After five seasons of melodrama and gasp-inducing twists, I’ve come to expect the unexpected from Jane the Virgin.
Jane is a heartfelt and joyful show about strong independent women, the power of family, and has even given a voice and platform to the Latinx community. But there’s no denying that at its core, it’s a telenovela.
It’s easy to forget or overlook those telenovela undertones because Jane does such a good job at inserting real and relatable emotions into impossible plots.
There’s been plenty of moments that make you go holy crap throughout the show’s run: evil twins, buried skeletons on the beach, and kidnapping attempts are all high up on the list.
But, as viewers know, even being aware of Jane’s track record with telenovela tropes couldn’t prepare us for the mammoth reveal at the end of Jane the Virgin Season 4.
The love of Jane’s life, Micheal Cordero, returned from the dead, but he was never dead at all, he was simply given amnesia by Sin Rostro and lived in Montana for the past four years.
Michael, or Jason’s, return launches us into the most difficult love triangle to date.
With all this going down within the first 40 seconds of Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 1, it’s easy to overlook a passive comment made in the midst of Jane’s emotional breakdown, and quite possibly, the best and most powerful monologue to ever grace our TV screens.
During the breakdown, Jane rushed to open the door and said: “Abuela, maybe your husband came back from the dead too.”
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Grand Hotel – Groom Service (1×09)
Everyone’s hiding something at the Riviera Grand.
It won’t be long before those secrets and lies start catching up with them like they’ve already begun to on Grand Hotel Season 1 Episode 9.
Santiago is hiding his involvement with Mateo’s “boss,” Mateo is hiding the shame of unintentionally killing his own child, the twins are quite literally hiding their fugitive father, Felix, and Alicia and Danny are hiding their relationship.
Though Alicia considered going public about her relationship with Danny, he immediately shot the idea down because of the other thing he’s hiding: the real reason he’s working as a waiter in the first place.
Danny’s walking a thin line here; he’s trying to be himself and pursue a relationship with a woman he really likes all while not revealing anything real about himself and staying focused on his original mission to find out what happened to his sister.
I’m a huge Danny and Alicia shipper as their relationship — the blend of forbidden love and pulsating chemistry — is intoxicating.
I believe he does have real feelings for her, which complicates everything as he’s forced to be closed-off with her.
There’s a lot wrong with their relationship no matter how steamy.
A huge concern is Alicia’s reaction to Danny saying he’s not comfortable to date publicly.
She never stopped the consider how it would affect his position or what the optics would be after spearheading a “no workplace dating” memo.
Who cares when all they have to do is sign a waiver, right?
When Danny finally made the decision to pursue a public relationship with her, he told Jason that “for the first time he feels like he caught a break.”
He spoke too soon, because guess who was checking into the hotel just mere seconds later?
Heather, the scorned ex-girlfriend.
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iZombie – Bye, Zombie (5×12)
Now, that’s how you do a penultimate episode!
The end is near for iZombie, but New Seattle may live to see another day.
The keyword here is may.
Ravi, Clive and Liv teamed up for their most exciting mission to date — to retrieve the tainted Utopium from Atlanta in order to create the cure save New Seattle once and for all.
What seemed like a mission impossible turned into mission possible.
Loaded up on criminal and acrobat brains, they executed their master plan flawlessly with the help of Clive as Clooney.
Every week, this trio delivers outstanding performances, but ‘Bye, Zombie’ was especially demanding and their performances were award-worthy.
I’ve never seen someone master a Russian accent as flawlessly as Ravi did.
But all of their law-breaking and sacrifice mean nothing if Major, who has been ousted as leader of Fillmore Graves by dictator Enzo, doesn’t deliver the second necessary part of the cure, the Max Rager that’s being housed at the Fillmore Graves warehouses.
That’s right — in a stunning twist of events, Major is no longer the most powerful man in Seattle.
With danger looming at every corner, he’s the one with the biggest target on his back.
What made this episode so successful was that the stakes were higher than they’ve ever been.
Our main characters were risking it all and not thinking twice about it.
Even the secondary characters found themselves in unsettling situations as unrest began brewing.
The war that has been teased for much of iZombie Season 5 between humans and zombies finally came to fruition thanks to Durkins and Enzo.
Are you all happy now? You got what you wanted.
Durkins armed her Dead Enders with weapons distributed by General Mills thus provoking the zombies to revolt.
Major wanted to keep the peace and avoid war at all costs, but his level-headed approach didn’t sit well with his team.
Major’s heart was in the right place but he needed to instill some kind of moral in his team.
Many of them betrayed him earlier in the season because they wanted him to have a stronger stance and protect their own kind.
However, Enzo’s idea of fighting terror with terror is only causing panic and chaos.
After their truck hit an explosive, Enzo’s team recruited the remaining Fillmore Graves soldiers and offered them a chance to live and fight for zombie kind.
Sadly, they all turned their backs on Major.
He managed to escape for now, but it’s not looking too good for him.
Considering he agreed to help Liv and Ravi complete the cure and save mankind, it’s very likely that he’s going to die while breaking into Fillmore Graves.
Then, there’s the kiss that should have happened eons ago.
Liv’s relationship with Major has also gone through plenty of phases. Fans have even questioned whether or not these two would ever find their way back to each other.
With everything on the line, Liv and Major finally made their feelings for each other known, which means that there’s a high probability he’ll die in a selfless way.
It would be a shame for Liv to lose yet another boyfriend, but we can’t argue with the numbers.
Major’s also the guy with nine lives. Somehow, after everything he’s been through, he’s still alive. If this is demise, well, he’s already lasted longer than expected.
Liv and Ravi need to create the cure as soon as possible if they want any chance at saving Seattle.
There’s one of two options: the zombies are going to destroy all the inhabitants and run out of brains or the government will nuke the city. Either way, it’s not looking too good.
Enzo’s broadcast proved he’s not going to follow rules like Major — scratching the zombies and demonstrating their new “zombie soldiers” was a pointed way of saying that anything goes.
It’s a major threat to humankind.
While Seattle is quite literally combusting, Blaine’s still got money on his mind.
The poor Freylich kids that he believes are his property are the only cure available at the moment.
Considering zombies are the stronger species, I don’t think there’s much of a market for zombies wanting to turn back into humans.
But I guess that doesn’t matter because for Blaine it’s more about pride.
What makes Blaine such a fantastic villain — listen up, Jane the Virgin and your weak portrayal of Rose, the season’s longest-running villain — is that there are glimpses of good in him.
He’s likable, he’s funny, and at times, reasonable, yet he won’t hesitate to shoot someone point-blank.
It’s a dangerous combo and one that even blindsided poor Peyton.
Peyton seemed to believe in him up until this very last moment when he ambushed her at Renegade’s hiding spot.
It was clear then that there was no getting through to Blaine because he’d already gone off the deep end.
He wanted what’s his; this was his survival mode.
And that doesn’t bode well for Peyton or the kiddos.
What will Blaine do to her?
Will Ravi save her in the knick of time?
And why the hell wasn’t she armed if she was the only lookout for such a controversial figure in Seattle?
With the war between zombies and humans becoming more prevalent than ever, it’s easy to look at the cure as a good idea.
But reality set in when Clive and Liv established that it would mean Liv would no longer be his brain-eating sidekick.
These two were such a dynamic duo, and though Liv’s zombieism initially felt like a burden, she used it for good. She cracked murders and elevated herself as a zombie who helped others by smuggling them into Seattle and saving their lives with a scratch.
What does her life and her relationship with Clive look like post-zombie?
- I’m surprised Ravi didn’t make a replica of the tainted Utopium before sending it off to Saxon at the CDC. It’s unlike him to just trust someone to do what needed to be done.
- Charming Clive really is the Clooney we all needed. Did you see him bust those moves and seduce Darcy?
- I’m truly scared for Dale. Imagine being pregnant in a city filled with monsters who are ready to eat your brain.
- Ravi’s burn to Blaine about being the man that’s going to marry Peyton Charles was surprisingly satisfying.
- I also couldn’t believe that Major wasn’t trying to stop Liv’s mission.
- Ravi in full-rage mode is a sight to behold. He’s been holding out on us.
What did you think of the penultimate episode of iZombie?
Are you ready to say goodbye?
What do you think will happen?
Will Seattle be spared? Will Ravi create the cure? Will Peyton and Ravi get married? Will Liv get her happy ending with Major or will he die?
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