I was looking forward to watching Jane the Virgin when it came out a few years ago. I am, as usual, late to the party, but I’m glad I finally got here.
It’s not surprising to want to compare this show to Ugly Betty, which I admit I did not watch in its entirety. They both have telenovela roots, and then Betty’s father appears as a priest in Season 1. So far, I am enjoying it more though, and I like the cheesiness added in to the show via the narrator, on-screen textual descriptions, her cliched mother and grandmother, and (spoiler alert) her over the top telenovela father that she never knew she had. And I am glad to say that the more I got sucked into Jane’s world, the more I was like, Betty who?
Jane the Virgin is not just about an accidentally artificially inseminated virgin and her simple then complex relationships. There’s a bit of drama going on on the side, ongoing storylines that don’t actually have anything to do with Jane herself, giving the other characters their own little lives apart from how they’re intertwined with Jane. And they’re very well-developed characters that you just can’t help but to cheer for or loathe, all in their due course, of course.
I wanted to make some notes on the seasons, but that might be too much of a buzzkill if you haven’t watched this series. However, let me say a few things as an overview (spoilers ahead):
- Yes, Jane eventually loses her virginity in season 3. And they came up with a very simple solution to make the show’s title work in its favour.
- The show does cliffhanger endings and surprises very well. While I’ve had some right guesses on the occasional whodunnit and whatsgonnahappen, generally, the show still catches me by surprise four seasons in.
- There is one discontinuity that bugs me – that of Michael’s partner, Susanna, who turns out to be Rose. Except there is a confrontation between the two in the hospital and Susanna kills Rose. Was there always a Susanna? Or did Rose take over Susanna at some point? Because when Rose arrived at the hospital she was whistling. And a faux Rose probably wouldn’t have whistled. But this is a discontinuity I’m willing to let go, because everything else was executed well. Who knows, maybe there is an actual reason behind it all, or perhaps I glazed over when it was explained.
Cheesy, fun, touching and purposely parodic at times, I enjoyed Jane the Virgin a lot more than I expected to. Personally, I can’t wait for season five to roll around. Because, seriously! What???