Roswell, New Mexico is better in its third season than it’s ever been before.
Despite the action picking up steam, everything seems much less chaotic. The pacing is good, there are some truly great moments between the characters, and everyone is involved in a way that is sensical and not intimidating.
It’s also chock full of information. Turns out, Max, Michael, and Isobel barely knew themselves before Jones’s arrival… or at least that’s what he wanted them to think.
Max knew Jones was dangerous, but he seemingly still walked into his trap. In a way, they all did.
I can’t help but think that Jones is manipulating them all and getting them to do exactly what he wants.
He has a plan, and he’s using them to get to it.
And it works because he has three aliens standing in front of him who have no idea where they come from but are craving information about themselves.
He can sell them anything, and they’d likely believe it.
And there’s no one to tell them that he’s lying.
Is Isobel really an empath? I believe it solely based on how she’s always gravitated to others and could connect with them on deeper levels (just like her mother), but who benefits from her channeling those powers?
Is it only in her best interest, or is it in Jones’s best interest?
The same goes for Michael? He took what Jones told him about being the son of a dictator and ran with it. It was incredibly heartbreaking to see Michael spiral the way that he did.
Not only was he content with dying, but he also kept rationalizing it and believing that he deserved it. As Alex put it, he was looking for proof that he was worthless his whole life, and now that he found it, he was clinging to it.
This moment specifically made me think that Jones was lying to them for his own selfish reasons. It’s almost as if he’s using their weaknesses against them.
Michael has always been broken, but the realization that he’s an heir of a monster turned him into a self-destructive, self-loathing shell of a human, and that’s just not acceptable by any means. Why can’t he see the greatness in himself that everyone around him sees?
If he looks past all of the genocidal murders his father committed, I’m sure there’s a way to use those invincible abilities for good.
However, the moral of the story is that Jones finessed his way out of the cage, and it’s going to be trouble for everyone.
Will he try to impersonate Max for as long as he can? Will they catch on right away?
Clearly, he’s a lot stronger than any of them are.
Much of the seasons’ storyline revolves around the mystery of Maria’s visions. Who is murdered? While the obvious answer seems to be Guerin, I don’t think that’s accurate at all.
Also, as Alex told him in one of the best interactions on the series to date, he would never help cover up Guerin’s murder.
“I would burn the entire world down first,” he told him in such an intense and stripped-down interaction.
The chemistry between them, even when they’re just friends, is out of this world. We know their love is cosmic, but I was not ready.
I’m shipping them even harder than I was previously. There’s a lot more that they need to talk about, but acknowledging that the feelings are still there is a good start.
Emotional attachment aside, there are a lot of references to fire. Michael doesn’t feel any pain when he literally lights his hand on fire, Alex would burn the world down, and there are forest fires ripping through Roswell, New Mexico, which is the ash that Maria sees in her vision.
What does it all mean?
It seems that everything is somehow connected this season, which does make it easier to keep up with the plots.
Michael gave Alex the stone that allegedly amplified their powers and allowed Isobel to see auras, which came in handy when Alex was trying to crack open the machine.
This is one of the storylines I’m having some trouble believing.
Alex decided on a whim that he would join Dark Sky, a dangerous organization that he was warned about, simply because he wanted answers.
And since then, he hasn’t questioned what they are asking him to do at all. In fact, he believes his new boss and shows him that he has a stone that unlocks the the Lockhart Machine
What if they want it for nefarious purposes? There’s no way it’s a good sign that a stone given to you by your vulnerable alien ex-boyfriend unlocks a machine that a secret organization wants to get its hands on. No way.
Ramos knows a lot more than he’s letting on, and getting these much-desired answers could come at a price.
If we didn’t see Alex in Maria’s vision already, I would’ve been convinced that he would be the one to die.
Since this is Roswell, it was obvious the machine was going to be connected to the aliens, but it was an interesting choice to have it play music like a jukebox.
It was even more intriguing when the radio also activated in Kyle’s office and sent a message from his father.
What could this mean?
If everyone would just talk through all their discoveries, I believe we could all get on the same page just for a moment.
Maybe it opens on every full moon? Why not throw some werewolves into the mix?
Kyle has been looking for meaning, and man, I don’t blame him. He’s holding this group together at the seams with a thread and a needle, but at what point does he just give up?
He’s fighting battles that aren’t his to fight, sacrificing everything for them in the process, and serving as everyone’s go-to therapist. It’s a lot for one person.
At least Isobel acknowledged that Kyle that they’ve been using and abusing him for his resources and expertise.
Kyle deserves better!
I’m glad he finally stood up to both Liz and Max because absolutely no one wants to be in the middle of their little lover’s quarrel.
No one, not even Rosa, believed Liz when she said things with Max were over for good. That girl can talk herself into anything, and she was in denial about her feelings for Max.
She buried herslef into her work and hid behind her anger because it was easier than acknowledging that she played a role in the demise of their relationship as well.
It’s cause-and-effect. Liz didn’t want to stop studying alien DNA despite Max’s requests, and thus, he burned down the lab with all of her evidence.
Their decisions were troubling, but if they wanted to move forward, they had to take personal responsibility.
Rosa and Kyle were key in helping Liz confront the role she played in destroying her relationship, and she finally apologized to Max. It almost seemed like they were going to fall into old habits once again, but Max pushed her away.
I’m not really interested in rehashing the back-and-forth between them, but I guess it made sense as he was deteriorating and being drawn to Jones and didn’t want her hurt or involved.
Even after everything, Max still protects Liz at all costs. That’s true love.
Also, Max is still dying, and no amount of love from Liz can save him. Though, maybe she’ll find something in her charcoal samples that will help heal him. Or, you know, they could utilize Jones once they find him eventually.
Liz questioned who Rosa had been hanging out with all this time, and she conveniently changed the subject as left out everything there was to know about Wyatt Long.
Of course, Long doesn’t have any of his memories at the moment so he’s actually a decent guy, but he’s definitely going to play a role in Maria’s vision.
As Jordan and the other town bullies (they were giving off some Proud Boys vibes) began to pick a fight with Bret and the ashes began to fall, Maria realizes her vision was manifesting. They were running out of time and they had no idea how to stop it or who to save.
I’m not sure how this storyline fits into everything unless the victim is Wyatt Long. Maybe turning over a new leaf gets him killed?
Or, since the connection leads to Guerin, it might be Sanders. He was mentioned twice when Maria noted the song that was being hummed and the sunflowers on the grave.
It may seem obvious but no one even went to check on him. I couldn’t help but think that maybe Guerin was told about his powers because he’s the one that’s going to start the fire and kill an innocent person, which leads them to cover it up. Or maybe Max’s clone kills someone and they have to lie otherwise it would fall on him?
Gregory continues to express a romantic interest in Maria, but nothing on this show is ever truly innocent. All of the relationships and connections have been cosmic, so I’m thinking that maybe there’s a reason they are so drawn to each other. Could he be involved in the mystery?
Also, could the stones be used to heal Rosa and Maria? If they amplify powers, I can’t see why they wouldn’t help them.
The stone seems like something made for Maria if I’m being honest.
There was a lot to digest in the episode but in the best possible way.
Roswell, New Mexico is finally embracing its supernatural roots. It’s as if this season hit the reboot button and has become what we’ve wanted these past two seasons — fun mysteries and interstellar connections. Everyone is understanding the assignment!
Roswell, New Mexico Review – Dear Mama (4×04)
Everyone is getting one step closer to the truth about the new triad on Roswell, New Mexico Season 4 Episode 4.
One thing remains clear — Liz is the key to waking Jones.
Science has always played a huge role in the series, and Liz was largely responsible for disarming Jones and killing him.
Tezca, the woman we saw wandering naked in the season 3 finale, has been searching for Liz Ortecho since her arrival, and that’s likely because she needs her help awakening Jones.
Of course, in order to get to Liz, she needs to get to Max first, which is likely why she shape-shifted as Cameron in order to catch him off guard.
Honestly, these alien abilities are so deceiving even to their own kind.
Max was completely taken aback by the fact that Cam wasn’t who he said she was, and it’s unfortunate that Liz didn’t figure it out on a molecular level until it was already too late.
At the same time she figured out how to “unhide” the alien’s ectoplasm, Kyle’s trip to Xitali was fruitful as he discovered the third alien in stasis in her pod.
Hopefully, this will allow them to figure out much more about Tezca’s mission because so far, a lot remains unknown about the Triad.
Who wrote the letter to Eduardo urging him to come to Xitali? Was it Allie? Is she missing because of Tezca?
We know the Triad has a lot more information about where they come from — Oasis — than Max, Isobel, and Guerin, so they can fill in the blanks, but they aren’t exactly upstanding citizens.
At least, not Clyde anyway; he’s hard to figure out as he was first skeptical about Guerin before showing him the engineering marvel created by his mother after finding out that Guerin is actually Jones’ son.
They will literally do anything for Jones, yet they had no idea he had a kid. It makes you wonder what else they don’t know the truth about.
Bonnie is slightly more forthcoming, and her interactions with Guerin are genuine. She’s a lost soul, much like Guerin once was, which is why he connects with her so easily.
While Clyde seems to be totally on board with whatever mission Jones wants them to complete, Bonnie isn’t as convinced. She was told everything she wanted to hear in order to join them, but she’s quickly realizing that it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be. She’s acknowledging the ugly parts and the darkness alongside the fleeting beauty.
Oasis might not be an oasis after all, but the tool is reportedly the key to getting them back home to paradise.
When Bonnie went in for a kiss, well, I couldn’t exactly blame her. Guerin is cute, he’s sweet, and he just promised to protect her no matter the costs. He’s a keeper. And he totally let her down in the sweetest way possible while making all of our Malex hearts flutter!
“Completely in love” — the devotion he has to Alex!
Of course, one might call out Guerin for not realizing that poor Alex is literally missing, but in his defense, he has a lot on his plate and he did call him and leave him a voicemail. That has to count for something.
The stakes seem higher for everyone this season, including Mimi, who passed away shortly after a final goodbye with her daughter.
The fact that Mimi made it all the way to the bar to find her daughter just proves how strong their relationship was.
But what informed Mimi that it was “her time?”
Her death is shrouded in so much mystery, it’s no wonder Maria was so hard on herself after her mother’s passing. Mainly, her anger stemmed from her inability to own up to not having her powers so she felt as though she could decode her mother’s final message to her.
However, with a little guidance from Dallas, Maria was able to ease up on herself and reconnect with her intuition as a memory pointed her to her mother’s wedding album.
There, she found a drawing of a tree, which outright doesn’t make much sense, but we did see a tree when Clyde gave Guerin a glimpse of Oasis.
Is it possible that her mother is warning Maria about the triad? Or maybe that wasn’t Oasis at all. Aside from the colors, it looked rather plain. And it’s not like Guerin would know any better. Maybe all Clyde is showing is smoke and mirrors.
Either way — with her visions or without them — Maria will likely play a pivotal role in bringing this whole mystery together.
I love that everyone rallied around Maria in her time of need. Maria is such a lone wolf, but it’s nice to know you have the support when you need it. Isobel made it a priority to be there for her sister, even though she had a lot going on in her personal life.
Isobel was heartbroken about her breakup, and when Cameron asked her why she didn’t confide in Anatsa, she realized she wasn’t ready to face her biggest fear: trusting someone and opening up to them. After the betrayal she went through with Noah, it’s not surprising that Isobel put up a guard so that no one was able to hurt her again. She didn’t want to admit it, but when confronted by Cam, she couldn’t deny it.
Unfortunately, the fear also led to the loss as Isobel took too long to want to confide in Anatsa.
I think Anatsa was being a little unfair when she shrugged off Isobel’s attempt at salvaging the relationship and chose to skip town. Yes, she had every right to doubt the relationship given the up-and-down nature, but why couldn’t she just hear Isobel out when it was evident she was finally ready to share a huge piece of herself. I mean, she planned this huge romantic speech and invited her to a cave!
Anatsa’s rejection may have been painful, but it was also proof that she wasn’t ready for the truth. True love doesn’t just walk away.
Isobel needed to get there on her own terms, so if it took a little longer, Anatsa should’ve been understanding. I just hope this experience doesn’t set Isobel back again from trusting someone else with her heart. And this time, I hope she sees what’s been in front of her this whole time — a love that has been nothing but patient and supportive this whole time.
Anatsa was right, it shouldn’t be this hard, and their relationship couldn’t withstand the obstacles. With Kyle, everything feels natural and easy, so maybe we’ll see this relationship take shape soon?
What did you think of the episode? What does Tezca want? Is she leaving behind traces of her alien DNA in the victims she mind controls by inhabiting their bodies?
Is Liz’s mentor somehow connected to Tezca? And what is the Triad’s ultimate agenda? Do you have a theory about where this is all leading? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Roswell, New Mexico Review – Subterranean Homesick Alien (4×03)
Relationship complications are par for the course when you’re an alien (or an alien ally) involved with a human while simultaneously trying to keep the world from finding out the truth about the supernatural.
An alien relationship with a journalist was doomed from the start. Isobel and Anatsa have always enjoyed each other’s company, but the unfortunate truth is that Anatsa was a seeker of the truth. She was willing to go wherever to find out the truth, and she would never stop pursuing the truth about the St. Elmo’s fire and the bank robberies. Even after being mindscaped by Isobel, Anatsa continued to seek out the story. She can’t help herself — it’s in her blood.
As Kyle underscored, if Isobel wanted her relationship to work out, she needed to be honest with Anatsa. Usually, I’d agree that honesty is the best policy, but I don’t think that’s the case here.
It would be a weight off of Isobel’s shoulders, sure, but if Anatsa were to confirm that alien beings exist, she would be even more compelled to write the story and bring the truth to the surface. And while I do think she loves Isobel, I think her love for journalism and exposing the truth trumps any feelings she might have for the blonde.
The truth wouldn’t save their relationship, it would hurt it in so many ways.
Anatsa is dangerous all on her own because she’s perceptive and sees more than what’s visible to the naked eye. When Kira shared with her the footage from the bank robbery, she could see it wasn’t edited because of how the light reflected, and she pinpointed Max almost immediately.
It totally would have been safer to stay with Anatsa just to keep her close and have an ear on everything that she’s discovered thus far. But that wouldn’t be fair to either woman, especially Isobel, who was already riddled with guilt that she had to use the mindscape on her girlfriend like Noah did to her. Obviously, the circumstances were different since Isobel was protecting her secret and her loved ones, but it came at the expense of another loved one, so it didn’t sit right with her.
There was no way to justify continuing the romance if she was always going to keep Anatsa in the dark and a separate entity.
Speaking of being perceptive, Anatsa also picked up on the fact that there are sparks between Kyle and Isobel. The glances she witnessed at the winery were more “oh crap” than anything else, but there’s an undeniable connection and understanding there that’s hard to compete with. Plus, Kyle doesn’t really do a good job of hiding his pining. He has it bad for Is — anyone with eyes can see it.
I enjoyed Isobel’s relationship with Anatsa as they balanced each other out and challenged each other, but sadly, I don’t think the writers ever intended them to stay together. The relationship seems like it was solely conjured up to create obstacles more than anything, which again, isn’t fair for either woman. Hopefully, we’ll see some positivity flow from this relationship/breakup soon enough? Maybe once Isobel and the aliens finally decide to be open about their powers with the rest of the world, Anatsa can write the expose? One could only hope.
However, I am interested in Isobel pursuing her deeper feelings for Kyle down the line, as long as he’s not only considered a rebound. Isobel was broken for quite some time, so per the Preacher’s orders, she needs to five stages of grief that relationship because it was a really important one — it taught her so much that she can put to use in the future. Most importantly, date someone you know you can be completely yourself with. Isobel constantly hid the most important part of herself from Anatsa, and it was heartbreaking to see her wrestle with herself as to what she should do.
Kyle had a pretty dramatic night if you think about it. After forcing himself to move on, his date with Kira was crashed by the woman he loves, he then had to take a very drunk Kira home, and he ended the night at the lab reporting that Jones’ body had been snatched.
Poor Eduardo stood no chance against Tezca as she mind controlled him to get access to the lab.
The Triad, well most of them anyway, are deeply invested in helping Jones rise again, which isn’t great for Roswell.
The full length of the plan is unclear, but it’s definitely concerning as they are able to pull it off rather seamlessly right in front of the core group of protagonists.
Bonnie seems to be the only one with real reservations as she’s enjoying the world and Guerin’s kindness. I only hope he isn’t getting duped, but admittedly, it would be a wicked distraction. I love that Guerin has dedicated himself to this fight, but I almost wish he joined Alex to locate the alien balloons. It feels like an incomplete episode without an Alex sighting.
The one thing that’s clear is that Maria’s family remains at the center of this whole thing, even if she doesn’t have her powers at the moment.
The Triad was after a safety box deposit owned by Maria’s grandmother. While they still don’t know what the object inside is intended to do, Maria really did them a solid by helping them retrieve it and remain one step ahead of the Triad. They needed that win to stand even the slightest chance.
Guerin can now poke around and get answers from Bonnie, while they hold a crucial piece of the puzzle that I’m guessing has the ability to resurrect Jones.
And we can’t forget that Maria’s mom has gone missing from the facility again. It can’t be a coincidence that it happens on the same night as the robberies. Also, that facility definitely needs to tighten up security!
I genuinely enjoyed Maria’s heart-to-heart with Dallas. I’m picking up on some chemistry between them, and if there’s anyone that could help her get her powers back naturally, it’s Dallas. Dallas also has intense chemistry with Jenna, so if Gregory does eventually come back, I know that I can also confidently ship Maria and Dallas in their respective relationships.
She won’t be able to keep the truth from Liz and Max for long. And while I know Maria doesn’t want to bother them with the news, Liz deserves to know so she could find a potential cure.
Liz and Max both had to step out of their comfort zone in order to ensure that they made progress on catching the Triad.
Liz had to trust Shivani, her new mentor, and Allie’s wife, who informed her that she was studying alien things in hopes of finding a cure for her ill daughter. Meanwhile, Max had to allow Guerin to make the call about how they would handle the Triad once they successfully captured them. Though locking them away would be safe, it wasn’t the most effective approach, which is hard for a cop to unlearn, naturally. If they stand any chance at catching the Triad and stopping Jones in this next phase of the plan, they’re going to have to push the boundaries on what they’re capable and comfortable with doing.
And that goes for everyone.
What did you think of the episode? Will Bonnie tell Guerin everything she knows? Should Liz trust Shivani?
Are Kyle and Isobel going to realize their feelings for each other exceed the friendship category?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Roswell, New Mexico Season Premiere Review – Steal My Sunshine (4×01)
After defeating Jones last season, Roswell, New Mexico Season 4 Episode 1 picked up with everyone in a much better and brighter place in their lives.
Relationships blossomed, particularly for Max and Liz and Alex and Guerin, as both couples made the plunge and moved in together.
But as you know, the good times are often short-lived in a town like Roswell.
Insecurities bubbled up to the surface quicker than anyone could say “season premiere,” and plans are thwarted with the resurgence of an imminent new threat that is likely somehow connected to Jones. Even from beyond the grave, he’s a pain.
Max and Liz took their relationship to the next level by moving in together, but Max also felt that since things were going so well in their relationship, it was the perfect time to propose — with Abuelita’s massive rock no less.
Any woman would be thrilled by this decision, and honestly, I thought Liz would be too considering how happy she was in the bubble.
But the bubble has to burst at some point. And when Liz began to actively avoid the proposal, it was clear that there was something on her mind.
I’m not interested in continuing the back-and-forth between their relationship this season, especially since it’s the final one.
Either they are together and love each other or they aren’t.
But there’s no denying that Liz’s concerns also made a lot of sense. Things were too perfect, which meant that something terrible is just around the corner.
I don’t think that Liz literally meant that something was going to go wrong within seconds of raising her concerns, but it only justified her feelings even further. Shortly after, a fiery object (an asteroid, a pod?!) came barrelling through the Crashdown — very meta — leaving Liz and Max hoping that they could just turn back time and live a simple life once again.
The sky lit up in a glow of pink/purple, but the beauty of it definitely masked the dangers on the horizon.
The characters have no idea what any of it means, and honestly, I don’t either even as we were introduced to a new triad (like people called through the Lockhart Machine)– who are also responsible for all the bank robberies in town. Their plan isn’t clear just yet aside from the fact that they plan to bring about the “elighting.” I don’t know what that means, but since it’s so cryptic, I don’t think it’s anything good.
I mean, if they were the “good guys,” I don’t think they’d be robbing banks and avoiding the other aliens in town. Aliens have a way of sensing each other, so I’m sure they know that they aren’t the only ones.
Though, to be fair, Max didn’t take the robbers to be of the alien variety, while Jenna — who is now an agent with the FBI — sniffed it out from a mile away.
Maybe she’s right about Max being worse off when he’s in love. Even after everything that transpired with Jones, Max’s powers are no match for these new aliens.
He probably needs to join Guerin and Dallas in their alien power training.
Other signs that the new aliens are bad news? Eduardo Ramos noticed the weather patterns were similar to the first crash.
And Dallas has also been honing in his connection to water and sensed that there would be a storm even when Maria didn’t tap into that connection.
In fact, Maria’s psychic senses don’t seem to be as powerful after her third dose. Liz and Kyle might have healed her degeneration, but did they also unintentionally take away her powers? What does this mean for her character moving forward?
Poor Kyle slinked away back to the lab to investigate Jones’s body because it was easier than dealing with the reality of his feelings for Isobel, who finally mustered up the courage to tell Anatsa that she loves her. She’s so enamored with Anatsa that she’s completely oblivious to Kyle’s pining!
Isobel has had a rough go these past few seasons with Noah, but she’s finally centered, grounded, and empowered. I don’t want her to get knocked off this path of light and love, but I am concerned that being in a relationship with someone who is oblivious to her secret will make things difficult with an alien war brewing.
Isobel seemed ready to drop the truth bomb on Anatsa, but when the sky turned the most unnatural of colors, she seemed to pull back.
I don’t know enough about Anatsa to deem whether she’s a trustworthy person that deserves to be brought into the circle of aliens, but if she isn’t then I’m afraid I don’t see their relationship going the mile. Secrets don’t help a relationship grow, especially if it’s a secret that Anatsa could use to get ahead at work.
As for Kyle, I find myself rooting for him regardless of who he ends up with. I do like him with Isobel, but if she’s not available, I want him to find happiness with someone else. He’s given himself fully to alien matters, but he deserves a break and a moment to be someone other than Dr. Kyle.
I also am picking up on vibes between Maria and Dallas, but I also really liked her with Gregory. Will there be a new love triangle on the horizon?
As for Guerin, he needs to stop self-sabotaging. And I’m glad that Dallas was there to point out that by wanting to slink back to his trailer, he was running away.
Moving in with someone can be scary, and that’s only amplified for Guerin who has only ever seen himself as someone who destroys things and pushes people away, but Alex Manes truly loves him. He wants to build a life with him, and he wants to make this work.
I have more faith in Alex and Guerin than I do in Max and Liz.
And I’m glad that Alex didn’t give up on Guerin when he noticed that his fears were getting the best of him. They are a strong couple — they’ve already made it through so much — and this is just the beginning.
It was an interesting season premiere that put into motion a new mystery and charted new paths for our beloved characters.
What did you think? Do you have any expectations for the fourth and final season?
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