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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Roswell, New Mexico Season Premiere Review – Hands (3×01)
After more than a year, Roswell, Mexico is back, and it comes bearing some thrilling new developments.
With a one-year time jump, the season 3 premiere largely glosses over COVID-19, though a few mentions here and there indicate that even the supernatural world isn’t immune to a global pandemic. It’s probably for the best because no one wants to see the citizens of Roswell walking around in face masks when they have more pressing issues at hand including the arrival of Jones.
As predicted — and as toyed with in the original Roswell — Mr. “Howdy Partner” is the savior while Max is the clone. That’s all that we know going into the episode, but my guess is he’ll cause his fair share of problems as their mother likened to the “devil.”
I can’t wait to Nathan Parsons’s pull double-duty and channel his inner cowboy. The role is much different, so it’ll be interesting to how he tackles this new character.
You’d think they would use Jones to get information about what Max saw in the vision, but they chose to lock him up and ignore the problem instead.
That is until Isobel and Michael found out Max was lying to them about his body rejecting Noah’s heart.
With the realization that he’s living on borrowed time, they decided to wake up Jones and gain information on how to save Max.
Isobel and Michael are understandably in a world of pain when they find out Max has been lying to them. They’re betrayed, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop fighting. Those two will do anything to save Max, which is a good thing because Max has seemingly given up.
He’s living out his last days by getting really drunk, listening to some of Liz’s old tapes, and downing a ton of nail polish remover.
He’s also pretty broken up about his breakup with Liz, and the feeling is mutual.
Liz, as we know from the finale, moved to Los Angeles and has thrown herself into her work at Genory, a company he should be wary of.
When she’s not finding life-changing cures at the lab with Heath, she’s trying to find a cure to help Maria avoid memory loss as a result of her visions.
Heath has the hots for Liz, but since she’s still holding out hope that Max will come back for her, she’s hesitant about even grabbing drinks with him.
However, when she leaks Genory’s patents and he assists her with hacking the system to erase any trail back to her, she realizes she’s also into him.
Plus, it helps that Kyle paid her a visit and suggested that it’s probably time to move on with her life.
Of course, you know that at some point, Max and Liz will cross paths again, and poor Heath doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to soulmates.
It’s also nice to see a familiar face on the series — Steven Krueger holds a special place in my heart as I loved Josh on The Originals.
Liz may trust Heath, but should she? Genory is up to no good as it Dr. Margot Meyerson, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Heath was on their side also.
I fully expect her decision to tamper with the patent to come back and bite her.
When Heath said “Genory owns you,” I couldn’t help but think that anything she comes up with while working for them — the cure for Maria, most importantly — will become their property!
Liz might be in way over her head.
In the final moments of the episode, we also see Max hook up with the singer from the bar. Max’s guard is down as he’s looking to have a good time, but, as with Heath, I can’t shake the feeling that she’s up to something far more nefarious.
Guerin was also hurting after Alex returned to town and found comfort in the arms of another man.
In my Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 finale, I said Guerin needed some space to figure out exactly what he wanted. After a year of separation, he still yearns for Alex.
But even with Alex’s new squeeze of the picture, getting back into his life is going to prove difficult as Alex is considering joining Deep Sky, the paramilitary group, that his father and brother were involved in.
On one hand, I’m excited to learn more about Deep Sky as we only touched upon the organization on the surface level last season, but on the other hand, I’m terrified for Alex. Any organization eager to “recruit” you and give you top-level clearance is dangerous, and I wish he got on that bus with his boyfriend and skipped town!
However, as someone who has been lied to his whole life, I don’t blame him for wanting answers. He would never live it down if he had the chance to find out the truth and didn’t take it.
There’s also something to be said about getting answers and not being able to share them with anyone.
As Kyle pointed out, it’s lonely. And we know that anything Alex finds out he’ll want to share with Guerin.
Steph broke up with Kyle, and without Liz around, Kyle doesn’t really have much of a storyline right now. I hope that changes moving forward because I like his character a lot.
He’ll likely be very useful once he learns about the clone and can begin testing and conducting studies.
Kyle and Liz are the only two who could potentially figure out a cure for Max. We’ve seen them do incredible things together before, and reviving that partnership would be beneficial.
I was never all that interested in Rosa’s storyline, but I’m definitely intrigued this season after her fight with Wyatt Long.
Wyatt looked like he saw a ghost (he technically did) and didn’t seem to buy the story that she was Rosalinda, Rosa’s cousin.
I know Wyatt isn’t the smartest in town, but that’s a hard sell for anyone. “Rosalinda” looks just like Rosa, likes the same things as Rosa, and is even working at the Crashdown.
So much for keeping her resurrection a secret.
Rosa defended herself from Wyatt, but what does this mean moving forward? Will the attack on her sister convince Liz to come home?
Or will Liz return because of Maria’s vision? Everyone is concerned that she keeps getting visions as it will eventually lead to the memory loss her mother endured, but Maria is curious by nature.
When her vision revealed a funeral, she wanted to know more.
After Guerin told her that it was likely Max following his diagnosis, Maria put it to rest, but she had another vision when she was ambushed by the green people… literally.
Was it Deep Sky? And why?
Do they know about Maria’s visions?
Did they want to trigger them?
Max was alive and well in the vision, as was Maria, Isobel, and Alex, who commented about “covering up another murder.”
Whose death would affect Isobel so deeply? If it was Guerin, Alex would definitely be more shaken up. And if it was Liz, Max would be beside himself.
What are your guesses? Share them in the comments below, and let us know what you thought about the Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 premiere!
WATCH: ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Season 3 Trailer Introduces Max’s Doppelgänger
The CW has a thing for evil doppelgangers!
In the upcoming third season of Roswell, New Mexico, Nathan Parsons will play be playing two characters — Max and a man who has a striking resemblance to him.
In the 16-second teaser, Max questions the man we first saw in the season 2 finale asking him: “why do you look like me.” This seems to allude to the fact that he doesn’t know this man or doesn’t remember him.
But the mysterious lookalike seems to know him as he informs Max’s siblings that their brother “never told you about me.”
Check out the promo below and let us know what you think in the comments!
QUIZ: Which ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Character Is Your Soulmate?
While we wait for the next season, find out which Roswell heartthrob is your soulmate.
Is it science whiz Liz? Is it the man who puts everyone ahead of himself aka Max?
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