There was a lot of teen spirit in the air in Roswell circa 2008.
While I’m usually not a fan of entire episodes dedicated to the past, in this case, it was necessary to advance the storyline as what happened during prom night in 2008 was integral to Liz Ortecho’s case.
Liz figured out that Isobel was responsible for her sister, Rosa’s, death around the same time Michael broke it to Isobel who is experiencing the same blackouts that led to the deaths in the first place.
We see the scenes unfold as Max is telling them to Liz, and we can only imagine with each passing moment, she’s becoming more and more furious.
The bottom line is that Max protected his sister while throwing Liz’s sister under the bus.
That’s enough to get anyone upset.
However, if you think about it realistically, Max did the only logical thing.
Protecting Rose wouldn’t have done much since she was already dead. It would have given her family peace of mind and lessened the hate from the community, but how could Max foresee the backlash they would receive?
But protecting Isobel, who was still alive and had a lot to lose, made sense, and it also protected them.
Liz’s anger is justified, but at times, I think she forgets that Max’s never had any ill will.
I will say that whatever happened that night was beyond weird. Isobel was experiencing split personalities that couldn’t have been more different from each other, but she also didn’t remember what she did when she was in her bitchy state.
She didn’t remember hanging out with Rosa the first time, or offering to run away with her, nor did she remember murdering Rosa and her three friends.
The flashbacks showed up what happened, how Michael and Max reacted, and why they protected their sister, but the “why” wasn’t answered.
And I know that it has to do more than just Isobel’s fear of being left alone. It begins to manifest itself when she believes the life she knows and is used to is crumbling around her, but what made her flip a switch and want to kill Rosa?
Why did she say she couldn’t trust Rosa? Why was so she offended by Rosa’s attitude towards her? Why was her disposition towards Rosa almost romantic? Did anyone else get that vibe? As if Isobel was in love with Rosa?
After Michael finally told Isobel that she was responsible for killing Rosa and the girls, she deemed herself a threat and assumed that they must be killers. It must be in their nature.
But pointing to Max’s situation way back in the desert the “first time” they killed anyone and were forever changed doesn’t necessarily justify that claim.
Obviously, you probably wouldn’t want to get on Max’s bad side but he killed a bad guy who was again, not only threatening his sister but also him and his brother.
It seems that Max will only walk off the ledge when it comes to protecting himself and his family, which is noble for both a human and an alien.
I’m sure the same sentiment would be extended to Rosa.
Isobel should be grateful she has two brothers who looked out for her and sacrificed too much for her.
When Max dished all this to Liz, she didn’t care much about the cause behind the blackouts, but only that she hated Max and his whole family. Understandable.
If you’re terrified that Liz will somehow out them all, don’t be. Isobel seemed to have the same idea when she said it was about time she paid the price for that night.
Will she out herself? Will she clear Rosa’s name? And what happens if she does? She’ll be outing them and their alien-nature as well.
Michael started off the series as a lone wolf in his trailer park and has evolved into the glue that holds the family together.
He isn’t as emotional or compassionate as Isobel and Max, but he’s overly protective of them even though he is the “youngest.”
He covered for Isobel by taking the fall for the murders and even gave up his full ride to university to stay behind with the family.
Sgt. Manes is wrong about him being a “good for nothing trailer park boy.”
Speaking of Manes, how heartbreaking was the scene when he caught Michael and Alex together? Both of them tiptoed around their feelings for each other and when they finally decided to go for it and own their sexuality, Alex’s father crucifies them and smashes in Michael’s hand with a hammer.
What a psycho.
Michael is a true angel for not telling anyone about what really happened to his hand. How can the Sgt. look Michael in the eyes and not feeling shame from all the hate bubbling inside of him?
Needless to say, I can’t wait till we dive deeper into Alex’s story and his eventual enlisting which surely his bigoted father assumed would “make him a man.”
I wonder what would have happened if Max and Liz had the chance to travel the world together.
Would their relationship flourish?
It’s not looking so hot for them right now, however, it seems like Liz keeps finding her way back to him.
And though Kyle didn’t play a vital role in the episode, seeing him as a douchebag jock in high school who bullied Alex really brings his apology to Alex in last week’s episode into focus.
Kyle was a jerk with a capital J. His actions basically pushed Liz into Max’s arms.
Do you think he deserved another chance in Liz’s book?
Will Liz tell him what she found out about Rosa’s murder? Will Isobel out herself to the community?
Special shoutout to Isobel’s bangs, Alex’s emo look, and Max and Michael’s clean-shaven faces! Facial hair makes all the difference!
Share your thoughts in the comments below, Cravers!
Roswell, New Mexico Review – Johnny Doe and Buckskin (3×09)
Wouldn’t it just be so much easier if everyone took a vow of honesty on Roswell, New Mexico? We would eliminate so many issues through the sheer possibility of communication!
On Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 9, Operation Save Max was in full swing, and everyone played their part in the plan.
While Max and Liz took on the West Coast to find Heath in hopes of getting answers, Isobel, Maria, and Gregory teamed up back on the homefront to dig into the identity of the alien the Lockhart Machine was trying to reach.
Meanwhile, the Lockhart Machine took its toll on Alex, which gave us another sweet #Malex moment. Keep ’em coming, please!
Everyone is boo’ed up at this point — or on the verge of being boo’ed up — and I’ll be honest, many of these feel like the healthiest relationships to date.
Max and Liz are only slightly troubling, but that’s because they keep falling into the same patterns instead of embracing where their relationship is at this point in time and where it could possibly go.
I feel like they never take time to talk about what happened, they just go back to flirting as though they didn’t spend the last year trying to get over each other.
Surprisingly, this time, their bickering actually came in handy as it led them to the truth about Heath, who, yes, unfortunately, was lying to and using Liz this whole time.
Max called it out, but she wanted to so badly believe that she was a good judge of character that she completely disregarded the blind spot she has.
I knew there was something off with Heath, but I always assumed he was in cahoots with Genoryx. It never once crossed my mind that he could be Bucksin, the best friend of the alien connected to the Lockhart machine.
Heath, color me impressed!
And the alien in question is none other than the preacher, Dallas (who previously went by Johnny Doe), that’s been helping Rosa with her journey to recovery.
Isn’t it crazy that there’s been another alien in town this whole time that no one knew about? And why didn’t he know about them?
And he’s not just some any alien — he’s the key to this machine that Jones needs so badly!
There were some flaws within this episode that I couldn’t get over.
You have to be just a tad annoyed with Liz for leaving all her research out in the open like that along with Heath’s name.
If this really is a science race and Max’s life, and, quite possibly, the universe, hinges on them figuring out the equation first, then why would she risk that kind of information getting into the wrong hands.
It’s also understandable that Heath would ignore all of Liz’s phone calls, but why would he pick up a call from her ex Max? Unless he knows Max is an alien already and was compelled to connect with him.
At this point, Heath is a major hypocrite. He became upsets at Liz for not telling him the truth about what was going on with Max, but he never told her the truth about trying to steal her research or the fact that he was attempting to help an alien friend.
And what does Dallas need help with? It seemed as though Heath was looking for a solution for brain degeneration, but what’s that being triggered by?
Is it somehow connected to the Lockhart Machine?
I truly don’t know what’s going on with that machine, but the hallucinations it caused almost convinced Alex to walk off the ledge, so it’s definitely dangerous in the wrong hands.
The matrix was glitching!
Thankfully, Michael came in the knick of time and hit Alex with “I always got you,” melting our fandom hearts even more than usual.
Alex never wanted Michael to get involved, but considering Michael is an alien and the son of a powerful dictator, he probably should’ve assumed that Michael could take care of himself.
It’s kind of a letdown that Alex got to have such a massive scene with Michael’s mom. I know she was technically a figment of Alex’s hallucination, but it would’ve been cool to have a little chat with her son.
There was a powerful scene between Kyle and his Tio — though, it did feel slightly out of place because we never saw Kyle address that he knew his uncle or that he understood why he was being held and tested. However, Kyle seemed genuinely happy to learn more about his father from his uncle, so I guess that’s good.
Despite knowing the dangers of getting involved with aliens, he’s still going to continue walking this path, which is excellent news for Max and Liz.
Maria was also overly happy during this episode, but who can blame her? She’s sleeping with Gregory Manes!
And, again, Gregory is fully in the know about the alien happenings, which is also something I wasn’t aware was happening.
I always thought he knew something because of his father, but I didn’t expect Isobel to be speaking so freely about the mindscape around him or snatching drinks from his hand with her mind.
I’m not complaining though because Maria and Gregory are cute, so that means that he can always be around.
Without Maria in the picture, Malex can finally be fully invested in each other.
And then there’s Isobel’s budding love life with Anatsa. While I always want what’s best for our girl and hope she takes the time to find herself and learn what she likes and dislikes, I have zero trust that Anasta isn’t just using her for all the wrong reasons.
She’s an investigative journalist, so she’ll do anything to get the story. If she thinks Isobel is someone who could get her the truth, she’s going to take it.
Are you worried about Isobel getting distracted from the real issue at hand because of a new romance?
What does Jones want with Heath?
And what does the Lockhart Machine want with Dallas?
Let us know your thoughts about the episode in the comments below!
Roswell, New Mexico Review – Free Your Mind (3×08)
Any win, even the smallest kind, must be celebrated when it comes to Roswell, New Mexico.
And a drink was more than necessary after enduring a mindscape that found Maria walking the path of her ancestors in order to get answers as to why Jones wanted alien glass with an equation.
A trip down memory lane put things into perspective for our aliens and scientists.
It was revealed that Michael’s mother, Nora, and Mary Louise prevented Jones, the dictator (and Michael’s father), not only destroyed all the Max’s on their planet, but they prevented him from creating anymore close.
Thus, he could no longer be immortal, which is what makes Max the savior.
The writing was always on the wall there, but having it spelled out is super beneficial.
Maria was also reassured that Patricia was on the right side of history by trying to help the aliens and people of color break free from Caulfield, which led to the Lockhart machine.
The machine was initially supposed to help them contact their home planet, but it’s unclear what role it’ll play in the present day.
However, it’s helpful that Alex Manes is involved with Deep Sky as they, or should I say Eduardo, has access to it.
His connection will help Michael learn more about himself, which is necessary since he is always so eager to believe the worst about himself.
Finding out that he’s the dictator’s son set him back quite a bit, but it’s reassuring to hear that his mother was a genius and a fighter.
We haven’t had any solid Alex and Michael scenes this season, but this episode surely made up for it.
Alex is putting it all on the line for Michael; he’s the only one who is able to talk sense into him. He’s able to calm him down and help him see reason.
Michael was ready to stir up trouble, but in telling the story of how he lost his leg, Alex helped Michael stay focused on the mission at hand without sabotaging it.
If he got Jones’ sword, they would’ve never been able to pull Max’s pod.
It also led to a pretty wonderful scene between the two of them.
Encroaching into dangerous territory has a way of reminding people that they have to be honest with their feelings. It’s safe to say that Malex is back in action and stronger than before!
While Maria and Isobel were navigating the depths of her mind and Alex and Michael were retrieving Max’s pod, Liz teamed up with Rosa to help save Maria’s life.
There’s no one that geeks out harder about the alien sciene than Liz.
Despite hitting a few hiccups in the road that forced cells to fuse back together and mutate, she eventually realized that manipulating sound was the answer.
It’s so nice to see Rosa get an arc. Her character has undergone major growth since last season, and she’s found a way to cement herself within the core group.
When Liz finally gave her a shot, she realized that her sister is much more capable than she gave her credit for.
With all the pieces on the table, Liz finally knows what she has to do to save Max. It’s about time she accepted that her purpose in life is to come to his rescue.
This time, however, it’s a group effort.
Everyone is on the same page, and there’s a lot of love between the group that wasn’t there in previous seasons.
Of course, Jones will still be an obstacle until they find a way to unlink him from Max and permanently get rid of him.
My only concern is that no one seemed to question what happened to Kyle. Did Alex fill them in on his whereabouts? Or was everyone just so preoccupied that they forget he disappeared?
Alex seems to think he’ll be able to tell Michael everything he learns at Deep Sky, but I think he’s being a bit naive.
There’s a reason Deep Sky was introduced as an evil entity, so I’m excited to learn more about how they play into everything.
Why did they pursue Charlie’s sister? What else do they know? And how will Genoryx, Liz’s company, eventually get involved? I don’t think they’d let her go so easily.
- The fight scene between Isobel and Max must’ve been fun to film. It’s such new territory for these characters.
- I love that Rosa and Isobel inspired each other to tap into their strengths. They were both told they weren’t worthy for so long, it’s empowering to see them learn how badass they are.
- Nathan Parsons is really delivering a standup performance this season. I loved Max, but I can’t stand Jones!
- I’m digging Gregory and Maria! But how is she going to explain her absence this whole time? I’m surprised the guy is still calling!
Roswell, New Mexico Review – The Dictator’s Identity Revealed (3×07)
Who saw that coming?
On Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 7, we finally learned Jones’s real identity, and, well, it’s not what I imagined.
After Michael was able to grab his glowing sword — which could only be held by someone sharing Jones’s DNA — he realized that Jones isn’t just evil, he’s the Dictator.
And since Michael is the Dictator’s heir, it means Jones is Michael’s father.
You know how he always hated the fact that he didn’t know his family? Something tells me he was better off.
Who would have thought Michael would be connected to the biggest villain in the show’s history?
Though, I’m not complaining because it’s a fun twist that’s going to allow us to explore this new dynamic between the actors.
It must be strange that Michael’s devious father looks just like the man he considers to be a brother.
It seems as though Michael may be the only one strong enough to stand up to Jones, but he needs to practice and train before he can face him because there’s no denying it, Jones is stronger than all of them combined at this point.
He barely lifted a finger and wiped the floor with his son, Iz, and Liz.
And it was Rosa who was their saving grace, and with a shotgun no less. Sometimes, all you need is a classic weapon when fighting against powerful aliens.
However, since Jones was trying to figure out how much Liz knew, there’s obviously a weak point that they’ll be able to exploit.
Their plan to get the lightsaber, which is a source of his power, away from him didn’t go as well as planned, but it was a good first start.
I’m not entirely sure why they didn’t just bury it in concrete before finding Liz, but maybe there just wasn’t enough time?
Without that, he’d be significantly weakened. There’s also the fact that he wants to permanently sever the connection between him and Max.
Is that the reason why he was trying to get Max when he was a child? So that he could siphon his powers or feed on him like a virus?
We were all so foolish to trust Jones.
There’s also the Lockhart Machine that is somehow connected to everything.
Jones is all about power and he’s been playing the long game to get it. It’s influenced every single decision he’s made.
By taking hold of Maria’s mind, he’s trying to pry information about the Lockhart machine.
Kyle, Alex Manes, and Dark Sky all are trying to crack the machine, but Jones is going out of his way to seek out a memory from Maria’s mind that dates back to March 11, 1968, which is when the machine was first activated.
While season 3 has found good pacing and makes a lot more sense in terms of the bigger picture, it’s still not entirely clear how all of these events connect.
Now, I’m not saying we should fully trust Ramos since that didn’t go so well with Jones, but maybe he isn’t all that bad either.
It seems as though he came to Kyle’s aide when he stumbled upon him at Max Evans’s house. And he knows all about aliens, including which ones they are. It’s possible he could become an asset in their fight against Jones!
Maybe the Lockhart Machine is the only thing that could destroy him?
It was a bit of a bummer to see a Max and Liz scene knowing that it wasn’t Max at all. What a tease to fans! But Liz wasn’t selling it at all. Her dynamic with Max is totally different, and Jones knew it.
What did you think about the episode? Let us know in the comments!
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