On the penultimate episode of Roswell, New Mexico, things were getting explosive at the carnival, which made us pretty excited going into the season finale.
However, the danger at the carnival fizzled out mere moments into the season 2 finale. Liz was able to diffuse the console thwarting an eruption, Maria was rushed to the hospital after handling the atomizer, and Max was revived and back on his feet. Flint wasn’t as lucky, but he’ll survive.
Jesse Manes also met his match and died after his son, Gregory, shot him while he was threatening Michael Guerin.
Considering how evil Manes was, you’d think his death would be a bigger moment, but it was mostly glossed over aside from a brief mention of Manes being hailed as a hero and celebrated with a parade and statue because Helena Ortecho’s plan to expose him as the villain was ruined.
I was mostly shocked by the little emotion from Alex. He was always so tormented by his father’s hatred towards him. He wanted to be loved, but he also saw his father for the evil man he truly was, and yet, he still attempted to see the best in him and give him the benefit of the doubt.
I expected a more emotional response, but as Jesse took his final breath, Alex didn’t seem to feel anything but hatred and disgust. It was fitting but fleeing and surface level, and I wish we got more here as it would be great for character development.
The best part was Gregory, who not only stood up for Alex, which he admitted was something he should have done sooner, but he was also happy to see Alex comfortable with his sexuality in a cowboy bar later in the episode. When it comes to Manes men, Alex and Gregory are the best ones.
Jesse Manes surely didn’t deserve anything from the town, but his death felt so anti-climatic. It was only redeemed with the journal that Guerin and Maria were able to unlock with the key Guerin and Alex found while tearing down the Manes shed. What a cathartic experience.
The Manes family has more than a few skeletons in their closet, or, in this case, under the floorboards, which is where they found Tripp’s skeleton. Alex took that as proof his grandfather Harlan killed his uncle Tripp.
Thankfully, aside from Flint Manes, the line of bad apples in that family has mostly been eliminated. And Alex isn’t giving up hope on his brother just yet; he won’t let him become Jesse’s protege.
The journal was given to Maria by Mimi and allowed the characters and audience to get insight into the night of the UFO crash and beyond between Tripp, Louise, and Nora, and more specifically, the other man who hitched a ride on the ship and presented a threat to them.
One-by-one we were given all the pieces of the puzzle.
Turns out, Tripp was a good guy who was in love with Nora. Their love was cosmic, kind of like Alex and Guerrin’s, but like with their relationship, the timing just didn’t work out as Nora was captured.
One key takeaway from the journal is that Nora was worried about her son, Louise’s daughter, and “the other,” which we’re assuming referred to Max.
This is important when it comes to that final scene in which the trio comes face-to-face with the mysterious stranger they freed from behind a glowing supernatural prison door that Max unlocked when he touched the console.
The stowaway responsible for the crash of the ship aka Mr. Jones was Max’s lookalike. Nathan Parsons is about to start pulling double duty out here!
Considering Max has seen this man’s shadow on the few occasions he’s taken Liz’s anecdote, it’s safe to say Max with the beard is Max’s father or creator. There’s a chance that “the other” means Max is of a different species or possibly a clone, which is an element the original Roswell toyed with.
We’ll all surely spend the rest of the hiatus pondering who Mr. Jones is. And also, hearing him say “howdy, partner” on repeat.
It wouldn’t be a finale without relationships in limbo.
Max and Liz are on shaky ground after he blew up her lab and all of her research to prevent Diego and Margot Meyerson from breaking into it and snooping around.
The bottom line of this storyline is that Max and Liz’s communication is still completely terrible.
Max could have warned Liz instead of jumping into destruction. He and Liz could have been there to catch Diego breaking in. But instead, he ruined all she’s worked for.
A part of that decision was Max truly concerned about protecting Liz, but the other part was self-serving as he wasn’t a fan of what she was doing and that she had the tools to expose aliens. He wanted to protect his family even if it cost him his relationship.
It proves Max is being a bit selfish. It’s understandable that he wants to find out about his family and his past, but that doesn’t mean it trumps Liz’s wants and needs.
Liz, however, wants to trust Diego with all his offers of fixing her problems that she’s ignoring Max’s warnings and all the other red flags.
It’s probably for the best that Max and Liz broke up right now. The relationship has so many issues that need to be worked out before they can reconcile, and they clearly have different priorities.
The best part is that he respected her decision to go to California and didn’t try to stop her. Though, I wish they ended on better terms because Max not showing up to say goodbye to Liz almost felt like he officially chose his family over her.
Still, we know their relationship isn’t over for good. I have a feeling Liz will need rescuing come Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 once she realizes she’s gotten in over her head.
Or Liz will get pulled back into Roswell with the latest evil Max development.
Michael and Maria’s love story also came to an end, but her reason felt more like a cop-out. Their relationship has been so inconsistent, so it’s hard to know where they truly stand.
Michael is undecided most of the time and keeps flip-flopping, so I think he needs to just take a moment and find out who he wants to be with and what he wants.
Once Maria broke up with him and he saw Alex signing that beautiful song, it was clear he wanted to be with him and felt hopeful that the possibility is there, but I’m glad he didn’t pursue it because it would’ve felt like Alex was second best.
He also saw that there was another suitor and realized that they needed to explore a life where they don’t end up together.
Though. I agree with the fandom that I would have loved for Guerin to just run on stage and kiss Alex after that beautiful song.
Other storylines that were tied up:
- Jenna and Charlie finally reunited, and hopefully, we’ll see more of her next season.
- Rosa decided she was going back to rehab to finish out the program. She’s not blowing her second chance this time.
- She also told Helena to skip town since there’s nothing left for her here, and I couldn’t agree more. She’s done enough damage. However, she wants justice and vengeance, which wasn’t served upon Jesse’s death, so I could see her sticking around. Maybe she and Rosa will find a way to bond over their addiction and desire to beat it.
- Liz succeeded in the cure for Steph’s deadly disease. Steph called it a miracle, Kyle it good science, but I’m guessing people are going to ask questions about how things changed for her so quickly. I’m still trying to figure out where the Kyle and Steph romance is headed, but I guess we’ll leave that for next season.
What did you think of the season 2 finale of Roswell, New Mexico?
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Roswell, New Mexico Review – Jesse Manes’ Plan Revealed at Crash Con (2×12)
There are too many things going on in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s equally as thrilling as it is confusing at times.
As we head into the season 2 finale, the stakes have been raised, and it affects everyone in the small town. Literally, everyone.
But it was hard to keep up with all the twists and turns that got us there, so this review will likely feature a good amount of recap just so everyone is on the same page! We started off with three villains who we assumed were working together Jesse and Flint Manes, and Helena Ortecho.
At first, it wasn’t clear how Helena became involved with the Manes family, but since she was responsible for kidnapping Alex and Guerin, we assumed she was bad news.
That is until we found out that Helena was using the Manes men to enact her own revenge on Jesse for killing Jim Valenti.
Helena’s motivations boiled down to love, which humanizes the character slightly until you realize that she kidnapped an alien to build a bomb targeting Manes DNA to kill a man who wronged her years ago. Hey, at least she’s not anti-alien, right?
Helena’s storyline connected with Mimi’s “abduction” and allowed Isobel to play with her head to get to the bottom of it. Mimi is way more coherent in her mind than she is on the outside.
Mimi reached out to Helena, who returned to town and saw that Rosa returned from the dead, meaning that everything Jim said about Rosa being preserved and Jesse having a weapon to kill aliens had to be true. And thus, her need for revenge was born.
It all seems too convenient, and I feel like they never really knew what to do with Mimi’s character this season. Maybe I’m just not fond of Helena’s storyline, but Mimi was used as a pawn and doesn’t know it because she trapped in her own mind.
Of course, Flint figured out Helena’s plan and stole the atomizer targeting the alien DNA from Charlie before she had time to destroy it.
He rushed over to the CrashCon carnival (which looks mighty fun for alien lovers and fans, you know, when there aren’t murders on the loose) to set it off.
The hatred spewing Jesse and Flint’s veins is disgusting. They keep justifying their behavior because they believe these “invaders” are going to take what’s there’s, but if you think about it, the three pure aliens in Roswell have never wanted to take anything from anybody. The logic doesn’t hold true, but we can say that about a lot of things in this world when it comes to race. The point is, Jesse and Flint made the aliens enemies in their mind because history had led them to believe that these beings should be feared, so there’s no changing their minds now. No amount of logic can help when you have a preconceived bias.
Jesse would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for Liz and Max’s realization that they were underestimating him.
If he simply killed the aliens at the carnival, it wouldn’t make him a big hero. And let’s face it, Jesse is here for clout. He wants to be hailed as an American hero who saved his country from an imminent threat.
And thus, before killing the aliens, he has to make it seem like they are terrorists, which is where the glowing alien artifact comes into play.
The thing was so flammable, it could explode with the teeny tiniest spark thus blowing up the whole carnival, which is what Manes hoped for as it would allow him to frame Max as the paper trail aka the $10,000 he deposited into his bank account that morning led back to him for his “donation” of the artifact.
Also, don’t you love how nonchalant Max was about seeing $10K in his account?
All of this compounded into one simple solution — do everything in your power not to let anything bad happen.
Easy enough in a carnival crawling with tourists, right?
Maria tracked down the atomizer ready to kill anyone with alien DNA by following Mimi Deluca’s signs. While she successfully got it out of harm’s way, it started taking its toll on her as she began to bleed from her eyes and nose before collapsing in Jenna’s arm.
Isobel tried to keep the artifact from detonating smack dab in the carnival while Guerin went to search for Max as she could feel him getting “cold.”
Of course, he got sidetracked by Alex who confronted his father to inform him that Helena switched out his atomizer so that he would take out himself and his bloodline with it.
You’ve got to hand it to Alex for still trying to save his father despite everything he’s done to him. It takes a lot to save the man who kidnapped you to lure your lover in to create a bomb that would essentially kill all your friends, even if he is your father.
Alex continues to trump his father’s hatred with love and kindness despite Jesse not deserving any of it — he’s done enough and hurt so many people.
Not to mention he’s willing to blow up a carnival filled with people because he “thinks” that’s the right move. Who is actually the terrorist here?
Guerin came to help Alex but got a gun pointed at him (and his powers are still null and void because of Helena’s serum), so Gregory Manes stepped in!
Oh, I love it when a Manes man turns against Jesse! And Gregory didn’t care who or what Michael was, he only cared how much Guerin mattered to Alex. No one has ever stood up for Alex like that in the family, but it was so awesome. A lot of people are clearly done with Jesse’s bullying.
If Manes detonates the atomizer, he isn’t just putting himself at risk, he’s putting Alex, Flint, and Gregory in harm’s way also.
Honestly Michael, now would be a really good time to get your powers back.
Max chased down Flint and then used his energy and powers to take him in an eye-for-an-eye situation. His decision weakened him and quite possibly killed him yet again. He was already looking “clammy” earlier in the day because all the anecdote he was taking behind Liz’s back was taxing, but this really did the trick.
How many times is Liz going to have to give up everything to save him?
As much as I love their relationship, the fact that they continuously lie to each other rubs me the wrong way. Liz came clean about what she doing in the lab, but it wasn’t until they began discussing Jesse Manes’ plans where she came clean about why she wants to continue on with her research.
And Max blatantly lied to Liz’s face about the anecdote cause he knew she would say it’s too dangerous and then asked Charlie to lie to Liz too.
While everyone was trying to hold the fort down at the carnival, Liz went to the lab to create something that could power down the artifact. She mixed some ingredients together and brought something back (very scientific explanation, I know, but you get the point) before getting distracted with Operation Save Max 2.0. However, Rosa will likely bring him back with her powers as Liz stops the artifact thus hindering the explosion and ruining Jesse Mane’s big “hero” moment.
Hopefully, she gets there in time before every alien begins experiencing the side effects that Maria did.
The bottom line is that there’s a lot at stake heading into the finale.
On a less-important note, Diego is sniffing around Liz’s business for god knows what reason. Initially, I thought Diego was one of the bad guys, but since the episode went out of its way to make him look like a bad guy, I now think Diego is just nosy.
He sees that Liz is all worked up about something, he can’t understand why she’s so worried, and he likely sees all the whispering between her and her friends, so my guess is that he followed her back to the lab to get a peek at what she’s working on.
There can only be so many masterminds in one small town, and there’s absolutely no room for Diego!
Amidst all of this mayhem and chaos, the series still managed to make tackle the issue of illegal immigration in America. The series has never shied away from the topic, but once again just like in Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 Episode 11, they were spot on with Liz’s speech about how Max may try to understand her reality and fear but he never will through no fault of his own. It’s so poignant when you think about the protests that have spearheaded the largest Civil Rights movement in the nation.
The only thing that didn’t sit right with me this episode was the fact that Guerin left Alex in the house. His intentions were good because he knew Alex would head over to the carnival thus putting himself at risk and exposure, but it wasn’t Guerin’s call to make especially because it threatens Alex’s whole family.
Not to mention, he left him there tied up with a crazy brother who had no trouble leaving Charlie tied to a radiator as the house burned down. And Alex didn’t have his prosthetic with him! It wasn’t one of Guerin’s best moments, that’s for sure.
There were so many characters involved in the episode, and I love when shows go big for a finale, but I wish Kyle was somehow involved.
His scene with Steph was sweet, and for someone who was such a douche in high school, Kyle is truly redeeming himself on every front from helping Liz resurrect Max to helping Max despite their differences to doing Steph’s makeup.
And because Kyle has sacrificed so much and put his career on the line, he deserves to be in on the action. And they could clearly use an extra human hand. Aside from Liz and Alex, everyone at the carnival has some alien DNA and/or proteins making them susceptible to the atomizer.
Steph did say her father was taking her to the carnival, so maybe Kyle will jump in to help in the finale?
Also, for Kyle and Steph’s relationship to make any sense or have any purpose, Liz needs to save her with her research. But if she does, she’s going to have to expose the aliens. How else will she explain Steph’s miraculously recovery?
Throughout most of the episode, I wondered how Rosa was just roaming out and about in Roswell and no one seemed to notice.
They kept her hidden the whole season and now, she’s just serving burgers at the Crashdown Cafe like it’s no biggie.
Thankfully, there was a brief mention of it when Rosa met Gregory who said she looked like the girl who died from his high school and she explained she’s Rosa’s cousin Rosalina, but honestly, on a show where aliens battle the government, you have a probably when that’s considered a stretch.
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Roswell, New Mexico Review – Who Kidnapped Alex Manes? (2×11)
The war between humans and aliens is brewing on Roswell, New Mexico as the truth about Project Shepard is exposed.
And there are some pretty surprising parties involved.
When Alex was kidnapped, we speculated that it was either Forrest or one of the Manes men.
Thankfully, it wasn’t Forrest, well, at least he hasn’t been mentioned for now, which means that all the fans can breathe a sigh of relief because that means there’s still hope for their love story.
However, I don’t think it’s Forrest that fans are going to be rooting for.
Michael is the real deal. He quickly realized something was wrong with Alex after finding the napkin with the symbols on the back.
And the way he fought to find Alex puts me right back on #TeamMalex. That’s true love. We’ve never seen Michael use his powers so boldly, and it’s because he’s never truly had anything to fight for.
But the man he loves — and will always love — is in danger, so there was no stopping Michael.
Unfortunately, when your love story is that passionate, you become collateral.
Michael thought he was making a lot of headway when he ambushed Jesse Manes and later, Flint Manes, but instead, he walked straight into a trap because they were expecting him.
They didn’t think Michael would catch on as quickly as he did, but they knew he would come to save Alex.
Jesse might not understand his son at all, but he understands that Michael would do anything for Alex. I was really hoping that Michal wouldn’t lose the upper hand here, but it was obvious he didn’t stand a chance and that Jesse wasn’t actually trying to find his son.
Michael loves and cares about Alex so much that he’s going to create the very bomb to take out his own species, which is saying a lot.
The unexpected twist with Project Shepard was the revelation that Liz and Rosa’s mother, Helena, was also somehow involved. We don’t know the role she’s playing in all of this, but she was the one to numb Michael’s powers, so she has to be pretty high up there.
When Helena was first introduced, it seemed to be more to explain Rosa’s addiction, so this twist gives her character so much more depth. What are her motivations? Has she known about aliens the whole time?
Did she know Max was an alien when she met him? Is that the reason she came back into town?
And what’s her connection to the Manes men?
There was something teleneovela-ish about Helena’s entrance, and I have to admit, she makes a good villain.
It’s impressive that everyone seemed to stumble upon the revelation in their own way.
Rosa and Isobel figured it out after finding a note on Micheal’s trailer that was written in her mother’s handwriting.
Despite harboring so much resentment for her mother, Rosa wanted to make sure her mother was safe after learning that she was “missing.” I’m intrigued to dig deeper into how Rosa’s relationship with her mom affected her. And will knowing the truth about her mother help her heal and move on?
Meanwhile, Max and Kyle teamed up for the first time ever to investigate the use of butyricol, a memory loss-inducing drug found in Cam’s system following her kidnapping, which led them to Flint’s home. Max found the sniper, which confirmed that Flint is the one who temporarily kidnapped him.
There were so many moving parts in the episode, that at times, it was a little hard to keep track, but it’s comforting that everyone is on the same page now so that they can organize a plan to get Alex and Guerin back.
Then there’s Diego, who I don’t trust for a minute. No man who was stood up and walked out on by his ex-fiance would be so eager to help her.
It’s great that he’s willing to be there for Arturo, but if he’s so happy in his new relationship with Naomi, why is he so eager to hang around and help Liz at the cafe?
He kept bringing up wanting to know about her secret project, which rubbed me the wrong way. Diego seems to pretty well connected and in a similar field as Liz, so he’d likely understand the importance of an NDA, which means he wouldn’t push it unless he was trying to find out something. I hate that she even began telling him what she’s working on before informing Max about it.
And I wasn’t a fan of how he kept pushing Liz to join his company, which she clearly shut down years ago because of their shady practices.
What does Diego really want from Liz? Who is he really working for? Does he want her to admit she’s working with aliens?
Max figured out that Liz was up to something secretive, and she explained that it had to do with finding a rapid cure for Kyle’s girlfriend, Steph. I love that Max felt comfortable enough to confront her and that she came clean about it, but I wish they didn’t do it in the cafe because I feel like the ICE agents bugged the place and are listening in to everything.
And Max has no place to get upset with Liz for keeping secrets about her research when he hasn’t told her about the drugs to help him remember what happened to him as a child.
Roswell, New Mexico has never shied away from political topics of racism and immigration, and it’s never been more necessary than right now.
With all the hate happening in our country, the series delivered some powerful scenes in this episode and commentary about our society.
The writers likely didn’t intend for the episode to resonate as much as it did, but man, there were so many moments that did including Guerin’s speech to Jesse about being angry and lashing out because that’s the only way he can be heard or understood.
Then there was irrational fear of the Manes men that aliens were violent invaders that would colonize the planet, which was absurd. They do realize that there only three aliens who are just trying to live a normal life, right?
And finally, the racism Liz endured from the disgusting and hateful ICE agents, who wanted to antagonize her.
The whole scene was heartbreaking but painted a clear picture of how minorities are perceived in this country and how they’re stripped of their achievements and belittled by the jobs that they do.
No, Liz isn’t a waitress, she owns the damn business and should be respected as a woman, daughter, and business owner. Can you even imagine thinking you can walk into someone’s business and disrespect them for fun because of their nationality?
It’s unfortunate that Liz had to be prepared for such an attack, but I love that even when they hit low, she hit high proving that she did her research and wasn’t interested in being bullied.
She always told Diego that she had to be the perfect daughter so that no one could use anything against her, but he didn’t understand it until he witnessed the agent bringing up her “criminal record,” which is a vandalism charge for graffiti, against her.
I may not have a good feeling about Diego, but I sure enjoyed him putting the ICE agents in their place.
Other Roswell Moments
- Rosa and Isobel’s relationship is sweet. Rosa showed her a very intimate moment to help her understand the pain brought on by Noah’s betrayal and not knowing her real mother.
- Rosa left rehab early, but hopefully, seeking the truth about being surrounded by those who love her helps her from relapsing.
- Kyle was fired from the hospital for stealing equipment. And when Max tried to help him return it, he did his best to help cover up for Liz.
- I’m still on the fence about Kyle and Steph’s relationship. Who is her father? There has to be more to this storyline than meets the eye.
What did you think about the episode? Are you surprised the Manes men kidnapped Alex? Did you expect that Helena was involved?
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