Monday, September 27, 2021

‘Roswell, New Mexico’ Recap: Season 3, Episode 5 “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

Season 3 of Roswell, New Mexico is delivering hit episode after hit episode and we simply can’t get enough of the whole Roswell gang! Episode 5, “Killing Me Softly With His Song” brought fans some action-packed moments and some unexpectedly tender ones, too.

Warning: Spoilers beyond this point.

The Prodigal Daughter Returns

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Following her sudden collapse last episode, Liz wakes in her LA apartment to find a paramedic and Heath informing her she had a sudden cardiac arrest. She’s gasping for air, suffering all kinds of nasty heart failure symptoms (yes this is looking very familiar) and her Max Evans handprint is as shiny as ever. Liz demands Heath drive her to Roswell, specifically to Max. We learn that his healing Kyle transferred his heart failure symptoms to Liz who is going to die soon if not healed. The catch? When Max tries to heal her, Kyle starts to collapse. Everybody’s life forces are linked! If only there were a perfectly healthy, powerful alien to help! (We’ll cover that in the next section.) After she’s healed, Liz informs Kyle she plans to stay in Roswell to continue her research, she knows it’s where she belongs (and where one Mr. Max Evans is, but that’s another storyline for later.)

Smart Women Rule the Day

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As if we don’t have enough on our murder plates with Maria’s visions and Kyle supposed impending death, another body has dropped in Roswell. This time it’s the charred body of Zeke, one of Jordan’s racist posse, found on the Lopez farm. This turns up the already high tempers in Roswell even more. Arturo is threatened by Jordan’s crew (wearing alien masks of course), the Sheriff activates the local civilian regiment (headed by you guessed it, Jordan), and a protest even occurs on behalf of the Lopezes. Maria, Rosa, Gregory, Michael, and Kyle form a group of sorts to take Jordan out of play (all Maria’s idea and we are here for it!). She and Rosa find the local gang and stream Jordan’s confession: He found Zeke’s body in the middle of nowhere and drove it to the property in an attempt to frame the Lopez family for the death. Of course, we later learn that Jones is responsible for the death, but this is enough to have Jordan arrested (though as the Mayor’s son we’re sure this won’t be the last we see of him). It’s a brilliant plan that goes off almost flawlessly, points deducted for the danger factor of two young women storming a barn full of gun-toting self-righteous men.

We can’t let the recap go without highlighting a very sweet and real moment between Michael and Rosa that comes from this horrific racial tension within the town. Someone graffitis the side of the Crashdown, calling Rosa a murderer. Michael takes it upon himself to scrub the building clean and Rosa asks him why. He tells her that people don’t often get a second chance and confesses how guilty he felt over her death, believing he shouldn’t get to live a happy life if Rosa didn’t get to grow up. “We were scared and we were stupid and we should have known what putting you in that driver’s seat would do.” He goes on to say that Rosa has a second chance to do what is right and he is starting to believe that there is hope for him, too. I didn’t have ‘Michael Guerin makes me cry while scrubbing a wall’ on my season 3 Bingo card, but here we are.

The Story of Diet Max Ends (for now)

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We’ll henceforth be referring to Jones as “Diet Max,” the hilarious quip from Isobel who knows he is lying about what he did on his one day of freedom. She’s right, she discovers that Jones killed Zeke, the mysterious death that has Jordan and his crew blaming the Lopez family and facing off with literally everyone else with a brain. The only way for Diet Max to have enough strength to heal Max Regular is to kill. He found Zeke on the verge of killing Mr. Lopez and chose to kill him. In the end, with both Kyle and a nearly dead Liz on the ground in the cave, Max is forced to let Jones heal him and in turn, save Liz and Kyle. Now unconscious from the effort, Michael, Isobel, and Max put Jones back into the pod where he will hopefully stay for a very long time.

Stop Trying to Kill Kyle

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It’s been a stressful, stressful few weeks as we’ve watched poor Kyle get threatened and then literally impaled. Maria and Michael both act as babymansitter for Kyle until they can be sure he’s no longer in danger. With the arrest of Jordan, the discovery of Zeke’s “cause of death” at least in the eyes of the law and town there is a glorious minute of the show where all seems well and Kyle is safe. Of course, Maria realizes that the ash is still falling, the murder could still happen, and races off to find Kyle who is sneaking into Max’s house (presumably to check up on him, we love our traveling doctor). Unfortunately, Kyle arrives to a home invasion from the same masked men who threatened Arturo. We don’t see anything more than that until Max gets home. Everything is smashed, Maria is bloody and unconscious, and no Kyle in sight. We’d just like one week where our good doctor isn’t literally on death’s door. As it is, it looks like he’s been kidnapped by the gang from Hell so we’ll be on the edge of our seats until next week when we expect Kyle Valenti returned to us unharmed (hey, we can dream).

Where’s Alex?

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This is a small subsection we’re calling “Where’s Alex?” He’s been mysteriously absent since we last saw him at his swanky new day job at Deep Sky attempting to crack an uncrackable code. Though it’s obviously important, we’d like to think Alex would remain at least somewhat invested in the ongoing murder mystery and potentially saving someone’s life. Essentially, we’d like Alex Manes to come back on our screens ASAP. Please.

Roswell, New Mexico airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. C on The CW.

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Brianna works full time in the publishing industry, passionately building books to bring to the masses. Her first fandom was Harry Potter, which she joined at age 11. Her love for books took her abroad to earn her Masters Degree at University College London, after which she lived in New York City, and now resides in Austin. She loves all things fandom including Supernatural, Doctor Who, and more. Ever the introvert, she can usually be found reading, playing with her dog, listening to music and practicing yoga. Brianna joined the Nerds and Beyond staff in 2018 where she unites her love for all things "nerd" with her passion for writing. Find her on Twitter here: @bookbag09

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