I’ve watched many shows with convoluted family dynamics, but Roswell, New Mexico takes the cake for the most complex family tree thanks to the revelations that came out of “American Woman.”
The series has been setting the scene for much of the season, which admittedly, has been less-than-thrilling, with storylines like Maria DeLuca’s exploration of her supernatural roots as a possible curse and Isobel, Max, and Michael’s desire to find information about their mother’s history.
Their hunt led to some cryptic flashbacks about what happened to Nora and Louise, which, in turn, led to flashbacks that offered up more about Tripp Manes and the Manes men. And we didn’t even address the flash of light that sent lightning bolts down Jenna and Max’s spine.
None of these storylines ever had clear direction until Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 Episode 10, but it’s nice to see all the pieces fall into place in such a mind-blowing way.
Firstly, let’s talk about what happened to Alex Manes. His do-gooder, believe the best in everyone, heart-of-gold was bound to get him in trouble at some point.
While his kidnapping seemingly happened around the same time as the revelation that the drug found in Jenna’s system was used by the government to induce memory loss, my initial guess was that Forrest kidnapped him.
Forrest seemingly came out of nowhere but happened to have many of the answers Guerin was looking for when he initially sought out for answers about his mother.
Forrest could just be some guy Guerin knows, but my theory is that there’s so much more than meets the eye.
He began pursuing Alex almost immediately, and though he seems genuine in his approach, there’s a part of me that doesn’t trust him. Based on Guerin’s facial expression when he saw Forrest ask Alex out at the Crashdown, he doesn’t approve either. Surely, some of that was triggered by jealousy, but there’s just something off about Forrest that Guerin also picked up on.
It was also odd that he questioned if Isobel was Guerin’s girlfriend. Roswell is such a small town where everyone seems to know each other — why doesn’t he know that?
My guess is that Forrest is trying to pinpoint which of them are aliens.
It’s unclear who Louise was talking about when she said the “devil” was going to come for her, and there’s a handful of Manes men that she could’ve been referring to, but I have a strong feeling it’s Forrest.
If he’s an alien, it would explain why he hasn’t aged. Forrest could also be the man in Max’s vision/memory who was fighting with Louise as she tried to protect him.
And there’s a huge chance that Forrest is Noah’s brother. After all, the family-dynamics here are pretty messy.
If he wanted to get to Guerin, Isobel, and/or Max, the easiest way is to kidnap someone they care about — like Alex.
The series made it seem like Alex’s father was behind the kidnapping, but the biggest giveaway that it wasn’t is the piece of paper that falls to the ground. Alex said his father was trying to crack the code on there for years with no success. He’d surely want it back, wouldn’t he?
There’s a slight chance Alex’s brother kidnapped him for his father, who we know has been playing him, but there doesn’t seem to be a good reason for Jesse to out himself and go after his own son so early in the game.
Bottom line — we don’t know anything about Forrest and he shouldn’t be trusted. No new friends.
5 Biggest Moments From Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 Episode 10
Louise Was Pregnant
Isobel, Max, Guerin, Maria, and Alex took a trip to the Navajo reservation where Tripp brought Louise upon saving her life. Alex’s brother, Gregory, still worked there because, you know, there are so many Manes men it’s hard to keep up. Thankfully, Gregory was a good Mane’s men just like Tripp.
They met with Harrison, whom we saw through flashbacks was Tripp’s “family” and helped save Louise’s life. Isobel goes into his memory where Harrison makes some pretty big revelations starting with the fact that Lousie was pregnant. The baby lived and was given up for adoption since Louise was paralyzed after the accident and couldn’t protect her from the “devil.” This answers Isobel’s question that aliens and humans can procreate.
Guerin Wants to Be Isobel’s Baby Daddy
That’s a good thing because it means that Isobel and Guerin don’t have to co-parent a child. It was sweet of Guerin to offer, and technically, not weird since they aren’t blood-related, but they’ve always considered each other to be siblings so it would just be a lot of explaining to everyone. Baby gravy.
Maria and Isobel Are Related
Maybe you saw this one coming, maybe you didn’t, but Maria and Isobel are blood-relatives. Max and Guerin? Not related to Isobel. Maria? related to Isobel. Got it?
To clear it up, Maria’s grandmother is Isobel’s half-sister. Isobel called Maria her great-great-niece, and while we don’t know if that’s accurate, we’re rolling with it because again, the family dynamics here are bonkers.
Jokes aside, I’m looking to see this “sisterly” relationship flourish. Plus, it gives us more insight into Maria DeLuca’s visions than ever before. Speaking of, why didn’t anyone take her vision seriously? It almost knocked her out during her presentation and usually, her visions are warnings about what might possibly happen to her. Maybe she’s next on the kidnapping list? Maybe someone will learn about her abilities and try to take advantage? We have to protect Maria.
Max and Isobel Are Not Related
Kind of mentioned this briefly, but Max and Isobel aka the “twins” aren’t really twins. They apparently aren’t even related, which is odd because I swear, they have a twin connection, but maybe that’s just an alien connection? Right before Harrison passed away, he informed Max and Isobel that Louise only had two daughters — whom she referred to as stars on the ground or “Tsela” in Navajo — meaning that Max was not her son.
However, in his drug-induced memory where Max is chained up as a little boy, Louise comes to his aide and fights some bad, faceless dude in order to save him. Did she adopt him? Is that how he ended up with Isobel and Guerin? Who was she protecting him from?
ICE Needs To Back Off
A show with supernatural aliens also has real “aliens,” aka illegal immigrants. The series is very progressive and doesn’t shy away from political commentary or storylines especially as Liz Ortecho is a proud daughter of undocumented immigrants.
In a show that contains possible alien abductions, evil aliens, a government conspiracy, and more, the thing that scared Liz most was the very real possibility of her father getting deported one day. The series managed to showcase the very real emotions of that fear imposed on children of immigrants as Liz explained how she feared this day would come for 28-years.
The fact that she and Rosa had an escape plan if their parents were ever deported and they were split up in foster care is heartbreaking. No child should have to go through that. And no one should ever fear losing a parent when they are at a community hospital. Nor should they get spoken to the way Liz did by the ICE officers. There’s a reason she was getting defensive and upset — they didn’t care about her or her father as people.
Diego, Liz’s ex-fiancé, was able to use his mother’s connections as Senator to help bail Arturo out even though he didn’t do anything to get detained in the first place. It was a smart way to introduce Liz’s ex into the fold, though, it was surprising how calm he was considering she ran off and left him one day without saying a word. But, it also speaks to how great she is as a person — she’s on good terms with all of her exes, even the ones she’s wronged. Liz is the Queen of being BFFs with the ex, and it’s refreshing to see a TV series embrace that rather than use relationship drama as a crutch.
Butyircol Is No Bueno
So, obviously something bad and government-related happened to Jenna Cameron when she was snatched up and missing. The lightning bolt mark down her neck and spine was a clear indication of that. But we didn’t know how bad it was going to get. Jenna ended up in the hospital with debilitating headaches, which Liz later learned were being caused by a hole in her spine. Nope, not good at all. She ran a tox report and found traces of butyircol in her system. Liz is an advanced doctor and if she’s never heard of medication by that name, there’s a reason.
Diego did some digging and found out that it’s a memory eraser developed by a private organization and purchased by the military for weaponization. We should start panicking now.
I was fully expecting Diego’s car to get hit right after he relayed the findings to Liz because he’s getting in way over his head here, and there’s no way he’s going to come out of this alive, right?
The government using this drug toxin is likely spearheaded by Jesse Manes, but the question is — why? What do they want? It cannot be a form of alien testing since, as far as we know, Jenna isn’t of the alien kind. So what did they want from her? Does this mean Max will begin developing similar symptoms? And how about Maria’s mother?
What did you think of the episode? Are you enjoying this season of Roswell, New Mexico so far?
6 Sexy Shows to Watch for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in all sorts of different ways.
Some people bake cookies, others go out for a romantic date, while some do a fun activity with their significant other.
However, this is the first Valentine’s Day under COVID-19 restrictions, which means that you likely don’t have as many fun and romance-filled options as in years prior.
That’s where TV comes in! Regardless if you’re spending February 14 with a significant other or your besties, these are some of the sexiest and steamiest shows to watch on the day that’s all about celebrating L-O-V-E (for friends, family, significant others, and, most importantly, yourself!)
Romance, scandal, drama… Bridgerton has it all! Dubbed the Regency-era Gossip Girl, Netflix’s smash hit and most-watched series is a brilliant and entertaining period piece with enough sex scenes to make you blush. And Regé-Jean Page isn’t bad on the eyes.
Emily in Paris
Emily in Paris, which was just surprisingly nominated for a Golden Globe, hails from Sex and the City creator Darren Star. It’s an airy flick about a millennial named Emily who travels to Paris for a dream job and becomes enamored with the City of Love and the men that want to show her all that it has to offer.
Falling in love requires you to be open, honest, and vulnerable. The American rom-com anthology web series, based on a weekly column published by the New York Times, explores themes of love (romantic, platonic, friendly) with a star-studded cast. The 30-minute episodes are standalone and easily digestible, which makes them the perfect viewing on a night like Valentine’s Day.
What happens when Liza, a 40-year-old single mom, decides to be 26-years old in order to re-enter the working world and falls in love with not one but two very different men? An exciting journey through the world of publishing and heartbreak. As Liza tries to find herself, she does everything in her power to hide her true self from those she’s become most intimate with. It’s another whip-smart Darren Star creation!
Two sisters, Beth and Annie, along with best friend Ruby find themselves embroiled in a dangerous life of crime after robbing a grocery store. Beth, specifically, falls victim to a crime of passion with one sexy “gang friend” that pulls her further and further into his world.
If Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby, it would be this Spanish-language drama. A private school becomes the scene of a murder after a clash between the rich and poor students. There’s plenty of sexual tension and unexpected turns as detectives try to narrow down the list of suspects.
** Article originally published in February 2021**
Is Bruce Greenwood Leaving ‘The Resident’?
After The Resident Season 6 Episode 9, many fans have been wondering if Bruce Greenwood, who plays Dr. Randolph Bell, is exiting the FOX medical drama.
While there has been no official word about a potential exit, it’s a fair question to ask considering the nature of his most recent storyline.
In the latest episode—which aired on November 29—Bell, who found himself as the target of Governor Betz’s smear campaign, finally admitted to himself, and to his wife, Dr. Kitt Voss, that his MS is progressing.
After Bell exposed Betz’s corruption while trying to secure funding for Chastain, Betz decided that the only way to teach him a lesson and make an example out of him was through revenge. Betz ordered a hit piece on Bell that painted him as a dangerous doctor to Chastain, which, in turn, tainted the hospital’s image.
Of course, while some parts of it were true at one point in Bell’s career, it was largely exaggerated and sensationalized to paint him in a bad light, and it didn’t take into account all the work Bell has done to become a better man and doctor.
The stress of all the negative press caused Bell’s MS to flare up, triggering a variety of symptoms like a high-pitched ringing in his ears, seeing double, and dizziness, which made him realize that he was pushing off the inevitable.
This time around, instead of operating when he shouldn’t, he acknowledged that he no longer felt confident in his abilities, nor did he trust himself to perform any future surgeries. When he told Kit that he needed to go back to the clinical trial, it was a shock, but ultimately, she was supportive because she knew that’s what he needed.
But what now? How will The Resident keep incorporating Bell’s character into the storyline? Will we just see him communicating with Kit from the trial in the same way we did earlier this season? Or will he slowly get phased out and written off?
The trial could prove to be successful again, and all of Bell’s worries could have been for nothing. After he prioritizes his health and the whole thing with Betz blows over, it’s possible we could see Bell return to surgery for many more years—back to his previous glory.
Losing Greenwood would be a huge blow to the series, especially since he’s been part of the series since its inception, however, it remains unclear which direction The Resident will go with this storyline.
Hopefully, we’ll find out in the upcoming season 6 finale, which is set to air on December 6, but as of right now, there’s no indication that Greenwood is exiting the drama.
Madelaine Petsch’s ‘Hotel for the Holidays’ Is a Gem Among Cliché Films
There are a lot of Christmas movies out there, which is why it’s important to make the right choice this holiday season. After all, no one has the time to waste over two+ hours on a bad movie.
At the top of your list should be Hotel for the Holidays, a rom-com that offers a refreshing take on a festive genre that oftentimes lacks creativity simply because the forces behind the scenes know it will make money regardless as everyone longs for a slice of familiarity and comfort around the holidays.
There’s plenty of Christmas magic (it must’ve slipped through the cracks) in Hotel for the Holidays, and it sneaks up on you—and Madelaine Petsch’s character, Georgia—in the best possible way. It’s Amazon Freevee’s first original holiday flick, and hopefully, not the last.
The plot is rather simple on the surface, but it isn’t predictable as with other holiday rom-coms.
Here’s the gist: Georgia is a young and ambitious hotel manager at the historic Hotel Fontaine (it gives The Plaza Hotel vibes from Home Alone 2), which attracts an eclectic bunch of guests, including some heartbroken singles, an infamous popstar, a European ex-prince looking for a taste of the real world, and more. They all arrive in New York City for the holidays looking for an escape from the norm, and Georgia is determined to give it to them. However, she also has her own plans and goals that get her into a bit of a love triangle with the hotel’s chef, Luke (Mesa Massoud from the live-action Aladdin), and the ex-prince, Raymond (Max Lloyd Jones from Book of Boba Fett). It also stars Kayleigh Shikanai (American Gods) as Pandora, Jami Belushi (According to Jim) as Kiki, Neil Crone (It) as Milton, and Jayne Eastwood (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Florence.
Pretty early into the film, it’s obvious how Georgia’s romantic life will resolve itself, which allows the film to dig into other captivating subplots that are positively unexpected. Unlike other holiday films, Georgia values herself beyond a romantic partner, which, right off the bat, is a breath of fresh air.
The supporting cast plays an integral part in the film, right down to the chef’s best friend/fellow chef and the janitorial staff. They may not be the sole focus of the series, but the team behind the rom-com found a way to involve them in a way that’s natural and easy to keep up with. Pretty soon, you find yourself rooting for the happiness of everyone at Hotel Fontaine—the staff and the guests.
The acting is also great. It’s just the right amount of feel-good so it never feels forced, nor do the character’s choices seem questionable. It’s all believable within the world they’ve created, aside from the scene where they are dining on a rooftop in the dead of a New York City winter without jackets or even sweaters. How are they not cold? As for the few over-the-top performances and characters, well, they also work—the prince’s bodyguard (AJ Zoldy) is a delight.
If I’m being perfectly honest, the magical thing about the film is that it’s a love letter to the community of people you surround yourself with: your found family.
The film doesn’t just settle for telling a story about two people who finally admit that they love each other because that’s tired and expected. Instead, it recognizes that romance comes in all shapes and sizes—in romantic partners, in co-workers, in friends, and even in new acquaintances that pass through your life for a brief moment (or stay awhile).
The storylines come together seamlessly, and the themes of belonging and acceptance—in addition to staying true to yourself, finding the inspiration to pursue your goals and ambitions, and acknowledging that it’s ok to move and find happiness on your own terms, even if it doesn’t always please everyone—help the film stand out among the other cliche seasonal offerings.
Most importantly, Petsch shines… and it’s so deserved. The film allows her to show off her range of acting chops that, sadly, get stifled on Riverdale. The CW series may have been her mainstream big break, but it stopped working in her favor a long time ago, so it’s exciting to see her take on new projects and characters.
Of all the Christmas films that I’ve seen in 2022 thus far, Hotel for the Holidays is one of the best.
Check it out for yourself when it premieres on Dec. 2 on Amazon’s Freevee.
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