Britney Spears was an added bonus to an already amazing episode of Jane the Virgin this week. I like that the writers and directors didn’t make Britney a focal point of the show because while I do love me some B. Spears, I also love me some telenovela drama.
This week we got all that and more. Petra got married and wore an authentic Czech dress complete with a headpiece, Jane finally made a decision and then regretted it, Rafael and Michael finally duked it out, and Michael’s “good luck” got really, really bad. Let’s dig in shall we?
Last week, Jane finally realized that she wanted to be with Michael, which Rafael overheard on the baby monitor. Everytime she tried to tell him the news, he distracted her to avoid the inevitable heartbreak. Poor Raf. Louisa told him he should just pull the cancer card but thankfully, it didn’t have to come to that. Michael screwed it up all on his own. Poor Michael.
His boss found out that he had let Nadine go. We can sort of blame his new “partner” who was looking into him, but it was really one of Nadine’s friends who turned Michael in. Except Michael didn’t know that and his only logical guess what that Rafael overheard him confess it to Jane on the baby monitor and with all of his anger, went to give Raf a piece of his mind. Unfortunately, the physical fight escalated with baby Mateo present and he got injured, which calmed the boys down real quick. Jane realized that a good mother would put the baby before her own happiness, so she told Michael that they’d never work out. Yep, just like that Michael fans, Rafael is back in the game.
And if you though Michael’s luck couldn’t get worse, it did. Susan caught him snooping around in the sheriff’s office and turned him in. Michael was fired and then kidnapped at gunpoint by Nadine. Seriously, what does she still want?
Meanwhile, Petra’s in a heap of trouble after agreeing to marry Milos. While Jane and Rafael worked together to try to stop her from making the biggest mistake of her life, she eventually decided to go through with the wedding. How bad could it be right? Well, pretty bad actually. The wedding served as a cover up for Milos to smuggle in bombs. And since she’s his wife, she can’t turn him in because “spousal immunity.” Yikes. Poor Petra. Thankfully, she has a new friend in her corner- Jane. Will she confide in her? After all, they are about to be family and Jane and Rafael will help her if they feel the kids are in danger.
Rogelio took the cake this week with a public Twitter feud with the one and only Britney Spears, who played an overdramatized version of herself. Apparently, Britney betrayed “Ro” by embarrassing him at the Latin Music Awards. His anger towards her got so bad, the Marbella had to put up “warning” signs against him. That’s when Jane decided to intervene and talk to Britney, who explained that she never sabotaged Rogelio, but she was mad at him for calling the paparazzi while they were shopping together in Mexico. These stars are sooooo dramatic. In the end, everything was good between them. Who knows, maybe they’ll even duet in the future.
And lastly, Alba and Xo got high together and it was the epitome of their relationship… although Jane found it to be quite annoying. Alba is serious about getting her green card, but when they went to the meeting with the immigration lawyer, a problem occurred with her sponsor Xo. Turns out she had a prior conviction on her record from when she was 18 and stole a ring. Except she didn’t really steal, she took the fall for her boyfriend at the time, Zedd. When they find Zedd, he’s a blonde haired, homeless surfer looking dude and he’s not willing to fess up to the crime. That is until Alba and Xo give him a piece of their drugged out mind. Here’s hoping that Alba finally becomes legal and good job to the show for encouraging people to vote and informing them about immigration laws!
Did you like the episode? Did you find Britney to be a distraction or a fun addition? Are you happy with Jane’s choice to ditch Michael? Does this mean she can now try to establish a romantic relationship with Rafael?
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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