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Roswell, New Mexico – Pilot (1×01)

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Before I kickstart this review, let me just say that I never watched the original Roswell. Don’t feel bad for me, if I wanted to I could have, I just never got around to it.

Therefore, my reviews aren’t going to be critical of this reboot in terms of how it compares to the original because, again, I wouldn’t know since I didn’t watch it.

I will say, I was skeptical about the writers and producers of some of my favorite shows including The Vampire Diaries branching out into the alien universe.

Sure, aliens are still technically supernatural monsters, but it’s a whole different breed.

However, after the first episode, I was pleasantly surprised and found myself wanting to tune in again which usually doesn’t happen until about the third or fourth episode.

I did a bit of research into the original to find out how close the storyline remained and found that not much changed aside from the fact that the now sip on acetone instead of hot sauce. Truthfully, that sounds like a change for the worse.

Probably the biggest difference is the illegal immigration storyline as it pertains to Liza Ortecho and her father, Arturo. It’s extremely relevant in this Trumpian-era.

When Liz returns to Roswell, New Mexico, she realizes that her father is still targeted for being an undocumented immigrant.

It’s also the 10th anniversary of her sister, Rosa’s, death and tensions always escalate around this time as folks still blame the late teen for being the immigrant who drove drunk and killed her friends.

As she’s driving into town, Liz is stopped by border patrol who just so happens to be her old high school crush, Max.

And the journey begins.

Liz takes the night shift at her father’s alien-themed diner — aliens as in the supernatural creatures that reportedly crashed in Roswell in 1947, and not the “nickname” for illegal immigrants — when Max comes in for a shake.

As the two are catching up, someone shoots through the windows and hits Liza in the chest. In a panic, Max heals Liz with his powers, something he’s not allowed to do, and when she wakes up, he chalks it up to splattered ketchup.

Except Liz is smart, she’s a scientist, and she sees the hole in her uniform and later, a handprint on her chest.

She believes she’s going crazy and imaging things just like her sister Rosa so she goes to the hospital to get checked out by her ex and doctor, Kyle Valenti.

Later in the evening, she almost hooks up with Kyle but cuts it short when he notices said handprint.

However, Liz can’t shake what happened to her so she grabs Max’s straw for a swab of DNA and sure enough, finds that his genetic make-up is unlike anything she’s ever seen before.

Liza is a protagonist I can get behind. I already mentioned she’s book smart, but she’s also got her wits about her and she’s not afraid to get out there and get her answers.

She immediately confronts Max who comes clean despite objections from his brother, Michael, and his sister, Isobel.

You know the show is going to be good when the leading lady asks the guy “what are you,” like Elena did to Stefan on TVD.

The difference is that it took Liz half the time it took Elena to figure out everything wasn’t as it seemed.

Max brought her to the location of the crash and confirmed it wasn’t just a hoax.

He showed her the alien egg pods which he said kept him and his family alive until they woke up for 50-years after the crash in 1997.

Despite all the wild claims, Liz isn’t one bit scared, but Max informs her that the handprint has created a psychic bond between them causing her to feel an echo of what he feels.

He asks her to keep this between them because obviously, their fear is the science, so it’s hilarious that he’s entrusting a scientist with all of this.

The two head over to the high school reunion where Liz dances to Rosa’s favorite song with her best friend Maria.

Isobel makes sure to remind Max how dangerous this is especially because she can’t tell her husband who she really out of fear of getting exposed.

But, don’t worry guys, Max trusts her.

And listen, thus far, Liz hasn’t given him a reason to not trust him, but that doesn’t mean that she won’t in the future.

Max has always loved her so he just wants to believe in the goodness. I hope it won’t backfire on him.

There’s also a mystery surrounding Rosa as Max tells Isobel that despite Liz’s knowledge of what they are, she could never know about what really happened to her sister.

Did the three aliens play a role in her death? Was it not a drunk driving accident?

And how did they cover it up?

Elsewhere, Michael hooks-up with his former fling,  Alex Manes.

It seems like something he’s deeply embarrassed about as he’s an amputee military vet and his father wouldn’t approve.

Speaking of his father, Sgt. Manes, Kyle goes to him with news of the handprint because he remembers his delusional father muttering the mantra:  if you see the handprint, go to Manes.

Sgt. Manes informs him about Project Shepard and tells him that a handprint sighting means a “monster” survived the crash that night.

Will Kyle give up his patient?

What did you think about the premiere of Roswell?

Were you a fan of the original?


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QUIZ: Which ‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Character Is Your Soulmate?

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Quiz: Which Roswell New Mexico Character is Your Soulmate?

Season 2 of Roswell, New Mexico has come to an end. You can read our finale review right here

While we wait for the next season, find out which Roswell heartthrob is your soulmate. 

Is it science whiz Liz? Is it the man who puts everyone ahead of himself aka Max?

Take our quiz below to find out! 

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Roswell, New Mexico Season Finale Review – Who Is Mr. Jones? (2×13)

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On the penultimate episode of Roswell, New Mexico, things were getting explosive at the carnival, which made us pretty excited going into the season finale. 

However, the danger at the carnival fizzled out mere moments into the season 2 finale. Liz was able to diffuse the console thwarting an eruption, Maria was rushed to the hospital after handling the atomizer, and Max was revived and back on his feet. Flint wasn’t as lucky, but he’ll survive. 

Jesse Manes also met his match and died after his son, Gregory, shot him while he was threatening Michael Guerin. 

Considering how evil  Manes was, you’d think his death would be a bigger moment, but it was mostly glossed over aside from a brief mention of Manes being hailed as a hero and celebrated with a parade and statue because Helena Ortecho’s plan to expose him as the villain was ruined.

I was mostly shocked by the little emotion from Alex. He was always so tormented by his father’s hatred towards him. He wanted to be loved, but he also saw his father for the evil man he truly was, and yet, he still attempted to see the best in him and give him the benefit of the doubt. 

I expected a more emotional response, but as Jesse took his final breath, Alex didn’t seem to feel anything but hatred and disgust. It was fitting but fleeing and surface level, and I wish we got more here as it would be great for character development. 

The best part was Gregory, who not only stood up for Alex, which he admitted was something he should have done sooner, but he was also happy to see Alex comfortable with his sexuality in a cowboy bar later in the episode. When it comes to Manes men, Alex and Gregory are the best ones. 

Jesse Manes surely didn’t deserve anything from the town, but his death felt so anti-climatic. It was only redeemed with the journal that Guerin and Maria were able to unlock with the key Guerin and Alex found while tearing down the Manes shed. What a cathartic experience. 

The Manes family has more than a few skeletons in their closet, or, in this case, under the floorboards, which is where they found Tripp’s skeleton. Alex took that as proof his grandfather Harlan killed his uncle Tripp. 

Thankfully, aside from Flint Manes, the line of bad apples in that family has mostly been eliminated. And Alex isn’t giving up hope on his brother just yet; he won’t let him become Jesse’s protege. 

The journal was given to Maria by Mimi and allowed the characters and audience to get insight into the night of the UFO crash and beyond between Tripp, Louise, and Nora, and more specifically, the other man who hitched a ride on the ship and presented a threat to them. 

One-by-one we were given all the pieces of the puzzle. 

Turns out, Tripp was a good guy who was in love with Nora. Their love was cosmic, kind of like Alex and Guerrin’s, but like with their relationship, the timing just didn’t work out as Nora was captured. 

One key takeaway from the journal is that Nora was worried about her son, Louise’s daughter, and “the other,” which we’re assuming referred to Max. 

This is important when it comes to that final scene in which the trio comes face-to-face with the mysterious stranger they freed from behind a glowing supernatural prison door that Max unlocked when he touched the console. 

The stowaway responsible for the crash of the ship aka Mr. Jones was Max’s lookalike. Nathan Parsons is about to start pulling double duty out here! 

Considering Max has seen this man’s shadow on the few occasions he’s taken Liz’s anecdote, it’s safe to say Max with the beard is Max’s father or creator. There’s a chance that “the other” means Max is of a different species or possibly a clone, which is an element the original Roswell toyed with. 

We’ll all surely spend the rest of the hiatus pondering who Mr. Jones is. And also, hearing him say “howdy, partner” on repeat. 

It wouldn’t be a finale without relationships in limbo. 

Max and Liz are on shaky ground after he blew up her lab and all of her research to prevent Diego and Margot Meyerson from breaking into it and snooping around. 

The bottom line of this storyline is that Max and Liz’s communication is still completely terrible. 

Max could have warned Liz instead of jumping into destruction. He and Liz could have been there to catch Diego breaking in. But instead, he ruined all she’s worked for.

A part of that decision was Max truly concerned about protecting Liz, but the other part was self-serving as he wasn’t a fan of what she was doing and that she had the tools to expose aliens. He wanted to protect his family even if it cost him his relationship. 

It proves Max is being a bit selfish. It’s understandable that he wants to find out about his family and his past, but that doesn’t mean it trumps Liz’s wants and needs. 

Liz, however, wants to trust Diego with all his offers of fixing her problems that she’s ignoring Max’s warnings and all the other red flags. 

It’s probably for the best that Max and Liz broke up right now. The relationship has so many issues that need to be worked out before they can reconcile, and they clearly have different priorities. 

The best part is that he respected her decision to go to California and didn’t try to stop her. Though, I wish they ended on better terms because Max not showing up to say goodbye to Liz almost felt like he officially chose his family over her.

Still, we know their relationship isn’t over for good. I have a feeling Liz will need rescuing come Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 once she realizes she’s gotten in over her head. 

Or Liz will get pulled back into Roswell with the latest evil Max development. 

Michael and Maria’s love story also came to an end, but her reason felt more like a cop-out. Their relationship has been so inconsistent, so it’s hard to know where they truly stand. 

Michael is undecided most of the time and keeps flip-flopping, so I think he needs to just take a moment and find out who he wants to be with and what he wants. 

Once Maria broke up with him and he saw Alex signing that beautiful song, it was clear he wanted to be with him and felt hopeful that the possibility is there, but I’m glad he didn’t pursue it because it would’ve felt like Alex was second best. 

He also saw that there was another suitor and realized that they needed to explore a life where they don’t end up together. 

Though. I agree with the fandom that I would have loved for Guerin to just run on stage and kiss Alex after that beautiful song. 

Other storylines that were tied up:

  • Jenna and Charlie finally reunited, and hopefully, we’ll see more of her next season. 
  • Rosa decided she was going back to rehab to finish out the program. She’s not blowing her second chance this time. 
  • She also told Helena to skip town since there’s nothing left for her here, and I couldn’t agree more. She’s done enough damage. However, she wants justice and vengeance, which wasn’t served upon Jesse’s death, so I could see her sticking around. Maybe she and Rosa will find a way to bond over their addiction and desire to beat it. 
  • Liz succeeded in the cure for Steph’s deadly disease. Steph called it a miracle, Kyle it good science, but I’m guessing people are going to ask questions about how things changed for her so quickly. I’m still trying to figure out where the Kyle and Steph romance is headed, but I guess we’ll leave that for next season.

What did you think of the season 2 finale of Roswell, New Mexico?


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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.

What did you think of the penultimate episode of Roswell, New Mexico Season 2?

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