Star-Crossed, in general, is a pretty fun show that deals with some interesting issues around xenophobia and paranoia. The alien world-building shows some promise, too. But jeez, this show is the worst victim of the CW's need to put a dreadful love triangle into everything.
The CW's love triangle-mania has paid off pretty well on The Vampire Diaries. In the case of that show, the romance between Elena and the Salvatore brothers really is keeping it alive, after most of the other storytelling juice has kind of gone. But that doesn't mean it's a good idea for all other CW shows.
It's especially interesting to watch Star-Crossed back to back with Tomorrow People, now that they're on the same night. When it first started, Tomorrow People was really, really trying to push the idea of a John-Cara-Stephen love triangle, and it was clearly the worst part of the show. So they let it drop, and the show became 1000 percent more watchable. (Except now, I just want John and Astrid to be together.)
It's much earlier days for Star-Crossed, so we can only hope this show will wise up and eliminate the dried-out oatmeal that is the Emery-Roman-Grayson triangle. Because it's pretty much killing this show right now.
Last night's episode had a serviceable non-triangle plotline. The Red Hawks, keen to let you know they aren't actually a group of airport baggage handlers, decide to step up their game from just making propaganda. They hatch a plan to blow up part of the Sector, the walled-off refugee camp where the Atrians are living, but they're foiled by Zoe, the undercover Trag who's pretending to be just a normal high school girl.
So Zoe hatches a plot to get revenge on the Red Hawks — she and Drake will kidnap Grayson, the son of the Red Hawk leaders, and hold him for ransom. If five Atrian prisoners aren't released, then they'll kill Grayson and reveal his parents' secrets. But this goes awry when Roman figures out what's going on and foils their kidnap plot, and when Zoe decides to execute Roman, Drake turns against the Trags.
The best part? Is when Drake is at a swanky high-society party and he has to distract Taylor, the queen bee at the high school whom he had a random hookup with last week. And I had sort of forgotten that Zoe, the secret undercover Trag, is Taylor's bestie, and Taylor catches Zoe hauling a drugged Grayson out of the party. Awkward!