Letting go is the hardest thing in the world to do.
As humans (and even aliens), we always want to keep our loved once with us for as long as possible.
So much so that we’ll oftentimes ignore their wishes and what’s best for them.
And that’s exactly what happened on Roswell, New Mexico when Max pulled the plug on himself and forced Liz, Kyle, Michael, Alex, and Isobel to speed up the timeline of his surgery.
While Liz was ready to do the open heart surgery without any guarantee simply to have a few more minutes with Max and ensure he didn’t die alone, the others never gave up hope.
Isobel knocked Rosa out with a book to get inside her head and have a chat with Max.
That’s when Max revealed the reason he pulled the plug — every time he uses his powers, he absorbs an energy. When he resurrected Rosa, he absorbed the darkness and loneliness of ten years, and he could feel that something wasn’t right.
Rosa could feel it too since she was connected to him, which is why he kept reaching out to her in hopes that she’d stop Liz and the others from saving him.
Max begged Isobel and Rosa, but it was hopeless. Everyone was determined to save him because that’s what he would do. They channeled their inner-Max and made the decisions they knew he would make.
Max has always been the hero — that’s been hammered by the show since its inception — so there was no giving up on him.
They were going to save him the same way he always saved everyone else.
And the darkness he was so concerned about, well, they had a plan for that also.
Max was worried he would hurt someone with all that energy, so Isobel figured he simply needed someone stronger than him to expel it towards. She trained for weeks on end to be strong enough.
It’s not a bad plan, and if anyone can save Max, it’s Isobel.
However, Michael Guerin played a critical role in his brother’s return to the land of the living. If it wasn’t for his genius that finally understood the power of three and crafted a supernatural pacemaker to help Max stay alive.
Guerin is the heartbeat of the show; he’s the emotional complexity, the boy next door, and the comedic relief all wrapped up into one cuddly man.
Liz and Max may be the stars of the show, but it wouldn’t have a pulse without Guerin.
Just like Max wouldn’t be alive without his brother, who finally stepped up and had his own hero moment. For much of the episode, Guerin was feeling sorry for himself and regretting how much he pushed Max again before realizing that Max never gave up on him.
Regardless of how much Guerin tried to get rid of him or said mean and hurtful things abandonment issues, Max was always there for him and always believed in him.
He deserved the same kind of love in return now when he was in trouble.
Even Rosa played a critical part and managed to redeem her previously insufferable behavior! While Max relied on her to stop the surgery, she couldn’t go through with it and cause her sister so much pain.
Rosa is already wracked with guilt because her sister lost the man she loved so that she could get a second chance, and she was not about to destroy his second chance.
The electro-magnetic powers that she’s been developing sure came in handy to restart his heart. The whole operation may have been cheesy, but the series couldn’t really do anything more in terms of showing an alien open-heart surgery.
In short, Max needed his whole squad to show up for him, and they didn’t disappoint or let him down.
The hard part may be over, but now they have to help bring back the caring and loving Max. For starters, he has this urge to hurt someone and he’s not in control of his powers.
Liz is hoping for a dream reunion, but the teaser for next week also reveals that it’s her own nightmare as he doesn’t seem to remember Liz at all. Will they ever just get a moment of happiness to themselves? She hasn’t even told him she loves him.
Is he changing? Is he being consumed by the darkness? Is he a monster like Max warned? Or is this not Max anymore? Or is this your standard post-surgery amnesia trope? I’m not looking forward to that, but if there’s an alien twist, I’ll consider it.
Other Crashdown Musings
- Maria and Manes are on good terms again, and it’s incredible that two people who share an ex and love interest can remain so civil. Their friendship is one of my favorite on television.
- Manes was instrumental in her decision to forgive Liz, Rosa, and everyone that lied to her. She didn’t want him to go through her mother’s browser history because she’s entitled to her secrets, and Alex reminded her that the same is true for everyone in Roswell. Especially since no one was lying to her to make a fool of her but rather to protect her.
- Manes will investigate the cleared browser history, right? Who was she talking to online? Her mother didn’t just wander off. Speaking of, where is Jenna Cameron?
- Isobel came clean to Guerin about her pregnancy. He told her he would’ve been there for her, but she emphasized that this was a decision she had to make on her own. It seemed like she would respect Max’s decision to end his life, but the moment didn’t really resonate after she chose not to let him decide his own fate.
- I know Manes said that the hospital thought they had a highly-classified VIP patient, but how are they moving the pod around Roswell without anyone noticing?
- Hopefully, this is the last thing Kyle does for Liz because he needs to move on with his life and find his happiness. I still love them as a duo and secretly ship it (I know it’s forbidden!).
- But on a more realistic note, how far will Kyle go for her? How much is he willing to do and how much of his license will he risk? Hijacking a hospital for an illegal alien surgery is pretty high on the list.
With Max finally out of the pod, the series can move the plot forward since the whole “save Max” scenario was reaching its breaking point.
Isobel is strong enough to rival Max now, but can she bring him back to the man he once was?
What did you think of the episode?
Roswell, New Mexico Series Finale Review – How’s It Going to Be (4×13)
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.
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?
Roswell, New Mexico Review – Two Sparrows in a Hurricane (4×12)
I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of Roswell, New Mexico.
The penultimate episode, Season 4 Episode 12, set the scene for the final battle with Clyde. He was already a thorn in everyone’s side, but his alliance with Shivani made him even more annoying as he jumped into the pocket dimension while it was crumbling to siphon some of Bonnie’s blood.
Initially, it seemed as though he wanted a bit of blood to help remove the mark of Ophiuchus so that he could head home to Oasis, but at the last moment, it was revealed that Clyde’s plan was much more sinister.
After Michael Guerin spent half the episode optimistically staring down the face of doom and trying to find a way to make fuel out of ash, Clyde thwarted their chances of going home by revealing that he had become the almighty and powerful. Thanks to Shivani, when he injected Bonnie’s blood into his system, he also harnessed all the powers she ever took from aliens, including Guerin and Max’s.
It’s one thing if you’re going to use all those abilities for good, but it’s another game entirely if you’re selfish and evil, two boxes that Clyde absolutely checks out.
After he went through the portal and ensured that the console was no longer active, it definitely seemed bleak for our supernatural friends as the pocket dimension was essentially crumbling and about to swallow them whole. It was sped up by the fact that Jones’ DNA invaded the space, which Dallas wasn’t pleased about as he felt that his father abused his power to control the narrative. I loved that Isobel pointed out that Theo wasn’t a god, but he wasn’t a superhero either; he was just doing his best in an impossible scenario. And the failsafe against Jones was simply meant to protect the greater good without realizing the clone may be a friend rather than a foe.
It was Alex who delivered the last bit of hope and turned an impossible situation around as he encouraged Guerin to find another way out of this mess. And he wasn’t wrong in thinking that six aliens in a supernatural world could possibly, maybe figure out how to rig a machine back and running. Science can only do so much before alien abilities seal the deal.
In addition to Alex’s push, Tezca also plopped through the quicksand to help Max finish his lesson. She wanted to redeem herself, and her final act allowed her to see Max’s training through to the end. As he harnessed the blue flame in order to keep the storm from closing in on them, Dallas used his powers to pull the fuel from the ground and restart the console.
Once everything was in motion, they managed to reopen the portal and cross back home. Everyone aside from Tezca, that is, since she was branded with the mark of Ophiuchus and couldn’t go through the portal. But her sacrifice wasn’t in vain as she finally helped the children of the friends she once betrayed; It was a full-circle redemption, and one she absolutely deserved.
Unfortunately, they weren’t greeted with open arms upon returning to Earth as Clyde was holding all their loved ones hostage.
And since he wields the power of many, it’s going to be nearly impossible to defeat him. I don’t have any doubt that they will find a way because, let’s face it, love always finds a way, but I’m just saying it’s not going to be easy.
Clyde is power hungry menace, so he has no remorse, but he does have a weak spot as his desire for power is fueled by emptiness and loneliness. He has no one in his corner anymore, not even Bonnie, who has joined the Pod Squad in her fight to protect planet Earth and told him that she’d rather die than join his cause.
The Pod Squad might not stand a chance when it comes to physical powers, but there’s power in numbers. They can all harness the love that they have for each other, which seems like it’ll come in handy in a moment of weakness.
There were some solid moments in the penultimate episode that need to be addressed.
Max was finally forced to confront his fears, admitting that his powers were unstable because the person he loved and feared was one and the same—Liz Ortecho.
Liz, on the other hand, was feeling some burnout from always being the person who “understood the science.” After her little mishap with the mist, Liz no longer had a handle on the science as she experienced memory loss. She wasn’t upfront about the side effects because of the pressure to save everyone. She buried it until confronted by Kyle, who noticed that it took her way too long to identify a sequence she created. I love the platonic relationship between Liz and Kyle; they complete each other, scientifically. He even promised to fill in the gaps so that they could save their loved ones.
Obviously, Kyle had a lot riding on it as well as he and Isobel finally sealed the deal right before she walked through the portal and into the unknown. Forget actually talking when you can let your lips do all the work. Isobel was right—their relationship has been a long time coming, and Liz’s reaction was beyond sweet. She’s been so preoccupied with her own relationship and science drama this season that she didn’t even realize that Isobel and Kyle are end game! She’s not the only one who gets to have an epic romance.
Speaking of epic romances, Malex was so close to exchanging “I do’s,” and while I will support them every step of the way, I was glad to see that Guerin didn’t give up hope that he would be able to save Alex and have a proper wedding. The creative forces behind the show know that they have to give us a colorful and vibrant Malex wedding before the curtain falls or we’re never going to forgive them. Every Malex moment is filled with pure joy and genuine love—they are a treat to watch on screen, not to mention that they inspire each other to be greater every single moment. Neither has ever given up on the other, even when the situation has seemed hopeless, which is the true definition of love.
And if we’re talking about romance, I think there’s something to be said for Maria and Dallas, the person she was the most connected with and able to channel for her astral projection. They’ve bonded this season, and I’m hoping that we get to see them explore that one final time before the series concludes.
Liz realized she didn’t have to do it all—she didn’t have to be the sole hero saving her friends because her support system was pretty damn incredible. And she apologized to Max for all the horrible things she said to him while under the influence of the mist, which is for the best because, as I pointed out in a previous review, much of the science is thanks to her relationship with Max. Also, she was mean and Max didn’t deserve it for simply wanting to minimize the pain he caused.
I can’t wait to see the Pod Squad destroy Clyde and walk off into the sunset with their loved ones as fully developed humans and aliens who aren’t afraid of their powers, their abilities, to speak their truth, who they love, and who finally know that there’s no shame in leaning on each other when times get tough.
How do you think this will all end? And what did you think of the episode?
Tyler Blackburn Reveals Why Alex Has Been Missing from Several Episodes of ‘Roswell, New Mexico’
Fans of Roswell, New Mexico definitely felt Tyler Blackburn’s absence throughout season 4.
With the show barreling toward a series finale, the fact that Blackburn’s character, Alex, was trapped in a pocket dimension wasn’t exactly ideal for #Malex (Michael Guerin and Alex) shippers.
While the cast and characters did their best to make sure that Alex’s presence was still felt in every episode despite being gone physically, it just wasn’t the same. And fans were likely concerned as to why Blackburn was away from the series for a total of eight episodes this season.
Now, after Alex’s triumphant reunion with Guerin—though, it was short-lived because right after a happy moment, the writers hit fans with some pretty devastating news that you can read about in our review—Blackburn is opening up about what led to his absence while also thanking the cast mates who helped steer the ship.
“Alex is alive!”Blackburn tweeted after Monday night’s (August 22) episode where he finally made contact with his loved ones from Roswell.
“Thank you to my knight in shining armor @MichaelVlamis and the incomparable @heatherhemmens for her insane creativity, professionalism and patience. Also, thank you to the @RoswellNMRoom and the entire crew of @CWRoswellNM for helping me this season,” Blackburn, who is best known for playing Caleb Rivers on Pretty Little Liars, wrote on Twitter.
…I was dealing with intense health issues that lead to, at times, intense mental health issues during seasons 3 & 4. I had to step down from filming season 4 and every single person in the cast and crew, as well as everyone at @warnerbros and @TheCW showed so much compassion.
— Tyler Blackburn (@tylerjblackburn) August 23, 2022
The 35-year-old then got a little personal, noting: “I was dealing with intense health issues that lead to, at times, intense mental health issues during seasons 3 & 4. I had to step down from filming season 4 and every single person in the cast and crew, as well as everyone at @warnerbros and @TheCW showed so much compassion.”
He concluded: “I am forever grateful to the human beings that made up this show. 🫂.”
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