no one seems to be any good at it). And it doesn’t seem wise to trust the suspicious new vampire substitute teacher. But good news! Our co-host Lisa knows Spiky Hair’s name now! Join hosts Aliza, LaRena, and Lisa for Roswell season 1, episode 2, The Morning After.

Michael looking through binoculars

Sources & Notes

  • Much of the music on streaming services and DVDs is different than in the original run of the show. Roswell Oracle has information here, including this quote from Jason Katims: “…I was faced with a difficult decision, which was that for budgeting reasons we either had to replace a lot of songs (the license fees are very expensive) or not release the DVD…And now, with very few exceptions, I am more excited to watch these versions of the episodes than the originals.”
  • Want to know more about Czechoslovakia? Here’s a short history from Britannica.
  • Angel premiered the day before Roswell premiered on the WB. Fun!
  • For demographic data cited in the episode, please see the U.S. Census Bureau pages here for 2000 data and here for 2010 data.
  • I looked but could not find information on how it was discovered that Colin Hanks could do that thing with his arms. If you have the inside scoop, let us know!
  • Learn more about the Old Chisholm Trail here and here, and listen to Randy Travis’ version of it, if that is a thing that in any way interests you, here.
  • Information on Roswellians living in poverty can be found here, here, and here.
  • Topolsky really opens up a can of worms with her “If Mohammed doesn’t come to the mountain…” baloney. As we discussed, she’s using it wrong; see here and here for interpretations. So already not great. But it turns out this isn’t even based on anything from the Quran, Sunnah, or hadith. As far as I can tell, it’s something Sir Francis Bacon made up and included in his essays published in 1625. The way I read it, he seems to be pretty much just making fun of Islam’s most holy prophet…for kicks. Here’s an excerpt from the essay, which is available via Project Gutenberg; judge for yourself.
    “Nay, you shall see a bold fellow many times do Mahomet’s miracle. Mahomet made the people believe that he would call an hill to him, and from the top of it offer up his prayers, for the observers of his law. The people assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and when the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hill will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill. So these men, when they have promised great matters, and failed most shamefully, yet (if they have the perfection of boldness) they will but slight it over, and make a turn, and no more ado.”
  • Ugh, juvenile curfews. I (Lisa) studied these in my sociology classes in college, and then worked with kids who were impacted by them, and I can tell you that they’re dumb and they suck. But if you don’t want to take my word for it, here’s the Brookings Institute on how curfews can actually be counterproductive and here’s The Marshall Project discussing some of the harm they cause. And here’s an overview from the U.S. National Institute of Justice if you live somewhere where they don’t have these things and you don’t know what on earth I’m talking about.

Jingle Credits

“Fatphobia” – music and lyrics by Aliza Ora, performed by Aliza Ora
“Misogyny” – music by Aliza Ora, lyrics by Lisa Abigail, performed by Aliza Ora