'Star-Crossed' Interview: Executive Producers on the Sci-Fi Romance Mashup
'Star-Crossed' Interview: Executive Producers on the Sci-Fi Romance Mashup
Carla Day
Carla Day
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Star-Crossed is the futuristic story of the conflict and coming together of the Atrians and Humans 10 years after the aliens landed on Earth. For the first time, a group of Atrian teens will attend the small town high school with the humans.

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The Star-Crossed executive producers spoke with reporters last summer about balancing teen romance and science fiction, creating a futuristic show, and the differences between Humans and Atrians.

Check out the interview with Adele Lim, Meredith Averill and Josh Appelbaum  (left to right.)


Romance and Sci-Fi Mashup: Averill believes sci-fi isn't as interesting without the characters. She loves the allegories. For example, Battlestar Galactica was about the characters and the allegory of war. 

The technology and world of 2024 will be there, but "at the end of the day it will always come back to our characters to our Romeo and Juliet story and to the message of bringing these two worlds together and what that means."

Atrian Sector vs. Human World: The sector is industrial and everything there has been given to them by the government. It will feel like another planet. The Atrians have made it their own place and will feel unfamiliar to viewers.

Emery's home is a traditional Human home that's familiar for viewers. At the same time, the show takes place 10 years in the future so there are "techie flourishes." For example, in the school cafeteria.

Story Perimeters: It starts in Baton Rouge, but as the series evolves the story will expand. Should they be quarantined? What is NASA's take on the aliens? Gadgets and effects will get bigger as the story does.

Atrian Culture: They have a cast system based on four tribes with different abilities. Their planet will be explored. The Atrian world will be developed and explained throughout series. The Atrian language was created by David Peterson who also created the Game of Thrones Dothraki language.

Emery's Return at School: She attends school for the first time in 4 years. She's new just like the Atrian students, which creates parallels that will be explored.

Special Atrian Plant: There's a plant that can heal humans, but the Atrians keep it secret. They worry that the government would experiment on them. And, the Atrians mistrust Humans. Over the first few episodes, the herb will be explored, including the side effects to Humans.

Star-Crossed premieres on Monday, February 17 at 8 pm ET on the CW.

(Image courtesy of the CW/ Video: Carla Day)

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