Izzy, of course, follows the time-honored nighttime soap tradition of overdoing it at a funeral, black lipstick, fascinator and all. Mrs. Evans isn’t far behind, with her “phenomenal cape.” The image of Isabel Evans breaking neighbors’ crystal with her mind is in perfect defiance of the Stepford wife she used to think she had to be to blend in and stay safe.
For now, it looks like Izzy’s going to focus on leveling up, saving her brother, and processing the trauma of living through domestic violence where the perpetrator quite literally took up residence in her mind. That’s not something that a person gets over quickly, and it looks like Roswell intends to give Izzy the narrative space to heal from it. She’s long been one of the most formidable women on a show with plenty to choose from, so I’m looking forward to seeing how she comes out the other side.
Season 1 of Roswell did so many things well. It made us fall in love with this new incarnation of characters and more than justified its own existence with its political DNA, ’90s beating heart and what is, quite frankly, some of the most intense chemistry ever seen on screen. But from a story perspective, it kept things pretty tidy keep those 13 episodes from going off the rails. Plenty of seeds were planted to explore in the future, like why Manes is such a xenophobic jerk, whether there are other aliens around, and what happened to everyone’s mom, and season two is the time to open up the world and start exploring.
This episode focused on mothers more than Roswell ever has before. Once again, the show called our attention to the fact that the Manes boys look so much alike, making me wonder who their mother is. Is she indigenous? Are they adopted? Meanwhile, Alex showed Michael some of the file on his own mother (a trigger warning might have been kind, Alex). Mrs. Ortecho was shouted out several times, making it feel more likely than ever that we’ll come across her this season.
One of my favorite mysteries on this show, Maria’s mysteriously witchy mother, continues to intrigue with her apparent perception that something changed with Rosa, and again at the end of the episode when she went missing. So far, Maria and her mother’s abilities have always been proven correct – eventually. Sometimes they’re misunderstood at first, but clearly Mrs. DeLuca has a larger role to play, hopefully one that will be teased out over the course of this season.