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Roswell, New Mexico (2019)

Season 1

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 1] Pilot
Shown 15 Jan 19

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) returns to her home town of Roswell, New Mexico. She was at Colorado University where she got three degrees, unlike the original who was a High School pupil.

Instead of having an idyllic High School experience ten years ago, Liz left because her sister Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ) was a drug addict who died while driving under the influence. Worse, there were two other girls in the car with her who also failed to survive the crash. This horrific event sets the tone for the show's storyline, as Liz seeks to uncover the truth behind her sister's death.

The main characters all participate in Millennial hook-up culture. Liz and Deputy Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) may be meant to be a romantic duo, but until they form the perfect relationship they will sleep with others. Max is bang buddies with his partner, Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ), in an unhealthy workplace romance. Liz has ditched her fiance in Colorado and now hooks up with her High School boyfriend, Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ).

To add to the sexual trysts, Michael hooks up ... with Alex! Yes, a quarter of the male characters are gay dudes.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 2] So Much for the Afterglow
Shown 22 Jan 19

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) has learned a secret. Deputy Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) is an alien with a superpower that lets him heal people ... or potentially to kill them. His sister Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) and friend Michael Guerin (Michael Vlamis - ) try to intimidate her in order to keep her silent.

It is the ten year anniversary of the car crash that killed Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ) and her two friends. Max and his partner, Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ), go to harrass the grieving families of Rosa's victims. Not Liz and her father, of course, who are part of the privileged Mexican elite who run the town. Instead the cops punch down, targeting the marginalised blue-collar workers who have been in trouble with the law since the day they were born.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 3] Tearin' Up My Heart
Shown 29 Jan 19

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) suspects Max is responsible for her sister's death. Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ) helps her investigate. He is secretly working with the Master Sergeant, a non-commissioned officer in the US Air Force who is somehow responsible for the secret MIB unit code-named Operation Shepherd.

The main characters pair off at the drive-in movie theatre. Isobel tries to Inception Liz, with unexpected results.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 4] Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
Shown 05 Feb 19

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) interviews Frederico, her sister's former boyfriend/drug-dealer. She discovers valuable clues about her sister's final days, including her intention to leave town and her attempts to break her addiction to drugs.

Max visits the hospital, which he put out of action when he accidentally fried the town's power grid. All he can offer the patients is Thoughts and prayers, and his frustration at his helplessness leads him to mock the idea of throwing paper towels at the victims. Combined with Isobel's attempt to disrespect a white man by referring to him as Mr All Lives Matter, it is pretty clear the political agenda this show is pushing.

With the town victim to an alien-originated blackout, the local authorities need all the help they can get. Unfortunately the Sheriff ( Rosa Arredondo ) was elected to her office, a popularity contest that she only won because she was the widow of the previous office-holder. She bears a grudge against the USAF Master-Sergeant, because he was a rival of her deceased husband. The Master-Sergeant looks for help from Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) instead. Not only is she ex-military, she also has a friend who needs strings pulled for them.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 5] Don't Speak
Shown 12 Feb 19

Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) wakes up alone in the desert, after another blackout. Max and Michael go looking for her.

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) interviews for a research job at the local hospital. Despite being a Mexican, and thus raised Catholic, she apparently has no issues with stem-cell research.

Kyle goes to his father's old hunting cabin, where there may be a secret stash of research materials. It turns out that Alex has been staying there since he moved back. They start to bond over childhood memories, which allows Alex to wallow in self-pity at his victimhood. He states that when Kyle hit puperty he became a nightmarish Bro-Jock, a typically negative use of the positive abreviation for Brother.

Liz interrogates the local conspiracy theorist, Grant Green, about what he saw on the night of her sister's death. It turns out that he is deliberately issuing misinformation.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 6] Smells Like Teen Spirit
Shown 26 Feb 19

This episode is a flashback to the characters' teenage years. It starts in 2004, when Max commits the first of his murders. Luckily the victim is an old straight white man, rather than an illegal immigrant from across the border.

In the bookend sequence, Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) demands to know more about the death of her sister. Max gives a flashback to April 2008, just Prom Night. Alex the gay boy referred to Kyle the quarterpounder as a High School cliche, which makes him a hypocrite. In all fairness, Kyle was happy to be one person with his buddies but to use a different identity choice while with his girlfriend Liz.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 7] I Saw the Sign
Shown 05 Mar 19

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) has a suspect to blame for her sister's death. She cannot go public with the news, because her father is an illegal immigrant and the publicity may get him expelled from the country. Instead she uses her science skills to weaponise a cure for the aliens' superpowers.

Max complains that a suspect is in hospital instead of a coffin-sized jail cell. Ignoring the irony that Max is the one who hospitalised the man, the supposedly heroic cop procedes to torture the suspect. Apparently Police brutality is only wrong if the victim is other than a straight-acting white-looking male.

Maria, supposedly Liz's best friend, actually gets some screen time. She is busy running a few businesses and looking after her mother, who is suffering from a strange form of alzheimers. The doctors have been unable to give a proper diagnosis, but they are rich old white men so they must be incompetent.

Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) recognises the suspect's doodle as a match for Max's tattoo. She begins to put things together. Will she sell her ex-lover out to the MIBs?

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 8] Barely Breathing
Shown 12 Mar 19

Ann Evans ( Claudia Black ), foster-mother of Max and Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ), is in town. Max has to explain to her why Isobel is in an asylum, and tries to get some clues from his foster-mother.

Alex the gay airman beats his father unconscious, and procedes to blackmail and extort him. The goal is to shut down Project Shepherd, the operation to protect Earth from alien invaders. One of the suspected aliens is Alex's gay lover, and Alex values his own sex life more than the safety of the entire planet.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 9] Songs About Texas
Shown 19 Mar 19

This picks up six weeks after the events of the previous episode. Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) is still secretly trapped in a stasis pod. Her husband has reported her missing to the Sheriff, naming her brother Max as the main suspect in her disappearance.

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) has finished the new batch of antidote. She and her best buddy Maria DeLuca go to a Native American medicine show. So do Max and Michael. The males and females pair off and start to re-establish their relationships.

The Native American girl is a con-woman who only pretends to have alien superpowers. She plays the victim card by saying don't lecture an indigenous woman about cultural appropriation. Then she procedes to blame her own victims for being so stupid that they deserve to be robbed. Well, the irony is that the rural white poor are the ones who benefit the most from Obamacare, and yet they vote against it and then end up going to con-artists instead of actual doctors.

Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) was left under orders to spy on gay Alex and report back to his father. Instead she decides to do exactly the opposite. It turns out that Project Shepherd was investigating a genuine alien threat. There are fourteen mysterious deaths in the Roswell area, which means there is an alien serial killer (or gang of killers) on the loose.

Jenna and Alex invite Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ) to join their investigatory team. They do not bother to involve any actual grown-ups. Yes, this tweenage scooby gang is taking over instead of letting the US Federal government do its job.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 10] I Don't Want to Miss a Thing
Shown 26 Mar 19

Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) is out of the coma. Although she was only gone a few months, she is shocked that Trump is still President. Now she starts to get her memory back of her friendship with Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ).

Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) tries to help Isobel. Unfortunately her lab is targeted by a gun-toting saboteur.

Max Evans and Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) investigate the serial killer case. They interrogate Racist Hank, a poverty-stricken alcoholic white man who is part of a terribly untalented band.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 11] Champagne Supernova
Shown 09 Apr 19

The regular characters are hunting a serial killer who has killed fourteen people that they know of. Whoever it is can possess people while they are unconscious, like in Red Mist (2006) .

Deputy Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) and his partner Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) have someone in custody who is willing to make a deal. The cops want info so they can catch the killer, but are they honest enough to uphold their duty and keep their end of the bargain?

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 12] Creep
Shown 16 Apr 19

Rather than do her job as a waitress, Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) just a socialises with Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ) and gives him exposition. Then he teams up with Michael and Alex, who locate an infiltrate a secret US Federal prison named Caulfield. This leads Michael to his mother, Mara ( Kayla Ewell ).

The serial killer is dying because of the potion Liz created. She wants to administer the antidote, because she does not want to have blood on her hands. Deputy Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) and his partner Deputy Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) are more than happy to be murderers.

The morality of the episode seems a bit mixed. From the Serial Killer's perspective, the aliens were refugees ... although they get stronger when they kill. In response, the US government is more than happy to kill all the aliens it holds in captivity rather than risk letting them escape. Meanwhile the so-called hero, Max, is willing to murder one of his own kind.

Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1, Episode 13] Recovering the Satellites
Shown 23 Apr 19

The serial killer is on the loose again, and Deputy Max has to hunt him down. This illustrates how the show has been upgraded from the original Young Adult version. Previously the characters were teenagers played by twenty-somethings, but now we see thirty-year-olds playing their real age rather than ten years younger. The original Max was a moral young man who used his alien superpower to knock people off their feet, while the new version is a violent cop who solves his problems with a pistol.

Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ) knows who murdered his father, and considers buying a pistol of his own. The gun-shop owner tells him there is no background check, even though one is federally mandated, and actually offers him as ten percent discount when Kyle shares his story of a revenge quest.

Most of the plot threads are tied up, and we get a slow-play version of the original show's theme song. The end has a couple of massive twists.





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Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 1 , Episode 1 ]
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    Season 2

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 1] Stay (I Missed You)
    Shown 16 Mar 20

    This starts two weeks after the events of the previous episode. Isobel is in denial. Ann Evans ( Claudia Black ) is in town for the funeral.

    Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) has to keep her sister, Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ), hidden from the rest of the town. She has to tell Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ), so he can help out.

    Deputy Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) needs a heart transplant. Luckily there is a potential donor on ice.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 2] Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
    Shown 23 Mar 20

    Everyone seems to be acting against their best interests. Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ) should be playing dead and keeping a low profile, but she goes around town tagging buildings with graffiti. Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) is pregnant, so she starts doing kick-boxing. Michael Guerin (Michael Vlamis - ) should also be keeping a low profile since his hand got healed, and should keep his relationship with Maria on an even keel.

    Ann Evans ( Claudia Black ) takes her daughter to a yoga class. Will this help her sort herself out - or will she slow the alien master-race's breeding schedule?

    Rosa finally discovers what happened in the aftermath of her death. We are reminded that most of the townsfolk are People Of Colour, while the Whites are either (illegal) Aliens or racist rednecks.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 3] Good Mother
    Shown 30 Mar 20

    Michael Guerin (Michael Vlamis - ) investigates the life his mother, Nora Truman ( Kayla Ewell ), led before she was imprisoned in Caulfield. She and her friend Louise ( Cassandra Jean Amell ) were chased by a US Airforce officer, Tripp Manes (Jason Behr - Roswell (1999) ).

    Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) has taken poison in order to evict her unborn illegal alien. She is kept company by a halucination of Max - or is he a telepathic communication from the pod? This gives her someone to bombard with her new-found Feminist rhetoric. Apparently Roswell is the only town in the famously liberal state of New Mexico that does not have an abortion clinic or a women's shelter.

    Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) and Jenna ( Riley Voelkel ) bond over their shared love of Max. This is a great bonding scene, although by definition it does not pass the Bechdel test.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 4] What If God Was One of Us
    Shown 06 Apr 20

    In a continuation of the flashback, Nora Truman ( Kayla Ewell ) and her friend Louise ( Cassandra Jean Amell ) escaped the US Airforce officer, Tripp Manes (Jason Behr - Roswell (1999) ).

    Michael Guerin (Michael Vlamis - ) and his ex-boyfriend Alex go to the farm where Nora hid out. It is now owned by the Long family, who include Michael's enemy the racist redneck stereotype.

    Tripp's descendant still has his cavalry revolver. He is cleaning it when Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) drops by for info on her sister.

    Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) tries to help reunite Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ) with her father, by telepathically brainwashing the old man into thinking her return is a religious miracle.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 5] I'll Stand By You
    Shown 13 Apr 20

    Michael Guerin (Michael Vlamis - ) and Isobel Evans Bracken ( Lily Cowles ) discover why Max's life-pod is failing. Meanwhile, Michael's male and female ex-lovers team up to have a feel-good bitching session together.

    Isobel enters Rosa's mind in order to check it is really Max. Despite the storyline being about Max being a saviour, it is all up to these super-competent females to save him.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 6] Sex and Candy
    Shown 20 Apr 20

    Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) is back, but he has amnesia. Since he has forgotten about Liz ( Jeanine Mason ), this gives them the chance to reboot their relationship and drag it out, avoiding the Moonlighting effect.

    Isobel Evans ( Lily Cowles ) tries to enjoy the single life, now her husband has been dissected and her unborn offspring poisoned. Will she hook up with Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ), or with a hot lesbian? Are the aliens all essentially bi-sexual?

    Michael has two ex-lovers, a male and a female, who go on a road trip without him. Maria wants to find out what happened to her mother. It turns out momma may have bought a pair of custom-made leather boots from Travis (David Anders - Vampire Diaries ). Unfortunately Travis is a creepy banjo-playing hillbilly like in Deliverance . In a reference to Vampire Diaries , Alex asks if the hillbilly's ring stops him burning up in sunlight.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 7] Como La Flor
    Shown 27 Apr 20

    Liz ( Jeanine Mason ) has a shock - her delinquent mother is back in town, and wants a family get-together. If they refuse, she will not sign the document they need so that her ex-husband will get his green card for US citizenship. Since Liz and Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) are officially back together again,

    Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ) cannot join the family reunion because she is still legally dead. Since the alien proteins in her bloodstream are putting her through alien puberty, she cannot be left alone so Isobel Evans ( Lily Cowles ) is called in as a babysitter.

    Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ) runs tests on Maria De Luca, who is having strange visions. Just as the white characters were turned Latino, so the Latino characters are now African-American. When it turns out that Maria's grandmother was experimented on at the secret Caulfield prison for alien invaders, the assumption is that she was there against her will. In fact, it would make more sense that she was a willing volunteer who wanted to become the world's first Black female super-soldier.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 8] Say It Ain't So
    Shown 04 May 20

    Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ) becomes depressed when the local white kids reject her friendship on the racist grounds that she looks like an Illegal. Luckily an art procurer ( Madison McLaughlin ) wanders in, looking for new talent, and invites her to a party for aspiring artists.

    Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) has been abducted, and her sister is in town to locate her. Max tags along to help out. This is not the original Max, who once auditioned for Star Trek: Enterprise . Instead he is a gun-toting pistolero who shoots someone's tyres out to make a point, and uses a handgun to take out a sniper.

    Isobel Evans ( Lily Cowles ) helps Maria develop her alien superpowers. They are rewarded with a vision of Isobel's mother ( Cassandra Jean Amell ).

    Sergeant Major Maynes is still getting treatment in hospital. He says that since he had a stroke, he is a changed man and has lost his bigotry. Is he telling the truth, or just exaggerating his symptoms?

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 9] The Diner
    Shown 11 May 20

    Isobel Evans ( Lily Cowles ) and Michael get Mr Sanders (David Strathairn - Alphas ) to give them info on his childhood. Nora Truman ( Kayla Ewell ) was unhappy when the African-American farm-hand romanced Isobel's mother Louise ( Cassandra Jean Amell ). It turns out that Tripp Manes (Jason Behr - Roswell (1999) ) might not have been as terrible as first shown.

    Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ) goes on a date with his boss's daughter. Liz advises him to be honest, despite all the untruths in everyone else's relationships. Meanwhile, Max is arrested by Kyle's mother because she realises he has been less than truthful with her. Yes, she has him pegged as the serial killer. Will Max be truthful with his boss?

    This show does not have a main villain, so it is a drama rather than a thriller. The main bad guy, Sergeant Major Manes, is still walking with a cane after his time in hospital. Perhaps it is because his muscles have atrophied, like the Bride in Kill Bill (2003) .

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 10] American Woman
    Shown 18 May 20

    Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) is in hospital with strange symptoms, so Liz and her father visit her. Unfortunately some ICE agents are there - straight-acting white-looking male-identifed types - and they arrest Lizzy's daddy. He has a green card, so he is a legal resident, but his citizenship application has yet to be approved. Yes, this episode removes all sense of metaphor from this show.

    The rest of the tweenagers make a road trip to the local Native American reservation. Michael is hooking up with Maria. She and Alex, Michael's other on-off sex partner, hang out together looking at jewelry. Meanwhile Max and Isobel visit their mother's grave, and discover that she had a second daughter.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 11] Linger
    Shown 01 Jun 20

    Liz's ex-boyfriend from Colorado turned up in the previous episode. Now she has a flashback dream which informs us that he is actually her ex-fiance. However, he has moved on and got a new fiance now. Despite this, he helps her sort out some racist ICE agents who are trying to meet a monthly quota of people to deport.

    Dr. Kyle Valenti (Michael Trevino - Vampire Diaries ) teams up with Max to investigate Project Shepherd.

    The Maynes family has a tradition of beating their nearest and dearest unconscious and then imprisoning them. This time it is Alex who has gone missing. Michael, his ex-boyfriend, joins in the tradition by beating and torturing Alex's father and brother.

    Isobel Evans ( Lily Cowles ) hangs out with Rosa Ortecho ( Amber Midthunder ), and shares her feelings.

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 12] Crash Into Me
    Shown 08 Jun 20

    The villains are revealed. Their plan is to release a bio-weapon at the fairgound, in a false flag attack to incriminate the suspected aliens. It will target everyone of a particular bloodline. But since most of the characters are from a small number of families, which group will be targeted?

    Roswell, New Mexico (2019) Roswell, New Mexico (2019) [Season 2, Episode 13] Mr. Jones
    Shown 15 Jun 20

    After the climactic previous episode, now we get the loose ends tied up and the next Season is set up.

    We find out what happened to Tripp Manes (Jason Behr - Roswell (1999) ). We get a flashback showing him and Nora Truman ( Kayla Ewell ). This is also the introduction of the Season Three big bad - an evil alien known as Mr. Jones.

    Liz's ex-fiance brings his boss, a world-famous lady scientist that Liz looks up to. Max does not trust them, so he has Jenna Cameron ( Riley Voelkel ) spy on them.

    Alex the gay ex-military guy gets to sing in the open mic night, which makes this episode light entertainment rather than drama. Perhaps this is an attempt to boost the performer's singer-songwriter career.

    Liz's mother is back again. This time she spouts racist crap about how bad white men always die as heroes, no matter what they've done, but it's different for people like us.

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