Jane the Virgin Season Premiere

Season Five Episode 1

The ending of last season brought a lot of confusion and questions about Michael, and what happened with him. These questions seemed to be answered in the season premiere. We find out that Rose faked his death and messed with his brain just enough to give him amnesia, dropping him off in Montana. Very telenovela-esque, so I approve.

Let’s talk about the scene where Jane is talking to abuela and Xo about how ‘fine’ she is, when all in all, we can see just how ‘fine’ she really is. It’s such an impactful scene that gives us a look into her mind with all of this news. It would be a lot for anyone to take in, but Jane as already been through so much, it’s a wonder how she is even standing anymore. In this episode, as a strong Rafael and Jane fan, I really felt for Rafael. When Xo comforts him about the whole situation, he loses it and begins crying, showing how much the idea of losing Jane really scares him. This in itself, shows how much character development he has undergone throughout the seasons. He went from a guy that acted like a playboy and just cared about money, but now he is so much more. He’s a family guy that will do whatever it takes to keep his family together. He’s so in love with Jane, and they’ve been through so much just to have a chance.

UPDATE

I haven’t seen episode two yet because I wanted to write this little blurb beforehand as to not confuse information from the two episodes. I will watch it today and get the review out by Wednesday, so that I can write the review for episode three on Thursday. I have a few other posts planned. In the coming weeks, I need to write and schedule posts because I will be going on a trip and will be out of town for a week.

I think I’ve been saying this for the past four or so posts, but I really plan on reading a decent chunk of Order of the Phoenix. I need to get better at setting attainable goals. Goals that won’t stress me out or make me feel overwhelmed. I want to finish Harry Potter as soon as possible, so that I can start a new series. I’m going to plan mid-May to finish the books finally. This will give me a chance to read between my spring and summer semesters, as well as just having more time during the summer semester.

Jane the Virgin Season Four

So I finished Season Four of Jane the Virgin. Let’s talk about it. I’m not going to do what I normally do and recap the season, and focus instead on my thoughts. Jane and Rafael are a couple by the end of the season, but who else decides to show up? Michael freaking Cordero; Jane’s supposedly dead husband. Now here’s my thing. My feelings for Michael would fluctuate depending on what season I was on, however my feelings for him now are pretty clear. 

I am officially marking myself as Team Rafael all the way, though my true allegiance is to Jane and Mateo. I think allowing Michael into Mateo’s life would only complicate things because the boy was smart enough to know what dead meant and how hurt his mom had been. He is finally seeing his little family being together and being happy, so I don’t think adding Michael back into the mix would do anyone any good. But then that means there are questions; where did he go? Was it his choice or had he been held against his will? How did he pull it off? Why come back now? So many unanswered questions that will have to wait until Jane the Virgin returns to the CW in January 2019.

The hardest part of this season for me was Xiomara’s battle with breast cancer. For me, and a lot of other people, the topic hit home. I have had to watch someone battle such an unforgiving disease before, and they didn’t win. So watching that storyline unfold was particularly difficult for me. With that being said, I love that they didn’t just have her lose her hair and call it a day. The way she spoke, walked, held herself, all the way to the appearance of her skin; it all changed. This wasn’t a half-done attempt at portraying cancer, it was accurate and heart-wrenching. I liked the dynamic the entire family took when dealing with the cancer, they worked together and supported every decision she made. 

Alba gains her citizenship during this season, and the emotions that were shown on her face as she relived memories of talking to her late husband Mateo about them getting their citizenship really tugged at my already abused heartstrings. Her marriage with Jorge is a sweet moment but will probably end up causing problems next season if he doesn’t come to love her the way she secretly hopes he will. However, their ‘business arrangement’ as she called it, is the reality for a lot of immigrants who are undocumented. Without a way to return home assured that they could come back, many are unable to visit sick, dying relatives before they pass. 

Petra Solano is a woman that I have come to love, because her character development is outstanding. I’m not going to say that her dating a woman is character development because it shouldn’t be used as a ticket or ‘phase.’ I enjoyed the fact that they didn’t oversexualize her relationship with Jane Ramos, instead choosing to portray them as a normal couple who squabble and bicker and ultimately, love each other. The curve ball that Petra had actually killed her sister was unexpected, but that may just be because I didn’t particularly care whose fault it was. On the other side of the commotion, Rogelio and Darcy have a child who they name Baby. While the name is unconventional, it is to be expected of the same show who named Petra and Rafael’s twins Elsa and Anna. 

I believe that the next season will pull every telenovela card that they can from their arsenal and use it to make us laugh, to make us cry, and ultimately to make us want more. I look forward to it. 

Now that I’ve caught up with Jane the Virgin, I’m not sure what show to watch next. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

Jane the Virgin Season Three

Spoilers ahead. 

Season three of Jane the Virgin only contained 20 episodes instead of the normal 22, and with this season came a huge tragedy; Michael’s death. For me, what hurt the most of his unexpected death was the fact he dies in a classroom, surrounded by strangers. Gina Rodriguez’s acting during the moments of Jane finding out about his death was spectacular acting and anyone who wasn’t touched is lying to themselves. Then the season takes a three-year jump, with two episodes working to show you everything that has happened since his death. We watch as Jane is trying to move on with her life and begin dating again. We see Luisa continue dating Rose under the guise of dating a woman named Eileen. Rafael is suspicious of his sister and tells her a lie that his cancer had returned, luring her back to the Marbella where Rose is caught. Luisa confronts Rafael which leads to a heated argument that causes mentally unstable Luisa to leave the hotel, and shares a cab ride with Anežka, who is currently angry with Petra. 

We also watch Jane have her first fling, with telenovela star Fabian, her father’s co-star. This ends badly when he finds out that she delayed breaking up with him so that he would help her find white horses for her father’s wedding. An actual fist fight between Rogelio and Fabian occurs after Fabian calls Jane a slut, which ends with Jane actually punching him in the face because he swung at her dad. Speaking of her dad, we find out that his ex-girlfriend Darcy is actually seven months pregnant with his child, and so with Xiomara and Rogelio’s wedding coming up the tension was crazy, but the couple end up getting married during a lingering tropical storm. For the last few episodes Jane is searching for a letter that Michael had written her before they were married, as per the instructions of the priest that they were seeing. She is unable to find this letter, even returning to the house they shared to check the loose floorboard. 

At her parent’s wedding, she is about to confront Rafael and tell him about her romantic feelings for him, knowing that he and Petra had broken up again. However, as she heads out to tell him, she runs into Adam (played by Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey), the man she was with when she was 19—they were actually engaged and everything. In true Jane the Virgin fashion, we are left with a huge cliff hanger being Anežka pointing a gun at Petra and Jane and Adam reuniting. 

This season was crazy, with Michael’s death leaving me reeling, I liked the fact the show gives us a couple of episodes to catch up with Jane’s life. I think it was an interesting choice to do a time jump, I think it kept the show rolling in a good direction as opposed to the slow-moving route it may have gone if we had to grieve alongside Jane in real time. As the season progressed, I began to like Rafael again, but I think his character is one that closely resembles a rollercoaster. His actions and words and who he seems to be change depending on where he is in his life and what kind of situation he finds himself in. He’s not really a reliable character to root for, which is what makes him interesting. Luisa is kind of the character that you root for and hope that she gets her life together but as she continues to make the wrong decisions i.e.; dating the woman who killed her father and kidnapped her nephew, you slowly begin to lose hope for her. The next season, I’ve been warned, will emotionally hurt me so I’m both excited and scared because things are finally beginning to look up for Jane. 

What did everyone think of season 3?

Jane the Virgin Season Two

Spoilers Ahead. 

This season begins with a cliffhanger regarding Jane’s newborn son Mateo, who has been kidnapped by Sin Rostro in order to locate a chip that has a list of every criminal who went to the crime lord for plastic surgery to alter their face. Michael breaks the law and goes to retrieve the brooch that contains the chip from the police station only to find out Luisa took it as a memento of her affair with Rose. After a successful effort in retrieving Mateo, the season takes focus on Jane as a parent, and co-parenting with Rafael. For a while she is unsure who of the two men she wants to be with, only being able to focus on her son, which leads to a lot of tension between Rafael and Michael, coming to a head when they get into a physical altercation that results in Mateo being injured by a glass shard. At this point, everything looks like it is moving in Rafael’s favor because Michael gets fired and leaves, traveling with Nadine, something we don’t find out right away. Unfortunately, right when Jane seems to be getting ready to get back together with Rafael, she finds out he did turn Michael in, and when Sin Rostro is presumably killed, Michael returns to Jane hoping it isn’t too late. It isn’t. 

The season finale ends with Michael and Jane getting married, and Susanna Barnet, Michael’s partner, shooting him in the chest and we are left with yet another cliffhanger. In a nut shell, season 2 was a rollercoaster of events. 

One character I’d like to point out, is Petra Solano, who endures so much throughout the first two seasons. In season one, we see her as the reoccurring thorn in Jane and Rafael’s side because of her schemes and plots. However, in season two we see a different side of her, we see the human and vulnerable side that has an evil mother who would turn her in, and hid the fact she had a twin sister. This could turn anyone into a monster, but Petra shows massive character development when she becomes a mother, and even works with Jane on becoming friends. Season two ends with her being routinely poisoned by her twin sister who is parading around as if she is Petra. It’s a mess, but one can really see how she could make misguided choices due to the life she has led up to this point. 

Abuela gets her green card, and that scene was emotionally evoking because of what this symbolizes; abuela does not have to live in fear anymore and can now truly relax in a country she has called home for years. She’s a character with flaws, the way she lashes out at Xiomara when she does not agree with something that she has done is problematic, but she grows to understand that they are very different and learns to accept that. She has her own storyline in this season involving Pablo Segura, who we find out is the man she lost her virginity to, before getting married to Xiomara’s father. Pablo is first described by Alba as being cursed but by the end of their engagement when he was caught sleeping around, she realizes that he in fact is the curse. It’s interesting that characters around Jane are having their own storyline and arcs, apart from their lives with them. With Rogelio de La Vega even having a kidnapping arc where he is held hostage by a crazy stalker, we are able to get glimpses of who these characters are away from the titular character. Overall, I think this season added a lot to the growing story and I look forward to watching season 3. 

What was everyone’s favorite part of Season 2?

Jane the Virgin Season One

For those of who have not watched the first season but plan on doing so, I will be including a quick recap of the first season’s events so you’ll have some context before reviewing it but this will contain SPOILERS. 

In the first episode, the show does an excellent job of setting the foundation for the rest of the show, with a scene where Alba (Abuela) is teaching a young Jane the importance in keeping oneself ‘pure’ based on whether they are virgins or not. Coming from a Catholic upbringing, Jane always worked to make sure she was saving herself for marriage, but when Luisa Alver, a doctor who just found out her wife was cheating on her, gets Jane’s appointment mixed up with Petra Solano’s, Jane is artificially inseminated. And thus, the stage is set. Jane, a pregnant virgin. Let’s meet some of the characters;

Michael Cordero; Jane’s boyfriend of two years, the night he proposes to her is the same night she tells him she is pregnant, and upon realizing that it wasn’t due to cheating, he will later ask her to get rid of the baby ‘for them.’ He is a detective, and is working on the Sin Rostro case. 

Rafael Solano; the father of Jane’s child, he is married to Petra Solano, a woman who will do anything to keep him. The hotelier of the Marbella, the hotel where Jane works as a waitress. Five years prior they shared a kiss but he never reached out to her afterwards. Finding out they are having a kid together is the first true interaction between them since. 

Xiomara Villanueva; Jane’s mother, who had Jane when she was only 16. Despite being raised by Alba, a strict catholic, she ends up being a fantastic mother. 

Rogelio De la Vega; Famous Telenovela star that ends up being Jane’s father, was not part of her life before because last he spoke to Xiomara, he told her to get an abortion. Has since become a fixture in his daughter’s life and began dating Xiomara. 

Petra Solano; Throughout the season we are given very little reasons to like her, and that only gets worse as the season progresses. We find out her mother is faking her inability to walk and that Petra is actually Natalia, a Czech woman who ran away from her ex-boyfriend Milos.

Luisa Alver; Rafael’s sister, a constant cycle of alcoholism that tend to grow tiresome but it makes it real. This is what addiction can look like, someone who is put together one moment only to fall off the wagon in the next moment. 

I started the season not really liking Michael very much. I thought that he made things really hard for Jane, even though she was already going through so much with the unplanned pregnancy. As the season progressed, I learned to dislike him less because once he seemed to accept the fact that a baby was coming, his priorities shifted into making Jane and her wellbeing his priority. He was doing things for the right reasons because he cared about Jane. Rafael really surprised Jane with the way she felt about him, so when she ended her engagement with Michael, you really began to feel pushed to like Rafael because she seemed so happy. But the truth was that they are very different, and he is a selfish character, who cannot be alone. He doesn’t know how to be, he expected Jane to wait for him and that was unfair. 

The show despite being a satirical comedy really touches on things that are important and affecting the lives of families throughout the country; immigration and threat of deportation. With the show being based in Miami, it gives a glimpse into the reality of many, where they live in fear on a constant basis of being sent back to a country that they left in hopes of creating better lives for their families. For me, that’s what made this show stand out. It has the power to make really important points while not throwing away the comedy and the romance. It’s shows reality. That life can be simultaneously beautiful and tragic. The scenes where Alba is shown to be very afraid based on the looming threat of deportation, and it makes the entire Villanueva family to be very relatable. 

Overall, I think that the show does a great job of walking the line between a satirical telenovela and a suspenseful series. Even if you could see who was the bad guy or what was happening next, it still left enough shock factor for the show to continue to be enjoyable. Something it has in common with telenovelas because the plot twists are never 100% shocking, there are always clues and hints that can lead the audience where the writers want them to go. I look forward to continuing to watch the show. 

I’m curious, what was everyone’s opinion on season 1?