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Roswell, New Mexico Review – Black Hole Sun (3×03)

Roswell, New Mexico -- "Black Hole Sun" -- Image Number: ROS303a_0369r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): David DeSantos as Eduardo Ramos and Tyler Blackburn as Alex Manes -- Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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 

Why? 

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!

Roswell New Mexico Review Black Hole Sun Season 3 Episode 3

Roswell, New Mexico — “Black Hole Sun” — Image Number: ROS303b_0753r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin and Nathan Dean as Max Evans — Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

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! 


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Roswell, New Mexico Review – Johnny Doe and Buckskin (3×09)

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Roswell New Mexico Review Tones of Home Season 3 Episode 9

Wouldn’t it just be so much easier if everyone took a vow of honesty on Roswell, New Mexico? We would eliminate so many issues through the sheer possibility of communication! 

On Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 9, Operation Save Max was in full swing, and everyone played their part in the plan. 

While Max and Liz took on the West Coast to find Heath in hopes of getting answers, Isobel, Maria, and Gregory teamed up back on the homefront to dig into the identity of the alien the Lockhart Machine was trying to reach. 

Meanwhile, the Lockhart Machine took its toll on Alex, which gave us another sweet #Malex moment. Keep ’em coming, please!

Everyone is boo’ed up at this point — or on the verge of being boo’ed up — and I’ll be honest, many of these feel like the healthiest relationships to date. 

Max and Liz are only slightly troubling, but that’s because they keep falling into the same patterns instead of embracing where their relationship is at this point in time and where it could possibly go. 

I feel like they never take time to talk about what happened, they just go back to flirting as though they didn’t spend the last year trying to get over each other.

Surprisingly, this time, their bickering actually came in handy as it led them to the truth about Heath, who, yes, unfortunately, was lying to and using Liz this whole time. 

Max called it out, but she wanted to so badly believe that she was a good judge of character that she completely disregarded the blind spot she has. 

I knew there was something off with Heath, but I always assumed he was in cahoots with Genoryx. It never once crossed my mind that he could be Bucksin, the best friend of the alien connected to the Lockhart machine. 

Heath, color me impressed!

And the alien in question is none other than the preacher, Dallas (who previously went by Johnny Doe), that’s been helping Rosa with her journey to recovery. 

Isn’t it crazy that there’s been another alien in town this whole time that no one knew about? And why didn’t he know about them?

And he’s not just some any alien — he’s the key to this machine that Jones needs so badly!

There were some flaws within this episode that I couldn’t get over. 

You have to be just a tad annoyed with Liz for leaving all her research out in the open like that along with Heath’s name. 

If this really is a science race and Max’s life, and, quite possibly, the universe, hinges on them figuring out the equation first, then why would she risk that kind of information getting into the wrong hands. 

It’s also understandable that Heath would ignore all of Liz’s phone calls, but why would he pick up a call from her ex Max? Unless he knows Max is an alien already and was compelled to connect with him.

At this point, Heath is a major hypocrite. He became upsets at Liz for not telling him the truth about what was going on with Max, but he never told her the truth about trying to steal her research or the fact that he was attempting to help an alien friend. 

And what does Dallas need help with? It seemed as though Heath was looking for a solution for brain degeneration, but what’s that being triggered by?

Is it somehow connected to the Lockhart Machine?

I truly don’t know what’s going on with that machine, but the hallucinations it caused almost convinced Alex to walk off the ledge, so it’s definitely dangerous in the wrong hands. 

The matrix was glitching! 

Thankfully, Michael came in the knick of time and hit Alex with “I always got you,” melting our fandom hearts even more than usual. 

Alex never wanted Michael to get involved, but considering Michael is an alien and the son of a powerful dictator, he probably should’ve assumed that Michael could take care of himself.

It’s kind of a letdown that Alex got to have such a massive scene with Michael’s mom. I know she was technically a figment of Alex’s hallucination, but it would’ve been cool to have a little chat with her son. 

There was a powerful scene between Kyle and his Tio — though, it did feel slightly out of place because we never saw Kyle address that he knew his uncle or that he understood why he was being held and tested. However, Kyle seemed genuinely happy to learn more about his father from his uncle, so I guess that’s good. 

Despite knowing the dangers of getting involved with aliens, he’s still going to continue walking this path, which is excellent news for Max and Liz. 

Maria was also overly happy during this episode, but who can blame her? She’s sleeping with Gregory Manes!

And, again, Gregory is fully in the know about the alien happenings, which is also something I wasn’t aware was happening. 

I always thought he knew something because of his father, but I didn’t expect Isobel to be speaking so freely about the mindscape around him or snatching drinks from his hand with her mind. 

I’m not complaining though because Maria and Gregory are cute, so that means that he can always be around.

Without Maria in the picture, Malex can finally be fully invested in each other. 

And then there’s Isobel’s budding love life with Anatsa. While I always want what’s best for our girl and hope she takes the time to find herself and learn what she likes and dislikes, I have zero trust that Anasta isn’t just using her for all the wrong reasons. 

She’s an investigative journalist, so she’ll do anything to get the story. If she thinks Isobel is someone who could get her the truth, she’s going to take it.

Are you worried about Isobel getting distracted from the real issue at hand because of a new romance?

What does Jones want with Heath?

And what does the Lockhart Machine want with Dallas?

Let us know your thoughts about the episode in the comments below!


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Roswell, New Mexico Review – Free Your Mind (3×08)

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Roswell New Mexico Review Free Your Mind Season 3 Episode 8

Any win, even the smallest kind, must be celebrated when it comes to Roswell, New Mexico

And a drink was more than necessary after enduring a mindscape that found Maria walking the path of her ancestors in order to get answers as to why Jones wanted alien glass with an equation. 

A trip down memory lane put things into perspective for our aliens and scientists. 

It was revealed that Michael’s mother, Nora, and Mary Louise prevented Jones, the dictator (and Michael’s father), not only destroyed all the Max’s on their planet, but they prevented him from creating anymore close. 

Thus, he could no longer be immortal, which is what makes Max the savior. 

The writing was always on the wall there, but having it spelled out is super beneficial. 

Maria was also reassured that Patricia was on the right side of history by trying to help the aliens and people of color break free from Caulfield, which led to the Lockhart machine. 

The machine was initially supposed to help them contact their home planet, but it’s unclear what role it’ll play in the present day. 

However, it’s helpful that Alex Manes is involved with Deep Sky as they, or should I say Eduardo, has access to it. 

His connection will help Michael learn more about himself, which is necessary since he is always so eager to believe the worst about himself. 

Finding out that he’s the dictator’s son set him back quite a bit, but it’s reassuring to hear that his mother was a genius and a fighter. 

We haven’t had any solid Alex and Michael scenes this season, but this episode surely made up for it. 

Alex is putting it all on the line for Michael; he’s the only one who is able to talk sense into him. He’s able to calm him down and help him see reason. 

Michael was ready to stir up trouble, but in telling the story of how he lost his leg, Alex helped Michael stay focused on the mission at hand without sabotaging it. 

If he got Jones’ sword, they would’ve never been able to pull Max’s pod. 

Roswell New Mexico Review Free Your Mind Season 3 Episode 8

Roswell, New Mexico — “Free Your Mind” — Image Number: ROS308a-97r — Pictured (L-R): Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin, Tyler Blackburn as Alex Manes, and Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca — Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

It also led to a pretty wonderful scene between the two of them. 

Encroaching into dangerous territory has a way of reminding people that they have to be honest with their feelings. It’s safe to say that Malex is back in action and stronger than before!

While Maria and Isobel were navigating the depths of her mind and Alex and Michael were retrieving Max’s pod, Liz teamed up with Rosa to help save Maria’s life. 

There’s no one that geeks out harder about the alien sciene than Liz. 

Despite hitting a few hiccups in the road that forced cells to fuse back together and mutate, she eventually realized that manipulating sound was the answer. 

It’s so nice to see Rosa get an arc. Her character has undergone major growth since last season, and she’s found a way to cement herself within the core group. 

When Liz finally gave her a shot, she realized that her sister is much more capable than she gave her credit for. 

With all the pieces on the table, Liz finally knows what she has to do to save Max. It’s about time she accepted that her purpose in life is to come to his rescue. 

This time, however, it’s a group effort. 

Everyone is on the same page, and there’s a lot of love between the group that wasn’t there in previous seasons. 

Of course, Jones will still be an obstacle until they find a way to unlink him from Max and permanently get rid of him.

My only concern is that no one seemed to question what happened to Kyle. Did Alex fill them in on his whereabouts? Or was everyone just so preoccupied that they forget he disappeared?

Alex seems to think he’ll be able to tell Michael everything he learns at Deep Sky, but I think he’s being a bit naive. 

There’s a reason Deep Sky was introduced as an evil entity, so I’m excited to learn more about how they play into everything. 

Why did they pursue Charlie’s sister? What else do they know? And how will Genoryx, Liz’s company, eventually get involved? I don’t think they’d let her go so easily. 

Other Musings

  • The fight scene between Isobel and Max must’ve been fun to film. It’s such new territory for these characters. 
  • I love that Rosa and Isobel inspired each other to tap into their strengths. They were both told they weren’t worthy for so long, it’s empowering to see them learn how badass they are. 
  • Nathan Parsons is really delivering a standup performance this season. I loved Max, but I can’t stand Jones! 
  • I’m digging Gregory and Maria! But how is she going to explain her absence this whole time? I’m surprised the guy is still calling! 


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Roswell, New Mexico Review – The Dictator’s Identity Revealed (3×07)

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Roswell, New Mexico Review Goodnight Elizabeth Season 3 Episode 7

Who saw that coming?

On Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 7, we finally learned Jones’s real identity, and, well, it’s not what I imagined. 

After Michael was able to grab his glowing sword — which could only be held by someone sharing Jones’s DNA — he realized that Jones isn’t just evil, he’s the Dictator. 

And since Michael is the Dictator’s heir, it means Jones is Michael’s father.

You know how he always hated the fact that he didn’t know his family? Something tells me he was better off. 

Who would have thought Michael would be connected to the biggest villain in the show’s history?

Though, I’m not complaining because it’s a fun twist that’s going to allow us to explore this new dynamic between the actors.

It must be strange that Michael’s devious father looks just like the man he considers to be a brother.

It seems as though Michael may be the only one strong enough to stand up to Jones, but he needs to practice and train before he can face him because there’s no denying it, Jones is stronger than all of them combined at this point. 

He barely lifted a finger and wiped the floor with his son, Iz, and Liz. 

And it was Rosa who was their saving grace, and with a shotgun no less. Sometimes, all you need is a classic weapon when fighting against powerful aliens. 

However, since Jones was trying to figure out how much Liz knew, there’s obviously a weak point that they’ll be able to exploit. 

Their plan to get the lightsaber, which is a source of his power, away from him didn’t go as well as planned, but it was a good first start. 

I’m not entirely sure why they didn’t just bury it in concrete before finding Liz, but maybe there just wasn’t enough time?

Without that, he’d be significantly weakened. There’s also the fact that he wants to permanently sever the connection between him and Max.

Is that the reason why he was trying to get Max when he was a child? So that he could siphon his powers or feed on him like a virus?

We were all so foolish to trust Jones. 

There’s also the Lockhart Machine that is somehow connected to everything.

Jones is all about power and he’s been playing the long game to get it. It’s influenced every single decision he’s made.

By taking hold of Maria’s mind, he’s trying to pry information about the Lockhart machine.

Kyle, Alex Manes, and Dark Sky all are trying to crack the machine, but Jones is going out of his way to seek out a memory from Maria’s mind that dates back to March 11, 1968, which is when the machine was first activated. 

While season 3 has found good pacing and makes a lot more sense in terms of the bigger picture, it’s still not entirely clear how all of these events connect. 

Now, I’m not saying we should fully trust Ramos since that didn’t go so well with Jones, but maybe he isn’t all that bad either.

It seems as though he came to Kyle’s aide when he stumbled upon him at Max Evans’s house. And he knows all about aliens, including which ones they are. It’s possible he could become an asset in their fight against Jones!

Maybe the Lockhart Machine is the only thing that could destroy him?

It was a bit of a bummer to see a Max and Liz scene knowing that it wasn’t Max at all. What a tease to fans! But Liz wasn’t selling it at all. Her dynamic with Max is totally different, and Jones knew it. 

What did you think about the episode? Let us know in the comments!


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