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 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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