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Roswell, New Mexico Review – Jesse Manes’ Plan Revealed at Crash Con (2×12)

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There are too many things going on in Roswell, New Mexico. It’s equally as thrilling as it is confusing at times. 

As we head into the season 2 finale, the stakes have been raised, and it affects everyone in the small town. Literally, everyone.

But it was hard to keep up with all the twists and turns that got us there, so this review will likely feature a good amount of recap just so everyone is on the same page! We started off with three villains who we assumed were working together Jesse and Flint Manes, and Helena Ortecho. 

At first, it wasn’t clear how Helena became involved with the Manes family, but since she was responsible for kidnapping Alex and Guerin, we assumed she was bad news. 

That is until we found out that Helena was using the Manes men to enact her own revenge on Jesse for killing Jim Valenti. 

Helena’s motivations boiled down to love, which humanizes the character slightly until you realize that she kidnapped an alien to build a bomb targeting Manes DNA to kill a man who wronged her years ago. Hey, at least she’s not anti-alien, right?

Helena’s storyline connected with Mimi’s “abduction” and allowed Isobel to play with her head to get to the bottom of it. Mimi is way more coherent in her mind than she is on the outside. 

Mimi reached out to Helena, who returned to town and saw that Rosa returned from the dead,  meaning that everything Jim said about Rosa being preserved and Jesse having a weapon to kill aliens had to be true. And thus, her need for revenge was born. 

It all seems too convenient, and I feel like they never really knew what to do with Mimi’s character this season. Maybe I’m just not fond of Helena’s storyline, but Mimi was used as a pawn and doesn’t know it because she trapped in her own mind. 

Of course, Flint figured out Helena’s plan and stole the atomizer targeting the alien DNA from Charlie before she had time to destroy it.

He rushed over to the CrashCon carnival (which looks mighty fun for alien lovers and fans, you know, when there aren’t murders on the loose) to set it off. 

The hatred spewing Jesse and Flint’s veins is disgusting. They keep justifying their behavior because they believe these “invaders” are going to take what’s there’s, but if you think about it, the three pure aliens in Roswell have never wanted to take anything from anybody. The logic doesn’t hold true, but we can say that about a lot of things in this world when it comes to race. The point is, Jesse and Flint made the aliens enemies in their mind because history had led them to believe that these beings should be feared, so there’s no changing their minds now. No amount of logic can help when you have a preconceived bias. 

Jesse would have gotten away with it if it wasn’t for Liz and Max’s realization that they were underestimating him. 

If he simply killed the aliens at the carnival, it wouldn’t make him a big hero. And let’s face it, Jesse is here for clout. He wants to be hailed as an American hero who saved his country from an imminent threat. 

And thus, before killing the aliens, he has to make it seem like they are terrorists, which is where the glowing alien artifact comes into play.

The thing was so flammable, it could explode with the teeny tiniest spark thus blowing up the whole carnival, which is what Manes hoped for as it would allow him to frame Max as the paper trail aka the $10,000 he deposited into his bank account that morning led back to him for his “donation” of the artifact.

Also, don’t you love how nonchalant Max was about seeing $10K in his account?

All of this compounded into one simple solution — do everything in your power not to let anything bad happen. 

Easy enough in a carnival crawling with tourists, right?

Maria tracked down the atomizer ready to kill anyone with alien DNA by following Mimi Deluca’s signs. While she successfully got it out of harm’s way, it started taking its toll on her as she began to bleed from her eyes and nose before collapsing in Jenna’s arm.

Isobel tried to keep the artifact from detonating smack dab in the carnival while Guerin went to search for Max as she could feel him getting “cold.”

Of course, he got sidetracked by Alex who confronted his father to inform him that Helena switched out his atomizer so that he would take out himself and his bloodline with it. 

You’ve got to hand it to Alex for still trying to save his father despite everything he’s done to him. It takes a lot to save the man who kidnapped you to lure your lover in to create a bomb that would essentially kill all your friends, even if he is your father. 

Alex continues to trump his father’s hatred with love and kindness despite Jesse not deserving any of it — he’s done enough and hurt so many people. 

Not to mention he’s willing to blow up a carnival filled with people because he “thinks” that’s the right move. Who is actually the terrorist here?

Guerin came to help Alex but got a gun pointed at him (and his powers are still null and void because of Helena’s serum), so Gregory Manes stepped in! 

Oh, I love it when a Manes man turns against Jesse! And Gregory didn’t care who or what Michael was, he only cared how much Guerin mattered to Alex. No one has ever stood up for Alex like that in the family, but it was so awesome. A lot of people are clearly done with Jesse’s bullying.

If Manes detonates the atomizer, he isn’t just putting himself at risk, he’s putting Alex, Flint, and Gregory in harm’s way also. 

Honestly Michael, now would be a really good time to get your powers back. 

Max chased down Flint and then used his energy and powers to take him in an eye-for-an-eye situation. His decision weakened him and quite possibly killed him yet again. He was already looking “clammy” earlier in the day because all the anecdote he was taking behind Liz’s back was taxing, but this really did the trick. 

How many times is Liz going to have to give up everything to save him? 

As much as I love their relationship, the fact that they continuously lie to each other rubs me the wrong way. Liz came clean about what she doing in the lab, but it wasn’t until they began discussing Jesse Manes’ plans where she came clean about why she wants to continue on with her research. 

And Max blatantly lied to Liz’s face about the anecdote cause he knew she would say it’s too dangerous and then asked Charlie to lie to Liz too.

While everyone was trying to hold the fort down at the carnival, Liz went to the lab to create something that could power down the artifact. She mixed some ingredients together and brought something back (very scientific explanation, I know, but you get the point) before getting distracted with Operation Save Max 2.0. However, Rosa will likely bring him back with her powers as Liz stops the artifact thus hindering the explosion and ruining Jesse Mane’s big “hero” moment. 

Hopefully, she gets there in time before every alien begins experiencing the side effects that Maria did. 

The bottom line is that there’s a lot at stake heading into the finale. 

On a less-important note, Diego is sniffing around Liz’s business for god knows what reason. Initially, I thought Diego was one of the bad guys, but since the episode went out of its way to make him look like a bad guy, I now think Diego is just nosy. 

He sees that Liz is all worked up about something, he can’t understand why she’s so worried, and he likely sees all the whispering between her and her friends, so my guess is that he followed her back to the lab to get a peek at what she’s working on. 

There can only be so many masterminds in one small town, and there’s absolutely no room for Diego! 

Amidst all of this mayhem and chaos, the series still managed to make tackle the issue of illegal immigration in America. The series has never shied away from the topic, but once again just like in Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 Episode 11, they were spot on with Liz’s speech about how Max may try to understand her reality and fear but he never will through no fault of his own. It’s so poignant when you think about the protests that have spearheaded the largest Civil Rights movement in the nation. 

The only thing that didn’t sit right with me this episode was the fact that Guerin left Alex in the house. His intentions were good because he knew Alex would head over to the carnival thus putting himself at risk and exposure, but it wasn’t Guerin’s call to make especially because it threatens Alex’s whole family. 

Not to mention, he left him there tied up with a crazy brother who had no trouble leaving Charlie tied to a radiator as the house burned down. And Alex didn’t have his prosthetic with him! It wasn’t one of Guerin’s best moments, that’s for sure. 

There were so many characters involved in the episode, and I love when shows go big for a finale, but I wish Kyle was somehow involved. 

His scene with Steph was sweet, and for someone who was such a douche in high school, Kyle is truly redeeming himself on every front from helping Liz resurrect Max to helping Max despite their differences to doing Steph’s makeup. 

And because Kyle has sacrificed so much and put his career on the line, he deserves to be in on the action. And they could clearly use an extra human hand. Aside from Liz and Alex, everyone at the carnival has some alien DNA and/or proteins making them susceptible to the atomizer. 

Steph did say her father was taking her to the carnival, so maybe Kyle will jump in to help in the finale?

Also, for Kyle and Steph’s relationship to make any sense or have any purpose, Liz needs to save her with her research. But if she does, she’s going to have to expose the aliens. How else will she explain Steph’s miraculously recovery?

Throughout most of the episode, I wondered how Rosa was just roaming out and about in Roswell and no one seemed to notice. 

They kept her hidden the whole season and now, she’s just serving burgers at the Crashdown Cafe like it’s no biggie. 

Thankfully, there was a brief mention of it when Rosa met Gregory who said she looked like the girl who died from his high school and she explained she’s Rosa’s cousin Rosalina, but honestly, on a show where aliens battle the government, you have a probably when that’s considered a stretch.

What did you think of the penultimate episode of Roswell, New Mexico Season 2?

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5 Biggest Moments from the Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Finale

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5 Biggest Moments from the Roswell, New Mexico Season Finale

The Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 finale was an intense two-part event from beginning to end. 

The showdown between Jones and Max came to a head, with one being destroyed for good. 

Check out the 5 biggest moments from the finale!

 

1. Shiri Appleby returns to Roswell 

We’ll start with this one because it was the most shocking reveal. During the final moments of the episode, a naked and dazed woman walks into a home in Careyes, Mexico and claims to be one of the people “in the sky,” which the homeowner relays to a woman hiding in the shadows. The woman, who bears the same tattoo as Max Evans, claims she’s Liz Ortecho. “Liz Ortecho was a student of mine,” Allie exclaims as she emerges from the dark. Turns out, Allie is played by WB Roswell actress Shiri Appleby! What a treat to fans of the original!

Our only guess is that the woman is someone Jones called through the Lockhart Machine!

 

2. Love is in the Air for (Mostly) Everyone

There were a lot of deeply profound and passionate speeches from all the couples we ship on “I Ain’t Going Out Like That” and “Never Let You Go.” It’s hard to pinpoint our favorite, but nearly all of them got a happy ending after Jones was defeated in the final battle (we think? We hope.)! 

Max and Liz finally got their kiss while promising each other that they would go see the ocean. Throughout this ordeal where Jones offered her everything she wanted, she realized that she could have Max and the science. To be quite honest, I feel like there isn’t any science for Liz without Max. I’m glad these two are finally on the same page and choosing honesty. 

Alex almost lost Guerin, who stood up to his father, Jones, on several occasions. When it was all said and done, they both defeated their bad dads and came out on top. Then, they did the one thing they never could in front of Papa Manes — they held hands. Damn, that felt good! Michael and Alex are finally in a healthy place in their relationship because they are no longer letting anything from their past define or confine them. 

Deluca and Manes got to spend some time together, which was nice after all the psychic visions she’s been having. 

Sadly, Kyle is still longing for the girl. He finally admitted that he had feelings for Isobel when Maria interrogated him. While operating on Dallas at Deep Sky, he and Isobel even had a bonding moment where she could sense his energy was all over the place. However, he never got to tell her how he felt because their moment was interrupted by Anatsa. Here’s the thing — I like both of these potential suitors for Isobel. She has a great thing going with Anatsa, but there’s undeniable chemistry between her and Kyle. I’m looking forward to the show exploring that in the future. 

Even Rosalinda got a happy ending after Kyle got her a ticket to New York so she could start over fresh and live her best life. 

5 Biggest Moments from the Roswell, New Mexico Season Finale

Roswell, New Mexico — “Never Let You Go” — Image Number: ROS313-1048r — Pictured (L – R): Nathan Dean as Max Evans and Michael Trevino as Kyle Valenti — Photo: John Golden Britt / The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

3. The Triad + Friends Defeat Jones 

The science was murky on this one, and there was a moment where it really seemed like separating Jones and Max was going to come at the cost of Max losing his powers for good, but eventually, Heath saved the day by creating the serum using Dallas’ equation. Take that Genoryx.

While Jones aimed to get inside everyone’s minds and prey on their insecurities to divide them, they ended up banding together and conquering him using their sheer force. There’s strength in numbers. They could no longer shy away from the parts they were scared of. 

The final switcheroo was dangerous because it relied on Liz picking the right Max. It’s not a unique twist by any means, but it worked well in the context of the storyline. Jones got all too good at pretending to be Max, which made it all the more difficult to deduce which one was the real Max. However, she figured it out by asking him what song played on the jukebox during their first date knowing that the real Max couldn’t remember the title. 

Choosing the right Max during such a tense moment proved that Liz truly is his soulmate and knows him better than anyone! 

 

4. Dallas Gets Stabbed

Poor Dallas. One minute he’s preaching to a congregation, the next minute he’s trapped in a mindscape with some evil dictator. What a wild trip it’s been for him. His whole belief system was questioned, he found out the truth about his family in a very overwhelming way, and eventually got pieces of glowing shrapnel lodge in his throat and forced to undergo an emergency alien surgery. It’s surprising he made it out of this in such good spirits. Nothing can break him because he reads Reddit threads, duh! 

But it’s exciting to see him as part of the triad. He has a lot to learn about being an alien, so I’m sure his parents are happy he found his pack.

 

5. Maria’s Future

Maria became much more vital to the storyline this season, specifically as a source of support for Isobel and Rosa. She may have been Liz’s best friend when the series started out, but she has a pretty badass girl gang going with Isobel and Rosa nowadays. Her visions carried the series, she learned how much her family contributed to all things alien, and still, she never shied away from her responsibilities of stopping Jones or protecting her friends. She’s a gem. 

And after sacrificing her bracelet to piece together Isobel’s mother’s sword, she’s now going to have to rely on the science from Jones’s “intergalactic ass” to prevent her brain from turning to mush and going to the way of her mother’s, who she found out is deteriorating rapidly. Why do I feel like next season will involve some form of saving Maria from her own brain?

 

What did you think of the season finale? Will you miss Nathan Parson’s pulling double duty so masterfully?

How did you like this season overall? Shout out all your thoughts in the comments below!


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Roswell, New Mexico Review – 2 Became 1 (3×11)

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Roswell New Mexico Review Season 3 Episode 11 2 Become 1

With a title like “2 Became 1,” it’s almost a bummer that the Spice Girls song wasn’t thrown in at any point during Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 11. 

And surprisingly, a merger and/or severing of a connection between Max and Jones wasn’t initiated. They were not two that became 1 in the episode. 

However, Jones proved that he has way more tricks up his sleeve than anyone anticipated. 

After kidnapping Heath and Liz, Jones suggested that she works with him to break the connection he has with Max. In turn, he would leave the planet and allow her to use the groundbreaking science to save Max. 

While it seems like a sound plan, the truth is that Jones cannot be trusted. 

The last time anyone did trust him, well, that’s how they got in this mess. 

Jones knew that by taking Liz hostage, eventually, the whole squad would come to save her, which is exactly what he wanted. 

They walked into his trap.

Without doing any real work, Jones was able to lure in Dallas, who had the equation in his mind, his clone, and everyone else that has powers in town. 

So, will Liz make a deal with the devil? At this point, she’s been backed into quite a corner with no way of getting out. 

I’m a firm believer in the idea that there’s always another way, and I think that Michael is that other way. 

Dallas, Michael, and Isobel have the opportunity to accomplish what their parents couldn’t. They are the second chance that can bring this evil dictator down once and for all. 

Even Sanders — who, Michael is right, is the town’s Mad-Eye Moody — questioned why Michael hasn’t gone all Harry Potter on Voldemort. 

I believe Michael is sitting on a lot more power than he’s letting on because he’s too scared of turning into the likes of his father and Noah. 

Eventually, he’s going to have to break through that to save Max. 

Roswell New Mexico Review Season 3 Episode 11 2 Become 1

Roswell, New Mexico — “2 Became 1” — Image Number: ROS311C_0094r — Pictured (L – R): Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho and Nathan Dean as Max Evans — Photo: John Golen Britt / The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There’s always a possibility that the science will come in and save the day, and lord knows the show loves to get into the scientific complexities to the point where I have no idea what’s going on or what anyone is actually suggesting. 

There’s just no point in bringing up using fire to create, and mentioning that the spores are essentially stemmed cells that could genetically block off the connection between Max and Jones. 

If I’m understanding that correctly, it would mean that Max and James would become two entities, and then it would be fine to kill Jones while preserving Max. 

If Michael isn’t the savior, Liz’s spores are going to have to be. 

While this season has been promising and unraveling at a good pace, the penultimate episode was a bit of a letdown as it didn’t reveal anything new. 

With the episode leading into a two-hour season finale, I expected more setup than just everyone rehashing everything we already know to be true at this point. 

Though I am glad the fact that Michael is the child of the dictator likely should play a bigger role in his demise, so I’m just really glad that was brought up. 

There were some enjoyable moments throughout the episode, including Isobel and Jones’s sword fight.

I love how she’s ready to fully embrace her powers to save her brother. Isobel may have been lost last season, but she’s very secure in her journey these days and it’s fun to watch. 

Rosa has also found herself, so she was helpful in locating Isobel’s mother’s sword for the fight of their lives. 

And she had a sweet moment with Wyatt, who made a pit stop in Roswell only to be convinced that he absolutely needed to leave the small town and all the red necking behind. 

Who would have thought they’d ever be able to redeem Wyatt Long?!

Though, I am glad that he isn’t going to be Rosa’s love interest. He might be a new and improved version of himself, but that would have been toxic. 

It was better for them to stay friends and encourage each other to follows their own journeys. 

What did you expect from the episode? Did you anticipate more action? Do you think they’ll successfully defeat Jones and free Max?

Do you think everyone would be more powerful if they stopped living in their parent’s shadows?

What are your theories going into the finale?


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Roswell, New Mexico Review – What Did The Lockhart Machine Reveal? (3×10)

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Roswell New Mexico Review Angels of the Silences Season 3 Episode 10

The race to save Max Evans while severing his tether to Jones continued on Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 Episode 10. 

Who knew that a crucial part of this journey would be Dallas, a preacher we barely knew just a few episodes ago?

By tagging in Dallas, Isobel, Michael, and Alex were finally able to open up the Lockhart Machine and get the equation needed to stop Jones.

See, the machine ended up being used for good after all…. once they got the Manes malware removed, that is.

At this point, Jones has proven that he doesn’t have a redeemable bone in his body, so it’s understandable that they have to do everything in their power to stop him from getting it. 

Jones spares no one; he’s too comfortable with unleashing hell on Earth. 

This obviously sets the scene for an intense faceoff in the future between Dallas and Jones since the preacher is the only thing standing in his way of “everlasting” domination. 

It’s a concerning development, however. 

Dallas may be part of the triad, but he has no connection to Max or Isobel and Guerin for that matter. He met them recently, so while it’s comforting that was able to find out more about his origins and meet his dad, he doesn’t have much loyalty to them… or Max.

As a preacher, he’s obviously opposed to killing, but there’s also nothing stopping him from going to the worst-case scenario in order to stop Jones if, for example, killing him results in the lesser of two evils.

Dallas will be able to make the call on judgment day, and there’s a chance that it doesn’t bode well for Max in the long run. 

Bottom line: Dallas cannot be their one and only option. 

We know Jones will go to any extreme to get that equation, and when he does, Dallas’s motivation won’t be Max, it’ll be Heath… if he lives long enough for that. 

I’m hoping that Guerin will play a larger role in stopping Jones considering the revelation that he’s his father. Why wouldn’t Guerin be the key?

It was a shocking and juicy twist without any true repercussions — all we saw was Guerin question whether or not he was a monster like daddio, which we know he isn’t. He didn’t need to come face-to-face with one in order to realize it.

I like Dallas, and I like the shake-up his involvement offers, but how incredible would it be to see Guerin take on Jones? Fighting Jones means he’s not only fighting his maker, but also the person that looks like his brother — the only family he has ever known. 

There’s a poetry to it that gets lost with Dallas’s inclusion. 

Though, it was sweet that the only person that was able to get through to Dallas was Michael when he leveled with him and opened up about his past. 

Mindscaping, mind-controlling, and all the other alien stuff is great, but it’s overwhelming. Dallas needed to hear it from someone who has lived it, which, in this case, is Michael. Their files read exactly the same as they both had crummy experiences bouncing around from foster family to foster family looking for a sense of purpose. Neither of them had any family, aside from the found families they created, and they remained loyal to those people while trying to understand themselves. And they both recently met their fathers, though, it clearly fared better for Dallas than it did for Michael. 

Michael has always been haunted by the past. He never wanted to relive it, so it had a hold on him. His anger stemmed from his experiences, and since he never confronted them, they had the ability to control him. 

It took a little push from Alex for him to finally see the light. 

Admittedly, Michael and Alex’s reunion, albeit making my heart skip a beat, felt a bit rushed. They went from being practically strangers at the kickstart of the season to falling head over heels for each other. I understand falling back into old habits, but it felt like a stretch. And at the same time, it also feels right because they’ve matured so much since the last time they tried to make this work.

They’ve both been working on themselves and don’t have to prove anything to anyone else.

`They always say timing is everything, but it couldn’t be more true in this case.

Well, their love-making timing could’ve been slightly better.

Max was sending out an SOS after Liz, Heath, and Sheriff Taylor were kidnapped by Jones. 

Here’s the thing — I couldn’t understand why Liz wasn’t more careful about hiding her research. When there is a literal evil alien seeking your information, you might want to hide it somewhere so he can’t find it. 

Then again, I guess there’s really no stopping Jones. If he couldn’t get Liz’s research, he just got something better — Liz herself. 

I was pretty irritated that Liz got duped into thinking Jones was Max again. Girl, how can you not tell?

And why did they have to split up in the first place? Let Sheriff Taylor handle it, Max! The worst thing anyone can do with an evil Jones running around is split up! 

You would think the law enforcement in town would have some inkling that supernatural entities exist. Sheriff Taylor is good, but she wasn’t good enough. 

She was way too calm for someone coming face-to-face with a man she supposedly just put under lock and key. 

I know Jones is after the equation, but in this case, it seems like he’s betting on the science to help him stay in Max’s body permanently. Is that possible?

Is the equation that could lead to Jone’s demise just a scientific one that Liz and Heath could figure out?

Surely, it would be more complex than that. 

Poor Kyle is continuously getting wrapped up in alien drama. It’s almost cost him his life on several occasions. 

But damn, he’s also the most loyal friend I’ve ever seen. 

When Sheriff Taylor tried to get the Max and Isobel files, he went out of his way to light them on fire to protect their identity. 

That’s the kind of guy they should be lucky to have on their team. 

And it seems like Kyle wants to be way more to Isobel, yet she’s not actually seeing the bigger picture. 

Kyle is totally crushing on Isobel, right? And Isobel is totally crushing on Anatsa! I want Isobel to be with whoever makes her happy, but I can’t say I trust someone that isn’t organically part of the group, especially a journalist who also had a thing with Max. 

Anatsa’s job is to investigate anything that feels off and get the scoop, and Isobel, despite being one badass babe, is also vulnerable. I hope she’s not being used, but it can’t hurt to have someone look out for her! 

And let’s hope that Kyle can help Dallas with his neurological condition because if Jones is telling the truth, that’s the only leverage he has over Dallas and Heath at this point. 

What did you think of the episode? How will they destroy Jones? Or will Max have to be destroyed along with him? And why do Liz and Max always realize they’re love for each other in life-or-death situations?! 


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