Sunday, November 20, 2016

What I’m Watching: Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin: Season 3, Episode 5 “Chapter Forty-Nine” (B+)

I remember how entertaining it was when Rogelio first became interested in – and obsessed with – befriending Michael, and it was inevitable that he would develop the same enthusiasm about being close to Rafael, especially when he realized just how attractive he was. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen Rafael’s chest so muscular, but we’ll chalk that up to Michael being intimidated and Rogelio being amazed and maybe both of them augmenting its awesomeness just a little bit in their minds and for us viewers. Taking Rafael out for lunch and picking Michael up on the side of the road was a fun detour, and rushing to Rogelio’s audition and fixing a flat tire turned out to be positive steps on the way to rectifying Rafael and Michael’s relationship, and searching for Mateo together was another bonding moment. Maybe they can even talk about soccer! Jane unsurprisingly got carried away getting to know the huge family she never knew she had, and she got much more than she bargained for with a new cousin waiting on her doorstop, a development that it sure to upset Alba greatly. It was a shock to see the real Petra wake up while Rafael was in the room and identify herself as Anezka, and all of this time that she was being kept paralyzed by Anezka, we forgot how cunning and destructive Petra can be when she wants to. She was smart to get rid of Scott in a way that wouldn’t come back to hurt her, and the way that she spoke to Rafael when she revealed that she had heard everything he had said about her suggests that she’s going to execute her full revenge not against the woman who kept her immobilized but against one of our far more sympathetic protagonists.

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