Jane the Virgin is Over

I’ve given myself ample time to get my feelings in check and figure out how I felt about the series finale.

I thought it was really cute and that it wrapped everything up really nicely. We find out that Mateo as an adult has been the narrator the whole time. Which, while being cute, also gave me the creeps (just a little) because that means he was also the voice that commented on the intimate moments of the story. That’s a little fact to dwell on, so I’ll move on. I loved how it was Rafael who did something spontaneous for the sake of Jane’s writing, because it really showed that he has her back all the way.

I’ve said this before and I’m sure this won’t be the last time that I say this but I really don’t do well with endings. They leave me feeling, for lack of better words; icky. I never truly know how to feel after something I’ve watched progress comes to an end. I do have to say however, that I believe this was the ending the show deserved. It was an ending that came on their terms and not as a result of a sudden cancellation.

Things definitely got emotional, especially during two specific scenes; the wedding and the three women talking about why Xo changed her mind about moving to New York. Change is hard, I think everyone can agree to that on some degree. So that scene really resonated with me, because if I had to make that choice to move to a brand new state and leave behind my family, I’d probably chicken out and choose to stay in my familiar surroundings.

Highlights for Me:
1. Rafael calling Rogelio ‘Dad’ during the wedding. He did it when he felt comfortable doing it which made it that much more sweet.
2. Jane and Rafael after she apologizes to him for not taking the time to write her vows earlier.
3. Petra and JR reuniting because Petra Solano has come such a long way she deserved her happy ending too.
4. That scene where Alba is staring at the living room, reliving all the big memories they have made over the last few years. This one got me and I started crying.

I believe that the ending was fitting because it wasn’t closing the book of their lives, it was showing us that they have much to go but by telling us that Jane’s story becomes the very show we are watching shows us that everything turns out for the better. We get the happy ending that telenovelas are known for. It’s a bittersweet ending because while it left me feeling satisfied, I am obviously going to miss watching the show every week.

What did you guys think of the series finale? What do you think could have made it better for you?

Stranger Things Season 3

Stranger Things season 3 came out on July 2nd and here are my thoughts.

Here’s a recap without breaking things apart minute by minute.

  • El and Mike are making out a lot which is stressing Hopper out because he doesn’t know how to communicate his feelings, so he ends up scaring Mike into giving El some space. After spending some time with Max, whose been dating Lucas for awhile now, she ends up dumping Mike because she knows he lied to her.
  • Dustin went away to camp and when he comes back, the gang isn’t really hanging out like they used to and he ends up spending a lot of time with Steve because as it turns out, the Russians have invaded Hopkins and it is up to them to crack the code. This is where Robin comes in, Steve’s eventual love interest who ends up being into girls. Steve doesn’t lose a fight this season, though he still ends up beaten and bruised.
  • Hopper and Joyce! They fight like cats and dogs and during their own side plot having to do with the magnets in Hopkins not working, and they capture a Russian scientist named Alexei. It’s all very hectic and Alexei ends up dying which made me very sad because he genuinely seemed to want to help and seemed like a nice guy who just wanted his cherry slushie.
  • Dustin has a girlfriend named Suzie who we don’t believe is real until they sing a cute duet, while the world around them is falling apart around them, mind you.
  • Billy, Max’s older brother is possessed by the mindflayer and ends up snapping out of it when El reminds him of his mom. He ends up sacrificing himself and despite not liking him, I actually teared up.

Now onto my favorite part of this post; my theories about the finale.

Hopper is alive and here’s why I think so. We didn’t see him die. There was no body. With every other death, from Barb to Bob to Billy we either see the death happen or we see the body afterwards. There is no mistaking that they were killed.

Who did we also think was dead? Eleven. Same story, different person. We watched as it seemed like Eleven would be stuck in the Upside Down forever, just as we watched as Hopper seemingly disintegrated in the explosion. There’s a key point here. In the end credits scene, we are taken back to Russia where we see cells lined up, and a guard approaches one only for another to say “No, not the american.” This means that they have an american in their facility. It could be another american, but Hopper knows more about the gate having been inside the Upside Down himself, and his knowledge of the lab. He’d be crucial to whatever they are trying to do in Russia.

Now we play the waiting game for season 4. What did you guys think of season three? What do you think about Hopper’s disappearance?

Stranger Things Season 2

I’ve finally caught up on Stranger Things and like with everything else, I have some thoughts.

This was the season of me gushing over the characters and how much I adore them. Everyone except Billy, but he wasn’t written to be liked. I’ll get there.

We are dealing with the aftermath of season 1, a year has passed and all has seemingly returned to normal. But this is Hawkins and normal doesn’t stay normal and things go awry more often than not. With only 9 episodes, I was actually surprised to not mind the way the story was spaced out. Eleven has been alive this whole time but she has been kept a secret by Hopper, hoping to keep her safe. We see another girl in another city who obviously has some type of mental power and she has an 8 on her wrist showing the connection. She came from the lab too, but she’s gone down a different, darker path.

Eleven and Hopper become a pretty tight duo, and while they both lash out for their own reasons, you see a real familial bond here and I loved it. Hopper really grew on me in season 1 but I think he truly became one of my favorites in this season. Especially after he almost dies and he calls Eleven on the radio and gives a little speech about how sorry he was and that he was motivated by this need to keep her safe. I found it endearing and something we could understand. He’s already lost a child, he doesn’t want to lose another one.

You know who else I love? Bob Newby, who deserved so much better but I think if it weren’t for his death, Ms. Byers wouldn’t have been able to push Will to his limits and get the demogorgon out of him. He was her hero who died making sure they all had a way out of the lab. This season we met a girl named Max, who actually caught the boys’ interest when they find out she has the record in a game at the arcade. After what feels like forever, she is officially welcomed into the party.

I’m not going to dive into all the details of this season because if I did that I would be here all day, but my favorite character by far is Steve Harrington. Like a lot of other people, I didn’t like him all that much in the beginning but the bond he has with the kids and his determination to protect them warms my heart. I’m glad that in this season we see him as the good guy helping the kids instead of just Nancy’s former love interest. Speaking of Nancy, is she with Jonathan now? Will that stay a thing or will it dissipate like last time? I’m curious to see, but I do hope it lasts.

Onto new jerk on the block Billy. At first glance, he’s your average teenager who has a lot of anger welling up inside of him that makes him lash out at everything and everyone. We find out that his father is pretty tough on him to the point of violence and overall bad parenting, but this is no excuse for his repeated awful behavior throughout this season.

Will has had it rough these last two seasons and I am sincerely hoping that he catches some sort of break next season, but with the ending showing a demogorgon looming over an upside down version of their school, I highly doubt it.

Have you guys watched this latest season? What are your thoughts and do you have any predictions for season 3?

Season 7 of Arrow

After using Netflix to catch up on this season since it lost my interest around episode twelve, I have since completed it and wanted to share my thoughts.

I’m not going to lie. The beginning half of this season was really slow for me and by the time it got to the episode “Star City Slayer” I was pretty disconnected. I didn’t really want to dive in and catch up but knowing that this upcoming season set to begin in the fall will be Arrow’s final season, I knew that I had to. I ended up being pleasantly surprised because I think the season really gained speed as it got closer to being over.

We see a lot more connections and overlaps between the time jumps that show us the future to the present day situations. We learn that Felicity and Oliver have a daughter named Mia who ends up following in Oliver’s footsteps by being a skilled archer. This makes sense because we get a really cute montage scene that shows Nyssa training her to be able to fight and defend herself.

I’m not going to go into the plot of this season because I don’t want take up too much time just regurgitating a synopsis you could read anywhere. Something I would like to talk about, more like someone, is Emiko Queen. We are introduced to her and find out that she is Robert Queen’s daughter through an affair he had. We come to learn that he abandoned her and her mother out of fear that Moira was going to divorce him and take everything with her. We feel sympathy for her and hope that she and Oliver can reconcile their differences and be a family.

We are wrong because she ends up being the big bad guy, leader of a secret organization much like the league called the Ninth Circle. Up until this point, we really thought that Ricardo Diaz would continue to be the villain that we focus on, but this changes when Emiko kills him in coldblood. She ends up being a worthy foe who almost kills all of them while simultaneously slandering their names. It is only through a delusion where he has a conversation with Tommy, that Oliver is able learn that he shouldn’t be ruthless when dealing with Emiko because that would only continue his family’s cycle of violence. It all seems to be for nothing because she ends up killed by her own organization, but not before warning Oliver that the Ninth Circle knows about his unborn child and that they needed to go into hiding.

This is where past and future really align themselves because we watch as time passes and Felicity and Oliver settle into a mundane life with their little baby Mia. They even talk about speaking with William’s grandparents so they could have shared custody but then the Monitor shows up. You remember him right? The guy from the crossover event that Oliver bargained with to save Barry and Kara? Well he returns only to tell Oliver that it is time he went through with his deal and we have to watch as he and Felicity say their goodbyes.

The season ends with Dinah, Rene, Roy, John and Felicity passing the torch to their children; Zoe, William, Mia and Connor. We get a really touching scene with Felicity and her two children, now adults, in front of Oliver’s tombstone which only emphasizes the fact he will be dying in the upcoming crossover event.

I think this season ended on a really good note that sets a pretty solid stage for the final chapter, coming this fall. What did you guys think of this season? Let me know!

Jane the Virgin S5E9-10

The CW’s Jane the Virgin airs every Wednesday at 9:00 pm EST

Season 5 Episode 9

The big takeaway from this episode is that Jane finds peace knowing that no matter what happens between her and Rafael, he will always be part of the family because of Mateo. She realizes this at Alba’s wedding to Jorge, and it’s a really beautiful moment.

J.R. and Petra have an argument when Petra finds out that J.R. yelled at the twins because they were being disobedient. By the end of the episode though, they’ve set clear boundaries when it comes to the kids and how J.R. should approach disciplining them. It’s a fine line that the significant others of parents have to deal with; learning what their role is in a parenting capacity.

We end on a cliff hanger where we see Luisa’s neighbor breaking into Rafael’s apartment while he and Mateo are with Luisa at the beach. Since we know he is working with Rose, we can only assume that something really bad is coming in for a later episode.

Season 5 Episode 10

One thing I really like about this show is its ability to talk about relevant issues in a tasteful manner. In this episode, Mateo’s teacher recommends that Jane and Rafael get Mateo tested because he is falling behind in school and not doing as well as the other children. This sparks an argument between Raf and Jane because he is adamant that there is nothing wrong and that their son does not need to get tested. Jane disagrees and goes behind his back to make an appointment with a specialist. This isn’t the right thing to do, but it is realistic. She has always taken the initiative in anything concerning Mateo.

Petra douses Rafael with some tough love and tells him to get over himself and get Mateo tested, to which he concedes only to find out that Jane had already called. This ignites that very same spark and he declares later at the doctor’s office that he will be meeting with his lawyer to discuss updating the custody agreement so both parents would have to be in agreement regarding medical decisions. He peels out of the parking lot only for Jane to follow him which results him in driving without paying complete attention and causes him to get in a fender bender. Jane goes to the house that Rafael was trying to sell in order to stall the clients just long enough for Raf to get there. This scene is embarrassing to watch but Rafael shows up and saves the day; selling the house.

Mateo has ADHD and once again, the show handles this information with care and respect. Jane and Rafael both agree that the diagnosis does not change who incredible their son is, it only means that they must work to figure out what the best way to help him is. J.R. and Petra break up because J.R. is going to Houston for a fresh start, and can I just say that this made me really sad because I saw a lot of potential in their relationship. And obviously so did Petra because she shows our Jane the ring she was going to propose with.

Luisa confronts Rose about the fact that her signature is on numerous papers putting all of Rose’s assets in her name. We find out that Michael was getting too close to this information and that is why Rose faked his death and gave him amnesia. The episode ends with Luisa agreeing to work with Rose because Rafael doesn’t trust her enough to let her back into his life.

There are only nine episodes left until this season and thus the show, finishes up. There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered; has the time for Rafael and Jane really passed? What is Rose up to? We have no choice but to wait and see how it all plays out.

The Flash Season 5

The CW’s The Flash recently aired their finale episode for season five and here are some of my thoughts.

The West-Allens

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) and Nora West-Allen (Jessica Kennedy Parker) really crushed this season. We see Barry and Iris get thrown into parenthood by an already adult daughter from the future who lies and says she is stuck in the past. We find out that she is lying and that the truth is devastating. She grows up without her father because while she is still too young to remember him, Barry disappears and he doesn’t come back. Desperate to know her father, she goes back in time.

We as the audience find out that she is working with Eobard Thawne aka Reverse Flash a lot sooner than her family does and the moment they do, Barry reacts in a way he finds fitting and he takes her back to the future and leaves her there. Iris and Barry argue and we start to believe that things will only get worse before they get better but the family pulls through. In the end, Nora is erased as the new timeline takes over and this really tore at the heartbroken parents and you could just tell by looking at their faces.

The Finale Episode

Before I dive into this episode, let’s talk about Grace Gibbons for a second. Future Grace is portrayed by Sarah Carter, who to the arrowverse is new but to the CW? Not at all. You may remember her as Alicia Baker from Smallville. I found this interesting since Alicia Baker is the complete opposite of Future Grace despite also being a metahuman, but in Baker’s case she was extremely loyal to Clark and died because she was being framed. I digress.

Fun Fact:
It is a reoccuring fact for actors and actresses from this pioneer show that followed Clark Kent before he became Superman to reappear in later CW shows. Jessica Kennedy Parker, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, just to name a few.

In this episode we find out that once again, the Reverse Flash is calling all the shots and Nora fell for it. We really can’t fault her for it because she did believe that he was just trying to help. He mentions to Flash that they will see each other again during the next crisis. Obviously alluding to the next crossover ‘Crisis on Infinite Earths’ set to come in later 2019 and early 2020. I’m looking forward to seeing what happens since Arrow is slated to end with this upcoming season, and have a shorter amount of episodes. Still recovering from Endgame, I can’t help but wonder which beloved characters will be fighting to stay alive.

I really enjoyed the parallels in this episode, from Nora and Barry punching Thawne together just like they did with the satellite. The fact that Nora only helped Barry because Thawne told her to makes this parallel that much more satisfying. Overall, The Flash continues to be a show that is visually stunning to look at.

Extras & My Theory!

  • Captain Singh is leaving and named Joe as his successor, and even tells Barry that he knows he’s the Flash.
  • So we see Nora disappear and we realize that the timeline has changed, so MAYBE this is how we end up getting Dawn and Don Allen, the Tornado Twins of Barry and Iris.
  • I refuse to believe we lose the Flash, so they’ll figure out how to change the timeline again just like they did when Iris was meant to die because of Savitar.

Alright this post got away from me, but there you have it. My thoughts on Season Five of the CW’s The Flash.

Riverdale Season 3 Finale

If the title didn’t warn you this post will contain spoilers and basically nothing but spoilers. So if you haven’t had a chance to watch the Riverdale Season 3 finale “Survive the Night” then go do that and come back and read this.

To recap, we find out the big bad guy that has been driving it all from behind the scenes is none other than Penelope Blossom. She has been biding her time until she could finally get her revenge on Riverdale; the town that she believes is cursed and has betrayed her on more than one occasion. Oh and the gargoyle king? Turns out to be none other than Chic, you remember him right? The guy who pretended to be Alice’s lost son who also turned out to be super vile and Betty gave him up to the black hood before she knew it was her father? Yeah, that guy. He’s the gargoyle king and he is crazy. At one point, Jughead asks him why he would want to be the king and he says “who hasn’t wanted to be king? to have blood sacrifices done in your name?” The unmistakable words of a crazy person.

One of my favorite story lines this season has been about the Farm because the fact that it was so clearly a cult and yet it had seemingly gained the trust of Alice Cooper. it was increasingly frustrating to know that something shady was happening and yet there was no solid evidence. But then we find out that this entire time, the farm was harvesting organs from their followers and selling them. This bombshell is found out by Betty and when she proves it to Cheryl, she goes to get Toni out before her surgery is happening. The organs act like ice water and wake Cheryl and Toni out of the trance that the farm seemed to have them in. Well, it seemed to. We see at the end of the episode that Cheryl took Jason’s body and has him in the house now, and she talks to him. I’m interested in seeing how this plays out for her next season.

It wouldn’t be a season finale if we weren’t left on a cliff hanger. This one came in the form of a flash forward that shows Betty, Veronica and Archie in their underwear standing over a fire and splattered with bloody. Betty tells them that they have to burn all of their clothing, including Jughead’s beanie and that they’d all go their separate ways and never talk about what happened. Jughead isn’t shown, but his beanie is there which hints that he somehow, is the reason they are covered in blood. The CW seems to have a habit right now of flash forwarding or hinting at the demise of a character, with Arrow and the Flash as prime examples. We will see how the story pans out next season which will most likely be returning in the fall.

If you’ve seen the season finale, let me know what your opinions are because I’m sure I left some stuff out of this post because I didn’t want to just regurgitate the plot.