Friday, February 20, 2015

What I’m Watching: Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin: Season 1, Episode 14 “Chapter Fourteen” (B+)

This show has always been a telenovela, but now it’s starting to really acknowledge that as Jane sees just how ridiculous every part of her life is. I have to note that opening with a Woody Allen quote and a flashback to five years ago with Jane considering going to Iowa made me wonder what would have happened in a bizarre TV alternate universe where Jane and Hannah Horvath ended up taking creative writing together. There’s more than enough drama and preposterousness to fill this world, namely the fact that the Roman we saw Rafael talking to isn’t really Roman but his twin brother Aaron! Twins may in fact have been an invention of the soap opera designed to create confusion and enable double-crosses, and here their invocation was relatively harmless, if only serving to provide a brief shock for both Jane and Petra. It’s hard to blame the zany Luisa for being upset with Rafael calling her plans crazy over and over, and giving her shares of the company to Petra was the perfect payback. Running away with Rose is an intriguing plan that is sure to lead nowhere good for all involved, and may well be what gets Sin Rosetro caught. It was tough to see Jane and Rafael fighting so much about trust and their future, but they managed to make up, say I love you, and even have an uncomfortable question popped (no, not a proposal) that’s going to change everything. Jane sitting Xiomara and Rogelio (Dad) down to talk honestly with each other was fun, and it’s nice to see the chastity period over, even though Rogelio for some reason tried to argue against it.

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