'Roswell: New Mexico' is not really off to a great start considering its severely low viewership ratings, but the show has certainly attracted the audience with contemporary themes such as immigration, LGBTQ rights, and portrayal of bigotry. Starring Nathan Parsons as Max Evans, Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortech, Michael Vlamis as Michael Guerin, Lily Cowles as Isobel, and Heather Hemmens as Maria DeLuca, the CW reboot has been following Liz who arrives in the tiny town of Roswell, New Mexico, immediately after college.
On arriving, Liz has to confront the fact that being a daughter of undocumented immigrants, she is subject to vast discrimination. Liz's arrival in Roswell, as depicted in the premiere episode, was not an ordinary one. She began to discover secrets that will change her entire perception of the otherwise quiet town.
Known for its history of controversial UFO theories, Liz is aware aliens are the talking point of the town. Little did she know, her childhood sweetheart Max Evans, who is now a cop, is actually an alien. Max revealed his secret to Liz in the first episode; but he was held accountable for leaking a secret, he and siblings, Isobel and Michael, have been trying to conceal from the world.
He’d do anything for Liz. #RoswellNM pic.twitter.com/QL8BHTXZpe— Roswell, New Mexico (@CWRoswellNM) January 16, 2019
Max's secret comes out when he leaves a glowing handprint on Liz's chest in order to heal her wound from a gunshot they encounter at a cafe that belongs to Liz's family. Although for the longest time Max did not explain to her why his imprint was like an odd glowing light, he ultimately showed her the three eggs which had apparently given birth to him and his siblings.
Liz does assure him his secret is safe with her, but that is not exactly what Isobel and Michael are ready to accept. In the latest trailer released by The CW, titled 'So Much For The Afterglow', we see Liz threatened by Michael - if she fails to conceal the secret he will probably kill her.
Don’t fight love. Thanks for watching the series premiere. Stream free tomorrow on The CW App! #RoswellNM pic.twitter.com/7hxMPVIjmo— Roswell, New Mexico (@CWRoswellNM) January 16, 2019
The title could have significance in revealing what we can expect from Episode 2. While "Afterglow" certainly indicated the glowing imprint on Liz's chest, the title clearly reflects her attempt to assure Michael and Isobel she is an ally and not an enemy. Michael was infuriated in the first episode when Max confessed about leaking out their secret, even then he tried attacking his brother.
In the second episode, Michael might have to encounter certain uncomforting things which will put his already unstable mind to test. Michael, unlike his siblings, is unable to control his powers and due to his aggressive nature, he is treated as an outcast.
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At the same time, Max's identity in itself has put him in a dubious situation. He disguises himself in the human form for fear that his alien appearance might be perceived as a threat by many. On the other hand, he is gay and being in a small town, his sexuality is a matter of gossip among the town folk.
It can hence be said Michael, similar to Liz, is representative of victims of bigotry, who are often pushed to the margins of society. The latest trailer sees the two trying to compensate for their misplaced identity as they try to prove they can hold back secrets from a society that is curious to destroy anything unique.
'Roswell: New Mexico' returns to The CW January 22, and you can check out the latest trailer here.