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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.

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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Star Jeanine Mason Shares Sweet Update From Wedding

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Jeanine Mason is officially off the market!

The Roswell, New Mexico star, who announced her engagement back in March 2023, shared sweet wedding photos from her recent nuptials.

The So You Think You Can Dance champion is said to have married husband Nicholas late last year. 

She shared two intimate photos on Instagram, one of the duo kissing after they seemingly exchanged “I do’s” as their guests looked on, along with a second shot of the two cozying up to each other on the subway.

“So many thank yous to come. But for now, just one to this unbelievable man. I love you husband,” the Upload actress captioned the post, which you can see right here.

Brides got more of the scoop on the newlyweds and their big day, noting that she and Nicholas met on a dating app and later exhaling vows on the stoop of their New York City home, which is also where he proposed. 

“We thought, how fun would it be to bring our favorite people along for a weekend in our lives here in New York City and to fill all our neighborhood spots with our families and friends,” she told the outlet. “We imagined, ‘What would our ideal weekend be with our favorite people?’ and then, ‘How do we want to be married?’ We really threw tradition or answering to any standard out the window.”

With that said, they told guests to go all out with their outfits, telling them to “do the MOST.” 

Nicholas serves a major in the Army Reserves following years of active duty, so he opted for his military dress uniform.

They also used the day as an opportunity to hire as many artists as they possibly could, including a violinist to perform during the ceremony, local artists for illustrations, and florists for flowers and arches.

As for the public transit choice—that’s how everyone got to the reception! 

“We always knew we’d take the subway to the reception but this was the perfect way to start the party,” she said. 

Since Mason is Cuban, there was also plenty of music and dancing on a “large dance floor,” and she even danced the salsa with her dad as it’s a “huge part of our culture and the way we celebrate. I think we made the Cubans proud.”

Her co-stars immediately jumped into the comment section to share their congratulations—warming the hearts of The CW fans all around—as Michael Vlamis wrote “VLAMIS GOT MARRIED!!!!” Tyler Blackburn shared a series of heart emojis, Heather Hemmens wrote “So beautiful! Congrats you two!” and Lily Cowles added, “So gorgeous! Felicitaciones mi amor.”

Congrats to the happy couple—we wish you all the best on this new journey! 

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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Actress Jeanine Mason Shares Engagement News

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Jeanine Mason said ‘yes.’

The actress—best known for her role as Liz Ortecho on Roswell, New Mexicoshared the engagement news with her Instagram fans on March 9. 

“Always knew I’d find you in New York, fiancé. What a wild thing this love!” she captioned a stunning photo of herself kissing the now-fiancé in a subway station. The couple’s reflection can be seen in the train whizzing by. 

Plenty of her fellow cast members descended onto the comments section to congratulate her on the big moment.

Omg!!! Congrats you angel!” Tyler Blackburn, who played Alex Manes, wrote, to which his onscreen love interest, Michael Vlamis, who played Michael Guerin, responded, “remember when we got married?” Vlamis also commented with a handful of heart emojis. 

Amber Midthunder, who played Mason’s onscreen sister, Rosa, added, “Beauty on beauty on beauty ♥️✨ so happy for you sister,” while her onscreen bestie, Maria DeLuca, played by Heather Hemmens, noted, “Omggggg!!! Yaaaay congrats babe!!”

Other Hollywood stars chimed in, with Abbott Elementary star William Tyler James writing, “Congrats Jeanine!” as Florence Pugh wrote, “WHAAAAAAAT OH MY GAAAAAAD. Congratulations my darling girl. X.”

Of course, her fiancé’s identity was a hot topic in the comment section as Mason lives a relatively private life. There was speculation that she was dating her onscreen love interest and co-star Nathan Parsons (Max Evans), however, neither ever confirmed the romance aside from Parson’s once admitting that he had a girlfriend and the internet running with the theory that it was Mason. 

But now, the plot thickens because the man in the photo definitely bares a resemblance to Parsons, with many fans questioning if it’s really him. 

One seemed fairly certain that aside from looks, the man in the photo even has a similar posture and hairline. 

“Look at the hands in the pockets posture that is a Nathan thing and the side hair line looks familiar. I think it might be him. And if he hasn’t said anything it’s probably because he wants to keep his personal life private. So happy for her tho. 😊” the fan wrote. 

Parsons did not comment on the post, nor has he weighed in on the engagement, while Mason seemingly did not tag her beau on purpose. 

Regardless of who the mystery suitor is, we’re just thrilled for Mason and wish her all the best in the wedding planning stages!

You can see the breathtaking photo announcement right here!

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Roswell, New Mexico Series Finale Review – How’s It Going to Be (4×13)

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Lives hanging in the balance and time running out—it’s a classic Roswell predicament for the finale episode ever.

On Roswell, New Mexico Season 4 Episode 13, the Pod Squad outwitted Clyde once and for all, but it wasn’t the whole focus of the episode. 

Defeating the season’s biggest villain was important, yes, but it was equally, if not more important, to give these beloved characters a proper conclusion. We’ve come on this supernatural journey with them for four seasons, and science and powers aside, it’s always been about their evolution. And at the core of that evolution is love. Love always trumps hate, and when Clyde was eliminated, a new day began with new possibilities and potential. 

And there was so much love everywhere, even if the outcome didn’t look exactly as some envisioned it. 

Let’s get Clyde out of the way first. The series finale kicked off with Isobel and Max coming back to Roswell from the pocket dimension only to find their biggest foe holding their friends hostage.

They quickly broke free from his grasp thanks to Rosa, whose abilities at tuning frequencies came in handy. They also got her kidnapped, unfortunately, as Clyde used the proteins in her blood to redraw the star map so that he could set course for Oasis. Shivani would’ve never helped him if she knew that’s what he was doing, so he lied and told her that he brought Rosa so that they could isolate the proteins necessary to save her daughter. Honestly, the only feeling I can muster up for Shivani is sympathy. The woman was so far gone. As Allie (Shiri Appleby)informed Liz, her wife didn’t have a blind spot when it came to Nicole, she was simply blind. All logic went out the window as she attempted to resurrect her daughter. It was heartbreaking to see such an intelligent and accomplished woman fall prey to manipulating tactics, but she just couldn’t let go of the desire to save her daughter. She wanted to believe, so she did. Thankfully, in the end, she seemed to come to peace with the fact that Nicole was gone, and she even got her wife back!

Allie played an integral role in the episode as she helped Liz and Kyle recreate the mark of Ophiucus that would prevent Clyde from going back to the home planet. And she made it stick this time so he could never get it removed. She also created a solution to help cure Liz and Shivani from the effects of the mist. Getting in on the alien science wasn’t her only contribution as she also continued to be a great mentor for Liz in her time of need. I loved that the OG Roswell got to play a role in the spinoff, and it was the cherry on top of the sundae to see the original Liz in the alien headband one last time.

The true Bonnie and Clyde — Liz and Max — teamed up brilliantly to take down Clyde. He thought he had won and was even giving a victory speech before realizing that, much like Jones, he couldn’t one-up the great Liz Ortecho. One last time, the science won! And he disintegrated right then and there while watching Oasis slip through his tiny little aspiring-dictator fingers. 

And then, the real fun began. 

First up, a proper wedding for Alex and Michael Guerin. Yes, Alex finally shed the Manes name because “he was never much of a Manes man.” These two deserved the happy ending; they worked like hell for it. 

And I almost lost it when Guerin called Alex his husband while returning the favor and dedicating a song to him.

There were so many incredible moments: Guerin’s nervous telekinetic energy breaking things prior to the wedding, Walt Sanders giving Guerin a final send-off with a speech about finding great love amid everything and a trinket from his mother, and Alex and Guerin getting “the hell out of there”—a town that was never ready for their epic love story. 

We also saw the progression of a few more couples, including Kyle and Isobel. Their love story blossomed earlier in the season, so there wasn’t much here aside from the duo finding comfort in each other as one of the few staying behind in Roswell to find happiness. Bonnie also ended up flying solo, but I find comfort in knowing she’s going to have a permanent spot at Maria’s bar honing in on all the earthly things she’s come to love.

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Roswell, New Mexico — “How’s It Going to Be” — Image Number: ROS413c_0290_R — Pictured (L – R): Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin and Tyler Blackburn as Alex Manes — Photo: Lewis Jacobs/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

There was also Maria and Dallas, who officiated the wedding, Maria realized Dallas made her feel “safe,” which is why she could astral project to him, and it was all code for “I have feelings for you.” For those on Team Gregory, Maria briefly touched on it by explaining that he just wasn’t her person in the end.

Maria and Dallas were a long time coming, and truthfully, I could watch a spinoff about them as a couple. Their chemistry is electric, but I also agree that before Dallas jumps into any relationship, he has to figure out who he is; he owes it to himself to understand where he came from. And those answers are waiting on Oasis, a planet that Maria confirmed is crumbling and on the edge of imploding if it isn’t saved by the Savior, Max Evans. 

Prior to her death in the pocket dimension, Tezca shared a crucial memory with Isobel that revealed Max is the only person capable of saving Oasis from destruction by using the blue flame to restore the energy in the crystals. He basically didn’t have a choice, which was devastating news for his love story with Liz, but also not entirely unexpected. Since day one, Max’s destiny was always tied to his home planet in some way, and try as he might to rewrite what’s meant to be by finding his other half in Liz, you can’t rewrite what’s written in the stars. 

Upon seeing the memory, and confirming with Maria that there is still a planet to save, Max knew in his heart what he had to do. 

Liz always knew it too, hence the “other foot” finally dropping. She may be his destiny on planet Earth, and the final scene revealed that she would be there for him when he got back, but he had another destiny to fulfill before they could get their happily ever after. 

And there’s nothing more earthly than a diamond to seal the deal. It’s a reflection of Max’s human side. He’s as human as he is alien at this point, so it’s important that the show didn’t forget about all the progress he’s made simply because of the Savior storyline. 

 The rock also looked damn good on Liz’s finger, plus, it’s nice to see supportive couples on television. Max would never keep Liz from doing her best work, and Liz couldn’t keep him from completing a mission eight decades in the making. They could never hold each other back, especially as his ancestors were relying on him to get the job done. It’s why I loved the science analogy about love; it was so fitting for all the different stages of their romance. They’ve gone through a rollercoaster of emotions, but it’s been worth it to see them come out on this side completely secure in themselves and in their love. They know that the distance is no match for their feelings, which is why they can plan for a future together even when things seem so uncertain. 

It’s unclear how long Max will be gone (it’s not like she can text him in another universe), but at least they’ve destroyed the imminent threat and now have a connection to the home planet. That’s all anyone has ever wanted. And once Max gets Oasis up and running, there’s no stopping Michael from visiting in the future and finally getting to see where he came from. To be honest, I thought Liz was going to jump through the portal with Max for a minute there since she really has nothing holding her back in Roswell. Her father is running his business, and Rosa is continuing on her path of self-discovery in New York. My guess is that there are some rules about interdimensional travel, however, and Liz wouldn’t have survived the trip since she’s not an alien. 

 The “ending” to Max and Liz’s romance is enough to satisfy fans while leaving the door open to a potential spinoff, possibly even on a network that would do a better job of showing Roswell, New Mexico the love that it deserves. I’m convinced more people would’ve watched the show if they promoted it better.  

But that’s neither here nor there because as it stands, the directors, writers, cast and crew gave fans the most fitting ending possible and love stories that can be felt across the universe. 

What did you think of the Roswell, New Mexico Series Finale?

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