Jane the Virgin is trying really hard to keep viewers entertained with witty and funny story lines, that only slightly touch upon tragic loss. The 3-year jump ahead was done so they could tell the story of Michael’s death, without having to carry the burden of it. The new Jane, while still grieving, has found her footing and a groove in the post-Michael life.
Most of the mentions of Michael come with the book she wrote about their relationship, only set in the olden days to make it a bit more interesting. She’s got her first meeting with her book editor, a man named Jeremy, who Jane doesn’t feel comfortable with because as Raf points out, she only ever trusts female authority figures. When she meets Jeremy, she’s completely thrown off by the sports-loving, douchey frat dude that he is. He keeps saying things like BAM in terms of beefing up the conflict in her storyline, which I admit, I don’t fully understand either. It’s entertaining to watch her try to navigate implementing his ideas into her novel and then to finally own up to the fact that she doesn’t agree with him only to find out that her “love” was never understood by him.
So Jane rewrites the story, focusing more on her brief relationship with the baby daddy, even though she believes it’s betraying Michael’s memory. Abuela assures her that it’s ok to write about because falling for Raf, strengthened her love with Michael. Bringing this into the story to me, feels like the writers will once again try to give Jane and Rafael’s romance a chance… especially after he admits that he broke up with Abbey because he remembered his actual feelings of love and he didn’t feel that for her.
Ah yes, Abbey, the side woman. I mean she’s Rafael’s actual girlfriend in the show and liked by both Petra and Jane, which is saying a lot, but the narrator purposefully pushes her off to the side in every episode. Therefore, we don’t really know much about her and when she asks to move in with Raf, we too feel like it’s rushed. Abbey was furious when she found out Raf wasn’t ready for the next step – mainly because she heard Petra’s advice – and stole the burn book Petra found Eddy hiding in her room and handed it over to the police. The greeting card accompanied to them to “reopen the investigation into the Marbella.” Uh, not good, especially considering Raf is working with Eddy and most likely had his friend kill Scott for stealing the addendum to the will!
Speaking of Scott, Petra went on her first real date with Chuck and her feelings for him made her super guilty about moving Scott’s bones onto his side of the hotel. Her anxieties were so high, she finally came clean about it to him, which wasn’t a smart move considering this could have destroyed the Fairwick. Chuck will definitely retaliate and who knows, might even team up with Abbey for this one. It seems like Petra and Raf will never learn!
Rogelio was in a pickle of his own, getting sued for 10 million dollars for breach of contract on the De La Vega Factor Factor reality show. He reaches out to famous lawyer “The Jaguar” who advises him to settle, causing him to get sued again for slander. When Bruce tries to help Ro and Xo make up finally, Rogelio realizes he’s really a good guy and asks him to be his lawyer. Of course Ro’s timing couldn’t be more off because he waltzed right into Bruce’s proposal to Xo. Thankfully, she caught on and still said yes, leaving Ro a bit dispirited. Hopefully, this doesn’t open up the Ro loves Xo storyline again because even though I ship them, I think that ship has long sailed.
Jane was also dealing with a new aid for Mateo and obviously hired a woman named Carly. She assumed Carly was a great fit for her son but then began picking up on the fact that she was quite the gossip. Then Mateo even admitted all she did was take selfies and just like that, Carly was out of a job. I love that Jane is so willing to stand up for Mateo and his behavior to the other moms but at some point, the story is played out. Watching her struggle to get along with the women in the school and hoping to impress them after opening her mouth and calling them out is tiring. Are the absolutely no other schools for Mateo in the area?
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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