Roswell, New Mexico: A Story of Acceptance

Family has always been at the heart of Roswell, New Mexico. It shone through even more in this week’s episode. It was heartbreaking and heartwarming to watch.

While Liz (Jeanine Mason) may be tackling Max (Nathan Parsons), Michael (Michael Vlamis), and Isobel’s (Lily Cowles) problems, she’s also been helping her dad. Liz’s worst nightmare came true when ICE just happened to be at the hospital and stopped them for questioning.

Carina Adly MacKenzie did a beautiful job telling this story. Arturo Ortecho (Carlos Compean) was so calm and reassuring to his daughter as they took him away. It was hard to watch as Liz tried to get her father’s jacket to him and his medicine.

I’ve liked that Jenna (Riley Voelkel) and Liz have become closer this season, and it was great that she came to the rescue, though, she couldn’t do that much. It was Liz’s ex-finance that saved the day.

Carina told this story with care. The blonde woman can get more questions answered than someone of color. It’s a sad truth that we do need reminding of at times. If we want this to change, shining a light on it is crucial.

What’s next for this storyline? Liz can no longer sponsor her dad because she took that fall for Rosa, and their legal issues are far from over. We knew Carina was going to be using this platform to tell these important stories, and I’m so happy that it’s rolled into the larger storyline so seamlessly.

Isobel and Max discovering they aren't really related.
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On a happier family note, Isobel finally got answers, but not the ones she expected. Max is not her brother. Michael is not their biological brother either, but they are still siblings. They have created a family.

The storyline of Michael and Isobel’s moms has been a great way to see where they came from, and also what happened after the crash. It’s a story of love, heroism, and one of acceptance. It has a great parallel to Arturo and Liz. Legally, he shouldn’t be in the country, but logically why not? Why can’t there be a path for him to be accepted? And sadly, that is a political question when it shouldn’t be.

Alex and Gregory putting the past behind them.
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Acceptance is a key theme on this show, and Alex (Tyler Blackburn) has always been seeking it with his father. I teared up when Alex was talking to his brother, Gregory (Tanner Novlan) It was a beautiful moment that Alex needed. He’s always had a hard time fitting in. He still won’t date a guy in public. If he can let go of his dad or forgive his dad, maybe he can find the happiness he deserves. 

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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