10:00 pm EDT, March 23, 2020

‘Roswell, New Mexico’ season 2, episode 2 review: Ghosts, zombies and lentils

Roswell, New Mexico season 2, episode 2 saw Rosa Ortecho adjusting to life as Roswell’s resident ghost.

When an episode begins with “Wonderwall” by Oasis and ends with “High and Dry” by Radiohead, you know there has to be a lot of good stuff in between, and Roswell, New Mexico season 2, episode 2 did not disappoint.

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Things started off pretty bright, with Liz detailing Rosa’s beautiful and uncontroversial funeral to her, but things started to crumble pretty quickly when Rosa discovered that it was all a lie. She may have initially felt like a ghost, but thanks to nobody’s favorite Roswell resident, Wyatt Long, by the end of the episode she learned that for many, her memory was a much more sinister presence lurking in the town’s shadows.

It turns out supernaturally coming back to life after more than a decade comes with a lot of baggage. Rosa is desperately trying to put together the pieces of life that she missed, she’s forced to remain hidden from some of the people she loves most, and to top it all off, she’s still dealing with the same demons that haunted her before she died.

While Max’s healing erased the physiological aspects of her addiction, the roots of her problems remain intact. After courageously fighting and winning battles against her vices for most of Roswell, New Mexico season 2, episode 2, she eventually succumbed.

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I really like that Roswell, New Mexico season 2, episode 2 is diving deeper into Rosa’s addiction, even though I didn’t think it would happen this soon. Season 1 did such an amazing job of showcasing Liz and the complications she faced as someone who loves someone with an addiction, and the continuation of that story will be even more impactful alongside Rosa’s own perspective.

In all fairness, you have to hand it to Rosa. It literally took repeated appearances from a zombie version of the guy who tarnished her memory for her to give in. She fought a good fight. Just like Max seems to be doing.

Based on this episode of Roswell, New Mexico, it appears that Max’s only reasoning for urging Liz not to bring him back is that he’s in a lot of pain. Not gonna lie, I was kind of hoping it would be more than that. If the only consequence of his death is that it really hurts to be dead, it seems a little cheap. To maintain stakes in the world, a death has to have some lasting effects.

Sure, we can pretty much tally up Rosa’s relapse as a point for zombie Max, but that still doesn’t seem direct enough. Max would definitely brood over it, and there might be some awkward family dinners between him and Rosa, but Liz would almost certainly forgive him, eventually forcing everyone to get along.

That being said, there could still be more to learn. Until Max actually comes back (which he will, just like Rosa said), the effects won’t really be known by anyone. My bet is that Noah will tag along with him, at the very least.

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Although we might not think Noah’s return would be that bad, Isobel would definitely disagree. She’s currently doing everything she can to shed every piece of Noah, including “the lentil.”

While I wholeheartedly respect any woman’s right to choose what to do with her own body, I gotta say, I can’t advocate for Isobel’s chosen abortion method. Taking just a little bit of something that kills you and acting without consulting any medical professional is reckless, at best, and extremely dangerous, at worst. Okay, nevermind it’s just always extremely dangerous.

Methods aside, I’m intrigued to see where Roswell, New Mexico takes Isobel’s abortion storyline. The alien angle could provide a unique opportunity to really shed some light on a very controversial and heavy topic. For now, I’m just going to wait and see how things unfold.

Unlike his siblings, Michael Guerin isn’t waiting for anything anymore. He’s finally made a decision, and his choice is Maria! I absolutely loved the scenes between these two in Roswell, New Mexico season 2, episode 2. It was so great to see Guerin own up to his actions and mistakes, it was beautiful to see them bond over their mothers, and it was just so freaking cute to watch them finally give in to each other.

The scene outside of the Wild Pony was one of my favorites of the episode. It’s so rare that we see Guerin without his “cool guy” mask on, and he was actually verging on awkward! It was amazing. The whole scene played like a classic western courtship and I want to see so much more of this.

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I was, however, a little disappointed in this episode’s Malex scene. I love that Guerin told Alex the truth, but I wanted way more of a reaction from Alex. It’s one thing to be happy for people you love, but it’s another thing to appear apathetic when something should be absolutely tearing you apart.

I really like both of these ships, but right now, I’m just so ecstatic to see Guerin in an actual relationship, rather than just a will they/won’t they scenario. I’m dying to see him be supportive and supported by a partner. I want to see what Guerin looks like in something stable, and I’m excited to see the same things for Maria!

It’s possible that Alex didn’t react dramatically because he simply has so much on his plate. Apparently “the Shepherd protocol” has been activated, and Alex and Kyle still haven’t really done much with Sergeant Manes. I’m hearing a lot of talk and next to no action. Unless his medical incident at the end of Roswell, New Mexico season 2, episode 2 was a result of something they did (which I’m absolutely not ruling out), I’m confused about what their plan is.

Kyle’s also working with a pretty packed chart, and now he has someone reading it over his shoulder! I still don’t know what to think about “Steph.” She seemed like a random addition to this episode, but that doesn’t mean she has nothing to offer. As a love interest for Kyle, I’m not feeling it yet. That being said, I loved how quickly he quipped back at her Obama comment, so I’m also not ready to rule any chemistry out.

What does intrigue me about Steph is her potential to offer a slightly different viewpoint to the show, which is always appreciated. At the very least she could facilitate some interesting discussions, since her politics don’t seem to be quite aligned with those of the other leads and she’s also not evil.

At least not yet. Now I’m really worried that she’s evil. I guess we’ll have to wait until next week’s Roswell, New Mexico to find out!

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