Jane the Virgin S5E2

And the show keeps stressing me out. This episode really underlines the evil nature that is Sin Rostro aka Rose, aka Louisa’s on and off again girlfriend. There aren’t really any redeeming factors to her character. She does really awful things and claims that they were for the benefit of others. Currently, she is claiming that she gave Michael amnesia because she was worried he saw her mask lift off last season and was worried he was going to bust her.

Touching on the importance of Catholicism in Jane’s life, and the tricky subject of divorce after Jane finds out she and Michael/Jason are still technically married. In the end, she decides to go through with getting a divorce, and Alba understands and agrees–something that took Jane by surprise.

I’ve come to realize that these episode reviews/rambles won’t be very long because there is only so much that I can talk about without seeming repetitive. Episode three comes out tonight which means the next Jane post will be published this coming Friday. Afterwards, Jane posts are reserved for thursdays with other posts taking place on different days.

Coming Up

I finally completed Smallville this past Monday, so an entire post dedicated to my emotions about the finale and the overall show will be going up this coming Sunday.

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.

Captain Marvel Ramble Fest

I waited a lot longer than I was originally intending to before writing this. I want to say that it is because I chose to wait until I was sure everyone who would read this had already seen it to avoid spoiling the experience. But the honest truth is that I have papers due in a couple of weeks, a few exams in the weeks leading up to that only to end up with finals after the papers. So I’ve been overwhelmed and haven’t focused on this.

All that aside, the movie was marvelous. (C’mon, I cannot be the first to say this but I couldn’t skip the opportunity. I love me a good play on words.) By starting us off where she’s already in the Kree civilization, believing to be one of them, we are then in the perfect position to be caught off guard and just as confused as she is, when we see her nightmares that look suspiciously a lot like earth. She’s named Vers on Kree, and she’s part of Starforce. She seems to be the one that they cannot control, and that makes sense because she is being shackled by an implant, unable to use her powers to their full potential while also having been stripped of her memories from her time on Earth.

I’m not going to give you a play-by-play, just go watch the movie it’s great. I’ve seen some opinions that the movie was too political for it’s own good and that made people upset. I know that politics are a really divisive topic throughout society right now, with a lot of polarizing opinions but I think; whether we agree with the opinions or not, media has always been used spread political statements. Marvel has always done this, since the very first Iron Man, where Stark is unknowingly supplying the bad guys with ammunition and weapons and he finds himself needing to get back home, by any means necessary. We know his origin story. Marvel has never shied away from making big political statements, because they feel that what they are saying is important.

The next movie that is coming out is Avengers: Endgame. Honestly, I’m terrified. I’ll be in Virginia visiting my older sister when it comes out, so I’ll probably only be able to see it the following friday. I want to watch all of them in order at some point soon but that’ll most likely happen after I watch Endgame because I won’t be able to wait.

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire

My original plan was to write one giant post about the Harry Potter franchise and why I love them so much. After completing The Goblet of Fire, however, I realized I needed to dedicate an entire piece just to the fourth book. In order to do so though, I think I’d have to take a moment to talk about the earlier books.

So let’s start with Harry Potter the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book that lays the foundation for the rest. I’m not going to go too in-depth here because I’m sure a lot of people know at least the general idea about the story. When he nothing more than a baby, his parents were killed and he would have been to if his mother hadn’t sacrificed herself and thus imbuing him with a very powerful protection spell. Harry is eleven years old, in fact, it’s his birthday that really starts everything back up in the world of wizards. He receives a letter saying he has been invited to start his schooling at Hogwarts, a school for witchcraft and wizardry. Let me recap;

  1. Professor Quirrel, a professor of Defence Against the Dark Arts turns out to have been acting as a vessel for Lord Voldemort, in search of the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry defeats them, and the stone is destroyed.
  2. Ron Weasley’s little sister Ginny is kidnapped by Tom Riddle i.e Voldemort, using a diary and Harry kills a basilisk.
  3. Harry finds out he has a godfather named Sirius Black who for 12 years, was thought to have been a supporter of Voldemort, turns out to be innocent and the real bad guy was Peter Pettigrew, aka wormtail.

Onto Goblet of Fire, where I will be giving a bit more detail and more opinions. In this book, we are introduced to the Triwizard Tournament, after seeing the Quidditch Championship. During the championship, we meet Krum who ends up being the champion for Durmstang, a wizarding school that holds its secrets very close to the chest. There is also Fleur Delacour, the champion for Beuxbatons, a french wizarding school. Hogwarts, it turns out, ends up having two champions this year. There is the one from Hufflepuff, Cedric Diggory and Harry Potter from Gryffindor. There’s a problem though; Harry is too young and thus, shouldn’t have been able to have his name put in the Goblet of Fire anyways. So it’s clear from the beginning someone is out to get him.

Something I enjoyed about the book, is that we are able to see the friendship that grows between Cedric and Harry. They have met once before, in a Quidditch game where Harry fell off his broom, leading to Diggory being able to catch the snitch and end the game with a victory for Hufflepuff. When it comes to the Yule Ball, Harry ends up asking Cho Chang, only to find out she’s already going with Cedric. So, the friendship is slow but the two of them make sure to help the other out whenever they could. In the end, they are the last two left in the maze. Deciding to win the tournament with a tie, they both grab the Championship Cup; where they find out that it’s a portkey and now they are in mortal danger. Cedric dies shortly after, being dealt the Avada Kedrava curse. Harry Potter comes face to face with Lord Voldemort, and in a surprising twist their wands are equally matched and they come to a standstill during a duel.

This standstill causes smoke to start forming out of Voldemort’s wand, in the shapes of those he killed using that wand. So Diggory comes out, a muggle named Frank comes out, followed by another wizard and then here’s the kicker. Harry’s parents come out and they tell him that they will buy him time, he will need to get back to the portkey. It’s an emotional scene, but no more emotional than the scene where he returns and people find out that Cedric is dead. There’s a part where Dumbledore is addressing all the students in the great hall, and he says ” Remember Cedric. Remember, if the time should come when you have to make a choice between what is right, and what is easy, remember what happened to a boy who was good, and kind, and brave, because he strayed across the path of Lord Voldemort. Remember Cedric Diggory.”

Out of all the books so far, this one has been my favorite because it has been the most interesting to read. It’s also in this book that I see a lot of the breadcrumbs that Rowling has been leaving since book one. Little things that you pass without giving it a second glance, only for something to pop up later that reminds us of an earlier part. It’s really cool, the way she does that. Another aspect of Harry’s life that I don’t think got enough attention in the movies, is the relationship and bond between Sirius and Harry. In the movie counterpart of The Go let of Fire we see him and he is obviously important but in the book, we really get to see that through the letters they send to each other, the way Sirius risks everything to be close by to Harry. It’s endearing, and I love it. Also, the breadcrumbs are there for the beginning of Hermione and Ron, and that’s also really cute to see in it’s early stages.

So, this post got a lot longer than anticipated, but I’m trying to train myself to be in the habit of actually logging in and writing down what I think, the moment the thoughts come to me. Anyways, if anyone has any thoughts they’d like to share, I’d love to hear them.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This movie was seriously cute, beyond cute even. It was the kind of movie that one can just really sit back and enjoy it because it is genuinely fun to watch. The plot is one that has been around for so long; people fake a relationship that ends up being real when they inevitably fall in love with one another. The plot isn’t new, it’s one we have seen often however, what sets this movie apart is the fact that they do not run from the cliche tropes. In fact, the movie embraces the tropes and uses them beautifully.

We follow Lara Jean, a 16 year old girl who loves reading about romance but is scared of actually talking to boys and bringing that fantasy into reality. She has been writing love letters to boys who she found herself crushing on so hard that she needed some way to release everything. Her little sister Kitty takes it upon herself to mail all five letters, one to Peter Kovinsky, one to Josh Sanderson, Lucas James, John McClaren, and Kenny from Camp. Lucas James ends up being a close friend to Lara Jean, and he is gay so they are able to quickly move past the declarations of love in the letter. Josh Sanderson is the recently dumped boyfriend of her older sister Margot, and because of this, the situation grows that much more complicated. Lara Jean ends up kissing Peter on the track course because she doesn’t want Josh to think she actually likes him and this choice causes an entire chain of events. 

Now; Peter Kovinsky is the ex-boyfriend of Genevieve, Lara Jean’s ex-best friend who never has the moment where she moves on from being the generic vapid evil girl. Evil being a strong word, but she was definitely mean for no other reason than feeling jealous and threatened by Lara Jean but not having the maturity to talk it out. She remains a two-dimensional character, which is actually kind of rare for movies of this time. The movie does an excellent job of moving the plot along without omitting important and cute parts of the building relationship. Despite giving us about one or two scenes per month leading up to the Ski Trip, we are still able to watch as they grow closer. Bonding due to their similar home lifes, with Lara Jean’s mother having passed away and Peter’s father leaving his mom and the kids. It’s a genuine connection that makes the chemistry between them seem so natural. 

I found myself laughing and smiling a lot throughout this movie because it’s entire basis is that of support and love. Even her sisters aren’t shown in the light of sibling rivalry, and she has a great relationship with her father. The only negativity in the movie seemed to be Genevieve and the mess that was the accidental ‘sex’ tape. Even then, Peter defends her in front of the whole school but the movie does a good job of addressing the fact she was getting all the heat while he remained fine throughout the whole ordeal. 

Overall, this is a very cute movie that I will be watching again and again. Being named with the likes of The Kissing Booth, I actually ended up preferring this over that movie. Both are cute but the entire movie was spun in a positive light while a lot of The Kissing Booth has drama and strife. I just think that To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is wholesome and with a growing fanbase, I am hoping for the sequel.

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?