'Roswell, New Mexico' Season 2 Episode 12 Review: CrashCon's 3 bombs threaten aliens, civilians and [spoiler]
So many characters are on the brink of death, what will the season finale hold?
Spoilers for 'Roswell, New Mexico' Season 2 Episode 12 'Crash Into Me'
This is the episode before next week's season finale, and while we understand the rush to make sure all narratives are explored, we would have hoped for a slower story progression and more episodes. Everybody's life was in danger at CrashCon, from the alien pod squad to the Mane descendants. With Michael Guerin (Michael Vlamis) working for Deep Sky as a hostage, he also meets Charlie Cameron (Jamie Clayton) and the two realize they were put to work to build an atomizer that would kill Jesse Manes (Trevor St John) and his descendants and formulate a toxin that would kill anyone with alien DNA. Not to mention, a fire at CrashCon threatened the lives of the rest.
The last episode saw Helena Ortecho (Bertila Damas) ask Michael to build a bomb, and while the initial threat was to the aliens, it turns out that Helena wanted to avenge her lover's death. She had had an affair with Jim Valenti, Kyle Valenti's father, and the duo had their daughter Rosa Ortecho (Amber Midthunder). Jesse had killed Jim and Helena had asked Michael to build a bomb that would destroy the Manes family. Jesse had the atomizer that would kill the aliens but Helena switched it with the one that she had Michael make. This way, Jesse would kill himself once he activates the atomizer.
Asking Charlie to destroy the atomizer that contains the toxin that would kill aliens, Helena made her way to CrashCon. Although Michael had found Alex Manes (Tyler Blackburn) at the home he was held hostage in, he left Alex there because he would be safe at the house and would have died at the carnival. Alex manages to knock out Flint Manes (Kiowa Gordon) and escape, only for Flint to get the alien atomizer from Charlie and take it to CrashCon. Not to mention there was a pod built out of alien paraphernalia on stage, pieces of which Jesse or Harlan Manes had kept from when Micahel's mother had started to build it all those years ago. They had found the last piece they needed when they had kidnapped Alex. That was a bomb as well, ready to blow out the rest of the carnival labeling aliens as terrorists, giving Jesse the applause of being a great veteran. Jesse had no idea though that his atomizer was switched by Helena, so he'd essentially be killing himself and all his sons at the carnival. While Flint had already activated the alien atomizer, Maria DeLuca (Heather Hemmens) had found it and thrown it into far fields, but she seems to have been affected by it. Max had caught up with Flint and had made his heart weak by threatening to take Flint out if he was going to die anyway, resulting in him risking his own life and Liz Ortecho (Jeanine Mason) desperately trying to save him instead of disarming the pod bomb that was on fire. Like we said, it was an intense episode and all that in one hour was too much.
While the episode was definitely an interesting one, we were pleasantly surprised that they managed a scene in which Liz speaks of how Max's privilege would never allow him to understand what undocumented Mexicans go through. She wanted to use alien DNA to make something that would have her work recognized but Max is against it because that would expose his kind. Max didn't want alien stem cells to turn into a hot commodity and Liz just wants to help people with her discoveries. It was an amazing scene that mirrored a lot of the real world's events right now and we are proud that the series continued to bring awareness to social and political issues even when aliens are in danger.
Also, we're really hoping Maria and Max are not dead, and that Liz disarms the bomb threatening the civilians and the reputation of aliens. We also hope that Jesse listens to Alex, who tells him not to activate his atomizer because all the Manes family would die. The season finale will bring a lot of answers and hopefully more cliffhangers, and just to reiterate they just brought Max back, he can't die again.
'Roswell, New Mexico' Season 2 airs on Mondays at 9/8c on The CW.