Amidst all the telenovela drama (I mean, Petra’s mom is a fricking pirate with an eye patch and a hook) Jane the Virgin still manages to be heartwarming.
This weeks episode had a lot of firsts as it skyrocketed through a good 4 months. A lot happened from when Michael and Jane finally parted ways till that Thanksgiving dinner at the end. And as much as this will hurt Team Michael lovers, I think it was for the better. That is until Michael comes back into Jane’s life again.
Jane finally got the space she needed to grow- as herself, as a mother and as a writer. Michael skipped town with Nadine; both were in some vengeful mood of getting back at Sin Rostro for taking everything from them. Rafael decided to let Jane be after realizing that he really needed to move on. He even went as far as dating some girl from mommy and me class. Rafael was a pro at that by the way- complicated choreography and all.
Jane also started grad school and there were plenty of firsts there. She was late, she got her first C-, she got kicked out of class. The writing just wasn’t coming to her and with a new baby, it kind of made sense. She may have rushed into it, but now that she was there, she wasn’t going to let it defeat her. Even if she did miss a lot of firsts like Mateo’s first doctor visit and made some mommy oopsies like not enough tummy time so that his head was too flat and he needed to wear a helmet and that he weened off her boobs because she was always bottle feeding. Everything comes with a price.
In the end, perseverance got her through everything. She got over Michael (for now), she was done pumping, and she made a decision about Mateo’s trust fund- cause yes, he will be a trust fund baby. Enough time even passed for her to accept a date with Rafael, who broke up with that Julie chick from baby classes after realizing that even when Jane was stinky, mean and tired, he’d rather be with her than any other girl. Seriously, cue to aww’s. Halfway through the episode, I almost gave up watching because I was sooooo mad that Rafael moved on. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed and was even treated to a great family Thanksgiving. They really do have a lot to be thankful for.
Meanwhile, Petra found out she was pregnant with twin girls. Yes, that makes 3 babies for Rafael and 0 sex for whoever is keeping score. Her mother was up for parole and Jane and Abuela agreed to let her walk free, just so Petra could have a support system during the pregnancy. Petra’s main goal- getting rid of Milos, who is literally just the weirdest character. I promise we don’t have such oddballs in Europe… I really do. Thanks to Magda, Milos was arrested overseas for internet scamming and they took the chance to get rid of all the bombs… except one went off on the boat leaving Magda as a true villain with a hook and an eyepatch. Even worse, she killed Ivan, who came to blackmail her saying that Milos knew what she was doing and would tell Petra. What is Magda doing?!
Even Jane is starting to feel bad for Petra because she gave her some motherly advice and invited her over for Thanksgiving dinner. Call me crazy but this whole dysfunctional family might actually work out somehow… especially cause Petra is over her quest for falling in love with Rafael. Pregnancy is doing wonders for her. Anyone else a little thrown off by how much Rafael doesn’t care about his two children with her though? It’s almost as if she’s a single mom.
And of course- the best for last. Rogelio wrapped up production on The Passions of Santos and was looking for a steller follow up show. He decided to pitch a “Mad Men-esque” telenovela, which was basically a copy of the original show. Whoops. Oh Rogelio.
Did you like the time jump in this weeks episode or were you a little confused? Do you think Jane and Rafael will work out? What will happen with Petra and the twins? And what has Michael been up to this whole time? I mean seriously, Jane didn’t even realize he was out of town and fired.
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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