Roswell, New Mexico Review – Rosa Struggles to Accept Her New Reality & Turns to Old Vices(2×02)
The second episode of Roswell, New Mexico started off strong with the gang teaming up and establishing a location for operation: save Max.
With that much oomph behind their goal, you would think they’d achieve some kind of promising results but that never happened. They barely spent time in the lab aside from Liz missing the time she needed to test the samples because she was arrested for spray painting graffiti all over town, taking the rap for Rosa.
Rosa claimed the whole town had demons except her, but the episode proved otherwise.
If you’re a fan of Rosa, then you were probably a fan of this episode.
If you’re like me, and Rosa isn’t your cup of tea, then this episode was kind of a drag.
Rosa isn’t exactly a likable character and quite frankly, it was hard to sympathize with her.
She definitely has a past that she’s tormented by, she’s dealing with a ton of baggage as she’s trying to navigate her new life, she’s forced to remain hidden from the world, and she has a supernatural connection to Max that she can’t shake.
All of that is valid and a ton of pressure on a person who is also struggling with the demons she had before her death — alcohol.
But she’s also not embracing the future or even considering that it’s a possibility; she’s gotten a second chance at life and yet she’s reverting to previous behaviors that include manipulating and putting down Liz.
She laid on the “woe is me” rather heavy as she blamed Liz for lying to her, falling for a man that made her out to be a murderer, and in general, just evolving.
It’s no one’s fault what happened to Rosa and the other girl’s that night, but it is unfair to blame Max — who was a kid at the time — for coming up with a plan to help protect his kind.
Can you imagine if the world found out about aliens? The world was not and is not for that, plus, it would have likely been deemed as some excuse rather than a valid cause of death.
Max did the best he could in a difficult circumstance and likely never imagined that it would trigger race wars. Race wars that are not exclusive to Roswell and didn’t just start up the moment of the accident, though, understandably, it did give racists a platform to hinge their hatred on.
Since Rosa and the other two girls were dead, he chose to save the living. No one can fault him for that.
And yet, forgiveness doesn’t seem to be Rosa’s strong suit.
She’s upset that her sister is putting so much effort into saving Max — who sacrificed himself to save her — and blames her for willingly falling in love with someone who ruined her and her family’s life.
But here’s the thing — she deduced all of that without listening to Liz’s side of the story. She never stopped to have a civil conversation with her sister but simply jumped to conclusions that she believed to be true.
Rosa didn’t know Max, at least, not the present-day Max. She didn’t know how much he suffered or how much he helped everyone or that he was trying to atone for what happened till the day he “died.”
Would a town collectively love a monster?
The Internet is a dangerous tool, and Liz gave that to Rosa willingly, so she likely should have expected this outcome, but she also likely thought that after all this time, she would be able to rationalize with her sister.
Instead, nothing changed. Liz was never able to get out from under Rosa’s toxic shadow, and it’s playing out the same exact way now that she’s back.
Rosa’s lack of character development, even if she does feel like it’s only been a few days and not ten years, is frustrating.
It would be great to just be able to go back to how things were, but even if Max didn’t set the death up the way he did, she came back from the dead and that’s not something you can spring on people.
Her father might be receptive, but still, it’s a risk. However, this has to be temporary. Liz must have some kind of plan since she can’t keep Rosa locked up as a prisoner for the rest of time.
And if she’s going to be sneaking around town like that, sooner or later, someone will see her.
It’s understandably hard for Rosa to accept her new reality, but she has a whole team of people who do want to help her adjust. One of the best things she can do is let Liz in and start learning and adapting instead of shutting everyone out and acting out to protect herself.
Someone might think that Max’s sacrifice was for naught.
The biggest situation Liz has to help Rosa tackle is her drinking problem. She turned to old habit to deal with the stress of being dubbed the town’s murderer and constantly seeing Max since she’s connected to him via the handprint. It’s unfortunate and will likely require a professional to help set her on the right path. Wouldn’t it be crazy if someone saw her because she was walking around town drunk?
It’s easy to point fingers, but Rosa is exactly being honest with Liz.
Liz’s secret was meant to protect Rosa, but Rosa purposefully kept the truth from Liz, a truth that could have helped her, and then she refused to help Max and chose to let him suffer in sheer agony.
It seems as though he doesn’t want to be kept alive because the pain is too unbearable, but I wonder if there’s another reason he’d rather not be brought back.
Guerin couldn’t shake the information about his mother, and it landed him right at Maria DeLuca’s bar doorstep, which brought forth the end of the love triangle… for now.
He was trying to self-sabotage the relationship but his feelings for her outweighed his feelings for Alex Manes.
Things are complicated with Alex, and he’s haunted by a past that includes his father, but DeLuca is a breath of fresh air. Still, it’s a new kind of love triangle because they’re all friends, care about each other, and mutually respect each other.
While Guerin’s decision may have hurt Alex, he couldn’t fault him for realizing how great Maria was.
For now, I think both Maria and Guerin need each other’s support, so I’m on-board with the relationship.
Plus, it’s obvious that this relationship will allow her to be more invested in the central storyline. Liz has been so preoccupied with trying to save Max and taking care of Rosa that she hasn’t really been there for her friend, who has been searching for her missing mother for weeks.
So far, no one knows what happened to Mimi DeLuca, but it’s only a matter of time before they realize it has something to do with aliens.
Then there’s Isobel, who everyone thinks is dealing with her grief but she’s really terrified that she’s pregnant with a little devil spawn or, better yet, an evil alien baby.
The idea of having Noah’s baby disgusted Isobel to the point that she took the “alien death serum” from Liz’s facility and took it to take back her power.
I may be unclear about how an alien death serum works, but wouldn’t it also kill her?
She really doesn’t want that baby if she’s also willing to take it without knowing the side-effects.
Will Liz realize Isobel’s pregnant from her blood samples? And will that possibly give her a solution to save Max that she didn’t previously consider?
What did you think of the episode?
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‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Actress Jeanine Mason Shares Engagement News
Jeanine Mason said ‘yes.’
The actress—best known for her role as Liz Ortecho on Roswell, New Mexico—shared 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!
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?
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