Tuesday, April 16, 2019

REVIEW: 'Roswell, New Mexico' - Max, Isobel and Michael Weigh Getting Answers Against Their Personal Safety in 'Creep'

The CW's Roswell, New Mexico - Episode 1.12 "Creep"

When a major revelation comes to light, Max, Michael and Isobel clash over how to deal with the fallout. Alex uncovers a secret about Project Shepard and enlists Kyle and Michael's help looking into it. 

In 2018, there were 495 scripted shows airing amongst the linear channels and streaming services. The way people are consuming content now is so different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, there is less necessity to provide ample coverage of each specific episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site is making the move to shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of The CW's Roswell, New Mexico.

"Creep" was written by Steve Stringer & Christopher Hollier and directed by Dawn Wilkinson

Noah has been revealed as the alien serial killer. That revelation has forced the protagonists to make some huge moral decisions about what they plan to do with him. They can't hand him over to the official authorities because that would risk further exposure of aliens and the destruction of the lives Max, Isobel and Michael have built in Roswell. And yet, Isobel's life has already been completely destroyed by this revelation. She was psychically abused by Noah for years. He has always appeared as the adult he is now. He used their telepathic connection in order to survive for many decades while the other aliens a part of the crash were subjected to torture. Moreover, he can't simply be confined to the same pod that saved Isobel's life when she was given the drug that could kill her. That immediately puts the pressure on the characters to make these decisions. Noah can provide the answers the aliens have long wanted. They can finally understand where they came from and why they landed on Earth. They want to know if there is some grand purpose that they are suppose to have in this world. Of course, the answers Noah gives aren't clarifying at all. He is proud to say that they are refugees. That's how Max, Isobel and Michael have always seen themselves. They were taken in by this planet even though they have only been able to count on each other for so much of their lives. Now, they at least have friends who know the truth and are willing to help them get answers. At first, the aliens stood in the way of Liz learning the truth about what happened to her sister. And now, it is clarifying to know exactly what happened even though Liz feels guilty for possibly being responsible for murder here. She doesn't want that to loom over her head. As such, it's meaningful when Max offers to take that responsibility off of her. He is willing to take it on himself. That's the action that he has sworn to do as a police officer. And yet, he is bending the rules in order to torture Noah. He doesn't want to give him the antidote so that he can provide the answers to all of these questions. He doesn't even ultimately care about what Isobel wants from all of this. She absolutely should be the one to decide Noah's fate and what punishment is right for him. She was the one invaded by him in significant ways that were repeated over and over again. No one else can relate to that. Seeking out the truth isn't clarifying for her either. It brought peace to Liz but it brings no closure to Isobel. She has the chance to confront Noah. But she is ultimately fine with not knowing. Of course, Max and Michael have starkly different views. Max is willing to kill Noah. Meanwhile, Michael sees Noah as the last connection to their alien culture. This episode actually reveals that there are many aliens from the 1947 crash still living. They are being housed in a secret facility. Michael's mother is one of them. That's an emotional reunion that is cut short because the containment breach triggers a self-destruction switch in the facility. That means all of these aliens and the answers they could provide are gone. It's enough to inform that final moment in which Max and Michael stand opposed to one another. Max may shoot his brother to stop him from saving Noah. That's the tension heading into the finale. But the much larger question is whether or not these aliens are destined to be killers no matter what because that's how they survive? That's what Max, Isobel and Michael will have to reckon with for the foreseeable future.