Fear was making everyone act irrationally on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 13, but it’s how they overcame their fears that really strengthened the episode and gave it weight.
To quote Jane, she and Rafael are “engaged, finally!”
It’s been a long time coming, but the road hasn’t been an easy one.
Rafael and Jane’s relationship has been bumpy and filled with ups and downs, so it only made sense that their decision to get married was just the same.
In the span of an hour, Rafael proposed to Jane, they agreed to a courthouse wedding, attempted to plan something classier, settled for a next-day option, and eventually, postponed things altogether.
And they even addressed the elephant in the room: Michael, which was overdue and necessary.
Jane and Rafael’s reunion on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 12 had the makings of a genuine JTV moment, even if the musical was a little too much, but the consensus from the fandom was that there wasn’t enough build-up leading up to it.
One minute they were over and the next, they were madly in love again.
It was as if someone flipped a switch.
And it’s so easy to get caught up in the romantics of it all, but it seemed like they wanted to gloss over all Jane and Raf’s relationship issues as he got down on one knee and proposed to Jane.
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!
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Seven (5×16)
The central theme of Jane the Virgin has always been family, but there have been plenty of other themes interposed in between.
One of those themes is crime, especially as it relates to Sin Rostro.
On Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 16, that reoccurring theme was embraced as Jane worked it into her novel, decided to confront Sin Rostro, and then watched her life crumble around in a similar way it did when Mateo was kidnapped.
Jane just cannot seem to shake Rose.
And the series “rose” the stakes with the great escape.
And though Rose finally broke free — you didn’t think she’d stay down for long, did you? — we’re still no closer to figuring out her masterplan.
I have a feeling we won’t know until the very last moment. It’s possible whatever she’s cooked up will even interrupt Jane and Rafael’s wedding.
I’d be lying if I said that Rose’s escape was anything but electrifying.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic.
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