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Learn of the Season's First UPN Crossover!!

Published at: Aug. 27, 2001, 9:20 p.m. CST by staff

I am – Hercules!!

Does “Special Unit 2” cross over with “Smackdown!”?? No!!

Does “Buffy” cross over with “The Hughleys”?? Absolutely not!!

Does “Enterprise” cross over with … “Roswell”??

It does!

In “Roswell’s” fourth UPN episode, authored by Russel Friend & Garrett Lerner and titled “Secrets and Lies,” teen alien Max Evans will find himself in Hollywood, investigating the death of a guy we’ll see shooting at Michael in the Oct. 9 UPN premiere.

This suspicious demise will lead Max to probe the Paramount Pictures archives (!) in search of proof connecting the present-day murder to one from the past at the hands of the same alien. This proof, insists Max's true love Liz, can be found in the dailies of a Paramount science fiction feature titled “They Are Among Us.”

How does Max get on the Paramount lot? A talent agent he meets at the dead man’s funeral puts Max up for an “Enterprise” audition. Who is Max auditioning with? “Enterprise” star Scott Bakula. Who is directing the “Enterprise” episode? “Star Trek” vet and “Roswell” executive producer Jonathan Frakes. (Behind the scenes, Frakes is also directing this episode of “Roswell.”)

For which “Enterprise” role is Max auditioning? An alien. Specifically “Korgan of the Bantoo,” who suspects Capt. Archer has invaded his sector of space to steal dilithium crystals. The audition doesn’t go particularly well: Frakes tells Max he’s not very convincing playing an extraterrestrial. The pitiless irony!

Some other tidbits:

* Ferrini, the thug who shoots at Michael in the premiere, dies in the 3.4 teaser. He’s on Mulholland Drive in the Hollywood Hills with a young hooker. While the hooker wanders off for a smoke, the street is suddenly bathed in blinding light. A shadowy figure is glimpsed running down the street. The hooker, Bunny, quickly returns to find nothing left of her date but a charred husk. The detectives find the number of Michael’s license plate in the glove compartment.

* Max meets Ferrini’s talent agent, Jules Walters, while attending Ferrini’s funeral. Ferrini, it turns out, wasn’t only a thug – he played them on in the movies and on TV. And now that Jules is down a client, he sees Max as leading man material. “I’m not an actor,” Max points out. “And Ben Affleck is?” counters Jules.

* While Jules schmoozes, Max rifles through the agent’s palm pilot and learns Ferrini’s address. He finds a videotape of Ferrini rehearsing for his “role” in Utah.

* Max encounters Bunny at Ferrini’s house, and she leads him to where the spot on Mulholland where Ferrini was incinerated. Bunny tells of a tall man who ran off and seemed to disappear afterwards. When Max asks Bunny about who cast Ferrini for his job in Utah, she replies, “He wouldn’t tell me. Said it was a secret. When he got back, he started acting really funny – kept saying he knew something. Something big. Something that was going to make him a rich man.”

* Meanwhile, back in New Mexico, Jesse and Isabel are keeping their whirlwind engagement a secret -- and Iz’s dad begins to wonder if the reason his handsome new underling hasn’t hooked up with some of the local talent is sexual orientation.

* Also back in New Mexico, Liz and Kyle are teamed by a teacher to act as video journalists for a class assignment. They use this circumstance as an excuse to investigate the alien murder from the past. One witness, a seventysomething hair and makeup artist named Bess Covendall, remembers an actress who was “hit by lightning on a clear day.” The doomed actress was, at the time, torn between her leading man and a lowly member of the crew. Kyle’s cranky grandad thought the crew member was an alien.

* We get to meet Kyle’s cranky granddad, who even sees aliens when aliens are not about.

Somebody’s shooting at Michael? Isabel’s engaged? Max and Liz were in Utah? Herc’s extensive precap of the first three “Roswells” to air on UPN can be found here.

I am – Hercules!!





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  • Aug. 27, 2001, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Crossovers

    by All-ighty Ollar

    Sounds a little strange to me. But it'll be ok since Frakes is directing. *crosses fingers*

  • Aug. 27, 2001, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Sounds cute.

    by Jonny Quest

    I've never watched Roswell, but I might check that out.

  • Aug. 27, 2001, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Glad its not john edwards.

    by yneway

    Roswell any good? been noticing commercials for it and Buffy in syndication lately. Haven't seen either of cause I never got WB, but can get UPN...if I hook up..the antanae.

  • Though this isn't a crossover, it's UPN's crosspromotion. I suppose we should be happy that Frakes didn't use this as the chanche to promote his alien autopsy special.

  • Aug. 27, 2001, 10:49 p.m. CST

    THIS IS NOT A REAL CROSSOVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by 28

    THIS IS FREE (AND LAME) PRESS FOR STAR TREK ENTERPRISE

  • Aug. 27, 2001, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Pretty desperate stuff...how long before a zany comedy about the

    by DarthSnoogans

    They could call it "Bunker Daze". It would star Donny and Marie Osmond as both Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun (respectively, but it doesn't really matter), and Woody Allen as a lampshade in the bunker lounge.

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 4:28 a.m. CST

    Another Trek crossover (serious)

    by MacGarnacle

    www.oxebridge.com/sta/Mouth_of_Madness.PDF

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 5:42 a.m. CST

    I.M. Disgusted

    by FUZZCO66

    Well, this pretty much tops the guest appearance of The Rock as was blatant and revolting cross-promotion. And they should have gotten Bruce Campbell instead of Jonathon Frakes.

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 6:41 a.m. CST

    For God's Sake, UPN, HAVE YOU NO SHAME? (nm)

    by Johnny Smith

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 7:25 a.m. CST

    To DarthSnoogans

    by Rybock

    Your idea sounds like a sure failure. No one could like a show like that... then again, ever seen "The Producers"?

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 7:43 a.m. CST

    well, this is sad

    by 2GOLD

    I'd find it hard to laugh but knowing that all the Trekkies are about to see the newest franchise get turned into a running joke in it's first season is quite funny actually. And by that craphole Roswell to boot. This is just so funny that it's sad.

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 8:32 a.m. CST

    To Rybock

    by DarthSnoogans

    You're probably right...which makes it perfect for UPN! And yes, I have seen "The Producers". Pretty funny stuff, but I prefer the "Mr. Hilter" sketch from Monty Python as a good dose of Third Reich hijinks and shenanigans.

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Kill me.... NOW

    by TheMatarife

    Noooooo.... Now just watch, stinking UPN will find a way to screw us.

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Frakes, Crossovers and Crossing the line

    by Electric_Monk

    This is UPN's way of getting people to watch. Its crass, in only way UPN can do stuff when trying to drum up ratings. The brain trusts that run Paramount are basically trying to screw with every franchise they have. With SmackBore getting all thwe white trash ratings, they have to come up a way to get the girls (and a few of us queers) who watch Roswell to watch Trek. As for Frakes, I'm sure he'll get a way to mention his Clockstoppers film he made this past winter. It is a Paramount film, through Nick Productions. UPN, Paramount and Frakes are crossing the line from promotion to outright begging the non-science fiction audience to watch these two shows. What's next, pledging? PBS it appears, now has a rival.

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Re-fucking-Lax YOU FUCKING PUSSIES!!!

    by Comedian

    Gad, just wait for the first Ep. of Enterprise before we all get our panties in a twist. Let's hope for the best. All you bitches know how to do is whine and complain over and over again. What do you want, a real Roswell/Enterprise crossover? You want your prescious Trek continuity spoiled by the Calvin Klein aliens of Roswell. Of course in Star Trek continuity the Roswell aliens were Quark and his brother. Maybe just maybe they wont totally ruin Trek any worse than Voyager. You fucks are gonna be watching as soon as T'Pol, The Vulcan from the Maxim quadrant parades her tight nubile ass across the screen and you know it. I love Trek TOS and TNG alike and I hope this show brings honor to both their legacies. What I'd really like to see is Archer and his crew venture 100 years into the future ala "Trials and Tribblelations" and then they could also be like"Why the hell do the Klingons look like Mexicans?". Of course there is an easy explaination of why this 22nd century technology looks better than the 23rd century's. Since Picard and the crew of the Enterprise E went back in time and basically did the job for Cochran. Some of their technology along with borg technology was left behind. Thus, the time lime was slightly altered. SO THERE, QUIT YOUR BITCHING!!!!

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 5:35 p.m. CST

    by RustyMuffins

    Glad to know Roswell is reveling in being the whore that it is. Anyway, is anyone else sick of Max-centric episodes? They shoved the ass down our throats the last two years with his high-and-mighty, crappy leader act, and it seems as if they're doing it this year as well. And dammit, would it kill them to do anything with Maria other than make her the naggy girlfriend? The girl hasn't had any kind of storyline just about her since "Monsters." Though I'm glad they're focusing on Kyle and Valenti, I'm more than willing to bet that they're going to screw them up somehow. Feh, I really should wait to watch the shows before I critique them, but the show's going to hell...

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Crossovers!!

    by DiernaSoul

    The only ep of Roswell I have ever seen is the pilot ep....I can't wait for this crossover!! That is going to be both amusing and cool!!....I mean it's bad enough that one of the crew of Enterprise is Kat from WWF(she's Dr. Phlox's Cheif Nurse *L*)..and then there's Capt. Archer's dog, Porthos....Now we got crossovers....Next thing ya know SG1 will find their way to Vulcan or Quonos! *L*

  • Aug. 28, 2001, 8:48 p.m. CST

    That's the dumbest crossover I've ever heard

    by impalergeneral

    But you COULD crossover Bufy and Smackdown.....if a new "Diva" for the WWF turns out to be a vampire bringing some undead wrestlers to the Alliance. Heck, I'd like to see Buffy give Steve Austin the "Stunner"

  • Aug. 29, 2001, 11 a.m. CST

    shiri-jason war

    by azwica

    Does this mean the powers that be like Jason more than Shiri since this is revolving around him and since the two hate each other? Are they taking sides and giving him more air-time and her less (especially less time with him on screen)?

  • Aug. 29, 2001, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Jason V. Shiri

    by azwica

    These are all rumors so believe what you will...Jason and his 'sister' are dating, Michael and Maria are also "dating" depending on the moment you ask (they go back and forth a lot) and Shiri is out there, alone. She has a rep of not being the nicest gal on the block and has thrown her 'tude around more than once with people not in the industry (this part I have witnessed). From what I know, I would think she is the worst on the set, but then Michael hates being on the show, so who knows

  • Sept. 4, 2001, 4:59 p.m. CST

    Yep, it's you guys!!

    by JoeSchmoe Indigo

    Hey, I just saw Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back!!! They talked about YOU GUYS!!! They then beat the crap out of YOU GUYS!!! Relax! Let them have their fun!! Having fun is better than being uptight, and bitching about a klingon using a klingon word that isn't in the klingon dictionary!!! If they want to be silly and have a goofy crossover then let them!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 25, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    JoeSchmoe Indigo!!!!!

    by just pillow talk

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • June 25, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST

    JoeSchmoe Indigo!!!!!

    by just pillow talk

    Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!