The season 4 premiere made some major changes to Jane the Virgin but don’t worry, the drama isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
1.Double Narrators – Our beloved male narrator was briefly replaced with a female narrator, who interjected our premiere with Adam’s story. I would complain except for the fact that Adam is nice to look at it. Still, I was a bit thrown by another voice narrating the storyline for me and if this is something that will happen on a daily basis, it might take some getting used to. Both the narrators tried to talk over each other, pushing their character’s storyline to the forefront. But while Adam might become a major part of Jane’s life again, this is first and foremost, Jane’s story. And I, much like Rafael, would like to get lost in it.
2. Adam, obviously – Adam enters the story as Jane’s ex-boyfriend, one she almost married when she was 19. Let that sink in. Our longtime virgin almost married a man when she was a teenager because she was so smitten. Any other Michael fans feel a bit cheated by the fact that she actually loved another man before her great love? Anyways, Jane is so happy to reconnect with Adam but both Abuela and Xo are bewildered because they hated “Babe Adam” and were the reason that the wedding never happened. I think we owe them a big thank you for that one, sorry Jane. Jane agrees to go on a proper first date with him, one that would make her 19-year-old heart swoon. But her feelings for Rafael continued to get in the way and she had to work through them, which Adam was really cool about. It’s because he’s an artist!
3. To Rafael or Not to Rafael? – Since the season finale, Jane couldn’t figure out her feelings for her baby daddy. He kept sending her mixed signals but I think she was giving them more meaning because she really wanted that telenovela love and also for her family to be complete once again. So when she was finally about to act on those feelings and jump in the shower with him, she was shocked to find out that he was actually still into Petra.
A fight about finances ensued and Rafael said some pretty terrible things about Jane’s upbringing and her small and middle-class life. While I’m all for wanting a good life for your children, Raf took it a bit too far, especially since he’s currently poor and homeless and living with the very people he was trying “not to be like.” Dude, they are doing better than you at this point!
There may still be a chance for Rafael and Jane in the future, but right now these two just weren’t ready to be with each other. For their relationship to work, Rafael needs to make some internal changes, a major one being that he can no longer define himself by his wealth and status because those things are fleeting. Jane also needs to change by letting go of the notion that she’s destined for a telenovela love. And he cannot continue to use his upbringing as an excuse for his adolescent outbursts. They both have a good head on their shoulders and good qualities so even if Mateo doesn’t see the world before twenty, he can still live a rounded and fulfilled life.
4. Sin Rostro Drama – Rose, Luisa and Anezka, the triage of villains in this series go hand in hand for me. Luisa took over the Marbella, kicked Rafael out, and made Anezka kidnap Petra so she could steal her shares. She needs the money upfront so she can initiate protocol for her lover Rose, who is currently doing time for being a nutjob. Rose cannot be helped no matter how much delusional Luisa tries; we see her kill a man in prison after asking him “does anyone know him.” Who are they talking about? Who is him? What secrets is she still hiding? And what is she going to do to Petra now that Anezka was found alive and she knows Petra was playing her?!
TV Shows to Binge During Your Self-Quarantine and Social Distancing
In case you haven’t been keeping up with global news, coronavirus, COVID-19, is forcing everyone to practice the 2020 version of”conscious uncoupling” known as “social distancing.”
Many cities/states are on lockdown with bars, restaurants, and other establishments closing their doors to keep the outbreak from spreading even more than it has.
If you’ve found yourself self-quarantined at home on the couch to prevent the spread of germs, you’ll likely be looking for things to keep yourself occupied.
Many shows have shuttered production with daytime and late-night talk shows going sans audiences or completely dark for the remainder of the month.
And this means it’s the perfect time to binge-watch those shows you’ve been putting off.
Here are some shows to watch during your self-quarantine.
What the world needs now is a fixer who could tell us all how to get out of this mess. Since that’s not possible, we have the next best thing in Olivia Pope, DC’s fixer and right-hand to the President, who is also in a torrid love affair with him. It’s political, dramatic, and sexy as hell to this day.
Don’t you wish we could all travel back to a time before the coronavirus? Same. Maybe if we had a time machine like Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus, we totally could. But alas, we’ll have to settle for watching their journey through key historical moments as they attempt to stop Rittenhouse from destroying the world.
Locke & Key
Think Harry Potter meets Narnia. Netflix’s new fantasy thriller finds a family moving into a mansion following their father’s death where they learn that it’s filled with secret keys that open up portals to other dimensions. You never know where you’ll end up, but it’ll make you forget you’re curled up on your couch amidst a toilet-paper shortage.
Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer by day and doubles as a vigilante hacker by night. When he’s recruited by a mysterious underground organization, he’s forced to do things that make him question his personal beliefs, his morals, and most importantly, what’s real and what isn’t.
Financial burdens (like the fact that you spent all your money stocking up on canned goods and paper towels) plague three suburban moms who are tired of always playing “catch up.” They decide to take matters into their own hands and rob a grocery store. Soon, they find themselves trying to navigate a world of crime that has absolutely no rules. As they try to survive, their actions will keep you on the edge of your seat.
You’ve already heard of Stranger Things, and if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s high time you do. The series takes place in 1980s Indiana and follows a group of young friends who become privy to supernatural happening within the government.
There’s no better time than during a quarantine to watch all 16 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. Honestly, when else are you going to have the time? All you need to know is that it’s a medical drama, there’s a doctor named McDreamy, and Shonda Rhimes is the boss babe behind it.
The Good Place is a stroke of comedic genius mixed with some of the most insightful and wholesome storytelling of our generation. It’s also the only series that had the perfect series finale (fight me, but after coronavirus cause there’s a no-touching ban). Eleanor Shellstrop is shocked to find herself in the Good Place following her death and immediately realizes she’s there by mistake. No one is prepared for her hilarious afterlife antics as she hides from architect Michael and her new friends while trying to become a better version of herself.
Don’t be deterred by the plot — a young Latina woman learns she’s pregnant after she’s accidentally artificially inseminated. The series weaves together the best parts of a telenovela while adding heart, feshed-out characters, strong female leads, irresistible love interests, and family at the forefront of every storyline.
Love is Blind
In the reality TV vein, Netflix delivered the world’s newest obsession. It’s a social experiment that many claim prepared our generation for dating throughout “social distancing.” Love is Blind forces a handful of contestants to meet people while isolated in pods. Once they find their “soulmate,” they propose to them without meeting face-to-face and a few weeks later, walk down the aisle.
If you’re not familiar with Joe Goldberg, you’re missing out. YOU is a suspenseful thriller that digs into the mind of an obsessed serial killer and follows his romantic relationships.
Game of Thrones
Similarly to Greys Anatomy, when else are you going to find the time to watch all of Game of Thrones? This is the perfect time to dig into a pop culture phenomenon so you know what “winter is coming” means the next time someone mentions it.
The Marvelous Ms. Maisel
If there’s anyone that can cheer you up and put a smile on your face, it’s Ms. Maisel. Set in the late 1950s, Miriam aka “Midge” breaks the rules and pursues a career in stand-up comedy. While it’s unheard of for women of her class to pursue a career, it’s even more unheard of a woman succeeding in such an industry. But leave it to Midge to prove everyone wrong and do it with flair and style!
Jane the Virgin – Chapter One Hundred (5×19)
It should be noted that I had to tell myself to be brave while writing this review and wiping away so many happy tears.
As far as series finales go, Jane the Virgin’s hit every mark and was a treat for longtime fans.
One would say it was the inverse of what made Jane the Virgin such a household name; it bypassed the usual telenovela-twists and opted for happy endings all around.
There will always be things that I wish would have happened, but confined to a one-hour window, the finale was pretty perfect.
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Eight (5×17)
How do we say goodbye?
Xiomara posed that very question at the end of Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 17, and nothing sums up my feelings more succinctly.
We’re almost at the end, and despite this being the weakest season to date, it’s still bittersweet.
Look, nothing against anyone on the Jane the Virgin team.
Putting together a final season is a tall order, and appeasing everyone is nearly impossible.
We’re always going to have a bone to pick with something. That’s just life.
Nevertheless, I’m enjoying this strange ride for what it is and soaking up these last moments with the Gloriana Villaneuva family.
The realistic moments of the episode were really great, but the moments that leaned heavily into telenovela territory fell short.
Rose’s masterplan was revealed and to be honest, it was lame and non-existent.
Everything she’s ever done was motivated by her love for Luisa.
She broke out of jail and created an army of minions in order to be with her one true love.
If Luisa hadn’t betrayed Rose, Rose wouldn’t have had any motive to come after Jane.
Rose has been an elusive and terrifying villain all these years, but she just felt like a run-of-the-mill villain when she ambushed Jane.
Yes, I was a nervous wreck the entire time, but only because I expected Rose to already have people at Mateo’s school waiting for him or something.
Did anyone even know where Mateo was at the time? And why did no one come to check in on Jane?
Then, Rose’s grand plan was to sneak into the This Is Mars party essentially wearing alien costumes from Spirit Halloween.
What happened to the plastic surgery genius who could change her appearance at the snap of her fingers?
The one who befriended Michael as Susanna and faked his whole death?
We needed that Rose to come out and play.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic!
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