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Roswell – It Smells Like Teen Spirit (1×06)

Roswell, New Mexico -- "Smells Like Teen Spirit" -- Image Number: ROS106a_0087b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Nathan Dean Parsons as Max, Lily Cowles as Isobel and Michael Vlamis as Michael -- Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW -- © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

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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!

 

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Roswell, New Mexico Renewed For a Second Season!

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The stars have aligned for Roswell, New Mexic.

Roswell, New Mexico just got a green light for its second season following last night’s momentous, jaw-dropping, and game-changing season 1 finale.

In the finale of The CW’s reboot, Noah was killed off after Max tapped into his God-like powers and though it seemed like everything was finally going to settle into normalcy, Max sacrificed himself to bring back Liz’s sister, Rosa, who had been preserved all these years in Noah’s pod.

The finale saw an uptick in audience — it’s biggest since February — which likely assured The CW that giving the series a season 2 was a good idea.

Roswell, New Mexico has amassed a pretty dedicated following; we’ve all been holding on for some positive renewal news.

Now, what’s going to happen with Rosa? How will she assimilate to life in Roswell, New Mexico after being dead for years? And how will they bring back Max?

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Roswell, New Mexico – Recovering the Satellites (1×13)

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Roswell, New Mexico Recovering the Satellites Season Finale Review

Now that’s how you do a season finale.

Roswell, New Mexico went out with a bang as it wrapped up the fourth alien, Noah’s, storyline, raised the stakes, and topped it off with the craziest resurrection cliffhanger.

I’ll tackle the Noah problem first because while it seemed like the main storyline going into the finale, it was merely a bump in the road when the episode credits aired.

Michael wanted answers and the need to find out more about his past but him, Max, and the town of Roswell in imminent danger.

I figured the powerful storm brewing overhead would provide a surge of powers, but I thought they’d help Noah regain his strength.

Instead, Noah outmaneuvered Michael by pretending to be weak and then stabbing him in the throat and leaving him to bleed out.

His first stop after breaking free was the diner where he set his sights on Liz Ortecho.

Thankfully, she had a sample of the rare flower she also found in Maria’s necklace which temporarily subdued Noah and bought her some time.

Let me just say, Liz’s survival skills are unmatched!

Noah regained his powers the same way he had all these years by killing innocent people at Maria DeLuca’s bar.

He also infiltrated Isobel’s mind again and led her and Max right to him.

At this point, Noah was in the midst of what looked like a mental breakdown.

Since he’s the only dude with the answers about their past, everything he told Max before he almost killed him seems rather important.

He divulged that “they are coming” because Max is their savior and they’d never leave him behind. And without going into much detail, he basically admitted that Max was some kind of God.

We then saw what Noah said put into action since Max was able to wield lighting — very God-like — to kill Noah.

Noah also mentioned something about them being Ophicuses, but Max was too wired up to listen to anything.

As Noah was on his deathbed, Isobel paid him a visit to tell him she’d never loved him.

Isobel’s whole relationship with Noah was based on a lie and though she always wanted to tell him the truth, it’s probably better that she didn’t considering he never fessed up to being an alien that was obsessed with Rosa either.

It’s almost fitting that in her last words to him, she still lied.

Now that Noah was over, it really seemed like things would finally taper off for a little bit.

But alas, Isobel couldn’t stop thinking about Noah’s last words to her: take care of her.

Initially, I thought that maybe Isobel was pregnant and Noah could somehow feel it.

But nope, the twist was even crazier! Noah was hiding Rosa Ortecho in his pod as some kind of victory trophy.

Max, clearly intrigued by Noah’s revelation that he’s some kind of God, wondered if it’d be possible to bring Rosa back from the dead.

After all, the pod would have preserved her and allowed for a resurrection.

Both Isobel and Michael warn against it because magic, even the ability to heal, always comes at a price.

However, Max’s love for Liz overpowered and he maxed himself out trying to bring back Rosa.

And he did!

Since Max put a handprint on Liz while they made love, the two of them were connected and when he brought back Rosa, Liz felt his pain.

She rushed over to the desert where she came face-to-face with her sister wandering in a confused-state.

The sisters embraced with Rosa, despite waking up from her death, assuring Liz that she was there and everything was going to be OK.

Even in such a dire moment, her instinct is to comfort her sister.

But nothing is OK because Liz immediately realizes that Max traded in his life for Rosa’s.

A life for a life.

None of us really believe he’s dead though, right?

It’s the rule of television nowadays that no one ever truly stays dead. There’s always a loophole.

With Max being announced as some kind of God, I’m thinking he’ll come back to life eventually.

He may not be the same as there are likely consequences for bringing someone from the dead.

What happens if Liz is forced to choose between having Rosa or bringing back Max?

It’s an impossible choice — she loves him, but she just got her sister back.

Clearly, there are many avenues this storyline can take; it’ll be interesting to see what the writers come up with.

While Max’s decision was noble, I’m really curious as to how he thought they could explain this miraculous resurrection.

Where would they say that Rosa was this whole time?

Does Rosa know what happened to her? TV Line spoke with the series creator immediately after the episode and revealed that we’ll pick up right where we left off if Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 gets renewed.

Apparently, Rosa doesn’t understand how much time passed and will struggle to accept the new normal.

I can’t wait to see this pan out. I mean, who would have thought that Rosa and Liz would be reunited in just 13 episodes. Or at all, for that matter!

This also begs the question – if Max can bring back people from the dead, what else is he capable of?

Can he bring others back from the dead as well? Immediately, Noah comes to mind. Michael might be crazy enough to want to bring him back solely to get answers.

And what about Jim Valenti? Kyle would love to have his father back.

Speaking of… there’s the unwelcome return of Master Sergeant Manes who attempted to kill Kyle Valenti because he was getting too close to the truth about his father.

Honestly, Rosa’s return was shocking but so was learning that Manes pushed Jim Valenti into the cell with the alien who gave him brain cancer.

After Manes tries to sneak up on Kyle and shoots him in the chest, he reveals that the reason he got rid of his dad was because he tried to help and supported the aliens who killed his daughter.

All of this because someone else didn’t share his beliefs or didn’t think it was valid to kill a whole race because of a few bad apples.

Ridiculous.

I was overjoyed to see Kyle outsmart Manes by wearing a bulletproof vest and inserting him with a drug that put him into a medically induced coma.

You don’t always have to stoop to their level if you have the brains to do better.

Hopefully, the doctor Valenti was referring to is himself. I’d love to see him torture his father’s killer while he couldn’t do anything about it.

This will likely give us plenty of insights into Manes’ life and all that he knows about aliens.

The answers may have died with Noah, but this is Roswell — someone’s bound to know more than they’re letting on.

Kyle and Alex’s friendship was never good, but it’s definitely strained after finding out what happened between their fathers.

Alex is so disgusted learning about his father’s true colors, he goes to apologize to Michael for following in his father’s footsteps.

You know how they say timing is everything? Well, Alex couldn’t have picked a worse time to go pour his heart out to Michael.

Michael even tried to tell Alex that he couldn’t talk right now but Alex just kept going and going.

It truly seemed like Michael was going to pick Alex, especially after he was moved by Alex telling him he loved him and by admitting to Isobel that he loved him too.

But Michael ultimately chose Maria.

This is going to be a very controversial choice simply because of how many Alex and Michael shippers there are, but I’ll say, it was the right choice.

For now.

Michael choosing Maria doesn’t discount Alex or mean that there’s no possibility for them.

It also isn’t an insult to the LGBTQ community that Michael picked a woman, though I’m sure that’s going to be something folks cling onto.

In fact, Michael’s choice makes a lot of sense.

Maria works better for him now because she comes with less baggage.

As he mentioned, loving Alex always feels like a crash landing. It reminds him too much of his painful past, especially now that his father is so wrapped up in his history and responsible for killing his mother.

Michael and Alex may be able to overcome those obstacles one day, but for now, he needs something easy that can provide him with some happiness that he’s been longing for for a long time.

And this isn’t to say Maria and Michael are even going to work out.

While he was playing the guitar, she noticed that his hand had magically healed and seemed worried.

Will she assume that Michael is an alien? Will she figure some other power is behind it?

How will Michael explain it? Or will he come clean?

Other Alien Musings

  • Liz finally found out that Rosa was a Valenti and instead of getting upset, she felt sorry for Kyle for losing a sister as well. This girl has a heart of gold.
  • Kyle Valenti has really evolved as a character and his storyline has taken a dark turn. His scene at the gun range was proof of that. He felt so much emotional turmoil after realizing the code he always lived by just wasn’t worth it.
  • Maria’s necklace, which was given to her by her ill mother to ward off evil, has the rare flower inside. What does this mean for her storyline going forward? We’ve assumed that her mother’s memory loss was a symptom of knowing too much. Is Maria deeply involved with the supernatural happenings and just doesn’t know it?
  • How will Rosa’s return to the land of the living affect her father? And Maria?

What did you think of the series finale?

They sure pulled out all the stops, but man, it was exciting and gave us way more than we bargained for.

I’m rooting for a renewal from The CW, but if it doesn’t happen, at least we know the Ortecho sisters are back together again, Roswell is rid of Noah, and Max’s love for Liz only intensified as his powers did.

Hopefully, we’ll see you next season!

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Roswell, New Mexico – Creep (1×12)

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The penultimate episode of Roswell, New Mexico provided plenty of answers, but getting the answer to the most important question — who are Max, Isobel, and Michael and where did they come from — was a bit drawn out.

Noah was being held captive and clinging to life yet they still couldn’t get any real information out of him.

It was aggravating to see him still assert dominance, and even more aggravating to see Max and Isobel willing to let him die without knowing the truth.

What Noah did was disgusting. He violated her when she was a little girl as a means to survive and then thrived after killing Rosa.

The one thing Noah did manage to tell them was that killing gives them energy and makes them stronger, which was corroborated by Alex, Kyle and Michael.

This begs the question — are aliens killers?

We’re supposed to fear the supernatural and the unknown, but Max, Isobel and Michael have never displayed any murderous tendencies.

Sure, Max has allowed rage to consume him but only after he or his loved ones have been wrong.

Maybe it’s because they don’t know who or what they are so they haven’t tapped into their full potential?

Personally, I found Alex, Kyle and Michael’s road trip to be way more insightful than anything on the Noah front.

While Noah being the fourth alien causes conflict, I just can’t wrap my head around “Mr. Congeniality” being the murder.

Caulfield Prison, the place Kyle’s father wrote about in his journals, has a personal connection to all three of the men.

Alex ran into his brother there, working on a serum that would kill aliens using their own DNA against them.

Generally, genocide is frowned upon, but his belief along with father Manes’ was that these aliens were plotting to kill them instead.

Kyle found out that his father was also trying to hurt and kill aliens when he came into contact with the subject N38, a dangerous alien who killed anything he came into contact with.

The alien gave Mr. Valenti the brain tumor which led to his death.

As for Michael, he was disgusted and heartbroken to witness all the aliens from 1947 trapped and locked up inside the prison.

One survivor, in particular, an elderly woman, spoke to him.

Though he didn’t know how he knew her, Michael felt a connection to her immediately.

He was so desperate to free her from the cell, he used his powers and cracked a window thus setting off a breach alarm.

Within 10 minutes, the whole prison was blown to smithereens.

Michael, Alex and Kyle managed to make it out of there but not before Michael connected with the prisoners and realized she was his mother.

Michael has always been the outcast with no family.

Seeing him have this moment was emotionally impactful.

Sadly, he killed his mother and all the other aliens because he’d acted on impulse.

It’s upsetting that the series introduced such a major reveal — other aliens exist! — only to kill them all off.

Their only hope for answers now is Noah.

Michael is willing to give him the antidote to learn more about himself, which is expected as Michael was almost the most curious of the three.

Max isn’t behind the decision because Noah is dangerous with his powers.

We leave off the episode with both brothers at a crossroads. Michael has the antidote, but Max is pointing a gun straight at him.

Since the storyline doesn’t progress without Noah giving us some insight, it’s safe to say Max is going to come to his senses.

But even when they find out about the war-torn desolate planet they escaped, what difference will that make to their current lives?

I’m more intrigued to find out why the three of them survived in their protective pods while everyone else suffered.

Crashdown Thoughts

  • Liz is a good friend. She’s never seen eye-to-eye with Isobel, but she knows what loss feels like and wants to be there for her.
  • Cam is skipping town because she got let go from police duty for firing her firearm and is going to spend time with her sister. I can’t say we’ll miss Cam, but it’s unfortunate that the writers couldn’t find a purpose for her aside from being Max’s booty call.
  • Did anyone else notice Vicky from the Vampire Diaries was Michael’s mom? I love how much Julie Plec reuses her actors.
  • I know Noah is a cold blood killer but he was trapped inside a pod for hundreds of years before realizing killing made his body stronger. It’s almost like survival of the fittest.

Will Michael give Noah the antidote?

Will they find out more about the aliens trapped inside the prison?

Will they find a way to protect themselves from the government?

Will Kyle and Alex turn on Michael?

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