I was so happy to have found this thread today.
I had been seeing so much negativity towards the new show from old fans since I watched it on Tuesday, and it was really bringing me down, because the show really hooked me.
I hadn't been here in years, and I'm glad to see how people (like me) are coming back and with open minds about the whole thing. Not gonna lie, I had a small panic moment when I realized that I don't know how to find fandom anymore (I migrated from ezboard to livejournal but I have left that behind 10 years ago or so and fandoms have moved to tumblr and AO3 and god knows where else. I didn't know where I would be able to find people these days)
Regarding the pilot, I have to say they hooked me with Counting Crows and the freaking glass window, and made me interested with a sharp Liz and political commentary. But what made me come back and say to myself "YES!" was definitely the Michael/Alex of it all. Because I could see the chemistry from the first scene they did together.
And I get that some people are sad because this means they don't get their candy and stargazer fills, but I found it so believable. Because you can see that they have this tormented, unhealthy relationship, but what is life if not a series of unhealthy relationships? Maybe it's because I have always been a dreamer and they didn't mess with that, but for me the guys showed more chemistry that Max & Liz.
I love Jeanine's Liz, but I'm not 100% sold on Max yet - we'll see. And despite barely hidden pods and the bizarreness of drinking nail polish remover (how does one go about discovering that in the first place?), I am looking forward to the next episode, and to finding out if I can come to love this incarnation of the show as much as I loved the original one.
P.S.: I am not gonna lie, I was really happy to see that of the first 3 Roswell NM fics that popped up on AO3, all 3 of them were Michael/Alex. But now I am kinda wishing for some good dreamer stuff - maybe this will be the place for it?