REVIEW: ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO – SEASON 2

Trevor St. John, Nathan Parsons, Amber Midthunder, Michael Trevino, Heather Hemmens, Tyler Blackburn, Jeanine Mason, Michael Vlamis, and Lily Cowles in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)

 

Starring

Jeanine Mason (The Archer)
Nathan Parsons (The Originals)
Michael Vlamis (VlamCarter)
Lily Cowles (Enchantments )
Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars)
Heather Hemmens (Hellcats)
Michael Trevino (The Vampire DIaries)
Trevor St. John (The Bourne Ultimatum)
Amber Midthunder (Legion)

Carlos Compean, Heather Hemmens, and Jeanine Mason in Stay (I Missed You) (2020)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Karan Oberoi (Overruled!)
Carlos Compean (Contraband)
Sherri Saum (Sunset Beach)
Claudia Black (Stargate SG.1)
Rosa Arredondo (Still Alice)
Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)
Dylan McTee (The Wind)
Justina Adorno (Grand Hotel)
Riley Voelkel (The Originals)
Kayla Ewell (The Vampire Diaries)
Cassandra Jean Amell (Arrow)
Jason Behr (Roswell)
Gaius Charles (God Friended Me)
David Anders (Izombie)
Bertila Damas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Christian Antidormi (Spartacus)
Madison McLaughlin (Arrow)
Jamie Clayton (Sense8)
Cleo Anthony (Extant)
Tanner Novlan (Mohawk Girls)
Peter Diseth (Better Call Saul)

Michael Trevino and Jeanine Mason in I'll Stand by You (2020)I loved the original Roswell. I feel like the Writers, Directors, Producers and Actors have taken Roswell into a place where not only are the main characters older at the beginning of the series but the events that surround Liz finding out that Max and Co are aliens (and all the emotions and challenges that brings) are much more mature.Heather Hemmens and Tyler Blackburn in I'll Stand by You (2020)Additionally the music score is brilliant. It’s definitely a nod to my youth and I feel like it reflects the age bracket of the viewers who will really enjoy this show. I’ve seen some pretty terrible reviews on here, typical “die hard” fans who refuse to allow the content to grow up and move forward. I have to say, I’m really enjoying season 2 It takes the good things about season 1 and intensifies them to another level. Amber Midthunder and Jeanine Mason in Como La Flor (2020)Lily Cowles has somehow managed to create a deep complex Isobel who is less childish Diva then the original character and more of a deeply complex woman. Michael Travino has continued to be a solid addition to any cast. I do feel that the true stand out of this show is Michael Vlamis, his ability to portray an equally frustrated, loyal and broken man in this show is so masterful that I won’t be surprised if I see him in other shows / movies soon.Nathan Parsons, Amber Midthunder, Jeanine Mason, and Lily Cowles in Como La Flor (2020)This is an amazing show and must watch for people who love the original and for those who love good Sci-Fi.

 

REVIEW: ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO – SEASON 1

Roswell, New Mexico (2019)

Starring

Jeanine Mason (The Archer)
Nathan Parsons (The Originals)
Michael Vlamis (VlamCarter)
Lily Cowles (Enchantments )
Tyler Blackburn (Pretty Little Liars)
Heather Hemmens (Hellcats)
Michael Trevino (The Vampire DIaries)
Trevor St. John (The Bourne Ultimatum)
Karan Oberoi (Overruled!)

Nathan Parsons and Jeanine Mason in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)

Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Carlos Compean (Contraband)
Rosa Arredondo (Still Alice)
Amber Midthunder (Legion)
Peter Diseth (Better Call Saul)
Matthew Van Wettering (12 Strong)
Riley Voelkel (The Originals)
Dylan McTee (The Wind)
Jessica Treska (Sharp Objects)
Sherri Saum (Sunset Beach)
Claudia Black (Stargate SG.1)
Sonya Balmores (Inhumans)
Kayla Ewell (The Vampire Diaries)
Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)

Michael Trevino and Jeanine Mason in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)Roswell, New Mexico. It’s one of those places so iconic, so singularly famous for one specific thing that it doesn’t even warrant an explanation. Back in 1999, it was the show that launched the careers of Shiri Appleby, Katherine Heigl, Colin Hanks , and several other faces you know, even if their names are less familiar, like Nick Wechsler (Revenge, Dynasty), Brendan Fehr (Bones, Wynonna Earp), and Emilie de Ravin (Lost). And now, 20 years and a few changes later, it’s back.Nathan Parsons in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)Notably, Roswell, New Mexico isn’t a sequel to 1999’s Roswell. Even though everyone is roughly 10 years older, and the original show took place 10 years ago, these events–namely the inciting incidents of Liz’s (Jeanine Mason) death and revival and the trio of aliens revealing themselves–are all taking place for the very first time. The aliens still arrived in the 1940s and entered the community as children due to some woo-woo hand wave alien stuff, but in this version they’ve managed to keep their true species a secret that entire time, implausible though that may be if you’ve ever met a teenager.Michael Vlamis in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)You’d be forgiven if, when watching, you thought you were caught in a time loop, or having déjà vu. It’s all there–Liz’s voiceover, this version of the legend of Roswell’s aliens, the Crashdown café, the suspicious sheriff; Liz is even wearing the exact same uniform at the Crashdown, and so far there’s heavy overlap on the soundtracks. There’s boy scout Max Evans (Nathan Parsons, The Originals), his overprotective Type-A sister Isobel (Lily Cowles, BrainDead), and their smart but troubled bad boy fellow alien Michael (Michael Vlamis, New Girl), whose time on Earth hasn’t been quite as charmed.Nathan Parsons and Jeanine Mason in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)Like many pilots, this one is rather overstuffed. Science fiction and fantasy shows have the added task of not only telling you a story, but building a world or explaining power sets. As a result, the second episode of Roswell is much more successful than the first one, so  stick around for it and the rest of the season, as the show gets better as it gets along.Michael Vlamis and Lily Cowles in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)The pilot is mostly a paint by numbers affair, but there are a few updates, like when a conspiracy theorist podcaster references Beyoncé and the Illuminati. The older protagonists helpfully allow for all the steamy sex and bar scenes the CW loves, without all the questions as to who, exactly, is supervising a bunch of 16-year-olds who rarely seem to attend school. And things start off a little differently: Max fell for Liz Ortecho, who kicks things off with her return to town after 10 years away. Ten years ago, Liz’s sister Rosa (Amber Midthunder, Legion, Hell or Highwater) was killed in a car accident, which many see as her fault since she used drugs and two others died in the same accident, but it’s clear from the jump that there’s more to this story.Heather Hemmens and Jeanine Mason in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)The biggest difference is that Liz and her family are immigrants (her father is undocumented) and her sister is dead, a death in which Max and co. apparently had some involvement. Story-wise, this opens up some avenues. First, adding the immigration element makes the story feel urgent and contemporary, and sets up parallels between Liz and Max. Both of them have to protect their families from the U.S. government, and both have secrets to keep and stigma to fight. Viewers of the original series can likely surmise additional, spoiler-y connections.Nathan Parsons and Jeanine Mason in Roswell, New Mexico (2019)Second, Rosa places an obstacle between Liz and Max’s love story that’s a bit more appealing. It’s unclear what, exactly, is going on here, but Max obviously has secrets about Rosa. Secrets he doesn’t ever want Liz to know. The next episode will tease this out more, but for that kind of tension in the central pair is a good thing and helps make this a more adult show with adult disagreements. Finally, in this version, Liz is not the beloved hometown girl. In fact, she faces racist slurs and hate crimes.The CW has been among the more progressive networks for a while now, routinely casting diverse casts and including queer characters, even if they still have a lot to learn. Shows like Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and Supergirl have regularly taken on heady, “controversial” topics, including immigration, so it shouldn’t be a surprise. And yet, seeing ICE and racism called out directly on television still feels bold, especially at a time when most elected officials aren’t willing to do the same.There are familiar beats here, even in the new material–sex with the ex in a car outside a bar is hardly innovative. If the premise and progressive racial politics of the show appeal to you at all, stick around for the next couple of episodes of Roswell before you decide whether to jump ship.

REVIEW: THE KINGDOM

CAST

Jamie Foxx (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Chris Cooper (The Bourne Identity)
Jennifer Garner (Alias)
Jason Bateman (The Gift)
Ashraf Barhom (Paradise Now)
Ali Suliman (Lone Survivor)
Jeremy Piven (Mr. Selfridge)
Richard Jenkins (The Mod Squad)
Tim McGraw (Tomorrowland)
Kyle Chandler (Super 8)
Frances Fisher (The Host)
Peter Berg (Going Overboard)
Danny Huston (Wonder Woman)
Anna Deavere Smith (For The People)
Minka Kelly (Titans)
Trevor St. John (Roswell, New Mexico)
Ashley Scott (Just Friends)
Robin Atkin Downes (Babylon 5)

During a softball game at an American oil company housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, al-Qaeda terrorists set off a bomb, killing Americans and Saudis. While one team hijacks a car and shoots residents, a suicide bomber wearing a fake police uniform blows himself up, killing everyone near him. Sergeant Haytham of the Saudi State Police kills the carjackers. The FBI Legal Attaché in Saudi Arabia, Special Agent Fran Manner, calls his US colleague, Special Agent Ronald Fleury, to advise him about the attack. Manner is discussing the situation with DSS Special Agent Rex Bura when an ambulance full of explosives is detonated, killing Manner, Bura, and many others.At FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Fleury briefs his rapid deployment team on the attack. Although the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. State Department hinder FBI efforts to investigate the attack, Fleury blackmails the Saudi ambassador into allowing an FBI investigative team into Saudi Arabia. Fleury gathers Special Agent Janet Mayes, a forensic examiner, FBI analyst Adam Leavitt, an intelligence analyst, and Special Agent Grant Sykes, a bomb technician, to go to Saudi Arabia. On arrival they are met by Colonel Faris al-Ghazi, the commander of the Saudi State Police Force providing security at the compound. The investigation is being run by General Al Abdulmalik of the SANG, who does not give Fleury and his team permission to investigate.The FBI team is invited to the palace of Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Khaled for a dinner. While at the palace, Fleury persuades the Prince that Colonel al-Ghazi is a natural detective and should be allowed to lead the investigation. With this change in leadership, the Americans are allowed hands-on access to the crime scene. While searching for evidence, Sergeant Haytham and Sykes discover the second bomb was detonated in an ambulance. Fleury learns the brother of one of the dead terrorists had access to ambulances and police uniforms. Colonel al-Ghazi orders a SWAT team to raid a house, managing to kill a few heavily armed terrorists. Following the raid, the team discovers clues, including photos of the U.S. and other Western embassies in Riyadh. Soon afterward, the U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Damon Schmidt notifies Fleury and his team that they have been ordered to return to the United States.On their way to King Khalid International Airport, their convoy is attacked and incapacitated. Leavitt is dragged out of the wrecked car and kidnapped while Fleury manages to wound one attacker. Al-Ghazi commandeers a civilian vehicle to chase the fourth SUV and the other car holding Leavitt into the dangerous Al-Suwaidi neighborhood of Riyadh. As they pull up, a gunman launches rocket-propelled grenades at them and a fierce firefight starts. Leavitt is tied up inside a complex.While Sykes and Haytham watch the entrance to the complex, al-Ghazi, Fleury, and Mayes follow a blood trail and kill many gunmen inside. Mayes, separated from the others, finds Leavitt and his attackers, preparing an execution video of Leavitt. She kills the remaining insurgents, and al-Ghazi and the team start to leave. Fleury then realizes there is a trail of blood leading to the back of the apartment, and al-Ghazi sees the grandfather and inspects his hand. When the old man gives him his hand, al-Ghazi sees that the man is missing the same fingers as Abu Hamza al-Masri in the terrorist group’s many videos and confirms his suspicion that the grandfather is the terrorist leader. Abu Hamza’s teenage grandson walks out of the bedroom and shoots al-Ghazi in the neck, then he starts to point his gun at Mayes, prompting Fleury to kill him. Abu Hamza then pulls out an assault rifle and Haytham kills him. As Abu Hamza dies, another grandchild hugs him and Abu Hamza whispers something into his ear to calm the child down. Al-Ghazi dies in Fleury’s arms.At al-Ghazi’s house, Fleury and Haytham meet his family. Fleury tells his son that al-Ghazi was his good friend, mirroring a similar scene earlier in the movie wherein he comforted Special Agent Manner’s son. Fleury and his team return to the United States, where they are commended by FBI Director James Grace for their outstanding work. Leavitt asked Fleury and Mayes what he had whispered to her to calm her down. The scene cuts to Abu Hamza’s daughter asking her own daughter what her grandfather whispered to her as he was dying. The granddaughter tells her mother, “Don’t fear them, my child. We are going to kill them all,” a similar line to what Fleury had whispered to Mayes.The Kingdom is a straightforward action flick with enough critical undertones to not be propaganda. It’s a very exciting thriller to watch, but except for the final scene there’s nothing really thought-provoking here.

REVIEW: CONTAINMENT (2016)

MAIN CAST

David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas)
Christina Marie Moses (Starship: Rising)
Chris Wood (Supergirl)
Kristen Gutoskie (The Vampire Diaries)
Claudia Black (The Originals)
George Young (In The Room)
Hanna Mangan-Lawrence (Spartacus: Venegance)
Trevor St. John (One Life To Live)
Demetrius Bridges (Legacies

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Elyse Levesque (Stargate Universe)
Sandra Ellis Lafferty (The Hunger Games)
Zachary Unger (Billions)
Charles Black (Need for Speed)
Nadine Lewington (Holby City)
Tiffany Morgan (Green Lantern)
Gregory Alan Williams (Terminator: Genisys)
Robin Spriggs (Revolution)
Karan Oberoi (Roswell, New Mexico)

I actually really enjoyed this show – I blitzed it over the course of a week.If i’m not grabbed by the first few episodes I never stick it out. This show kept me till the end. The show is very well done with the storyline of the virus outbreak and containing everyone, and it really gets you thinking of how people would really react in a situation like that.  Loved ones separated during the quarantine, ones being isolated in rooms and going crazy, I don’t want to spoil anything but the way the virus outbreak affects people in this series is the way it’d affect people in real life.
All in all the only thing that disappointed me was the ending. Too many loose ends. I expected the book to be closed but they have left it open ended.  They could have had another season now that the Corden has a new addition and see how that played out while they try to refine the cure.  Still I really enjoyed the show and have recommended it to all searching for a new show to watch.

REVIEW: THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM

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CAST
Matt Damon (Dogma)
Julia Stiles (Silver Linings Playbook)
David Straithairn (L.A. Confidential)
Scott Glenn (The Silence of The Lambs)
Paddy Considine (Hot Fuzz)
Edgar Ramirez (Wrath of The Titans)
Albert Finney (Big Fish)
Joan Allen (The Notebook)
Daniel Bruhl (Captain America: Civil War)
Scott Adkins (X-Men Origins)
Trevor St. John (Roswell, New Mexico)
Following his pursuit by Kirill, Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) evades Moscow police. Six weeks later, CIA Deputy Director Pamela Landy (Joan Allen) divulges the audiotaped confession of Ward Abbott, the late former head of Operation Treadstone, to Director Ezra Kramer (Scott Glenn). Meanwhile, in Turin, journalist Simon Ross (Paddy Considine) of The Guardian meets an informant to learn about Jason and Operation Blackbriar, the program succeeding Treadstone. The CIA tracks Ross as he returns to London, after his mention of “Blackbriar” during a cell-phone call to his editor is detected by the ECHELON system. Jason reappears in Paris to inform Martin Kreutz (Daniel Brühl), the step-brother of his girlfriend Marie Helena Kreutz (Franka Potente) of her assassination in India.
Jason reads Ross’s articles and arranges a meeting with him at London Waterloo station. Jason realizes that the CIA is following Ross and helps him evade capture, but Ross ignores Jason’s instructions, despite warning him and is quickly assassinated by Blackbriar assassin Paz (Edgar Ramirez), on orders of Deputy Director Noah Vosen (David Straithairn) right in front of the crowd of citizens. Vosen’s team, reluctantly assisted by Landy, analyzes Ross’s notes and realize Neal Daniels (Colin Stinton), a CIA Station chief involved with Treadstone and Blackbriar, was his source. Jason makes his way to Daniels’s office in Madrid but finds it empty. He incapacitates gunmen sent by Vosen and Landy. Nicolette “Nicky” Parsons (Julia Stiles), a former Treadstone technician who shares a history with Jason, tells him that Daniels has fled to Tangier and aids his escape from an arriving CIA unit.
Nicky learns that Blackbriar “asset” Desh Bouksani (Joey Ansah) has been tasked with killing Daniels. Vosen sees that Nicky accessed information about Daniels and sends Bouksani after Nicky and Jason as well, a decision with which Landy fiercely disagrees. Jason follows Bouksani to Daniels but fails to prevent Daniels’s death by a planted bomb. However, Jason manages to kill Bouksani before he can kill Nicky. After sending Nicky into hiding, Jason examines the contents of Daniels’s briefcase and finds the address of the deep-cover CIA bureau in New York City, where Vosen directs Blackbriar. Jason travels to New York.
Landy receives a phone call from Jason, which is intercepted by Vosen. Landy tells him that his real name is David Webb and mentions “4-15-71”. Bourne tells Landy to “get some rest” because she “look[s] tired”, tipping off his presence in New York. Vosen intercepts a text to Landy from Jason, apparently of a location to meet up and leaves his office with a rendition team to capture him. Instead, Jason enters Vosen’s office and takes classified Blackbriar documents. Realizing that he has been hoodwinked, Vosen sends Paz after Jason, resulting in Paz forcing Jason’s car to crash into a concrete barrier. Jason holds Paz at gunpoint before sparing his life.
Jason arrives at a hospital at 415 East 71st Street, memories of which were triggered by the numbers that Landy had given him earlier. Outside, Jason meets Landy and gives her the Blackbriar files before going inside. Vosen figures out Landy’s code and warns Dr. Albert Hirsch (Albert Finney), who ran Treadstone’s behavior modification program, that Jason is coming. He follows Landy inside the building but is too late to stop her from faxing the Blackbriar documents out. Meanwhile, Jason encounters Hirsch on an upper floor and, with Hirsch’s help, remembers that he volunteered for Treadstone. As Jason flees to the roof, he is confronted by Paz, who asks, “Why didn’t you take the shot?” Jason repeats the dying words of The Professor: “Look at us. Look at what they make you give.” Paz lowers his gun, but Vosen appears and shoots at Jason as he collapses into the East River.
Some time later, Nicky watches a news broadcast about the exposure of Operation Blackbriar, the arrests of Hirsch and Vosen, a criminal investigation against Kramer, and the whereabouts of David Webb a.k.a. Jason Bourne. Upon hearing that his body has not been found after a three-day search of the river, Nicky smiles. Jason is shown having survived from his attempted killing and swims away.
Wonderful. It just keeps on getting better., every new Bourne film improves on the last and this is, without a doubt, the best of them.