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Think your relationship’s complicated? You’ve got nothing on Emery and Roman in Star-Crossed, who fall in love even though they are literally from different worlds. Season 1 is now on Showmax. Watch now »

In the year 2014, when Emery was six, an alien spacecraft packed with refugees from the planet Atria crash-landed near her hometown in Louisiana. In the war that followed, Emery helped a young alien boy take refuge in her house, but before long, he was apprehended by the military.

It’s now 10 years later, in 2024, and seven Atrians are about to be integrated into a Louisiana high school for the first time. This is when Emery (Aimee Teegarden) meets Roman (Matt Lanter), who, it turns out, is the same young boy she helped all those years ago.

This is the beginning of a tentative romance between Emery and Roman. But there’s so much standing in their way. Watch now »

Here are five things Emery and Roman need to overcome if they’ll ever be together

  1. Roman, like all other remaining Atrians, lives in the militarised sector of town which is completely closed off from the human world. They’re still unwelcome among the humans in town.
  2. Roman’s father, who was the leader of the Atrians, was killed on Arrival Day by Emery’s father. Roman needs to protect her from his fellow Atrians, who know exactly who she is.
  3. Then there’s the human boy Grayson (Grey Damon), who’s clearly in love with Emery, too, and, we’ll be honest, seems like a much more suitable match. (Grey Damon plays a similar role in Season 3 of HBO’s True Blood, also on Showmax, as high school footballer Kitch Maynard.)
  4. The Red Hawks, an active terrorist group, are planning to wipe out all the remaining Atrians  – and we should probably mention here that Grayson’s parents are the Red Hawk leaders.
  5. And finally there are the peskily dangerous Trags, Atrian rebels who want to take over Earth and end the delicate peace that’s been negotiated – by killing every member of the human race.

Every episode of Star-Crossed is named after a Shakespeare quote, which is fitting, since the series has been likened to Romeo and Juliet – if Romeo was an alien.

This sci-fi/fantasy romance that seamlessly blends the cattiness, awkwardness and cut-throat cliques of high school with the themes of intolerance, terrorism and inter-species war is now on Showmax for your binge-watching pleasure.

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