Television

Jane the Virgin Season One Review (Spoiler Free)

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Hey I’m back! Apologies for not writing anything in the last month and a half (Thanks College!). But no worries, the school year has come to an end and with that vacation has begun, which means I have more time to post and write!

Jane the Virgin! If you had told me that the show about a young intelligent woman (who also happens to be a virgin) was accidentally artificially inseminated would be the breakout hit of the year, I would’ve thought you were delusional. But I am thrilled to admit that I was wrong and talk about how absolutely fantastic this show is! Jane Gloriana Villanueva (played brilliantly by Gina Rodriguez, who nabbed a Golden Globe for her performance!) grew up in a household with her single mother Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) and her grandmother Alba (Ivonne Coll). Jane grew up learning from her grandmother about the consequences of having sex and being asked to not have sex until she was married since she didn’t want her to go through the same thing Xiomara did when she got pregnant with Jane. Jane keeps her promise now at the age of 24 and as she’s dating her boyfriend of 2 years, Michael (Brett Dier) who respects the promise. One day, Jane goes to the gynecologist thinking she’s going in for a regular pap smear, that is until her gynecologist has a breakdown after having issues with her lover/stepmother (!!) and accidentally artificially inseminates Jane with her brother Raphael’s (Justin Baldoni) sperm. The insemination was intended for Petra (Yael Groblas), Raphael’s wife. In the next couple weeks Jane’s life takes a sharp turn after she starts getting signs of pregnancy. She learns that she is pregnant and is shocked since she knows she is still a virgin. Now Jane must decide whether she wants to keep the baby for Raphael and Petra, take it for herself, or not have it all. That is just the tip of the iceberg! We go from the news of the pregnancy to Jane falling for Raphael (who she works for at the Hotel he owns) to meeting her father (who happens to be telenovela star Rogelio de la Vega [hilariously portrayed by real life telenovela star Jaime Camíl]) for the first time and so much more!

The show is adapted from a Venezuelan telenovela of the same name. This show follows the same format of any telenovela and that’s what makes it so fun and great, especially for me since I grew up watching tons of novelas with my mother on Univision. One of the ways Jane the Virgin works so well aside from the brilliant script and incredible acting from all its stars including Anthony Mendez’s narration (which is one of the shows secret weapons), but the way it manages to balance a multitude of different storylines whether it be dramatic or comedic. Many of the episodes can have a hilarious number of scenes one moment, dramatic scenes in another, and heartfelt/tearjerkers of scenes in another while still managing to make every single of one of the work to their advantage. I don’t think there was a single episode this season that I did not enjoy and that can be a rarity in a 22 episode season, especially in a pilot season. Fans and critics alike have praised the show and rightfully so, Jane the Virgin is a stellar show that has so much heart and passion that makes it one of the best shows of the 2014-2015 year, The CW truly nailed it with this one and cannot wait what season 2 has in store for us!

Season Rating: 9.4/10

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