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?
5 Biggest Moments from the Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Finale
The Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 finale was an intense two-part event from beginning to end.
The showdown between Jones and Max came to a head, with one being destroyed for good.
Check out the 5 biggest moments from the finale!
1. Shiri Appleby returns to Roswell
We’ll start with this one because it was the most shocking reveal. During the final moments of the episode, a naked and dazed woman walks into a home in Careyes, Mexico and claims to be one of the people “in the sky,” which the homeowner relays to a woman hiding in the shadows. The woman, who bears the same tattoo as Max Evans, claims she’s Liz Ortecho. “Liz Ortecho was a student of mine,” Allie exclaims as she emerges from the dark. Turns out, Allie is played by WB Roswell actress Shiri Appleby! What a treat to fans of the original!
Our only guess is that the woman is someone Jones called through the Lockhart Machine!
2. Love is in the Air for (Mostly) Everyone
There were a lot of deeply profound and passionate speeches from all the couples we ship on “I Ain’t Going Out Like That” and “Never Let You Go.” It’s hard to pinpoint our favorite, but nearly all of them got a happy ending after Jones was defeated in the final battle (we think? We hope.)!
Max and Liz finally got their kiss while promising each other that they would go see the ocean. Throughout this ordeal where Jones offered her everything she wanted, she realized that she could have Max and the science. To be quite honest, I feel like there isn’t any science for Liz without Max. I’m glad these two are finally on the same page and choosing honesty.
Alex almost lost Guerin, who stood up to his father, Jones, on several occasions. When it was all said and done, they both defeated their bad dads and came out on top. Then, they did the one thing they never could in front of Papa Manes — they held hands. Damn, that felt good! Michael and Alex are finally in a healthy place in their relationship because they are no longer letting anything from their past define or confine them.
Deluca and Manes got to spend some time together, which was nice after all the psychic visions she’s been having.
Sadly, Kyle is still longing for the girl. He finally admitted that he had feelings for Isobel when Maria interrogated him. While operating on Dallas at Deep Sky, he and Isobel even had a bonding moment where she could sense his energy was all over the place. However, he never got to tell her how he felt because their moment was interrupted by Anatsa. Here’s the thing — I like both of these potential suitors for Isobel. She has a great thing going with Anatsa, but there’s undeniable chemistry between her and Kyle. I’m looking forward to the show exploring that in the future.
Even Rosalinda got a happy ending after Kyle got her a ticket to New York so she could start over fresh and live her best life.
3. The Triad + Friends Defeat Jones
The science was murky on this one, and there was a moment where it really seemed like separating Jones and Max was going to come at the cost of Max losing his powers for good, but eventually, Heath saved the day by creating the serum using Dallas’ equation. Take that Genoryx.
While Jones aimed to get inside everyone’s minds and prey on their insecurities to divide them, they ended up banding together and conquering him using their sheer force. There’s strength in numbers. They could no longer shy away from the parts they were scared of.
The final switcheroo was dangerous because it relied on Liz picking the right Max. It’s not a unique twist by any means, but it worked well in the context of the storyline. Jones got all too good at pretending to be Max, which made it all the more difficult to deduce which one was the real Max. However, she figured it out by asking him what song played on the jukebox during their first date knowing that the real Max couldn’t remember the title.
Choosing the right Max during such a tense moment proved that Liz truly is his soulmate and knows him better than anyone!
4. Dallas Gets Stabbed
Poor Dallas. One minute he’s preaching to a congregation, the next minute he’s trapped in a mindscape with some evil dictator. What a wild trip it’s been for him. His whole belief system was questioned, he found out the truth about his family in a very overwhelming way, and eventually got pieces of glowing shrapnel lodge in his throat and forced to undergo an emergency alien surgery. It’s surprising he made it out of this in such good spirits. Nothing can break him because he reads Reddit threads, duh!
But it’s exciting to see him as part of the triad. He has a lot to learn about being an alien, so I’m sure his parents are happy he found his pack.
5. Maria’s Future
Maria became much more vital to the storyline this season, specifically as a source of support for Isobel and Rosa. She may have been Liz’s best friend when the series started out, but she has a pretty badass girl gang going with Isobel and Rosa nowadays. Her visions carried the series, she learned how much her family contributed to all things alien, and still, she never shied away from her responsibilities of stopping Jones or protecting her friends. She’s a gem.
And after sacrificing her bracelet to piece together Isobel’s mother’s sword, she’s now going to have to rely on the science from Jones’s “intergalactic ass” to prevent her brain from turning to mush and going to the way of her mother’s, who she found out is deteriorating rapidly. Why do I feel like next season will involve some form of saving Maria from her own brain?
What did you think of the season finale? Will you miss Nathan Parson’s pulling double duty so masterfully?
How did you like this season overall? Shout out all your thoughts in the comments below!
Roswell, New Mexico Review – 2 Became 1 (3×11)
With a title like “2 Became 1,” it’s almost a bummer that the Spice Girls song wasn’t thrown in at any point during Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 11.
And surprisingly, a merger and/or severing of a connection between Max and Jones wasn’t initiated. They were not two that became 1 in the episode.
However, Jones proved that he has way more tricks up his sleeve than anyone anticipated.
After kidnapping Heath and Liz, Jones suggested that she works with him to break the connection he has with Max. In turn, he would leave the planet and allow her to use the groundbreaking science to save Max.
While it seems like a sound plan, the truth is that Jones cannot be trusted.
The last time anyone did trust him, well, that’s how they got in this mess.
Jones knew that by taking Liz hostage, eventually, the whole squad would come to save her, which is exactly what he wanted.
They walked into his trap.
Without doing any real work, Jones was able to lure in Dallas, who had the equation in his mind, his clone, and everyone else that has powers in town.
So, will Liz make a deal with the devil? At this point, she’s been backed into quite a corner with no way of getting out.
I’m a firm believer in the idea that there’s always another way, and I think that Michael is that other way.
Dallas, Michael, and Isobel have the opportunity to accomplish what their parents couldn’t. They are the second chance that can bring this evil dictator down once and for all.
Even Sanders — who, Michael is right, is the town’s Mad-Eye Moody — questioned why Michael hasn’t gone all Harry Potter on Voldemort.
I believe Michael is sitting on a lot more power than he’s letting on because he’s too scared of turning into the likes of his father and Noah.
Eventually, he’s going to have to break through that to save Max.
There’s always a possibility that the science will come in and save the day, and lord knows the show loves to get into the scientific complexities to the point where I have no idea what’s going on or what anyone is actually suggesting.
There’s just no point in bringing up using fire to create, and mentioning that the spores are essentially stemmed cells that could genetically block off the connection between Max and Jones.
If I’m understanding that correctly, it would mean that Max and James would become two entities, and then it would be fine to kill Jones while preserving Max.
If Michael isn’t the savior, Liz’s spores are going to have to be.
While this season has been promising and unraveling at a good pace, the penultimate episode was a bit of a letdown as it didn’t reveal anything new.
With the episode leading into a two-hour season finale, I expected more setup than just everyone rehashing everything we already know to be true at this point.
Though I am glad the fact that Michael is the child of the dictator likely should play a bigger role in his demise, so I’m just really glad that was brought up.
There were some enjoyable moments throughout the episode, including Isobel and Jones’s sword fight.
I love how she’s ready to fully embrace her powers to save her brother. Isobel may have been lost last season, but she’s very secure in her journey these days and it’s fun to watch.
Rosa has also found herself, so she was helpful in locating Isobel’s mother’s sword for the fight of their lives.
And she had a sweet moment with Wyatt, who made a pit stop in Roswell only to be convinced that he absolutely needed to leave the small town and all the red necking behind.
Who would have thought they’d ever be able to redeem Wyatt Long?!
Though, I am glad that he isn’t going to be Rosa’s love interest. He might be a new and improved version of himself, but that would have been toxic.
It was better for them to stay friends and encourage each other to follows their own journeys.
What did you expect from the episode? Did you anticipate more action? Do you think they’ll successfully defeat Jones and free Max?
Do you think everyone would be more powerful if they stopped living in their parent’s shadows?
What are your theories going into the finale?
Roswell, New Mexico Review – What Did The Lockhart Machine Reveal? (3×10)
The race to save Max Evans while severing his tether to Jones continued on Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 10.
Who knew that a crucial part of this journey would be Dallas, a preacher we barely knew just a few episodes ago?
By tagging in Dallas, Isobel, Michael, and Alex were finally able to open up the Lockhart Machine and get the equation needed to stop Jones.
See, the machine ended up being used for good after all…. once they got the Manes malware removed, that is.
At this point, Jones has proven that he doesn’t have a redeemable bone in his body, so it’s understandable that they have to do everything in their power to stop him from getting it.
Jones spares no one; he’s too comfortable with unleashing hell on Earth.
This obviously sets the scene for an intense faceoff in the future between Dallas and Jones since the preacher is the only thing standing in his way of “everlasting” domination.
It’s a concerning development, however.
Dallas may be part of the triad, but he has no connection to Max or Isobel and Guerin for that matter. He met them recently, so while it’s comforting that was able to find out more about his origins and meet his dad, he doesn’t have much loyalty to them… or Max.
As a preacher, he’s obviously opposed to killing, but there’s also nothing stopping him from going to the worst-case scenario in order to stop Jones if, for example, killing him results in the lesser of two evils.
Dallas will be able to make the call on judgment day, and there’s a chance that it doesn’t bode well for Max in the long run.
Bottom line: Dallas cannot be their one and only option.
We know Jones will go to any extreme to get that equation, and when he does, Dallas’s motivation won’t be Max, it’ll be Heath… if he lives long enough for that.
I’m hoping that Guerin will play a larger role in stopping Jones considering the revelation that he’s his father. Why wouldn’t Guerin be the key?
It was a shocking and juicy twist without any true repercussions — all we saw was Guerin question whether or not he was a monster like daddio, which we know he isn’t. He didn’t need to come face-to-face with one in order to realize it.
I like Dallas, and I like the shake-up his involvement offers, but how incredible would it be to see Guerin take on Jones? Fighting Jones means he’s not only fighting his maker, but also the person that looks like his brother — the only family he has ever known.
There’s a poetry to it that gets lost with Dallas’s inclusion.
Though, it was sweet that the only person that was able to get through to Dallas was Michael when he leveled with him and opened up about his past.
Mindscaping, mind-controlling, and all the other alien stuff is great, but it’s overwhelming. Dallas needed to hear it from someone who has lived it, which, in this case, is Michael. Their files read exactly the same as they both had crummy experiences bouncing around from foster family to foster family looking for a sense of purpose. Neither of them had any family, aside from the found families they created, and they remained loyal to those people while trying to understand themselves. And they both recently met their fathers, though, it clearly fared better for Dallas than it did for Michael.
Michael has always been haunted by the past. He never wanted to relive it, so it had a hold on him. His anger stemmed from his experiences, and since he never confronted them, they had the ability to control him.
It took a little push from Alex for him to finally see the light.
Admittedly, Michael and Alex’s reunion, albeit making my heart skip a beat, felt a bit rushed. They went from being practically strangers at the kickstart of the season to falling head over heels for each other. I understand falling back into old habits, but it felt like a stretch. And at the same time, it also feels right because they’ve matured so much since the last time they tried to make this work.
They’ve both been working on themselves and don’t have to prove anything to anyone else.
`They always say timing is everything, but it couldn’t be more true in this case.
Well, their love-making timing could’ve been slightly better.
Max was sending out an SOS after Liz, Heath, and Sheriff Taylor were kidnapped by Jones.
Here’s the thing — I couldn’t understand why Liz wasn’t more careful about hiding her research. When there is a literal evil alien seeking your information, you might want to hide it somewhere so he can’t find it.
Then again, I guess there’s really no stopping Jones. If he couldn’t get Liz’s research, he just got something better — Liz herself.
I was pretty irritated that Liz got duped into thinking Jones was Max again. Girl, how can you not tell?
And why did they have to split up in the first place? Let Sheriff Taylor handle it, Max! The worst thing anyone can do with an evil Jones running around is split up!
You would think the law enforcement in town would have some inkling that supernatural entities exist. Sheriff Taylor is good, but she wasn’t good enough.
She was way too calm for someone coming face-to-face with a man she supposedly just put under lock and key.
I know Jones is after the equation, but in this case, it seems like he’s betting on the science to help him stay in Max’s body permanently. Is that possible?
Is the equation that could lead to Jone’s demise just a scientific one that Liz and Heath could figure out?
Surely, it would be more complex than that.
Poor Kyle is continuously getting wrapped up in alien drama. It’s almost cost him his life on several occasions.
But damn, he’s also the most loyal friend I’ve ever seen.
When Sheriff Taylor tried to get the Max and Isobel files, he went out of his way to light them on fire to protect their identity.
That’s the kind of guy they should be lucky to have on their team.
And it seems like Kyle wants to be way more to Isobel, yet she’s not actually seeing the bigger picture.
Kyle is totally crushing on Isobel, right? And Isobel is totally crushing on Anatsa! I want Isobel to be with whoever makes her happy, but I can’t say I trust someone that isn’t organically part of the group, especially a journalist who also had a thing with Max.
Anatsa’s job is to investigate anything that feels off and get the scoop, and Isobel, despite being one badass babe, is also vulnerable. I hope she’s not being used, but it can’t hurt to have someone look out for her!
And let’s hope that Kyle can help Dallas with his neurological condition because if Jones is telling the truth, that’s the only leverage he has over Dallas and Heath at this point.
What did you think of the episode? How will they destroy Jones? Or will Max have to be destroyed along with him? And why do Liz and Max always realize they’re love for each other in life-or-death situations?!
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