Roswell, New Mexico is setting up an epic twist to the story
Roswell, New Mexico is gearing up for their final episode of season 2, and that means delivering some epic moments in episode 11, “Linger.” Not only do we get to see Diego, Liz’s ex-fiance, making a surprise return (anyone else questioning his motives), but there was another surprise visitor towards the end of the episode – Liz and Rosa’s mother, Helena.
While we may have thought we saw the last of Helena Ortecho when she walked away from Liz and the diner in episode 7, “Como La Flor,” it seems there is a lot more to her story than we could have ever imagined.
What we thought Roswell had planned for this episode vs reality
Heading into this episode of Roswell, we expected the focus to be on not only the fact that Alex had been kidnapped but also on finding him. And while we certainly see Michael doing his part to track down Alex, it’s not until the end of the episode that the rest of the group even knows that there is a problem.
In fact, aside from Michael doing his part to find Alex, the rest of the episode was pretty typical of our Roswell crew. Not only do we see Rosa and Isobel trying to find common ground with their issues, but we also see them working together. When it comes to Max and Kyle, their relationship is a mess, but they seem to work well together, even if that means breaking into someone’s home to find clues about government conspiracies.
One of the big things in “Linger” was the return of Liz’s ex, Diego, who said he was there to offer his support in case I.C.E. returned for Liz’s father (which they did, of course). Diego clearly has an agenda when it comes to Liz and her skills in a lab, but we have no clue what that may be or really who he works for. I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t trust him, even if he did help Arturo get out of I.C.E. custody.
However, the biggest shocker came when everyone learned that Alex had been taken and Liz realized that it was her mother, Helena, who was involved. Considering it was her handwriting on the note for Michael, it is clear that she knows a lot more than she has been letting on.
And when Michael comes face to face with Helena, it was shocking to see her not only injecting him with a drug that prevents him from using his abilities, but also asking him to develop a weapon. Whoever Helena is working for, and whoever it is that actually has Alex, needs Michael and his skills, not just as an alien, but also as an inventor.
Michael has proven that he will do whatever it takes to protect the people he loves and cares about. And knowing that Alex is in the hands of very bad people might mean actually making whatever this weapon is that Helena wants him to develop.
Having Roswell throw this twist into the mix is epic in the very best ways. It means that Helena knows so much more than we ever could have imagined, and she is not alone.
This also sets up the final episodes of the season to reveal a bit more about who all knows about the aliens, what they know, and what they want. We still need to rescue Alex, we need to find a way to save Kyle’s girlfriend, we need Liz and Max to get their act together, and of course, we definitely need Max to reveal his secrets (the drug use and dreams/memories).
Honestly, having Helena show up in this episode was so unexpected that it actually made the entire episode even better than it already was. And now we can’t wait to see what happens next, especially now that Liz and Rosa know their mother has something to do with Alex’s kidnapping.
What did you think of this episode of Roswell? Were you surprised by Helena’s arrival at the end of the episode? What do you think she has to do with all of this? And do you think Diego is suspicious too? Tell us what you think in the comments.