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'Roswell' recap: Meet the Royal Four

Season 1 | Episode 22 | “Destiny” | Aired May 15,2000

The first-season finale of Roswell goes hand-in-hand with the previous episode. Basically, Max was captured and tortured by an FBI special-unit alien hunter. Michael, Isabel and Tess break into the high-security facility, where they happen to run into Nasedo. This marks the first time Michael is meeting Nasedo, and he’s disappointed to see that he’s really actually quite dangerous because he doesn’t hesitate to kill agents left and right. Michael at least picks up one new trick from Nasedo, which is the ability to transfer someone else’s fingerprints onto his own. This power works well with Isabel’s dreamwalking to warn Max they are coming, and Tess’s ability to alter Agent Pierce’s perception so that Michael and Nasedo can save Max.

While the aliens are busy doing the dirty work to free Max, Liz feels helpless and turns to Valenti for help. She knows that Max is ready to trust Valenti with their secret, and luckily they are right in deciding to bring Valenti into the fold. He comes in handy when they are escaping with Max and they all need to split up into three different cars to throw off anyone following them.

This is where the finale, entitled “Destiny,” picks up. Liz is driving Max in Maria’s Jetta, and wouldn’t you know? The FBI agents are right on their tail. Even though Max is just barely aware of anything that’s going on around him, they need to keep running, so they pull a Romeo and Juliet move and jump off a bridge together.

Elsewhere, Tess is bugging Michael and Isabel that they need to go back to their pods, according to Nasedo’s advice if anything were to ever happen to him. Before they escaped, Michael saw Nasedo get shot, so they’re (correctly) assuming he’s dead.

Liz and Max are taking this time on the run to face the harsh reality of their situation. They’re hiding out in an abandoned bus for a night after trekking through the river. Liz honestly wishes she could go back to the day that Max saved her and stop him from doing so—because never knowing Max would have been better than the hurt she’s feeling now that he’s learned that he’s “destined” to be with Tess. Max is still refusing to believe that his destiny is with anyone other than Liz, as he tells her: “Knowing you has made me human. Whether I die tomorrow or fifty years from now, my destiny is the same. It’s you.”

Valenti and Michael are worried about why Max and Liz haven’t gotten to their agreed meeting place yet, so they go out looking for them. They find Max and Liz just in the nick of time, as FBI agents have found them again. Michael’s power to stop the agents surprises everyone—Valenti especially.

Valenti has always thought Max was the only alien, and even then he wasn’t quite sure. Max catches him up to speed, revealing the true identities of Michael, Isabel and Tess. “We don’t know where we’re from. We don’t know why we’re here,” Max explains to a surprisingly calm Valenti. He’s just realizing that his father was right all along, yet he was institutionalized for his crazy beliefs.

Agent Pierce is still a threat, as Valenti hears on the police radio that Pierce has an agent with Kyle. The gang gets their plan rolling to get Kyle out of danger and get Agent Pierce alone in the UFO Center.

What they didn’t expect was for Kyle to show up at the UFO Center, and for him to free Pierce because he’s telling Kyle that they’re hurting his father. A shootout between Valenti and Pierce gets Kyle shot. Max saves his life, similar to how he saved Liz at the beginning of the season. Valenti is forever grateful for Max now, as he tells him, “I don’t care who you are or what you are. I’ll be here for you.”

Michael, by the way, kills Pierce with his newfound power, which unnerves him because he’s scared of what kind of person this makes him. He starts pushing Maria away, and when she asks why, he simply says, “Maybe because I love you too much. Goodbye.”

Alex and Isabel share their own little goodbye. In contrast to the other couples, Liz is refusing to leave Max and chooses to go with them to resurrect Nasedo at their pods. By using River Dog’s healing stones and recovering Nasedo’s last known body, they successfully resurrect him. However, he’s not all they expected him to be. They have questions for him (like how do the orbs work) that he simply can’t answer because he’s only there to protect them, not lead them. Max has the brilliant idea for Nasedo to pose as Agent Pierce and go back to the FBI. That way, his death won’t be discovered and he’ll be able to keep them safe from the secret agency.

Since they are teenagers, after all, they don’t accept Nasedo’s warning to not use the orbs because they could send out a message to other aliens, stirring up who knows what kind of problems. Funnily enough, Howie Dorough from the Backstreet Boys makes a cameo appearance as another earthly alien receiving the message from their activated orbs. He warns, “It has begun.”

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They aren’t aware yet of the trouble they’ve caused by using the orbs. Instead, all they know is that they saw a vision of Max and Isabel’s mother. She was sending a message to them of their destiny on earth as the Royal Four, of which Max is the leader. Max and Isabel are actually siblings, Tess is Max’s young bride, and Michael is Max’s left-hand man as well as Isabel’s partner. That seems oddly too convenient, don’t ya think? Considering what we know about Tess’s power to make people see things that aren’t there, I can’t help but think that this is all a part of her grand plan to get Max all to herself.

Liz can’t take it anymore, now that she’s seeing what they’re all seeing. She can’t stand in the way of Max’s destiny to be with Liz, so she leaves him heartbroken. Honestly, all this talk of destiny seems a little crazy for 16-year-olds, but it makes it all that much more angsty and dramatic!

Thanks for continuing to read my recaps! I’ll be moving onto season 2 next week with “The End of the World,” so be prepared. Lots to discuss about that one.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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