30 Days of Roswell
6. Favorite Liz Parker scene
LIZ: Don’t say anything, ok? Um, because I…I came in here with this whole speech, and once you start talking, my speech doesn’t apply, and everything gets changed, and I just want to make sure that I say everything to you, so just don’t say anything. Just don’t say anything. Ok, I…I just re-read “Romeo and Juliet”, and you know, the first thing that I realized is that isn’t even the title. It’s called “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet”. They die. You know, she’s this young girl, she…she’s younger than me, and she dies. Look, I think the reason why people think that it’s such a romantic play is they don’t know what it’s like to be put in that position…but when your life and…and other people’s lives are…are put at risk, there isn’t anything romantic about it. Max, you can’t stop what’s happening to you. I mean, your life will always be dangerous, but my life, it doesn’t have to be. My life is only in danger if I am with you. I…I want to be in love with boys…normal boys. I…I want to see my 21st birthday. I…I want to have a wedding day. I…I…I want to have children…and I want my children to be safe. You know, Max, if…if you truly love me, you’ll let me go. I may love you, but I…I don’t want to die for you.
LIZ: Do you know how hard it was for me to tell him that I didn’t want to die for him? He’s the only reason that I’m alive right now. You…you’ve…you gotta come up with another plan. Please go to someone else. I…I just…I can’t do this anymore.
My favorite Liz scene is the scene in which she tries to make Max not love her anymore. Her speech about Romeo and Juliet and about how she wouldn’t die for Max is heartbreaking. We all know it’s a complete lie and also how much saying this hurts Liz. How much it hurts Max to hear these words come out of Liz’s mouth, the words he has feared he will hear. Finally he has learnt to trust this thing between himself and Liz and then something like this happens.
Liz is amazingly strong in these scenes, she practically gives up her own happiness so that the others could go on living. She tries to make the sacrifice and do what’s right but it’s just not enough – she has to hurt Max over and over again until she has nothing left in her, until she just can’t go on ‘cause it hurts too much. And even then she doesn’t quit.
Liz is a true hero.
Another heartbreaking episode of Roswell. One of the reasons it lives on for me. Not many shows could pull something like this off and make you feel it like they did.