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ROSWELL Season Finale Talkback!

El Cosmico here, just thought some of you might like to chat about the Roswell season finale...what MIGHT have been the last episode ever of the show, but which is thankfully only the last WB episode.

Thank goodness for that. I love this show. Talk away...

-El Cosmico

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  • May 21, 2001, 6:15 p.m. CST

    say what??

    by rainbird

    Okay, I was too busy making a smartass comment to my roommate to hear it - what was the last line of the episode? Isabel says "What are we going to do now?" and Max replies ... ??? (My comment? "We're going to UPN!")

  • May 21, 2001, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by bsbearden

    I've never posted here, so I thought this would be a good time to start... Roswell is an already amazing show, but tonight's ep totally reaffirmed that! I am still kind of speechless, but I must say I am glad it ended the way it did, and I hope to get a UPN affiliate in Austin so I can see what happens next...

  • May 21, 2001, 6:26 p.m. CST

    The WB Series Finale: Roswell

    by Electric_Monk

    So, did anyone really trust Tess? While I've missed the last few episodes, it came as no surpise when the big "OH MY GOD" came rushing in. They played the old switcheroo on us, making her appear evil, then making her "turn" good so no one would suspect. Though, I got to say, Liz made some leap of logic in figuring out it was Tess, just like in the old Agatha Christie murder mysteries, when Hercule Pirot told who dunnit, only the killer appeared on page 32 for only three lines. Still, this was the reason I tuned in last summer during reruns. A good, well, paced story; some really tearful goodbyes (see, boys do cry) and a good cliffhanger. Now Max's got to save his son, but I think someones going to be just a little pissed when they realize Tess did not return with the whole gang. Will there be more aliens coming? Will Max and Liz stay together now? What is Nick struggling with (the gay comment to Sean)? Did anyone see any Star Trek stuff laying around the desert area where they filmed this episode? Like Shatner's hair? To be serious, let us hope that they have a sense of direction for season three. It should devote less time to episodic storytelling, and contiune with a large story arc. If the series is to succeed next season, it will need to draw on the alien aspect of its nature. Let the teen stuff in, but put most of it to bed. And more Jason Behr with his shirt off is always cool!

  • May 21, 2001, 6:29 p.m. CST

    So Tess is evil?

    by Doc Brown

    Tell us something we didn't know all season. It was so obvious she was bad news from the start. Here's to her and Max's kid growing up to become some super-power on their planet and retrieving dear old dad and friends to have the series re-locate to whereever the hell they're from. Don;t forget to watch the "Ed" season finale Wednesday at 8 on NBC everyone!

  • May 21, 2001, 6:31 p.m. CST

    What Max said

    by Julie W

    Rainbird, I think Max said, "I've got to save my son." Or something to that effect. Though Jason Behr tends to mumble a lot of lines.

  • May 21, 2001, 6:32 p.m. CST

    So Tess is evil?

    by Doc Brown

    Tell us something we didn't know all season. It was so obvious she was bad news from the start. Here's to her and Max's kid growing up to become some super-power on their planet and retrieving dear old dad and friends to have the series re-locate to whereever the hell they're from. Don;t forget to watch the "Ed" season finale Wednesday at 8 on NBC everyone!

  • May 21, 2001, 6:32 p.m. CST

    re: rainbird

    by Electric_Monk

    He said: "I've got to save my son." They the helicopter pull back (everyones cloths got a blowin') Then he shouted "Pack it up, where movin' to UPN"

  • May 21, 2001, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Doubling and me going crazy

    by Doc Brown

    Sorry about the double post, it's late. And is it just me or is this talkback goin in reverse, like first post on the bottom? Or has this been happening for a while and I just didn't notice? Maybe that evil bith Tess mind-warped me or something...

  • May 21, 2001, 6:35 p.m. CST

    "Save my son."

    by SplitPleaSoup

    Which isn't the best line to have if the show is going to be cancelled. Dodged that one. Great episode. I hope they don't forget to deal with Maria's mom remembering the hostage situation when the third season starts. And what are they going to do about Nicholas? He's been the same age according to the show for decades, but Miko Hughes should be having a major growth spurt pretty soon.

  • May 21, 2001, 6:36 p.m. CST

    best ep in a long time

    by mrjones

    I'm an avid Roswell fan, only missed one episode (the one w/the madman trying to kill Max during 1st season that had J. Frakes in it too) since the show aired. While I've been a bit disappointed in the last batch of episodes, tonight made up for it. The only thing that could make it better for me would be if they had just axed Tess. I never suspected that it'd end up with Tess the murderer, she was always manipulative but man I didn't see this. Looking back, the writers went too such trouble on making Tess fit in and become accepted this season, guess now I know why. I never liked her and thats probably part of the reason I didnt like these recent eps. I just don't know how well Liz will accept Max's mistake but then that was partially Liz's fault. Everytime I've seen Liz and Max together I just want shout: "Tell him about FutureMax, you idiot!" Oh, Max's last line btw, to answer an earlier post, was something like "now I have to save my son."

  • May 21, 2001, 6:42 p.m. CST


    by Calmdown

    above and beyond my expectations. Have to give credit to the writers for not giving any sort of hint or sign before this episode about tess' intentions. I knew she was and always would be a bitch.

  • May 21, 2001, 7:25 p.m. CST

    FutureMax's Assumptions

    by iloveryan

    Now that we know that FutureMax's assumptions were seriously flawed, Liz really should tell Max about that whole time-travel thing. Brunt: "More Max with his shirt off?" You're not turning heterosexual on us, now, are you, dude [inside joke that only regular "Buffy" TB-ers with good memories will understand]?

  • May 21, 2001, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Tess... why??

    by Dont mind me

    I liked how it was paced, and I thought it was very exciting, unpredictable, and emotional. The drawback is, well, I absolutely loved Tess' growth this season. I know I'm in a minority, but this is the girl who was a surrogate Valenti, who giggled and jumped up and down at the thought of going to Vegas, who wanted so sincerely to have a nice Christmas... I think she'll make an awesome villain when the show returns to the UPN (and I have been complaining that this show hasn't had a good villain in a while). BUT I happen to feel that making her an evil manipulating killer didn't really follow any continuity in her character at all. It only pandered to the idea (held by many fans of this show) that she must be evil simply because she gets in the way of Max and Liz. Sigh. Oh well, I'll look on the bright side. Michael and Maria hit Adult Content central.

  • May 21, 2001, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Tess was always bad news

    by MGTHEDJ

    Good thing Jason Katmis wrote this ep because the actions of the characters were consistant with the rest of the series (unlike the death of Alex ep were Maria was more like Tori Spelling or Jenni Garth than the bright, no-bull Maria we all know and love...those 90210 writers have got to GO!) This sets up Naseto's return next season and who knows what else. Can't really tell . As to the music: GREAT PICKS! Coldplay, U2, and which cover was used of the Beatles "Blackbird"?-----later-----m

  • May 21, 2001, 7:48 p.m. CST

    RE:don't mind me ...Tess was being consistant

    by MGTHEDJ

    Last season when she arrived it was established Tess was focused on going home. She helped them last season find the ship in the side of the mountain. Her character was always going this way: being raised an aristrocrat she sees humans as beneath her. As to someone looking for Shatner's hair? Heck I was looking for the Gorn.-----later-----m

  • May 21, 2001, 8:26 p.m. CST

    just - - > "Save my son."

    by onodoken

    the question was "Max, what are we going to do now?" "Save my son."

  • May 21, 2001, 8:42 p.m. CST

    Great episode, but...

    by Goody2shoes

    Is it me or are there just a few inconsistencies? Nacedo plotted this thing 40 years ago w/ Kivar and the others. So why was he killed by them? How come Whitaker didn't know about him or Tess when she kidnapped her? And, yeah, wasn't Future Max kinda wrong? I mean he and Liz get together, so Tess leaves and they die. He and Tess get together, so the 4 of them leave and they die. That's a sucky situation. If anyone has any answers to this, please feel free to tell me. I know that Tess' ultimate goal was always to go home, but she looked kinda happy doing teenage stuff. I always felt sorry for her. I mean she loses her only family, she's always known that she and Max were supposed to be together and he couldn't care less about her, and pretty much everyone hated her which, ok she killed Alex and betrayed them, but before that, everyone hated her only cuz she stood in the way of Liz and Max. Liz, who walked out on Max anyway, should blame herself. Didn't the end look suspiciously similar to the season 1 ending? The gang standing by the chamber (what's left of it now). At the end of that one, Tess even asked "What happens now, Max?" You know what would be a cool storyline? Pick up from where Courtney left off when she mentioned the sect of Michael worshippers. Put me down for that! I've always liked Brendan more than Jason but, wow. I got a thing for brooding, wounded tough guys that can cry (I obviously love Angel). I know Max cried too, but he kinda annoyed me this season. Plus he was never wounded. Great pecs and abs, though. All in all, this episode did blow me away and I'm very happy to see it come back next seaon.

  • May 21, 2001, 8:50 p.m. CST

    Some Thoughts on Tess

    by dannyk

    Did any of you consider the fact that the Tess we all grew to hate was in fact the evil Tess that should have been with the NYC lookalikes? If you recall, the NYC Tess didn't really fit in with that crew and eventually departed them for places unknown. Perhaps she will come back next season and the gang will figure out that she is the real Tess. If this is true, then perhaps Future Max was really a mind trick played by Evil Tess to begin with. Another possibility could be that only recently Evil Tess returned to Roswell to supplant the one there for her masterplan. Just one man's opinion.

  • May 21, 2001, 9:07 p.m. CST

    There *are* happy endings!

    by IMScully33

    First X-Files (sorta!) and now Roswell. This has been an amazing week of finales (what is in store for Angel, I wonder...) Poor Alex! But he sacrificed himself so we could get rid of Tess. He should be honored as a hero. I never suspected her as the murderer, even though I despised her. I thought the writers were just pulling a cheap trick on us by making her loved and accepted, so they could try and stir up sympathy when she ultimately bit the dust. I never did believe that she was "over Max" though I had hope when she started trying to do Kyle. I wonder why she didn't try to mindwarp Liz? It's nice to know that someone else has been shouting "Tell him about FutureMax!" to Liz. That was one of my favorite episodes. (I think I liked FutureMax even better then!) Hopefully, those revelations will come back in a bigger way, now that Max knows the truth about Kyle. Thank you UPN!

  • May 21, 2001, 9:13 p.m. CST

    That's what I was thinking, dannyk

    by Goody2shoes

    I just thought my talkback was long enough, but I was gonna put in that she and the evil versions pretty much had the same plan going on. But I remembered that they held her back when they were gonna kill Max and she tried to warn him. I never did buy that they just left her after they couldn't learn the location of the granilith. Excellent point though, about the other Tess being good. Since Nacedo made that deal, this one wouldn't know about it. They could bring her back and still have a royal 4 for the future.

  • May 21, 2001, 9:14 p.m. CST

    see, that's why you don't trust women

    by Twig

    I wouldn't go so far as to say Tess will be a villain next season(though that could be interesting). I'm not even sure she's evil. I can believe her killing Alex was by accident. Hell, if I accidentally killed someone, and could not only get help in covering it up, but mind warp the person into forgetting it, I probably would do just that. But that sure made for a major surprise. Great episode overall, a terrific end to the season. Now UPN can make the show into a true hit.

  • May 21, 2001, 10:03 p.m. CST

    OK good theories but...

    by MGTHEDJ

    You are forgetting Tess mindwarped Alex at the START of the season (september/october) and sent him to the supercomputer to translate the info they needed. Tess' character traits were either good cover or more of the meddeling of that 90210 team (have I mentioned how much I hate their work?)----later-----m

  • May 21, 2001, 10:29 p.m. CST


    by sokitome

    That was fantastic. Evil tess is perfect because it fits in with that royal family scenario. There are always betrayels of every kind in every royal house. It's a cliche but it was still great. I can't wait for next year

  • May 21, 2001, 10:36 p.m. CST

    shocking ending,tess,futuremax

    by buffylover

    i have to agree on some level with others here, why would the writers spend sooooo much time trying to turn tess into an at least likable character only to have her turn on them in the last episode of the season? a spectacular episode with a truly shocking ending(unlike the "everybody knows jackie jr. will buy it" of the sopranos). as for future max, yep, i'm one of the many who constantly yells to liz on my tv,"tell him! TELL HIM!". i think we all think it's time for max to know.

  • May 21, 2001, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by The Gay Nazi

    The Gay Nazi thinks Max is hot!!!

  • May 21, 2001, 10:49 p.m. CST

    Excellent hour of tv

    by johnnysunshine

    I am so HAPPY with the ending to the season. I was expecting the show to end with all the aliens on their way home which was not the ending I wanted, but the revelations at the end really surprised me. I have mixed feelings about seeing Tess leave. I always liked her and kind of felt for her, so I had to eat all the good words I said about her when it was revealed she killed Alex. I guess she had more of Nasedo in her than we thought. It was interesting to watch how far the writers could drive all the characters apart this season and I wondered how they were going to bring everybody back together which had to happen this episode in case of a cancelation. Luckily things were left wide open for a third season. After exploring the rifts in their relationships, the writers seem to be bringing the characters back to a core team of 6 kids with Kyle replacing Alex as the male human who I anticipate will eventually hook up with Isabel. I mean with the other four all paired up. Also, Tess leaving opened up the door for Max and Liz to get back together. Future Max warned Liz that if Tess left it would bring about the end of the world. Well, Tess left, just under different circumstances so I suppose now the future's an open book. There's no reason they can't get back together now. Besides, I think the've gone as far as they can with driving them apart so next season they need a new focus. The Michael Maria scene was great too. I wasn't expecting them to consumate their relationship and I'm glad they finally explained why Maria wasn't getting the falshes and Liz was. It looks like they filmed the finale in a way so that it would work if they didn't have a third season. Lucky for us UPN had the good sense to give it the third season it deserves. All in all, an excellent hour of television. I have never been more anxious for a season premier. Can't wait till next fall.

  • Thank you guys- I couldn't resist reading your Roswell review and then while I was watching the episode it suddenly hit me- your revelations only lasted the first 30mins- the rest was cake!! Thank God for these surprise endings-I actually thought that all of them were going to leave and then if they got renewed they'd say they caught some solar flares and had to crash land in kansas- then they could call the show Largeville or something (jk). But it was such a good episode!! The twist ending, the sudden splash of special effect all the emotional wringers for the cast- excellent. And Tess is finally gone-woohoo!!!

  • May 22, 2001, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Redemption at last!

    by Criss

    I loved Roswell, season One. The second season had me very frustrated after "future Max" and the end of Liz & Max's relationship. About mid-way through this season I had given up hope. I was actually glad that the WB had cancelled the series, because I didn't want to have a Roswell where Max & Liz weren't together. I Loathed, Hated, and Despised Tess. When the season finale aired, I was in such a state of shock I couldn't speak for about ten minutes! EVERYTHING was perfect! The only improvement I would have liked is to have seen Tess die a excruciatingly painful death while Max and the others did nothing but laugh at her.

  • May 22, 2001, 5:28 a.m. CST

    Great finale...

    by Gasgano

    Tess is outta here! And there was much rejoicing! (yay) But I'm still unclear as to how Leanna fits into all this, (or was she a dupe/red herring?)

  • May 22, 2001, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Alternative Roswells

    by Condorcet

    I think its possible that two versions of the Roswell finale may have been made. If, in fact, UPN had not picked up the show, Max could have killed Linea in her dorm room (leaving her as the alien killer) and the foursome could have blasted off for "home" with no further revelations about Tess.

  • May 22, 2001, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Odd sorta talkback order

    by Geekgrrl

    Did anyone else notice how much order this talkback is not in?

  • May 22, 2001, 11:38 a.m. CST

    A Reason to watch UPN

    by One Hung Low

    I have watched this show since it's inseption and thought the WB had a great show on it's hands but I guess their faith in the show wasn't as great as mine or some of the other fans I loved the WB finale my only question is how is Max gonna save his son?? Are the remaining royal family gonna travel home and save the kid and bring him back home to Earth??? Is tess gonna raise the kid to see Max as something he is not?? How are they gonna save his son?? I can't wait til the fall not only is it the return of Roswell but it is gonna be football season again Plus I want a boxed set of Roswell episodes!!!!!!! Like the Sapranos and X-Files UPN Thank you for saving a GREAT SHOW

  • May 22, 2001, 11:43 a.m. CST

    So is duplicate Tess coming back?

    by Drath

    Wow, you know, that hurt. I mean, I never liked Tess as the girl standing between Max and Liz, it felt so pedestrian and hackneyed, but I liked the stuff with her and the Valentis a lot. I mean so much that this ending broke my heart. I wonder, since the Tess from NYC was actually nice, will she come back next season as the character Emilie De Raven will play from now on? I actually like De Raven, I just hated Tess for the most part. Maybe that other Tess can come in and fill the void in the Valenti home. I'd like it. I can't think of a show that's ever had a regular swap characters(save for maybe Angel to Angelus on Buffy). Plus, maybe "Good Tess" will turn out to be Serena, the girl Future Max mentioned would befriend Liz. The stuff where Good Tess(I can't remember her alien name) was showing Liz how to use her powers was a strong move in that direction. I've been waiting for Serena to make her appearance, so maybe that's how they could do it. All in all, this was an excellent ending to the season, I really didn't think it was true all the way up until Tess admitted it--but I still can't call her "evil." Selfish, yes. But she's not without a little sympathy too. I just don't know about the stuff with Necado and the skins--I thought they killed Necsado, so now he made a deal with them? And that senator tortured Tess, but now she has a deal with them? All that needs some explaining, so De Raven can't be off the show or else there will be problems. Again, NYC Tess should become a regular player now. BTW, they should definatly bring back Nicholas, regardless of whether the actor ages. That character has been absent for too long, but there's a hell of a lot of good stuff that can come from him--or is that bad stuff. Geesh. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR KEEPING THIS SHOW ALIVE, UPN!!!

  • May 22, 2001, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by stryfe60

    I luv Tess, i just was shock she was a bitch. So i hope the writers of the show bring back the nyc tess as the good one(credit to someone who said that before me) though i was thinking it. And i have nasedo tess mind warp. Although alot of people don't think like i never like liz i think they made her max like her too much. I can't wait for next season on upn (THANX) a great deal for saving the show As for X-files what the hell they finally kiss and is it mulder's baby since he donated his sperm how is that gonna work next season since he is not signed on. and is kracjeck really dead maybe he has that metallic vertebrae that regenarates I wanna know what people think about my opinions on both shows

  • May 22, 2001, 1:40 p.m. CST

    More proof that women are not big on sci-fi

    by RobRed1

    Some points that have been missed: 1. Max's son is a LEGITIMATE HEIR TO THE THRONE. He is now in the custody of Max's enemies. The whole point of the conspiracy was to kill off Max, Isabel, and Micheal, and then control the Heir. Now they have that heir. 2. The fact that Kivar and the others were trying to kill the four and did kill Nassado is totally inconsistent with the conspiracy story, unless one of the two sets was to be sacrificed while the other was protected. I'm betting the NY four were suppossed to be sacrificed at that meeting, but the skins found out about the other four and decided the stupid NY four could be easier to control. 3. How come the first time Max and Tess did it she got pregnant, but NY Isabel and Micheal did it like rabbits but didn't get pregnant. First sign it was all intentional. 4. How do you know Tess DIDN'T warp Liz? Maybe that's the whole reason she started falling for the juvi graduate? 5. They have no way home in a human lifetime! The grenalith was the unique power source for FTL travel. The skins had to create fake body's to store their life energy in and the othe raliens had to posses humans because any travel without the grenalith takes way too long! 6. Liz CAN reveal the Future Max story and could have done it a LONG time ago. Future MAx revealed that all FOUR are needed to combine their unique powers in order to fight their enemies. The big battle where Isabel would have been killed without Tess is OVER! It happened with the skins a while ago. And months ago, when Tess was settling in as part of the Kyle and the sherrifs family, Liz new she wasn't leaving the four anymore! Tess was going to leave because she was alone with noone and no reason to stay. With Kyle and Valenti she had family and a reason to stay. End of conflict. Liz only needed to back off long enough for that to happen. 7. They MUST find the NY Tess!! Her powers are ESSENTIAL to the battles they WILL have to fight in the future to secure a way home, get Max's son back, and overthrough Kevar and the rebels!

  • May 22, 2001, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by keokipun

    Great ep! I'll just throw out my theory on Tess. My belief is that Tess was in reality the alien that traitored her people not Isobel. Part of the whole Nasedo/Kivar plot was to get the Royal Four doubting each other with half truths and half lies. The truth was that there was a traitor in their history (and history once more repeated itself on earth) the lie was that it was Isobel. Always easier to have people buy into the lie when its tinged by the truth. Thus, Tess acted true to form (as I always beleived she would) and ultimately calls into question how much of the entire Royal Four theory is actually true i.e. was Future Max correct in stating Tess' importance in their survival. Thanks to UPN many of those questions will be answered next year. WB who needs ya?

  • May 22, 2001, 3:04 p.m. CST

    yeah, yeah, woo-hoo..

    by rosyquill

    my friend is literally obsessed with this show and I must say, she must not watch very closely cause ya know the writers forgot to have their little meetings or something to discuss the years plot..... the whole thing basically didn't fit together, with nasedo betraying them and tess not taking dupes so that they could all go back, and why the skins didn't band w/ tess and why they wanted the granilith if tess was coming home anyone. Max will be fine if he stops clenching his jaw and acting like a jerk "I have to save my son" and when tess called liz a bitch, well, that was just great..... don't worry, we won't remember her where we're going....

  • May 22, 2001, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Roswell Finale

    by wiggins316

    The first thing I wanted to say was last nights ep. of Roswell will probably go down as one of the best ep. I have ever seen. To say I was shocked and shaken to find out that Tess had killed Alex is an understatement. I honestly hadn't expected that. The fact that she didn't appear all that sorry about just gave me one more reason to hate her. Also, I think her using Kyle shows just how 'un-human' she really was. The scene between Michael and Maria was enough to make me grab for my box of kleenex and cling to it like a teddy bear. And when he decided to stay, well, I hope I wasn't the only one jumping up and down going 'I knew it!'. He's found the one thing he's spent his whole life looking for: home. I have to say, though, that the Max/Liz scene left me a little wanting. I fully expected there to be a little more anguish on Max's part. I mean, here's the one girl he risked everything for in the beginning, and I felt like he wasn't nearly as upset about leaving as I expected him to be. I loved the scene where Liz goes to Sean. The fact that she couldn't go through with it in the end shows just how large a hold on her heart Max truly has. The best scenes, though, by far, for me at least, were the last 12 minutes, although I truly wished that Liz or Maria had gone after Tess. I would have loved to have seen that! And when Max turned to Liz after the granolith took off, my heart thumped hard in my chest. I only had a few problems with this ep. and I'm holding out hope that what few questions I have will be answered next year. Hats off to the writers. They did an awesome job. (P.S. This is for MGTHEDJ - Anyone who's ever lost anyone close to them, be it a friend or a sibling, would know that Maria's actions during 'Cry Your Name' were completely in character. The loss of someone that close to you is devestating and life-changing, and I'm glad they showed that as well as they did with her character. I'm NOT flaming anyone, just explaining, so please don't take offense.)

  • May 22, 2001, 5:55 p.m. CST

    re:iloveryan and Sleazy_G

    by Electric_Monk

    You will forgive an old queen, I'm new to the world of AICN. So I missed out on the joke. I'm queer and will always be. By the way, did anyone ever see the gay themed film that Jason Behr did? Its called Rites of Passage. Sleazy _G my friend, a breeder you may be, but your are the best. I promise never to make fun of you or your body (hell, I'm no gym bunny). By the way, which girl makes you hot?

  • May 22, 2001, 6:03 p.m. CST

    More "future" Roswell episodes!

    by thevision

    Now that the show is on UPN, hopefully they're going to demphasize the "Dawson's Creek teen angst" bullshit and do more hard sci-fi. My idea is another glimpse into the future: Jim Valenti is the President- he ran for the vacant congressional seat from Congresswoman what's her name who was really an alien. Tess's allies- the Krevnar or whatever they're called- increased their activities on Earth after Max failed to stop Tess. Earth is becoming a dangerous place, the Aliens are getting bold. Through Congressman Valenti's efforts, the government finally tells the truth about Aliens on earth. Because of his integrity, Valenti is overwhelmingly elected President on a platform of world defense against the Aliens. Raised by the Krevnar(?), Max's son, now the undisputed King wants to take over Earth. Tess's bitternes over Max causes her to poison her son's mind against Earth and humans- a woman scorned kind of thing. I see a future war-room scene with President Valenti, the Joint Chiefs and Max as his chief advisor. My only peeve is that they hire another set of actors to play adult Max, Liz, Michael, Isabel, etc. The episode showing future Max and Liz was ok but the "long-hair eighties look" that Max had was not convincing!

  • May 22, 2001, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Future Max wasn't????

    by Tigger

    Given the betrayal by Tess in the season finale, are we sure that Future Max wasn't all in Liz's mind via a Mind Warp???? I mean that would explain why Tess didn't appear to mind warp Liz, because the whole Future Max episode was a complex mindwarp played on Liz by Tess. One that got Max away from Liz and got Tess home.

  • May 22, 2001, 7:49 p.m. CST

    NYC Tess

    by iloveryan

    Hopefully, if the NYC parallel of Tess is really the "good Tess", she won't be such a big ole crybaby about Max choosing Liz so that Liz doesn't need to dump Max AGAIN. And parallel Tess or not, now that everything has changed in a major way, I still hope that Liz tells Max about "FutureMax".

  • May 22, 2001, 8:02 p.m. CST

    RE: wiggins316

    by MGTHEDJ

    No offense, I just disagree. My main problem with Maria in "Cry For Me" was what appened the following ep. Maria told off Liz when she laid out the evidence about Alex's trip, then the next week Maria climbs through the window and shows Liz more evidence. It was inconsistant. If they had showed 10 seconds of Maria coming to a realization it would have been better storytelling. The "Cry for Me" ep was written by the 90210 team. All the other eps since (minus 2.16)were written by Jason (the exec. Producer/co-head writer), Ron Moore (co-head writer, former Star Trek:TNG and DS9 writer), and Lisa Klink (the only GOOD writer outside Moore on ST:Voyager). Some of the complants expressed in this talkback about too much "Dawson Creek/90210/"Pretty Young Things with Problems" on this series is a direct result of those 2 writers and the WB suits in general. I don't mind teen angst(I've loved BUFFY since the first ep I saw in 1997) but Roswell had a little too much this year and it was not as sharp as it could have been. If you still disagree that's cool. That's why Harry set these things up.-----later-----m

  • May 22, 2001, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Max's Leadership and the Granilith

    by Disfunkshunall

    Max, to me, has made some dumb decisions :/. For example, Liz basically stopped the unneccesary Leanna murder. Also, in the Granilith chamber, although he did experience some anger, why didn't he at least ask if he could stop it? Wouldn't he ask Larek about the Granilith? Well, maybe it said so on the translation. Anyway, Max had some great moments in Season 1, but this season, a lot of the times people needed leadership people like Liz or someone from the group like Michael stepped up. The Departure put me to fully realize this. Also, with FutureMax. I don't get him. Ok, now Tess might be against them, and isn't that worse than having no Tess at all? And about the Granilith, isn't that screwed over? It seems that thing wasn't magical. It was a 1 time thing that was just like a launchpad. It probably made things zip around the universe faster, but it seems really weird why the Granilith would be so sought after. Its just a transporting device. I think it just contains some rare chemicals, and it is a machine, because A) it looks like the Antarian technology B) It had a timer. Probably the Granilith had some potential, but a 1 time use? That just seems like crap. Rath said you don't exactly zip around the universe like you do on Star Trek, and the I think it was Kathana (one of hte 5 rulers) who said 50 years of turmoil. They crashed 51 years ago. Does that mean it took 3 years to get there to Earth? Also, the animation in this episode looks different than the promo. The Granilith is shown leaving the atmosphere in a weird curving path. The promo shows it shooting out like a projectile, straight and a lot fast than it did in this episode. It looks to me as if the goop sprayed out from the Granilith has to be somehow cleaned up. If not, how could it possibly not be noticed by some Earth being? Future Leadership Decision for Max: What I think he should do is contact Larek and tell them about Ava (the real name, i suspect, of Tess, because Zan is Zan and Rath and Ava aren't really ever used as names.) going back to the planet without them 3. Larek should be able to figure something out. Arrange a ride or something. Find out everything he can from Larek. - Where the Granilith goes when launched. - Anyway to recover the Granilith. - Any resolution with Tess. Catching her and possibly just taking her to Larek. - Any way to go back home if the Granilith can't be recovered. - Anything that goes on at home. - A detailed history of the War of the planets and of what exactly happened back on Antar. - Anything else relating to their planet and some information on everything in general about their planet and the Skins. - Kivar? Ask about him. - Find Ava. - Find out who the Skins are, because 2 evolving races doesn't seem likely.

  • May 23, 2001, 9:05 a.m. CST

    re: MGTHEDJ

    by wiggins316

    I think if you watch the beginning of 'Baby It's You', you'll see how Maria came to change her mind. To refresh your memory - Just after the first commercial break, Liz knocks on Maria's window and procedes to show Maria the picture of Alex and Leanna, supposedly taken in Sweden. When Liz explains that the building was torn down in 1994, Maria realizes that Liz is on to something. That's how she comes to helping Liz find out the truth. I had to watch the video again, but it's there, clear as day. I hope that helps. =^)

  • May 23, 2001, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Future Max

    by samurai7of9

    Wow! Jason Katims you outdid yourself. Season finale-- mind-blowing! I kinda figured Tess had something to do with Alex's death, but more like she mind-warped Leanna as a pawn. There were subtle hints dropped throughout several eps. RE: Future Max? He isn't 'Max' Max. But Max/Tess' son! That's why he travels back to breakup Max/Liz. Any offspring from a Max/Liz begettin' with have a claim to the throne- and a threat to him. Sci-fi Prime Directive #1: Us earthlings are baaaad! See: Any STAR TREK's; Independence Day; Men in Black; and War of the Worlds. They fear us out there. Why would a defeated race, facing extinction, send their Royal 4 to a backward [1947] techno-challenged Earth/Roswell. Cuz. Max/Izzie's parents knew an Earth/alien offspring was their race's only hope. {STAR WARS: Obi-Wan}. If ROSWELL has to travel to Max's homeworld, who better than UPN to take us for the ride. Can't wait. Ooops! Sorry this is sooo long. :~) Take care.

  • May 26, 2001, 2:28 a.m. CST

    The Best

    by Morganna

    I'm so glad Tess is gone. I just hated how she showed up and expected to join the group. I especially hated that she came between Max and Liz. Other than the final I loved the End of the World episode the best. Future Max was amazing and gorgeous. And Liz was so heart broken that if she was to help save the world she had to give up Max. I cried throughout the episode. I'm soooo glad UPN is saving Roswell. THANKS

  • June 27, 2001, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Tess evil, Ava good

    by Dreamgirl

    Me and my friend have been saying for a long time that Ava and Tess got switched in the pods. supposedly the dupes were more alien, so their powers were stronger. Did anyone ever see Ava use her powers? Did Tess have more strength in her powers only because Nasedo raised her? I think not. Tess, I'm sure will reappear next season, but I just hope Ava joins the pod squad.