'Roswell: New Mexico' Season 1: Michael and Alex are the other pair of star-crossed lovers you need to look out for
At its core 'Roswell: New Mexico' is like a grandma's dress that you refurbish in order to have just the right kind of classy look for the prom night. The CW reboot has picked up the same old characters with their same old backstories and has thrust them with several contemporary issues such as immigration, and discrimination against LGBTQ. The only other difference is the characters, who we were introduced to as teenagers in the '90s cult classic, which was developed and produced by Jason Katims. This time, with Julie Plec producing the show and directing the pilot episode, we have some hard-hitting romance which strictly follows the rulebook of star-crossed lovers, and no, a couple like Michael and Alex aren't ruled out from that book.
If 'Roswell: New Mexico' is about forbidden love, and Liz Orthecho (played by Jeanine Mason) and Max Evans (played by Nathan Parsons) are at the center of it, then let's just say Alex Manes (played by Taylor Blackburn) and Michael Guerin (played by Michael Vlamis), are not too far from the center. 'Roswell: New Mexico' introduced to us to the gay couple, Alex and Michael in a discreet manner. Michael, who unlike his siblings Max and Isobel, was not adopted by anyone in childhood and is infamous for the unruly lifestyle which involves drugs and womanizing. On the other hand, Alex is a war hero who lost a leg during his tenure in Iraq but is despised by his father for his sexual orientation.
Their love story has its own share of disasters when it comes to maintaining their secret relationship in a tiny town like Roswell. A lot like Liz and Max, who are both the outlaws due to their origins (Liz is the daughter of an undocumented immigrant and Max is, well, an alien), Michael and Alex don't really fit in either. However, the sheer conflict between these two characters is highlighted by how each respond to what they receive. Alex is quite open about him being gay and he does not shy away from expressing his love for Michael in spite of his father's tormenting attitude. As for Michael, he has always kept his feelings under wraps and being a bisexual he often covers up his feelings for Alex, claiming that he only likes women.
Their love story can easily be the central theme of 'Roswell: New Mexico' since it basically has everything that the show is influenced by. They are star-crossed lovers who discreetly express their love for each other. They are consistently under the threat of a government intervention (which majorly includes Alex's father, Jesse Manes, who is probably more turned down by the fact that his son loves Michael), and fear that Michael's secret will be revealed. However, most of all they don't have the slightest clue about where their relationship is going. However, more than anything their relationship is rare, and that is precisely the reason creator Carina Adly MacKenzie considers them so important.
During an interview with Hollywood Reporter, the creator had said, "The Alex and Michael relationship is really important to me because I feel a big responsibility to viewers to sort of make them feel safe. I know that LGBT audiences have felt burned a lot in the past, by the whole 'bury your gays' trope. I wanted to tell a story that doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending — I can’t make any promises — but that certainly avoids stepping into tropes. Their relationship is very fraught, and it’s going to be a really long journey for the two of them.” 'Roswell: New Mexico' won't return this week, but when it does hopefully we will see more of "Malex"s relationship.