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.
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.
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!
‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Actress Jeanine Mason Shares Engagement News
Jeanine Mason said ‘yes.’
The actress—best known for her role as Liz Ortecho on Roswell, New Mexico—shared the engagement news with her Instagram fans on March 9.
“Always knew I’d find you in New York, fiancé. What a wild thing this love!” she captioned a stunning photo of herself kissing the now-fiancé in a subway station. The couple’s reflection can be seen in the train whizzing by.
Plenty of her fellow cast members descended onto the comments section to congratulate her on the big moment.
“Omg!!! Congrats you angel!” Tyler Blackburn, who played Alex Manes, wrote, to which his onscreen love interest, Michael Vlamis, who played Michael Guerin, responded, “remember when we got married?” Vlamis also commented with a handful of heart emojis.
Amber Midthunder, who played Mason’s onscreen sister, Rosa, added, “Beauty on beauty on beauty ♥️✨ so happy for you sister,” while her onscreen bestie, Maria DeLuca, played by Heather Hemmens, noted, “Omggggg!!! Yaaaay congrats babe!!”
Other Hollywood stars chimed in, with Abbott Elementary star William Tyler James writing, “Congrats Jeanine!” as Florence Pugh wrote, “WHAAAAAAAT OH MY GAAAAAAD. Congratulations my darling girl. X.”
Of course, her fiancé’s identity was a hot topic in the comment section as Mason lives a relatively private life. There was speculation that she was dating her onscreen love interest and co-star Nathan Parsons (Max Evans), however, neither ever confirmed the romance aside from Parson’s once admitting that he had a girlfriend and the internet running with the theory that it was Mason.
But now, the plot thickens because the man in the photo definitely bares a resemblance to Parsons, with many fans questioning if it’s really him.
One seemed fairly certain that aside from looks, the man in the photo even has a similar posture and hairline.
“Look at the hands in the pockets posture that is a Nathan thing and the side hair line looks familiar. I think it might be him. And if he hasn’t said anything it’s probably because he wants to keep his personal life private. So happy for her tho. 😊” the fan wrote.
Parsons did not comment on the post, nor has he weighed in on the engagement, while Mason seemingly did not tag her beau on purpose.
Regardless of who the mystery suitor is, we’re just thrilled for Mason and wish her all the best in the wedding planning stages!
Roswell, New Mexico Series Finale Review – How’s It Going to Be (4×13)
Lives hanging in the balance and time running out—it’s a classic Roswell predicament for the finale episode ever.
On Roswell, New Mexico Season 4 Episode 13, the Pod Squad outwitted Clyde once and for all, but it wasn’t the whole focus of the episode.
Defeating the season’s biggest villain was important, yes, but it was equally, if not more important, to give these beloved characters a proper conclusion. We’ve come on this supernatural journey with them for four seasons, and science and powers aside, it’s always been about their evolution. And at the core of that evolution is love. Love always trumps hate, and when Clyde was eliminated, a new day began with new possibilities and potential.
And there was so much love everywhere, even if the outcome didn’t look exactly as some envisioned it.
Let’s get Clyde out of the way first. The series finale kicked off with Isobel and Max coming back to Roswell from the pocket dimension only to find their biggest foe holding their friends hostage.
They quickly broke free from his grasp thanks to Rosa, whose abilities at tuning frequencies came in handy. They also got her kidnapped, unfortunately, as Clyde used the proteins in her blood to redraw the star map so that he could set course for Oasis. Shivani would’ve never helped him if she knew that’s what he was doing, so he lied and told her that he brought Rosa so that they could isolate the proteins necessary to save her daughter. Honestly, the only feeling I can muster up for Shivani is sympathy. The woman was so far gone. As Allie (Shiri Appleby)informed Liz, her wife didn’t have a blind spot when it came to Nicole, she was simply blind. All logic went out the window as she attempted to resurrect her daughter. It was heartbreaking to see such an intelligent and accomplished woman fall prey to manipulating tactics, but she just couldn’t let go of the desire to save her daughter. She wanted to believe, so she did. Thankfully, in the end, she seemed to come to peace with the fact that Nicole was gone, and she even got her wife back!
Allie played an integral role in the episode as she helped Liz and Kyle recreate the mark of Ophiucus that would prevent Clyde from going back to the home planet. And she made it stick this time so he could never get it removed. She also created a solution to help cure Liz and Shivani from the effects of the mist. Getting in on the alien science wasn’t her only contribution as she also continued to be a great mentor for Liz in her time of need. I loved that the OG Roswell got to play a role in the spinoff, and it was the cherry on top of the sundae to see the original Liz in the alien headband one last time.
The true Bonnie and Clyde — Liz and Max — teamed up brilliantly to take down Clyde. He thought he had won and was even giving a victory speech before realizing that, much like Jones, he couldn’t one-up the great Liz Ortecho. One last time, the science won! And he disintegrated right then and there while watching Oasis slip through his tiny little aspiring-dictator fingers.
And then, the real fun began.
First up, a proper wedding for Alex and Michael Guerin. Yes, Alex finally shed the Manes name because “he was never much of a Manes man.” These two deserved the happy ending; they worked like hell for it.
And I almost lost it when Guerin called Alex his husband while returning the favor and dedicating a song to him.
There were so many incredible moments: Guerin’s nervous telekinetic energy breaking things prior to the wedding, Walt Sanders giving Guerin a final send-off with a speech about finding great love amid everything and a trinket from his mother, and Alex and Guerin getting “the hell out of there”—a town that was never ready for their epic love story.
We also saw the progression of a few more couples, including Kyle and Isobel. Their love story blossomed earlier in the season, so there wasn’t much here aside from the duo finding comfort in each other as one of the few staying behind in Roswell to find happiness. Bonnie also ended up flying solo, but I find comfort in knowing she’s going to have a permanent spot at Maria’s bar honing in on all the earthly things she’s come to love.
There was also Maria and Dallas, who officiated the wedding, Maria realized Dallas made her feel “safe,” which is why she could astral project to him, and it was all code for “I have feelings for you.” For those on Team Gregory, Maria briefly touched on it by explaining that he just wasn’t her person in the end.
Maria and Dallas were a long time coming, and truthfully, I could watch a spinoff about them as a couple. Their chemistry is electric, but I also agree that before Dallas jumps into any relationship, he has to figure out who he is; he owes it to himself to understand where he came from. And those answers are waiting on Oasis, a planet that Maria confirmed is crumbling and on the edge of imploding if it isn’t saved by the Savior, Max Evans.
Prior to her death in the pocket dimension, Tezca shared a crucial memory with Isobel that revealed Max is the only person capable of saving Oasis from destruction by using the blue flame to restore the energy in the crystals. He basically didn’t have a choice, which was devastating news for his love story with Liz, but also not entirely unexpected. Since day one, Max’s destiny was always tied to his home planet in some way, and try as he might to rewrite what’s meant to be by finding his other half in Liz, you can’t rewrite what’s written in the stars.
Upon seeing the memory, and confirming with Maria that there is still a planet to save, Max knew in his heart what he had to do.
Liz always knew it too, hence the “other foot” finally dropping. She may be his destiny on planet Earth, and the final scene revealed that she would be there for him when he got back, but he had another destiny to fulfill before they could get their happily ever after.
And there’s nothing more earthly than a diamond to seal the deal. It’s a reflection of Max’s human side. He’s as human as he is alien at this point, so it’s important that the show didn’t forget about all the progress he’s made simply because of the Savior storyline.
The rock also looked damn good on Liz’s finger, plus, it’s nice to see supportive couples on television. Max would never keep Liz from doing her best work, and Liz couldn’t keep him from completing a mission eight decades in the making. They could never hold each other back, especially as his ancestors were relying on him to get the job done. It’s why I loved the science analogy about love; it was so fitting for all the different stages of their romance. They’ve gone through a rollercoaster of emotions, but it’s been worth it to see them come out on this side completely secure in themselves and in their love. They know that the distance is no match for their feelings, which is why they can plan for a future together even when things seem so uncertain.
It’s unclear how long Max will be gone (it’s not like she can text him in another universe), but at least they’ve destroyed the imminent threat and now have a connection to the home planet. That’s all anyone has ever wanted. And once Max gets Oasis up and running, there’s no stopping Michael from visiting in the future and finally getting to see where he came from. To be honest, I thought Liz was going to jump through the portal with Max for a minute there since she really has nothing holding her back in Roswell. Her father is running his business, and Rosa is continuing on her path of self-discovery in New York. My guess is that there are some rules about interdimensional travel, however, and Liz wouldn’t have survived the trip since she’s not an alien.
The “ending” to Max and Liz’s romance is enough to satisfy fans while leaving the door open to a potential spinoff, possibly even on a network that would do a better job of showing Roswell, New Mexico the love that it deserves. I’m convinced more people would’ve watched the show if they promoted it better.
But that’s neither here nor there because as it stands, the directors, writers, cast and crew gave fans the most fitting ending possible and love stories that can be felt across the universe.
What did you think of the Roswell, New Mexico Series Finale?
Roswell, New Mexico Review – Two Sparrows in a Hurricane (4×12)
I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of Roswell, New Mexico.
The penultimate episode, Season 4 Episode 12, set the scene for the final battle with Clyde. He was already a thorn in everyone’s side, but his alliance with Shivani made him even more annoying as he jumped into the pocket dimension while it was crumbling to siphon some of Bonnie’s blood.
Initially, it seemed as though he wanted a bit of blood to help remove the mark of Ophiuchus so that he could head home to Oasis, but at the last moment, it was revealed that Clyde’s plan was much more sinister.
After Michael Guerin spent half the episode optimistically staring down the face of doom and trying to find a way to make fuel out of ash, Clyde thwarted their chances of going home by revealing that he had become the almighty and powerful. Thanks to Shivani, when he injected Bonnie’s blood into his system, he also harnessed all the powers she ever took from aliens, including Guerin and Max’s.
It’s one thing if you’re going to use all those abilities for good, but it’s another game entirely if you’re selfish and evil, two boxes that Clyde absolutely checks out.
After he went through the portal and ensured that the console was no longer active, it definitely seemed bleak for our supernatural friends as the pocket dimension was essentially crumbling and about to swallow them whole. It was sped up by the fact that Jones’ DNA invaded the space, which Dallas wasn’t pleased about as he felt that his father abused his power to control the narrative. I loved that Isobel pointed out that Theo wasn’t a god, but he wasn’t a superhero either; he was just doing his best in an impossible scenario. And the failsafe against Jones was simply meant to protect the greater good without realizing the clone may be a friend rather than a foe.
It was Alex who delivered the last bit of hope and turned an impossible situation around as he encouraged Guerin to find another way out of this mess. And he wasn’t wrong in thinking that six aliens in a supernatural world could possibly, maybe figure out how to rig a machine back and running. Science can only do so much before alien abilities seal the deal.
In addition to Alex’s push, Tezca also plopped through the quicksand to help Max finish his lesson. She wanted to redeem herself, and her final act allowed her to see Max’s training through to the end. As he harnessed the blue flame in order to keep the storm from closing in on them, Dallas used his powers to pull the fuel from the ground and restart the console.
Once everything was in motion, they managed to reopen the portal and cross back home. Everyone aside from Tezca, that is, since she was branded with the mark of Ophiuchus and couldn’t go through the portal. But her sacrifice wasn’t in vain as she finally helped the children of the friends she once betrayed; It was a full-circle redemption, and one she absolutely deserved.
Unfortunately, they weren’t greeted with open arms upon returning to Earth as Clyde was holding all their loved ones hostage.
And since he wields the power of many, it’s going to be nearly impossible to defeat him. I don’t have any doubt that they will find a way because, let’s face it, love always finds a way, but I’m just saying it’s not going to be easy.
Clyde is power hungry menace, so he has no remorse, but he does have a weak spot as his desire for power is fueled by emptiness and loneliness. He has no one in his corner anymore, not even Bonnie, who has joined the Pod Squad in her fight to protect planet Earth and told him that she’d rather die than join his cause.
The Pod Squad might not stand a chance when it comes to physical powers, but there’s power in numbers. They can all harness the love that they have for each other, which seems like it’ll come in handy in a moment of weakness.
There were some solid moments in the penultimate episode that need to be addressed.
Max was finally forced to confront his fears, admitting that his powers were unstable because the person he loved and feared was one and the same—Liz Ortecho.
Liz, on the other hand, was feeling some burnout from always being the person who “understood the science.” After her little mishap with the mist, Liz no longer had a handle on the science as she experienced memory loss. She wasn’t upfront about the side effects because of the pressure to save everyone. She buried it until confronted by Kyle, who noticed that it took her way too long to identify a sequence she created. I love the platonic relationship between Liz and Kyle; they complete each other, scientifically. He even promised to fill in the gaps so that they could save their loved ones.
Obviously, Kyle had a lot riding on it as well as he and Isobel finally sealed the deal right before she walked through the portal and into the unknown. Forget actually talking when you can let your lips do all the work. Isobel was right—their relationship has been a long time coming, and Liz’s reaction was beyond sweet. She’s been so preoccupied with her own relationship and science drama this season that she didn’t even realize that Isobel and Kyle are end game! She’s not the only one who gets to have an epic romance.
Speaking of epic romances, Malex was so close to exchanging “I do’s,” and while I will support them every step of the way, I was glad to see that Guerin didn’t give up hope that he would be able to save Alex and have a proper wedding. The creative forces behind the show know that they have to give us a colorful and vibrant Malex wedding before the curtain falls or we’re never going to forgive them. Every Malex moment is filled with pure joy and genuine love—they are a treat to watch on screen, not to mention that they inspire each other to be greater every single moment. Neither has ever given up on the other, even when the situation has seemed hopeless, which is the true definition of love.
And if we’re talking about romance, I think there’s something to be said for Maria and Dallas, the person she was the most connected with and able to channel for her astral projection. They’ve bonded this season, and I’m hoping that we get to see them explore that one final time before the series concludes.
Liz realized she didn’t have to do it all—she didn’t have to be the sole hero saving her friends because her support system was pretty damn incredible. And she apologized to Max for all the horrible things she said to him while under the influence of the mist, which is for the best because, as I pointed out in a previous review, much of the science is thanks to her relationship with Max. Also, she was mean and Max didn’t deserve it for simply wanting to minimize the pain he caused.
I can’t wait to see the Pod Squad destroy Clyde and walk off into the sunset with their loved ones as fully developed humans and aliens who aren’t afraid of their powers, their abilities, to speak their truth, who they love, and who finally know that there’s no shame in leaning on each other when times get tough.
How do you think this will all end? And what did you think of the episode?
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