Who knew that the thing Jane the Virgin needed to re-excite viewers was a flash forward? Unfortunately that included the death of a major character and Jane’s husband Michael Cordero.
I thought after that phone call, this week’s episode would show us the tribulations Jane went through to try to come to terms with his passing. While we did see a bit of that, the episode was surprisingly positive, showing Jane’s life three years later.
So let’s catch up, shall we?
The episode kicks off with Jane getting ready for a “wedding” and struggling with Mateo’s behavior – who is now walking and talking and saying a whole bunch of “I hate you’s.” They arrive late to Rogelio’s wedding and surprise – he’s getting married to Darcy.
But it isn’t as romantic as you think. The two, who once tried to have a baby together, are now famous stars of her reality TV show. The wedding is all for the show because they actually HATE each other now. Even worse – Xo was dragged as the scorned ex-lover. Obviously walking outside and having people think of you as the show’s villain isn’t pleasant but Xo was “over it” because she was happily living with Bruce. They stayed together this time.
Ratings for Rogelio and Darcy’s reality TV show were so good, the producers tried to manipulate him into doing one more season and in exchange, green-lighted his American TV show The Passions of Steve. Despite really wanting to make his mark on American television, Rogelio turned the offer down out of respect for Xo, who then told him to take the offer because it was his dream. I will admit, at first I was sad that these two were “dunzo” but then I noticed that after all this time and Xo’s happy relationship with Bruce, they were still in love. Maybe we’ll get a Xo and Rogelio wedding after all?
Now onto Mateo’s behavior – it’s bad. You’d think that based on Petra’s history, her twin girls would have horrible behavior but nope, it was the opposite, which is why Jane couldn’ handle it. Petra’s girls were angels, getting awards for best behavior while Mateo was asked to get a shadow because his before was erratic and uncontrollable.
After Rafael went to jail, Petra took charge of the Marbella and turned it into a pirate hotel for children. The episode picks up a few days after the grand opening and she’s run into some problems with the hotel’s neighbor, a scummy man who runs an adult hotel. Oh and Petra is having spontaneous sex with him, so there’s that.
Rafael served his time and the whole experience really changed him. He’s super zen now – never getting too stressed about a situation. It must explain his beard. He’s more focused on his family, helping both baby mommas, with whom he has good relationships. In fact, Jane considers him her “best friend,” which was basically the shows way of saying that they will never date again. Unless Raf breaks up with his current girlfriend. Rafael juggling 3 women at one time.
As for career, Jane is still working at the same job she accepted when Michael passed. She hates her job but is grateful when she gets her big break, reading her finished novel to an audience. This is probably the only time we actually see present Jane address Michael’s passing and after 3 years, it’s still difficult for her. It’s all worth it though because after powering through the whole reading, Jane finds out someone wants to publish her book.
With all these changes, one thing has stayed the same – the telenovela drama. While Jane, Petra, Rafael and the kids are eating dinner together, they get a dramatic call. Kids staying at the hotel found some hidden treasure on the beach… and that treasure was Scott’s skeleton! Who killed him? And where is Anezka?
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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