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?
Who Is Viktor Sams on ‘Death and Other Details’?
Who Is Viktor Sams? As the headline on this post reads, it’s the questions on everyone’s lips as we enter the middle half aboard Hulu’s luxury yacht murder mystery—but saying his name is likened to that of Voldemort’s. Anyone who utters “he who shall not be named’s” name finds themselves six feet under… or with their high-tech car malfunctioning and driving off of a cliff.
Viktor Sams, the man said to be behind the murder of Imogene’s (Violett Beane) mother, is said to be everywhere and nowhere all at the same time. He’s also the man said to be responsible for the death of Keith Trubitsky/Danny, and the one who instills all too much fear in Anna Collier’s wife, Leila (she’s the only one who has ever gotten so close to figuring it out, so how she’s still breathing is beyond me), and the one who ruined her informant’s whole life, making him go from a respected federal employee to nothing more than a “sick freak.”
He’s also the man that Rufus Cotsworth (Mandy Patinkin), along with the late Danny, spent 18 long years searching for without the slightest trace. The man, as it stands, is untouchable. And he might not be a man at all.
The latest episode, Death and Other Details Season 1 Episode 5, seems to hint at the possibility that Viktor Sams is an AI, which is very timely but takes the fun out of the whole murder mystery. Is it possible Viktor Sams is the name of the program that’s being run and keeping tabs on everyone?
But even then, someone has to be responsible for the murders, unless the AI works in such a way that it blackmails those around him (dubbed his followers) until they do what he needs them to do. And, in that case, maybe Winnie did really murder Keith as she followed Viktor Sams’s directions to protect her sister’s dominatrix secret. And it’s possible that Llewellyn (Jere Burns) carried out Imogen’s mother’s killing at the request of the AI. But who is behind it?
Of course, when it comes to human suspects, it’s not looking too hot for Sunil (Rahul Kohli) right now as the murderer’s liar (which revealed only a blue light emitting from within—possibly where the Captionem Blue was stored?)—is on his dream ship. Not only that, but he’s the one who knew about the Captionem Blue after going through the Colliers documents and coincidentally knew someone who could help Imogene track down more information about the shipment (and Imogene just handed over the document—her only shred of evidence against her mom’s killer–to this mystery woman). Doesn’t all of that just seem super suspect? Not to mention his ship was charted by the Collier family, so it’s unclear how deep his connection to them really is, but maybe he’s holding this Captionem Blue secret over them and just demanding payment to keep quiet. He’s also pretty skilled with technology, which would be required with all the surveillance necessary.
Maybe he’s not the man he says he is—and he’s simply gained Imogene’s trust so that he isn’t one of her suspects? Working in his favor is the fact that he was being followed along with Imogene, and the man could’ve been one of Viktor Sams’ goons (or he’s someone Sunil hired to keep Imogene’s suspicions off of him), and that he’s quite young for someone who orchestrated a whole hit on Imogene’s mother. The “why,” in general, is just a bit shaky, but extortion and blackmail seem to be a common trend.
Viktor Sams is also someone who’s very well connected, and there’s only one person aboard this ship who matches that description—Father Toby (Danny Johnson)—who has so much pull when it comes to Alexandra’s (Tamberla Perry) donors. However, if Viktor Sams is tech-savvy, it boils down to Toby’s son, That Derek (Sincere Wilbert), who has full access to the ship. He’s also a little young to be the suspect, but you can’t count anyone out. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Celia Chun was responsible considering she’s not above a little blackmail.
There are also characters we’ve yet to meet, including Charlie, the trustee of the Collier Trust. Not to mention Alexandra is being blackmailed with a sex tape, which has prompted her to dig up all the dirt she has on the Colliers, which could be the work of Viktor Sams or someone in cahoots with the Chuns. They now own a majority stake in Collier Mills, and if something wicked comes to light, it would only work to their advantage. Celia is also the person who knows about Toby’s affair with Lawrence’s wife, which could also work to her benefit. If Alexandra survives until the next episode (she’s awfully sick and stumbling, which could point to poisoning), she may be the person who takes down the Colliers, an already crumbling dynasty.
Hilde (Linda Edmond), the Interpol agent, also took a very drastic turn as she loosened up after feeling confident that they found the murderer and accepted Llewellyn’s flirtatious invitation to punish him. Could she be Viktor Sams, who hopped aboard to steer the investigation in her favor? No one ever said Viktor Sams had to be a man, right?
And on that note, if Viktor Sams is a woman and someone who has their control room on the ship year-round, then it’s very much giving Teddy (Angela Zhou) vibes. She’s part of the trusted inner circle now, she has full access to the ship, and she seems to be very good at hiding secrets—plus she harbors a connection to both the Collier and Chun families.
Not much is clear about Viktor Sams at this point as the investigation takes so many turns (likely purposeful in hopes of confusing the audience), but whatever or whoever it is, it or he/she/they are stopping at nothing until they get what they want and shut everyone up who might even reveal a smidge of their identity.
8 Murder Mystery TV Shows to Watch and Solve
Do you fancy yourself a little crime sleuth? Well, throw on your trench coat, grab your magnifying glass, and set out to solve the biggest murder mysteries to hit networks and streaming services!
The murder mystery genre, while always popular, has been skyrocketing in recent years, with plenty of new TV shows and movies to capture the thrills and chills.
There’s nothing like a whodunnit to get you through the day and keep you on your toes. But while some classics date as far back as the 1985 Clue movie or all the Agatha Christie novels now getting new life as films (Murder on the Orient Express or A Haunting in Venice, for example), others, like Knives Out and Glass Onion have revitalized the genre and gave us some of the most captivating shows.
There’s no shortage of content for mystery enthusiasts to enjoy—but here’s 8 of our favorites!
High Seas – Netflix (3 seasons)
Netflix allows audiences to dive into the world of suspense on the high seas with its Spanish mystery series set on a luxury cruise ship in the 1940s. A web of love, deceit, and, of course, a string of murders will keep you on your toes as two sisters investigate all passengers onboard and try to piece the clues—and plot twists—together.
Nancy Drew – The CW (4 seasons)
Who killed Lucy Sable? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as Nancy Drew kicks off its first season with Kennedy McMann taking on the iconic role of the teenage detective. As the seasons continue, she and her Drew Crew become the lifeline to solving crimes in the mystical small town of Horseshoe Bay (much to the dismay of local officials). The intrigue is elevated with supernatural elements and plot points that bring the beloved character into the 21st century.
Only Murders in the Building – Hulu (3 seasons… so far)
What happens when you mix murder with comedy? Thankfully, the series has tapped the right people to find out with Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin making up the brilliant (though not always the brightest) trio of true crime podcast enthusiasts-turned-amateur-sleuths who set out on a suspenseful journey to find the killer. The quirky series has become such a global phenomenon that it’s even been able to nail some rather impressive guest stars, like Paul Rudd and Meryl Streep.
Death and Other Details – Hulu (Premieres Jan. 16, 2024)
The newest addition into the fold is Hulu’s mystery drama that takes place on a lavish Mediterranean ocean liner amongst the glamor of the “global elite” (we’re getting some Knives Out and Death of the Nile vibes, but we’re not complaining) and finds Imogene Scott (played by God Friended Me’s Violent Beane) at the wrong place and the wrong time, becoming the prime suspect in a murder mystery. To prove her innocence, she has to partner with the world’s greatest detective, Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin), whom she, by no coincidence at all, despises.
The Traitors – Peacock (1 Season – Second Premiering Jan 12, 2024)
Murder mystery games are a party hit, so naturally, they’re a fit for reality TV. The competition, hosted by Alan Cumming, features 20 contestants, a mix of famous people and everyday Americans, as they work through missions in an ancient castle in Scotland. Amid those “Faithfuls” are “Traitors,” who try to eliminate the good guys for the top prize.
Pretty Little Liars – Freeform (7 Seasons)
If you by some chance missed the pop culture phenomenon that was teen drama Pretty Little Liars (where have you been?)–and you consider yourself a very patient person–then it’s time to give it a whirl. The series follows four best friends whose deepest darkest secrets not only come to light but are used against them by someone calling themselves “A” when investigating the death of their good friend, Alison.
The Outsider – HBO (1 Season)
Based on the chilling best-selling novel by Stephen King, the HBO series finds a detective investigating the gruesome murder of a young boy, with all clues pointing to a family man played by Jason Bateman, all before the case takes a supernatural twist, adding horror and paranormal to your typical murder mystery.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries – ABC (3 Seasons)
The Australian drama series infuses the murder mystery genre with glamour and 1920s charm. With a flair for solving crimes and an impeccable sense of fashion, detective Phryne Fisher and her pearl-handled pistol take on murder cases that baffle the police, all while making sure Murdoch Foyle, who she thinks is behind her sister’s disappearance, stays behind bars.
Whether you prefer classics, those with a modern twist, or a dose of comedy with your crime, these shows are sure to keep you guessing until the very end!
Found Season 1 Episode 10 – Missing While Indoctrinated
M&A suffered minor setbacks on Found Season 1 Episode 10 when the team’s license was revoked following Melissa’s death, with Mallory egging on the narrative in the media.
That, however, didn’t stop Gabi in the slightest—it fueled her to do what was right by Tony despite everyone trying to push her away from the case, including his father, who didn’t trust her after Tony was shot while trying to save Matthew from being turned over to sex traffickers.
Tony’s father’s reaction was understandable considering he was just trying to do the right thing for his son—and the right thing wasn’t exactly clear in this situation—but when the cops showed up mere moments after Tony opened his eyes from a monthlong coma and placed handcuffs on him, it was clear that he didn’t have much of a choice. If he wanted to help his son, he needed to place his trust in Gabi’s hands.
Gabi naturally went above and beyond to ensure a good outcome for Tony, yet he was also reluctant to help her out. Tony didn’t trust anyone, especially Gabi as he, too, blamed her for accidentally getting shot, so it wasn’t exactly a surprise when he used the bathroom excuse to give them the slip.
The investigation hit much closer to home than Gabi initially anticipated, but being forced to confront her past so head-on is ever so slightly helping her work through the trauma she endured. And most importantly, she can put herself in the shoes of the victims, knowing exactly what needs to be said or done to assure them that she’s on their side.
In an attempt to find Tony, they brought in his estranged mother, who admitted to being scared of her son and wanting nothing to do with him in order to protect her two other children. It was actually heartbreaking to witness her stance toward Tony, however, Matthew’s mom managed to persuade her to stand by her boy and not give up on him. Despite Tony’s involvement in Matthew’s kidnapping, she was able to forgive him when he stopped by with an apology, realizing that he was just a good boy who was being taken advantage of, and who was also lost and scared.
M&A figured that it was possible that Tony was trying to get back into the game and recruit other students when he returned to school, yet that didn’t track with his apology tour. And it turns out, he was at the school to get revenge on those who ruined his life, namely Finn, the one who recruited him and straight up lied to Gabi’s face, along with the principal, Chloe, who prided herself on lowering the truancy rate. It wasn’t overly obvious that she was involved, but there was something off about her from the start. Not to mention they always say that kidnappers tend to be someone you know and trust, and aside from parents, kids trust their teachers and friends the most, so it tracks.
Gabi got very emotional when she figured that one of the teachers at school might be responsible, even before pinpointing Chloe as the one leading the trafficking ring (who, after her arrest, sang like a canary, according to Trent), and it led to one of the biggest revelations about Sir to date—he was her English teacher.
I’ve always suspected that he knew Gabi in some shape, way, or form prior to her kidnapping as it couldn’t have been random, and this makes so much sense now, especially all of their forced literature discussions. The clues were always there.
Gabi was having additional flashbacks throughout the episode that involved a girl who tried to help her. The girl first knocked on the door having claimed that her car broke down, however, she later returned to promise Gabi that she would get help. In a follow-up flashback, Sir informed Gabi that he took care of the girl who was threatening their future, and Gabi pieced two-and-two together and realized it was Sir’s previous victim, Annie, who was also one of his former students. Annie risked her life to come back and offer her help, but she was never seen again. And since then, Gabi has been looking for Annie, promising Sir that it’s the last piece of the sick saga before she ends it all. Sir insists she won’t find Annie because he didn’t kill her, but Gabi isn’t listening to a word he says. Of course, this sparks curiosity as to what actually happened to Annie as there’s a chance that Sir is telling the truth.
As Gabi tries to heal, she’s also caught in the constant cat-and-mouse game, holding Sir prisoner and trying to make sense of the trauma he inflicted on her, all while doing the exact same thing that the monsters she despises are doing. She may be ridding the world of an evil man, but he also brought up a fair point when questioning why Gabi didn’t feel like he was worthy of redemption as some of the other people she’s dealt with.
Obviously, this case is the most personal to Gabi, and she views him as the worst man in the world, so she doesn’t consider there to be any good in him, but we know that monsters aren’t just born, they are made. His cruel mother, who was abusive to him during his childhood, made him this way, and while that’s no excuse, it’s something I do hope the writers dive into deeper.
As for Gabi, there’s no getting rid of this pressure, which means she can’t open herself up to love from Trent, who is there, patiently waiting and willing to be with her at the drop of a hat. He loves her, even when she’s being exceptionally cold and rude to him, because he cares about her—and he made sure that she knew he wasn’t going to apologize for that. Thankfully, she apologized to him for the way she’s been treating him before suggesting that he get his job back at the DCPD because they need him as “he’s one of the good guys.” Being a cop, a good cop, is his purpose and all that he’s ever wanted, plus it will help them in the long run.
Gabi may have landed a win with Tony’s safe return in the loving arms of both his parents (yes, his mother came around finally), all the people she saved rallying behind her on public television to change the narrative about M&A, and finally, in getting her license back, but she’s constantly losing because she can’t get out of that basement or be honest with the people she loves.
The rest of M&A is doing the work to make sure they can heal and become the best versions of themselves, including Margaret who, with her therapist’s help, moved back the time of her train station arrival an hour. They may be baby steps to her in the grand scheme of things, but they are massive to her.
Elsewhere, Zeke called in a request to his estranged father to get the license reinstated, informing him that he never asks for anything, while making it clear how much he relied on the purpose that M&A gave him. His father stopped by later, having successfully done what Zeke asked, and it was a small breakthrough in their frought relationship, one that happened after Zeke was taken. Lacey was on hand to support Zeke during the moment, and let’s just say, I’m excited to see them take their relationship to the next level.
What did you think about the episode? Are you surprised about what we learned about Sir?
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