Blink if you liked this episode! We know one person who sure did- Mateo! On this weeks Jane the Virgin, each character made some big decisions, which will all impact the future of the show. But weaved in nicely through all the change and unknown territory, was the idea of tradition.
Mateo was christened this week and despite just finding out that Petra artificially inseminated herself with a turkey baster to keep Rafael, it was still a beautiful and special moment. Just like the two generations before her, Jane read a letter written by Abuela when she came to America and christened Xiomara. It was really touching to see this moment between the family and how 3 generations of women made each other so strong.
Aside from that- things hit the fan. Let’s start with the most obvious one: Petra. For starters, she definitely succeeded in getting pregnant all by herself. I mean we can’t even blame this on Louisa this time, she’s been kidnapped and everyone thinks she’s fallen off the wagon again! Rafael tells Jane, who understandably freaks out. Being inseminated while being a virgin is one thing, but accepting a psychopath who purposefully did this to herself to keep a man is a little too extreme and far from the life Jane envisioned for herself.
Petra calls a team meeting and leaves the decision up to them. She can either a). have an abortion b). marry some Russian man and move to Europe (weird) c). have the baby and allow Jane and Raf to co-parent. Wait… co-parent? That’s right, Jane hasn’t really taken Rafael back, which leaves an open window for Petra again so you know homegirl won’t get rid of that bun in the oven as long as she still has a chance with Rafael. In the end Jane followed her ex Michael’s advice- embrace the crazy, embrace the change.
But Michael wasn’t this wise the whole episode. No. He actually pulled a pretty stupid move and listened to Rogelio’s dating advice. That’s advice from a man who has spent 8-years pining for some Luciana woman. Rogelio told him Jane was “digging” the whole bad-boy, attitudey vibe, so he told him to be more “macho.” Michael was to write down any “feelings” in a diary, which he insisted wasn’t a diary. But for Michael, macho was basically short and rude and it didn’t do anything to woo over Jane. Eventually, he gave her the diary with all of his thoughts and that was a plus in the “we love Michael” column. I can’t blame her, I’m super torn between these two lover boys as well! Can I be Team RafMic?
Meanwhile, Rogelio was having some love troubles of his own. As an EP on The Passions of Santos, he had to make a decision about which leading lady would join him on “Make Love Week” aka “Shark Week” of telenovelas! The girl the show wanted was Luciana, his first ex-wife who broke his heart. Xo decided to help him clean out his “storage locker” filled with all her hoarder things and finally move on. But when they locked lips on set, the feelings rushed back and Xo was not pleased. She wanted to avoid him but Abuela was like “girl quit running away.” We’ll see what happens with these two, but I’m definitely not surprised they weren’t ever able to figure it out.
As for Louisa, she’s been kidnapped by that dude working for mysterious lady in Switzerland. The bottle of wine lead back to Rose, so maybe the person calling all the shots is Rose with a new face? Either way, the dudes holding her don’t speak English so we can’t figure out what’s going on. And Louisa is convinced Rose is behind this so she’s actually turned on by it. She’s delusional, what can we say.
Jane was also dealing with not letting motherhood steal her dreams. Does she go to grad school? Her happy dance said yes, but her maternal instincts said no. How could she leave Mateo alone at 3 weeks old? Sure it seems early, but with such a big support system, she was convinced it was the right decision and called the teacher to see if she could still accept the offer. Will he let her in? Will she regret it. And in more important decision- Rafael or Michael? What should they do with Petra’s baby?
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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