On this weeks Jane the Virgin, our young heroine Janey finally got to know her father Rogelio and their reunion didn’t go the way she imagined it would for the past 23-years of her life. Instead, she was disappointed, also ruining relationships with her mother and Michael. It’s official… Jane’s life is a mess.
Her Father: The man she found out about last week tried to make up for 23 years in two days. It was overload! Not to mention that he’s completely shallow and vain–things Jane is not. This was kind of obvious though, he is a telenovela star. After their first meeting, which was kind of a disaster, Jane invited him over for dinner. Things went south as soon as he told Jane not to blame her mother for not telling her she knew who her father was. Jane flipped out exclaiming it wasn’t his business. Actually she really didn’t need him in her life at all. At that moment, I kind of felt bad for the man. He was getting undeserved wrath for not knowing about his daughter until 16-months ago and not blaming the mother. He wouldn’t have been a good father back than anyways. Who knows if he’d be a good father now. He apologized the next day for putting too much pressure on the issue and they vowed to start over. He promised he would never give up or leave Jane again and that’s when she knew they had one thing in common.
The baby: She would never leave her baby either. Never abandon it. And despite not wanting to keep it, she couldn’t give it to Rafael now that he officially told her he was divorcing Petra because she slept with his best friend. Jane had a vision for the baby. She wanted it to have two parents–a happy family–one she didn’t have. Without Petra in the picture, everything changed. As complicated as three-way custody would be, nothing ever came easy, but that’s the way it had to be. She would obviously allow Rafael to see his child, but she was going to take care of it with Michael. Rafael didn’t like the sound of a random man he obviously hated, taking care of his child. He started looking into lawyers to gain custody rights. This made me sad because now their relationship will go from a simple, friendly understanding to serious and professional fight over a child. If it even gets that far……
Petra Is Evil: We’ve known she was going to be a problem since day 1 when she was boinging Zazo. But I didn’t expect her to sink this low. Granted she does have her creepy, villainous, telenovela mommy controlling her every move. Who else wants to bet that Petra’s mom… or should I say Natalia’s mom, is Sin Rostro? She got super pissed off at her daughter when she found out Rafael served her with divorce papers and told her to try to seduce him, while bringing up the good old days–pre-miscarriage and pre-cancer. It didn’t work. Rafael was this close to having sex wit her, but stopped himself.. probably because he would be calling out Jane’s name after all of those sex-dreams! The next day, Petra thought they were in the clear when he re-offered her the divorce papers! Her mother was even more upset and without warning slapped her in the face. With a bruised eye and bruised self-confidence, Petra told police her husband did this to her and she wanted to file a statement. Whoa! So basically, he has motive to have hit her. She can spin the story in a way that makes it look like Rafael was upset about the affair and took it out on her face. With a statement, she guarantees that even if he tries to get shared-custody of his unborn child, the judge won’t grant it. Petra’s playing the “you want to divorce me, I’ll mess your life up card.” I guess we should have seen it when she wanted to lock him in a marriage with pregnancy.
Michael Knows The Truth: Jane is shocked to find out that this whole time, Michael knew that Petra had been cheating on Rafael yet he didn’t say anything. She’s heartbroken because despite being able to understand not wanting to keep the baby, he was willing to have her give up her child to people that weren’t fit to be parents. Especially after knowing how important it was that the baby went to good people… a healthy home. Yes, Michael messed up royally here. BUT I think Jane’s emotions are getting the best of her. She’s clearly on an emotional roller-coaster getting pregnant with another man’s baby, having feelings for him, stressing about the wedding, finding out about her father and not speaking with her mother. That’s a lot to handle. And when she gets upset, she won’t hear anyone out, she just shuts them down. I understand she was blindsided and now heartbroken but Michael realized he was wrong when he decided he would be okay with keeping the baby if that’s what she wanted. He’s been one insanely supportive boyfriend, so she needs to cut him some slack. Plus, that is confidential information. If Jane knew the truth about Petra’s relationship, she probably would have blown it for everyone.
Another Death: Zazo was expecting to meet with Sin Rostro, the drug kingpin just days before his death. Michael has been on the drug lords case for years now. But no one knows who Sin Rostro is. It’s clear that Rostro is responsible for Zazo’s death and now we know that Rostro is responsible for a second murder in the hotel… Disgusting Tom’s. Literally, the moment where he came back to life to name his killer before dying was so dramatic, it reminded me that yes, Jane is kind of an American soap. Anyways, Rafael has two murder cases under his hotel and Michael has a huge case to solve. Why is Sin Rostro even after this specific hotel in the first place? And who is this person? I have my guesses on Petra’s mother, but that might be too obvious. Runner-ups include the man Petra met with in an underground garage last week. He was clearly doing something with her the night of Zazo’s murder. Either way, Petra is definitely involved. And than there’s Billy.
Billy: Michael’s brother is totally up to something. Does he really just want money? I don’t think so. We found out he was dating Jane’s co-worker and friend Liz. It’s obvious he’s only doing it for the money, knowing this is a good way to get close to Jane, which would make Michael uncomfortable and more likely to pay him off. But, Michael did reveal he and his brother have a criminal past. Maybe Billy is Rostro. Maybe he’s behind all the murders? There’s got to be more to his story than simply wanting cash and tormenting his bro. He’s to eager to get close to Jane… It’s all very suspicious.
What do you think cravers? Tell us who you think Rostro is. Did you like this weeks episode? Do you think Jane’s pregnancy is moving at a too-slow of a pace?
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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