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?