The fall finale of Jane the Virgin left us with a few good cliffhangers. But man, am I wrong in saying everything is creepier when it involves a church? I felt like I was watching an Alfred Hitchcock movie last night and it was because Jane was trying to explain suspense to me!
As we know, Rafael’s mother Mutter was murdered by Rose Solano… we think. Before she died, she left behind a code in a bible, which was odd considering she wasn’t religious. Michael realized the numbers led to a bank account, which was traced back to a church in Italy receiving large sums of money. Strange right?
The church connection worked well with Jane’s desire to start introducing Mateo to God. Of course, she had to ask Rafael for permission and considering his bad experiences with the church, his answer was a stern no. So that Sunday, they all ended up at mass to give the whole thing a whirl, even though, Rafael wasn’t a fan. Mateo wasn’t interested in sitting still for an hour, typical for a toddler, but it led to some huge developments in the case – Rafael had flashbacks to a time when he was a child in a creepy church.
Michael encouraged him to remember anything that could help the case and boy did he! The visions led him to a convent in Miami and involved a ton of stolen paintings, so obviously not good for anyone involved. Mother Superior, who quite frankly should have been called Mother Shady, admitted to dealing stolen artwork with his father but only to pay off church debt. But that wasn’t anything compared to the bomb she was about to drop on him – Rafael isn’t really a Solano.
In an envelope, she gave him his birth certificate which states he was born in Italy and adopted in Miami to replace a baby Elena lost. She continued to pay Mother Superior monthly, even when she asked her not to. At this point, the only people that know this truth are Rafael and Jane… and possibly Rose, if that’s what her game plan is! This revelation obviously raises a ton of questions… how does this change Rafael’s inheritance? Is he still in charge of the Marbella? What will his new outlook on family be? Will he find his birth parents? So many more doors opening for crazy telenovela style drama it’s not even funny.
Meanwhile, Rogelio told Jane that her mother was secretly seeing Bruce and then he realized that if he couldn’t have Xo, he was going to have a baby. Might seem crazy but when you are rich, you can really do whatever you want. Ro contacted an agency to match with a woman but ended up making an agreement with the owner of said agency, who also wanted a child with no strings attached. This doesn’t seem like a good idea – don’t say I didn’t warn you.
As for Jane’s new cousin Catalina? Turns out Jane was right – she’s a pathological liar and seriously up to no good. After having to kick her out of the apartment because she stayed an extra 2 weeks, she found her staying at Rafael’s and saying she canceled her “charity gala,” which Jane didn’t think existed in the first place. But she didn’t jump to conclusions until she found tons of cash and jewelry in her duffel bag. Obviously slick Catalina has a cover up for it all, which made Jane feel like an asshole, but she should have just followed her gut (and Abuela’s advice) – this girl is up to no good. Who was the old dude she was kissing behind Rafa’s back? . What is even happening here?
Oh and has anyone seen Petra?
And lastly, Michael didn’t pass his physical so he was not allowed to get back on the force. That will definitely affect him as a man when the series returns in January. If he’s not allowed to follow his passion – what will he do?
We also had a beautiful moment with Jane embracing her faith again after realizing she hadn’t attended church since the wedding. When Michael got shot, she was so upset, she blamed him. She realized it was never about getting Mateo to come to church, it was for her to rekindle her relationship – one that was always a driving force in her life. Regardless of your stand on religion, Jane’s confession was a moment of clarity for all of us.
Thoughts on the fall finale? Was that ending a complete shocker or did you suspect it was coming? Let us know!
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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
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
Jane the Virgin – Chapter One Hundred (5×19)
That’s what Rafael told Jane when he first met her on Jane the Virgin Season 1 Episode 1, and five seasons later, the theme of braveness continued on Jane the Virgin Season 5 Episode 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
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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