It took twelve episodes to happen, but finally, Jane the Virgin ran out of drama. No more conflicts to elevate. No more plots to thicken. No more twists to throw on us. In fact, Chapter Twelve was downright dull. Stupid, even. Pointless.
…That’s a joke, by the way. A huge joke. Because Chapter Twelve might have been the most important episode of Jane the Virgin so far – almost every long-term plot arc was featured and came to some sort of dramatic head. And holy crap was there drama in this episode. I don’t even know where to start this time – do I follow the drama? Do I bury the lead? Do I address the fact that we finally learned the identity of Sin Rostro? Or the fact that a pretty big character was killed?
Okay, that seems like a good place to start. Let’s mix it up this week and not begin with Jane’s storyline. Instead, let’s tackle Sin Rostro. Oh boy.
This week, Jane the Virgin returned with yet another installment that, in true Jane fashion, gave us oh so much to discuss. Where do I even begin? Let’s see – there was an awkward Villanueva family dinner, two exciting job offers for Jane, and, oh yeah, Lachlan might be evil, no big deal.
There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s jump right into Chapter Eleven. The theme for this episode seemed to be reconciliation – reconciling conflicts, working past preconceived notions, and finding a way to work together. Except, as you may have guessed, none of these reconciliations come easy – and none of them happen organically. Despite everyone’s attempts to go after what they want, or to get along with each other, no one does so by being honest or even being particularly enthusiastic about finding a resolution. Some characters don’t want to find a solution to their conflict; they’re content carrying on with whatever obstacle they placed between themselves and someone else, and don’t need to reconcile their view of a situation with an opposing view.
Now that I’m all caught up and Jane the Virgin has returned from its winter hiatus, I’m going to be reviewing it every week – mostly so I have some way to get out all of my emotions every week. Because, come on, this is way too much for me to handle on my own.
Chapter Ten began right where Chapter Nine ended: dealing with the aftermath of Alba’s fall down the stairs, and the impending arrival of a huge tropical storm. With almost every character on the show trapped in the same location, things were bound to get a little…dramatic. So grab your swag bag from the after after party, and let’s talk about Chapter Ten.
As some of you may know, I graduated from college last month. Since then, all I’ve done has been to make plans – what jobs I’m planning on applying to, how much writing I’ll get done now that I don’t have to worry about homework or papers…But, of course, all I’ve actually done since I graduated has been to lay in my bed and watching a lot of TV. Jobs are for losers.
There’s been a lot of Netflix time over the past few weeks, but despite my ever-growing list of shows I need to marathon from the beginning, I’ve only done one so far: Jane the Virgin, a new comedy on the CW. Jane the Virgin, a Golden Globe nominee for Best Comedy Series, is about Jane, a 23-year-old studying to be a teacher, who is accidentally inseminated and becomes pregnant, all thanks to a screw-up by her OB-GYN. The show is based on a Venezuelan telenovela, which, as you can imagine, makes the show a little hard to summarize in just a few sentences. So I’ll try to be succinct, and only stick to the main plot (that very quickly gets complicated, then those complications get resolved, then new complications flare up): Jane’s OB-GYN is the sister of the man whose sperm was used to inseminate Jane, and it turns out that he owns the hotel Jane works at. Oh, and they met like five years ago and Jane had a huge crush on him and they totally kissed. So as if things weren’t already awkward enough, you know, that kissing thing kind of makes it a little worse. Oh, and then there’s the fact that Jane has a boyfriend and Rafael’s married, and his wife is a suspect in an investigation being worked by Jane’s boyfriend. Like I said – a lot of complications.