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.
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Six (5×15)
As we speed towards the end, Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 15 and its characters look towards new chapters in their lives.
Jane finished her book and after a slew of rejections, finally received a call from an agent willing to represent her.
Thank god — we couldn’t bear to witness Jane give up on her dreams of being a writer after spending so much time believing in herself and writing non-stop for weeks with only a brief pause for a pizza and a shower.
Considering there are only four episodes left, I think the mystery agent is going to be a TV producer who will offer to turn Jane’s “multigenerational story” filled with “all of the darkness and all of the lightness” into a telenovela.
In other words, the same telenovela we are watching.
The narrator even referenced the series being a telenovela within a telenovela, and considering the emphasis on Jane’s novel, this would only make sense.
The rejection stung, but as always, Jane found a way to rise above it.
She even found the silver lining as the book helped Mateo read.
Rogelio also accepted that his acting career was slowing down.
Initially, he wasn’t ready to be sidelined by the fresh meat on his passion project, but spending some time with Baby and witnessing her walk for the first time convinced him that maybe it’s okay to take a break and slow things down.
His recent health scare also helped. For a second there, I thought they forgot Rogelio suffered a stress heart attack.
There was even mention of Xiomara accepting her new career move by preparing for nursing school, but why don’t we get to see her journey?
We’re down the wire when it comes to episodes and the momentum still feels a bit leisurely.
It’s necessary for the character arcs to come full circle and begin wrapping up but all too often, the storylines that don’t matter take precedence over what needs to be addressed.
It’s great we finally got some movement on the Rose front, but instead of focusing so much on Rogelio’s Duck Dynasty plan, couldn’t they give us more insight into what she was plotting?
Even introducing River Field’s daughter, PJ, felt misplaced this far into the game.
And did she just forget all about her obsessive crush on Rogelio?
Sometimes, it seems like Jane the Virgin is focusing on the wrong storylines in an effort to squeeze as much into what’s left of the series.
If I’m being honest, I’d much rather spend these remaining moments with Alba and Xo, two characters who only made a brief appearance on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 15.
Jane also found herself bonding with the twins in one of the more endearing storylines offered up on Jane the Virgin Season 5.
Anna and Ella don’t get nearly as much screentime as Mateo and for valid reasons — this is and always has been Jane’s story, and Mateo is her son.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic!
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