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?

Jane the Virgin S5E11-12

I never plan on talking about two episodes in a single post but that seems to be the groove I’ve settled into. So sit down, grab a snack and let’s talk about these episodes.

Season 5 Episode 11

Lots of drama in this episode. From Xo waiting for the results of her PET scan, to River kissing Rogelio, to Jane and Rafael continuing to learn how to co-parent. There’s another point of tension, Jorge has officially moved in with all of this things now that he and Alba are actually married and in love. Jane grows uncomfortable with the way Alba seems to be waiting on him and the way that the house she has grown up with has seemingly changed with him bringing all his stuff in.

It’s a reoccurring conversation throughout this episode that results in Alba shutting down that idea, saying that was choosing to cook and clean for him, because she loved doing it. Prompting Jane to realize that it was time for her to start a new chapter in her life and that she wanted to move out into her own apartment.

As for Rogelio, he doesn’t believe Xo in the beginning when she says that River is still going to go after him until River proves that by saying they could be together now that they had a good alibi. There’s even a huge fight between River and Xo on set which was entertaining. River at the end of the episode is talking to herself about how Rogelio didn’t love her and that he was going to pay. All ominous like.

Season 5 Episode 12

Guys. We did it. In this episode Jane and Rafael spend a lot of time alone because he is trying to help her find an apartment to move into. In the process though, Jane is introduced to the new woman he is dating; Julie. Julie is played by Sophia Bush and despite most likely being a guest character never to be seen again, she played a major role. I’m going to get back to this, don’t you worry. First though, I want to talk about Mateo.

I love that the show isn’t romanticizing ADHD, and I love that they are accurately showing how powerless parents can feel for not knowing the best way to help their child, and how confused and upset the kids can be for not understanding what is going on.

Now back to the role Julie played. If it wasn’t for her very existence, Rafael wouldn’t have realized the one deal-breaker he can’t get past. She isn’t Jane. Ironically, right before getting back together with Rafael, Jane was showing Petra her new dating profile. But Rafael comes to his senses and tells Jane not to buy the apartment because he wants to be with her and thus, they will be moving back in together. There’s a musical number that occurs here, by the way.

Things aren’t going for Petra, and I have a feeling they will only get worse from here. Milos wants to force Petra’s hand and make her lie for him in court in order to stop him from selling the hotel. But she refuses, because she doesn’t want to lie anymore. Her assistant Krishna goes to Milos and says that she is willing to work with him because she also wants to take Petra down. Which made me think of Luisa saying she was ready to work with Rose again. Which in turn reminded me that we haven’t heard of our red-headed villain in the shadows in a couple episodes. Seems to be the quiet before the storm.

We will just have to wait and see what happens as the show starts coming to a close.

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?