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Did Forrest Kidnap Alex Manes on ‘Roswell, New Mexico’? 5 Other Big Reveals From “American Woman”

Roswell, New Mexico -- "American Woman" -- Image Number: ROS210a_0246b.jpg -- Pictured (L-R):Tanner Novlan as Gregory, Nathan Dean as Max, Lily Cowles as Isobel and Michael Vlamis as Michael -- Photo: Ursula Coyote/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

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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. 

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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?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave ‘Chicago Med’ Already?

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Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

Chicago Med introduced a new third-year resident to the fold in season 9—Zola Ahmad played by The Wilds’ Sophia Ali.

Ahmad’s character was initially described as “impulsive” and a troublemaker who tends to cause “headaches” for her Gaffney Medical fellows, which we saw play out in real-time when her unconventional approaches rubbed Crockett Marcel (Dominic Rains) the wrong way.

Marcel tried to give Ahmad the benefit of the doubt on numerous occasions, and Sharon Goodwin (S. Epatha Merkerson) even acknowledged that she was taking a big chance by hiring her on a prohibitionary basis given her track record with previous hospitals—but ultimately, Ahmad’s behavior and decisions to overstep and not follow protocol got the best of her.

When Ahmad decided to declare a patient—letting the fact that he wasn’t a good man dictate her reasoning—dead prematurely (and then attempted to justify it), nearly killing him, Dr. Archer (Steven Weber) chose to suspend her. It was very obviously a fireable offense, so it’s a good thing that the series writers held her accountable. Plus, it seemed like the perfect chance for a teachable moment and a redemption arc, not to mention, there was definitely some chemistry with Ahmad and Crockett that could’ve been explored down the line. She had potential as a character at Med, if she just reeled it in a little bit—and that would’ve been interesting to explore on a more granular level.

However, by Chicago PD Season 9 Episode 9, it was over for Ahmad. 

Did Dr. Zola Ahmad Leave 'Chicago Med' Already?

CHICAGO MED — “A Penny for your Thoughts, Dollar for your Dreams” Episode 9008 — Pictured: (l-r) Sophia Ali as Dr. Zola Ahmad, Dominic Rains as Dr. Crockett Marcel — (Photo by: George Burns Jr/NBC)

The series seemingly listened to the Chi-Hards fanbase as Ahmad paid the ultimate price for her reckless decision; Goodwin very briefly (and in passing) informed Crockett that Ahmad was let go, something he called a “shame.”

And that was that. There was no further mention of it, nor is there any indication that she’ll return anytime in the future. Her final episode of the season was listed as Chicago Med Season 9 Episode 8—and it seems like she’ll just be a blip on the radar of the show’s long-running tenure. 

It’s a drastic decision for the series, especially after hyping up Ali’s character at the beginning of the season. Why wouldn’t they give her arc a proper conclusion? Many of the complaints from the fan base were that her character was written inconsistently—her intentions were good most of the time, it was the execution that suffered—and crammed into an already shortened season due to COVID, so they weren’t able to build her character up in a way that would’ve given her the necessary nuance; her portrayal was overly negative and it was hard to defend her actions or keep her around when each week, she was pushing buttons and creating unnecessary issues without having the tenure to excuse them or back her up, like her predecessors Will Will (Nick Gehlfuss) and Natalie (Torrey Devitto). When those two acted irrationally back in the day, they had a history with Med and Goodwin that allowed them to stir the pot. 

It seems that the writing was on the wall for Ahmad from the get-go—the lack of good character development in the writing sealed her fate prematurely and gave fans whiplash with her quick arrival and departure. 

Would you like to see her return to the series?

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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Walker Season 4 Premiere Review – The Quiet

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Walker returned to The CW for its 4th, and, likely final, season. 

Despite a 5-month time jump, the focus remained on serial killer Jackal, whom Walker and Trey were pursuing at the end of season 3, and the suspect that previously drove Cap. Larry James into a tailspin, effectively ending his marriage to Kelly before fate gave them another shot. 

Only this time around, Larry’s wife, Kelly, asks Cordell not to drag her husband down this road again—a promise he intends to upkeep, though, knowing Larry, he’ll figure out that his rangers are up to something and have no other choice but to get involved, especially since Trey’s tip for a detective reveals that Jackal, whose trail previously went cold for several months, is gearing up for “something big.”

This will be the overarching mystery of the season, while other weekly cases will also see our rangers getting into plenty of shenanigans, as they did with their pursuit of the Delmonico brothers. Also, props to all of them for taking part in a steak-eating competition and then jumping into a raid. It was bold of them, but it’s how Cordell wanted to spend his birthday, so I’m glad that despite the best-laid plans being uprooted, he was still able to feel the love from those around him.

A lot seems to have changed in the past five months, as evidenced by Walker and Geri’s steamy hook-up. Even when everything is going wrong, we can have faith in their love being a constant, which is what fans have been hoping for since season 1. 

There’s also Cassie, who blows back into town after taking a lengthy leave to go work for the FBI. She’s back with a newfound confidence about her abilities on the job, but she’s also struggling with a personal decision as she’s been offered a spot at Quantico, which means further uprooting her life and leaving behind her loved ones, er, Trey. 

Yeah, Trey and Cassie kind of addressed the elephant in the room—their feelings for each other—but neither of them was honest about it, so we’ll likely get something more truthful and heartfelt in the near future. 

Another lingering storyline is the break-in at Geri’s place that rattled Stella to her core. She hasn’t been the same since shooting and killing Witt, and it’s likely because she also lied to the police about having met him before. The officer who called her and Liam in over a “breakthrough in the case” said that the case was closed due to lack of resources, but the way he watched Stella sign the paperwork (and questioned if that’s “all she knew”) makes me uneasy—there’s definitely more to this storyline. What does he know that he’s not letting on?

As for change, I think that in the midst of all the “I’m Walker, Texas Ranger, you’re under arrest” in case you needed the reminder, we’re also continuing to see Cordell as a flawed human and a father coming to terms with the fact that he’s about to be an empty nester. It’s the next phase of his life—and one that brings about plenty of concern over the “quiet” that will allow his dark thoughts to flourish. Hopefully, Geri will be the light to cut through all of that. 

What did you think of the episode?

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

I meant to write this post when Wild Cards first premiered on The CW, but time got away from me, and before I knew it, the season finale of the series was upon us! 

I’m not a huge fan of The CW’s decision to axe some of our favorite shows in its rebrand, but what does ease the pain of losing the likes of Nancy Drew is the addition of promising shows like Wild Cards

To be quite frank, Riverdale never did Vanessa Morgan much justice. She amassed a huge number of fans, who were mostly hoping to see her character Toni reunite with on-screen love interest Cheryl (played by Madeleine Petsch) in the later seasons, and while she was seemingly considered one of the “core” characters, she rarely got the storylines she deserved.

We knew she could act—but Wild Cards shows us the depth of Morgan’s talents. It lets her shine, dominate, lead,  and even carry the series, opposite her on-screen partner and potential future love interest, Giacomo Gianniotti’s Ellis. 

Morgan delivers with the role of Max, a whip-smart and very charismatic con artist who utilizes her special skillset to help a “down in the dumps” maritime officer get his mojo back—and, spoiler alert if you’ve watched the season finale, his badge and desk back. 

Despite his initial hesitation with the idea of her joining the force as a consultant, even Ellis comes around, amazed by her abilities and the way she’s able to navigate every crime scene and follow the leads to produce results.&nbsp

The two grow very close over the course of the season’s 10 episodes, largely due to Morgan’s delightful on-screen persona and presence. Even when it’s not clear whose side she’s really on (is she fully on board with helping the cops or does she have a larger-than-life plan up her sleeve to pull off her greatest con yet and help her dad George—90210‘s Jason Priestley—snag a “get out of jail free” card), you find yourself drawn to her and rooting for her because of her likable personality. 

Vanessa Morgan Is Finally Getting the Recognition She Deserves With ‘Wild Cards’

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The series not only gets us invested in Max’s character—learning about her past—and what it entails for her future, but we also find ourselves rooting for Max and Ellis to finally get together… or even test the boundaries of that electric chemistry that they share (a moment that is, sadly, ruined when her husband Olivier (Dewshane Williams) blows into town). 

And it’s the mystery of Max that has all of us begging The CW to renew the series for a second season. We need more Max. We need more Ellis. We need more Morgan and Gianniotti. And we need answers. The good news is that Morgan told TVLine that season 2 of the quirky crime procedural is “very likely,” and trust that we put all our faith in her. 

As for the answers I mentioned we need, well, we need to know who killed Ellis’ brother, a murder that was the catalyst for him to get knocked down from his detective responsibilities in the first place. When he met Max, he was in a hard place, still trying to pick up the pieces of his brother’s death. And though he’s come a long way, surely, the fact that he can crack this specific mystery is one that he won’t be able to pass up. 

At the end of the finale—spoiler alert, again—Max convinced the authorities to help her pull off a heist that was two years in the works, hoping to frame her estranged husband Olivier after he steals a $33 million egg (he’s the one who betrayed her dad and landed him in prison), lessen her father’s sentence, and restore Ellis’ badge. However, there was a piece of the plan she didn’t share with Ellis—she swapped the real egg for a fake egg, and hatched a plan to disappear forever alongside Ricky and her millions. 

She didn’t expect Ellis to figure it out, though, this was one of the weaker points in the episode because she should’ve known him better than that by now, but she figured she’d be halfway across the country and it wouldn’t matter. What she didn’t anticipate in her plan is that Ricky, who was transcribing incriminating recordings from the mob as part of their safety-net policy, would find something on the drive about Ellis’ brother, namely, who murdered him. 

It’s at this moment that we see the biggest change in Max. She’s not the same person she was when the series first started. Her skills have become more valuable to helping than stealing, and she’s grown to care about someone other than herself and her father. She can’t, in good faith, leave with this knowledge and leave Ellis hanging. 

And that’s where we leave off—a promising cliffhanger on a promising series with two very promising leads. 

Your move, The CW.

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