Jane the Virgin’s chapter 3 was a whirlwind of emotions. I know the narrator said it’s not a fairytale but a telenovela but it sure felt like a good mix of both as Xo and Ro geared up for a stormy wedding, a pregnancy was announced and Jane looked to the past to believe in destiny again.
Baby Mama Drama
Xo and Ro couldn’t wait for their fairytale wedding but that all took a turn for the worse when Darcy revealed she was pregnant with Ro’s baby. Feeling a bit like history repeating itself? Well, it kind of is. Darcy begged Jane to break the news to Rogelio and while he was overjoyed with the idea that he was going to become a father, after all, he realized that it might jeopardize his relationship with his one true love. After all, Xo didn’t want to have another baby. When he finally tells her, she calls off the wedding. “I still want to marry you,” she says insisting that they just need “time to figure it out.”
During the first meeting with Ro and Darcy, it becomes painfully obvious that these two will not have a happy-go-lucky partnership like Jane and Rafael. Xo tries to keep the peace by telling Darcy that Rogelio is a great father but she doesn’t want to hear any of it – she wants sole custody. That’s when Xo realizes that their relationship has never been perfect, nor has it ever been 100% figured out. They’ve weathered so many storms that they are going to get married. And no, an actual hurricane is not about to stop them, neither is the lack of the perfect wedding dress, the dancing number, the doves, the celebrities and the paparazzi. You might say that all of this is fate keeping them apart, but the fact that it wasn’t flawless, but rather a messy, tangled and realistic love, was why it was so perfect and so Jane the Virgin. Leave it to a telenovela to deliver a dose of reality.
The Past Holds The Key To Your Happiness, Jane
As one who believes in fairytales and happily ever after, it’s been painful to see Jane move on. Her one-time fling was fun but deep down but you know she’s not that type of person. And if she can’t be with Michael, I truly believe she’s destined to be with Rafael. They claim to just be “best friends” but the relationship they have together, in my opinion, goes beyond that. So I was happy when she finally began realizing it and her heart began glowing with love for her baby daddy. Of course, it all came at the worst time possible – Rafael began having feelings for Petra.
The two had been dating for about a week when suddenly, Petra, the strong-willed woman, began feeling insecure and like she was playing second fiddle to Jane, once again. That’s when Chuck swooped in to get his girl back. And of course, he said all the right things at the right time and Petra fell right back into his arms, just as Rafael walked in.
As their cheating history repeated itself, she admitted that she felt like she was always second best to Jane, which Raf found absurd. Raf is clearly not the brightest crayon in the box and doesn’t realize when someone is actually feeling all hot and bothered by him. Seeing Petra turn into this person again made him realize that Jane was right, despite the feelings, these two bring out the worst in each other.
Unknowingly, Petra broke one of Darcy’s biggest rules of dating – putting the ex back in someone’s head. Raf then joined his other baby mama and Mateo for a family dance and confronted Jane. Confused by all the emotions she was feeling today, Jane denied that her heart was longing for him because she thought that she should give him and Petra a chance. I swear if people just SPOKE THEIR MINDS.
Jane wasn’t the biggest believer in destiny since her split with Michael but it sure was feeling like destiny at the wedding of the century. Xo and Ro defied all odds; they weren’t “meant to be” but they “chose to be” and committed. She gave that beautiful speech and personally, it resonated with Jane and Rafael’s relationship – even Xo figured it out. And to prove to Jane that she did deserve to be happy again, someone from her old apartment brought the letter that Michael left behind for Jane to read on a “rainy day.” In it, he explained how lucky he was to have met her but most importantly, that he wanted her to find her happiness, always. Jane found herself thinking a lot about Michael, which meant that she was finally coming to terms with moving on.
Turns out, her happiness might not be Rafael. Her first love, Adam, used to live in the same building and held onto the letter for her. He walked right into her life and the most perfect of times. And while I’d like to believe he’s her true love, it just seems like another reason for Jane to be super confused about who and what she wants in life.
We also don’t fully know where Rafael stands. He may have been in love with Petra but the minute she told him about Jane, he actually contemplated that. And we all know his feelings for her were strong. None of that matters however because both Petra and Raf were interrupted by the twisted sisters – Anezka and Luisa.
You see, as fate would have it, the two ended up sharing a taxi on their way out of town. Anezka realized her sweet sister was the one who roofied her and stole Scott’s phone to break up with her, right before he died. In exchange for the information, Anezka handed Storm Luisa the addendum to her father’s will, which states that Raf gets nothing. His biggest fears came true – he lost all his inheritance and the hotel to his sister, the one who was 100% going to go back to dating crime lord Sin Rosetro, who is currently in jail for the murder of Scott. Except we know she didn’t murder Scott and it was actually Eileen, the woman whose face she copied because she was scared of someone finding out that there was two of them thus outing them and threatening her life. Telenovela style.
I would say that villains got their happy endings but I guess that relies on your definition of a villain.
Jane’s parents finally got married, Ro is expecting a daughter with a woman he hates, Petra is being held at gunpoint by her vengeful sister, while on her way to fix things with her soulmate Rafael. Meanwhile, Rafael is broke and left with no hotel after being conned by his sister and Jane may have found her way back to her first love and possible soulmate, though we hate the thought of it being someone other than Michael, Adam. Talk about a finale, right?
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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