On a recent review of Jane the Virgin I said that the show was falling into a lull and losing the dramatic effect. The writers could come up with the craziest stories, but crazy is what we expected and therefore, none of it was that shocking. Petra’s sister Anezka marrying Scott because she wanted to stay in the country? Bland. Scott stealing Rafael’s father’s will so that he could blackmail Petra with it? Crafty but still to be expected.
But what happened this week at the very end? No one saw that coming.
The episode started off on a happier note – Michael was studying for his law exam, Jane was trying to get her book published, Rogelio was figuring things out with Denise and Xo was enjoying the new relationship stage with Bruce. Nothing out of the ordinary right?
The day before Michael’s exam, Jane didn’t want him to stress much so she took him to the carnival, re-living their first date where Michael was a bucket case of nerves. Now that they were married though, things were a bit more relaxed. They made out in the photo booth, rode the ferris wheel and vowed to move up their “baby timeline” after Jane had a brief pregnancy scare.
The next day when Michael went to his exam, she went to visit the author to convince her that she was right for the job because the book she gave her was full of inaccuracy’s, something she noticed only thanks to Michael’s keen eye. Proving she was worthy of the job, she accepted the offer.
But while Jane was rejoicing, Michael was about to take his final breath. As he finished up his test, he walked to turn it in and collapsed to the ground. What followed after was a whirlwind of emotions for the average viewer. Remember when the narrator told us that “Michael would love Jane till his last breath.” Well, he wasn’t fibbing.. he was foreshadowing Michael’s death. That’s right… MICHAEL DIED.
Jane got the call and the doctor said her husband died after too much stress to his heart after his gunshot would. As she fell to the ground, I couldn’t help but wonder how ironic – Jane wanted him to discontinue being a cop because it wasn’t safe but he died while taking a test to a safer career. I guess you really just never know when your time has come.
And if that wasn’t enough to get your heart thumping and the tears flowing, the episode did something even more unexpected – it flashed 3 years forward. Mateo was now walking and talking and in the brief scene, Jane was still grieving her husband by looking at the carnival photos they took just a day before he died.
Why the flashforward? Why did Michael have to die? Why couldn’t Jane get her happiness for just a little bit longer? I’m sure we’ll see her cope with it all in the following episodes but it is definitely not something I’m looking forward to. A life without Michael is no life at all…
The rest of the episode seems pretty minute after that major bombshell so I’ll summarize in list form.
- Xo told Abuela that she was thinking of moving out with Bruce in a few months
- She bonded with his daughter, who ended up coming to Jane’s house drunk
- Rogelio made his on screen debut but his full-nudity scene was cut out so he never got his “big moment”
- He did however agree to work on a reality show with Darcy and it seems like Ro and Xo are never going to happen.
- Rafael told Petra he was going to turn himself in for covering up for his father
- Petra freaked out because she didn’t think she could parent alone, especially cause she couldn’t bond with the babies. She eventually did and it was sweet to see.
- It seems like Raf will probably never go through with it because he found Jane falling to the floor in tears after finding out about Michael. He could never leave two baby momma’s… not like this.
- Louisa made her epic return with her new GF. Raf was skeptical, as he should be… because it was in fact Rose with a new face. Why can’t she just give this crazy woman up?
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!
Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Seven (5×16)
The central theme of Jane the Virgin has always been family, but there have been plenty of other themes interposed in between.
One of those themes is crime, especially as it relates to Sin Rostro.
On Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 16, that reoccurring theme was embraced as Jane worked it into her novel, decided to confront Sin Rostro, and then watched her life crumble around in a similar way it did when Mateo was kidnapped.
Jane just cannot seem to shake Rose.
And the series “rose” the stakes with the great escape.
And though Rose finally broke free — you didn’t think she’d stay down for long, did you? — we’re still no closer to figuring out her masterplan.
I have a feeling we won’t know until the very last moment. It’s possible whatever she’s cooked up will even interrupt Jane and Rafael’s wedding.
I’d be lying if I said that Rose’s escape was anything but electrifying.
Read the full review at TV Fanatic.
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