Sometimes, to face your biggest fears, you have to get locked in your own mind.
Liz did so by inhaling a large amount of her alien mist, which basically drew her into a Western-themed mindscape where the villain of the story was herself… a dark version of herself that wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries and out of her comfort zone.
Roswell, New Mexico Season 4 Episode 9 was one big metaphor of what happens when you ignore what’s really troubling you. And while the episode was a fun shake-up to the alien genre from director Michael Trevino, it also provided us with a pretty fantastic gender swap for the “damsel in distress” trope as real-life Max was pulled into the mindscape and trapped there with his life directly tied to Liz’s decisions.
Seriously, mindscape Rosa wasn’t lying when she said that Liz and Max are co-dependent.
As Liz struggled to figure out the point of the mindscape, her body was shutting down in reality as her friends rallied to save her and buy her some time before she got to the finish line.
What happens when you don’t have your medicine woman on hand? Everyone needs to work together to figure out the science. Liz has always been the best at alien science, which made this all the more difficult. You need an alien solution for an alien problem, so not only did they need Kyle (via phone) and Heath to assist, but they actually needed Michael to believe in himself again.
It was all hands on deck.
Thankfully, when Guerin realized that he wasn’t just helpless but he actually could provide a solution to help save Liz, he worked wonders with Heath.
And though Liz’s subconscious was still trying to avoid the ugly truth that she’s been repressing, the good news is that Liz is smart in any reality, parallel universe, and mindscape. Upon waking up, she knew that something was wrong, and when she found out that she was sheriff, she immediately realized she was in a mindscape. She was able to identify her symptoms to keep track of what was happening to her on the outside.
Honestly, sometimes I think she might be too smart for her own good.
Dark Liz/Outlaw Liz, whatever you want to call her, may have been blunt, but she was necessary.
Liz and Max’s relationship needed to come a head — they’ve been hitting the same wall for years, and they just keep hoping things will get better without ever stopping to figure out the underlying issue.
With time running out, Liz was forced to face the truth: she was scared about saying “yes” to Max’s proposal and starting a perfect life with him because she was always anticipating the “other shoe” to fall.
And now that Max gave up his powers, he essentially pushed her into making a decision that requires her to be powerful enough to protect those she cares about.
Upon waking up, Max figured that Liz made the right choice when facing down her other half, but Liz allowed Dark Liz to take hold instead. Outlaw Liz is out and ready to play. She no longer wanted to feel weak and scared in this fight. She wanted a choice, she wanted to be able to protect others, she didn’t want to settle.
It’s not a surprising decision considering how heavily these fears have weighed on her. But does that mean that she has powers in the real world outside of the mindscape?
And is this somehow going to trickle down into Liz being the key that Ophicus has been looking for?
Liz’s mindscape was definitely a trip, and one I kind of wish she was able to dissect — Kyle was a horse, Shirley Applebee (OG Liz) was conjured up to illuminate the way as Liz’s mentor, Papi was a retired Sheriff Machete. The fun truly never ended… though I know Liz would beg to differ on that front.
There were other major things happening in the background as well that didn’t take precedence but were just as important:
- Guerin learned to believe in himself so that he could finally got save his soulmate Alex. It’s about damn time they make his rescue a priority. How long has the poor guy been down there just waiting for someone to throw him a line?
- Maria stayed calm so that she could learn to hone her powers and save Dallas and Alex.. and Bonnie.
- Heath was a welcome return, and not only was he in Roswell because he heard Dallas was in trouble, but he’s also Rosa’s mentor as she tries to figure out the source of her powers.
- Heath and Rosa may or may not be the next it couple. I’m rooting for them.
- Isobel said her time with Kyle was “spectacular,” and while she (and we) acknowledge that she has a lot to work through, the fact that she’s crazy without him is telling of where her heart is. He’s not just a rebound and she knows it.
- Also did anyone kind of think that Outlaw Liz felt as though both her and the other Liz were better than Max? The whole mediocrity line was brutal! Is he really holding her back that much or was she simply trying to make a point? I know Max keeps Liz in Roswell, but she’s tried to venture out and she always comes back. It’s a personal choice. Also, she’s brilliant, but she’s only studying the alien science because of her connection to the aliens, so it’s not totally worthless.
The truth is, everyone here is kind of avoiding doing the things they need to do for the people they love. They all struggle with being honest and open, they are all terrible at communication, they are all bad at letting the love in and being vulnerable, but if Liz’s mindscape is any indication, these are the things that matter. You cannot let them fester because, no matter how fun Dark Liz was in the mindscape, they will come to haunt you and turn into even bigger issues.
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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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