There’s always sunshine after the rain. This week on Jane the Virgin, Jane made some first steps into adult hood and it was a bittersweet moment.
After last weeks flood, the Villanueva household was officially out of business. The ladies were living at the Marbella and with all the free room service, no one was complaining. Jane however was looking for a place to start a life with Michael. They found the perfect first home but unfortunately, since they were on a budget, it was 40 minutes away. That didn’t sit well with Rafael, who didn’t feel comfortable being so far away from his son.
Meanwhile, Petra couldn’t wait to get as far away from her daughter’s Elsa and Anna. Clearly, the whole “mother” thing wasn’t coming to her as naturally as it did to Jane and she wasn’t bonding with the girls. Jane decided to intervene and took her to a mommy class where it became quite clear that Petra was spiraling towards postpartum depression. Upset that everyone was judging her, she ran out of class. But Jane did manage to convince her to call the doctor and seek help. Unfortunately, that doctor asked about her family history and a quick visit to her mother made things even worse. She told her the best thing she could do for those babies is to give them away. Instead, Petra decided to skip town…. but not before helping Jane out. Sometimes, I think Petra is clouded by all the noise and doesn’t realize the goodness inside her. Side note: I love that the show takes time to be silly but also deals with real issues like immigration and postpartum. Not everything is rainbows and sunshines, although if you prevail the struggle, it will be one day!
Petra convinced Raf that after all Jane did for him (and gave up for him) it only made sense that he let her buy her dream home. But before signing the papers, Mateo took his first steps and Jane realized, she could not take a son away from his father. So they passed the house up and miraculously, another 2 bedroom house in their price range became available. Jane and Michael wrote a very convincing letter to the landlord and scored the lease, not knowing that Petra was actually the owner. Like I said, she does have a lot of good in her! Hopefully she’ll realize that before its too late.
Alba finally realized that her love Pablo wasn’t just cursed, he was the curse. She kicked him to the curb, but only after she accepted his proposal and basked in their romance for a short while. It was nice to see Alba so free, but he was never the right man for her. Plus, he was a cheater and no one likes that! Seeing her kick him all the way back to Venezuela and “out of her country” was priceless!
So that wedding might not be happening, but Jane’s sure is. At first, Jane refused to accept her father’s idea of the perfect wedding. She wanted something small and intimate and he wanted a huge wedding with all of his famous friends. Jane finally pulled the plug and told him she would pay for her own wedding, so Xo stepped in convincing her that maybe a big lavish wedding wouldn’t be bad after all. Especially since Ro missed out on a lot of her milestones growing up. So yeah, you can say I’m really stoked to see what Rogelio has planned. Especially since he ditched LC as his wedding planner and asked Xiomara to help him. Knowing that Jane wanted to get married in her family home, he recreated the living room on the soundstage. Seriously, how perfect?! Although I am still Team Rafael. Sorry!
Do you think the wedding will actually happen? Where is Petra planning to run off to? Is Rafael’s brother really up to no good? Was he working with Mutter or did he know more about her then he is letting on? Where is Luisa?
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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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