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?
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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