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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Fifty-Four (3×10)

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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?

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Three (5×12)

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It’s love, love, love! Everyone, sing it with me now.

Who would have thought that Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 12 would top off the hour with the best musical number to ever grace our television screens?

I’m usually not a fan of musicals, but there was much to celebrate as Jane and Rafael finally got back together.

About damn time, right?

The writers even brought in Julie (guest starring the incredible Sophia Bush), Rafa’s new girlfriend, to keep the suspense until the final moments.

I love me some Sophia, but I just couldn’t get on-board with her stealing Raf away from our girl Jane.

And what was with the Rafa nickname?!

However, Julie needed to come into Rafael’s life so that he could make sense of his feelings for Jane.

After Jane broke Raf’s heart by exploring her feelings for Michael, Raf never got over her. At least not completely.

He buried his feelings and moved on in an effort to protect his heart.

It was the “perfect woman” list he crafted that led him to the realization that while he may find someone who checks off every single quality, they won’t ever compare to Jane, the love of his life.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-Two (5×11)

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Yet another less than stellar episode of Jane the Virgin.

The usual Jane magic has been missing from this fifth season, and it’s a shame.

Maybe it’s because I’m not understanding the motivations behind many of the creative decisions, but I’m a little annoyed with constantly justifying weak storylines with the “it’s a telenovela” excuse.

On Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 11, Jane was forced to let go of the past and embrace change; despite being a meticulous planner, Jane needed to learn how to go with the flow.

We saw it exhibited when she dealt with Jorge’s toxic masculinity and his title of “man of the house,” with Mateo’s ADHD diagnosis, and with her decision to finally move out of her Abuela’s house.

Petra echoed my sentiments: why is a grown ass woman with a child still trying successfully live in her childhood bedroom?

Jane has outgrown her former life. The fandom is always lamenting about Jane’s growth from Jane the Virgin Season 1 to present day yet she’s still trying to fit into her past.

All the issues with Jorge, which are valid and will be addressed in a minute, would have been avoidable if Jane just had her own place.

She was riding out the wave hoping that maybe things would turn around and she’d finally be with Rafael.

But Rafael or no Rafael, living at her Abuela’s doesn’t offer Mateo the kind of stability he needs right now.

The way Jorge made himself comfortable at Abuela’s really hit a nerve.

I’m all for Jorge feeling like this is now his home too and redecorating with his furniture is perfectly normal, but it truly felt like Alba was losing herself in the process and bending to ensure Jorge’s happiness.

Jane, Alba and Xo may have never lived in a household run by a male, so why start now? This was still Alba’s home even if Jorge was moving in.

I’ve been on the fence about Jorge for a bit now. There are times where I think he’s a good fit for Alba and times where I don’t trust him.

On Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 11, I felt a little repulsed by him especially after he tattled on Jane.

Furthermore, Alba’s outburst about Jane overstepping was uncalled for and it was frustrating that Jane never clarified that she wasn’t trying to meddle, she was making requests that would help her establish a pattern of good behavior for Mateo.

Jane’s approach when she spoke to Jorge was anything but disrespectful.

She didn’t call him lazy or make it seem like she wanted to dictate their relationship, she simply explained that in order for there to be balance some compromises would have to be made.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic!

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Jane the Virgin – Chapter Ninety-One (5×10)

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The final season of Jane the Virgin went downhill fast.

Will they find a way to redeem themselves before they ruin every single character’s storyline?

Most of Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 10 was a rollercoaster of familiar emotions.

Does anyone else feel like the ship drama is getting repetitive?

Is the whole point of the final season to rip our hearts out of our chest, stomp on them, put them back in, and do it all over again the next week?

Both couples — Petra and JR and Jane and Rafael — keep repeating the same scenarios over and over again and expecting different results.

Last I checked, that was the definition of insanity.

I’m not even concerned about Jane’s happy ending anymore. With or without Rafael, Jane is a strong woman with a budding career who will turn out just fine.

But Petra and Luisa deserved a happy ending more than anyone for all the suffering they’ve endured for the sake of a storyline.

Petra and JR have been on the verge of a break-up every single episode.

One of their biggest issues is communication.

They usually talk something out after the fact but by that point, the damage has already been done.

Petra wasn’t okay with JR interviewing in Houston, but she didn’t say anything because she didn’t want to stand in the way of her happiness.

Instead, she tried to get her a job in Florida without even consulting her first.

Their whole relationship is built on resentment.

As heartbreaking as it was to see Petra say that her heart was in a million pieces after JR officially ended things, it’s been a long time coming.

JR has been trying to tell Petra that she’s unhappy in the relationship, but she needed some time apart to get some perspective and finally pull the trigger.

As much as I wanted them to vibe, Petra and JR want different things and couldn’t find common ground.

The fact that Petra bought an engagement ring and was ready to propose shows that she’s been misreading the situation.

I even brought this up on my Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 9 review, but JR flat out told Petra she didn’t want kids and felt like she hit “rock bottom.”

Read the full review at TV Fanatic.

 

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