Will ‘Jane’ Get Her Happily Ever After?

Ahh, all is well. Jane The Virgin is back, Gina Rodriquez is still a delight that none of us fully deserve, and (spoiler alert) Michael Cordero is alive. Sure, Petra is still paralyzed and Xo is still carrying the baby of her ex’s enemy. But in spite of the remaining doom, like Jane at it’s best this episode brought out a lot of sweet and optimistic moments: a story framed as a romance novel; heartwarming and hopeful flashes of Jane and Michael’s future; hilarious flashbacks of what happened after their first kiss (Michael had a cat and it died, jackass). While it’s all good for now, there’s the sneaking suspicion that things this good can’t last that long.

The theme and framing that this episode follows begins with an angry young Jane reacting to a new romance novel that ends on a twist rather than giving its romantic leads the expected HEA, or happily ever-after. Little Jane believes this twist fails the genre, since romance novels all follow a similar pattern that make you believe in true love. Jane has always had its soap roots on display, but all its romance novel influences are just as clear. This episode sets us up to think that the HEA past Jane looked for is her future with Michael, but what if this story instead ends with the unfair twist she never wanted?

Last season, I fully believed Michael would die, and the finale pretty much sealed that fate for me. Then Michael survived, and for a minute I forgot all about the narrator’s ominous statement about loving Jane “for as long as Michael lived, until he drew his very last breath.” But don’t worry! There’s still hope! Showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman responded to reporter questions about this particular quote saying, “I think you will have to watch… I will say it’s a reliable narrator. And we’re going to be dealing with that.” Urman also said that the love triangle is “not over, but it is over now.” And then my money was back on a funeral for Michael.

Of course, there aren’t always happy endings in real life. And Jane and her family’s struggles have always been relatable enough, but only to a point. Throw in a celebrity dad, a couple of murderers, crime plots, kidnapping, an evil twin… you get it. We relate to Jane, and strive for her optimism, but this isn’t a realistic show. You still hope for the best for her because against all the drama and cliffhangers her happiness is the heart of the show. Ultimately it’s a romantic soap, and how can they keep topping on the drama if Jane has a happy, normal life? I’ve flip flopped on #TeamRafael and #TeamMichael more times than I can count, so something has to come next. If Jane wants a peaceful life with Michael, as an audience member I want that too. And yet it doesn’t seem like that’s on the horizon. I’m in for the ride, and the ups and downs are what makes this show such an impossibly fun thing to recap. But isn’t it time Jane got her own HEA?


Supergirl Sticks The Landing At the CW


Season 2 of Supergirl had a tough task to complete in it’s first episode last night- not only did it return to television, but it also premiered on a new channel, where it filmed in a new city and introduced a beloved character to the DCTV universe. It seems almost impossible, and yet the show pulled it off nearly flawlessly. Who’s surprised? This is Supergirl, after all. And it’s time you gave it a shot.

When it premiered last season, Supergirl looked like pure cheese. Everything from her costume to it’s sunny home on CBS could be, and was, poked at. But one season full of pep talks, martians, and ice cream later and Supergirl has proved itself as a heartfelt little joy ride for comic fans and feminists alike. Last year we watched Kara Danvers optimistically live her double life as media mogul Cat Grant’s assistant by day and Supergirl by… day, learning about her powers and dropping hints about the guy in blue, her cousin Clark Kent. This season, Kara’s got a new job as a reporter, an established support system, and yes, Clark is in town. And I have to say, if the arrival of Superman is the only reason you’re interested in tuning in this time around, you’re in luck. Tyler Hoechlin is a genuinely great Superman, delivering cheesy dialogue like “lickety split” and charming everyone from Cat to Winn, all while proving to Teen Wolf viewers that he can actually smile. He’s so good, it kind of makes you wonder if he and Melissa Benoist actually are aliens, just sent here to perfectly portray the nerdiest and most adorable crime-fighting family duo the CW has ever seen. I’m just saying.

Last night’s episode proved that this show continues to be well-acted and far deeper than it looks on the surface. Sure, they still talk about things like X-Ray vision in the middle of a crowded street, and there’s a musical crossover episode coming up that might be too much for some people to handle. But they also managed to incorporate huge changes to their show without any of the heart suffering for it. If there were any doubts about how well Supergirl would fare now that it’s at the CW, I think they’ve been squashed. This is a show that consistently tells a powerful origin story while balancing a little bit of action with a little bit of charm with a little bit of complete geekiness. If you still need convincing, do yourself a favor and watch the Pilot, The Flash cross-over (it’s just so good) and the Red Kryptonite episode, and you’ll be ready to jump in to season 2. I love watching shows about horrible people doing horrible things, but isn’t it nice to watch a show that just makes you happy? An enjoyable, feel-good show doesn’t come around all the time, but Supergirl is here now. You should give it a chance.


Jane The Virgin Has a Michael Problem

If you’re a Jane The Virgin viewer, there’s only one thing on your mind right now: Michael’s going to die. Oh, no? Just me? I’m the only one watching each new episode like it’s season 9 of How I Met Your Mother, a complete waste of time since the wedding they’ve been planning is just going to end up a tragic plot point to the ultimate resolution of having two other characters get together? What?

Dramatic reactions aside, the impending death of “Jane’s perfect man” Michael Cordero is a sore spot for me. #TeamRafael sucked me in from the beginning, but somewhere along the middle of last season I left Rafael and his perfectly colored pants in the dust and joined Team Michael. And I know the point of the show is #TEAMJANE, but c’mon, the show is 100% at it’s best when it’s revolving around the core love-triangle/square/other many-sided shape. Yeah, there’s a crime mystery going on in there as well, but right now all I really know about Mudder is Rafael’s brother wears a lot of scarves. I was thrilled Jane and Michael got engaged, which right now is a problem.

Michael’s death is a widely debated theory right now. I mean, Google doesn’t lie: Screen Shot 2016-04-19 at 4.00.33 PMAnd it’s partially because the sly hints they’ve been dropping are just now too damn obvious to ignore. The kicker was the final shot of last night’s “Chapter Forty,” which gives us the revelation that Michael is being stalked. Truthfully this itself isn’t a huge deal- he’s a cop, and when it comes to the criminal angle nothing could be worse than baby Mateo being kidnapped hours after birth. What is a huge deal is that it seems pretty much confirmed that this will be the storyline to carry Michael to his demise. So right now, it feels like the show has the chance to go in two directions:

A) Michael is safe, Jane and Michael marry, Jane The Virgin becomes Jane Not The Virgin, Rafael and Jane co-parent Mateo, there’s unnecessary drama at the Marbella, Jane moves out and visits her mother and grandma when it’s convenient to the plot

B) Michael dies, Jane falls back to Rafael, another potential love interest comes along and messes with the equation, the audience is treated to Michael v. Rafael 2.0 and Mateo has some other random guy he can call “da-da”

I guess there’s a third option, where Michael breaks it off with Jane for other reasons or he gets amnesia or is put into witness protection or some other crazy soap opera plot. I realize I’m being picky here. TV shows are meant to change and considering the amazing story the writers have given us in the past I have faith that they’ll keep entertaining us. But one thing that’s hard to deny is that JTV does an excellent job of making you side with who they want you to side with- Michael is currently being portrayed as Jane’s soulmate, whereas Rafael is back to making bad decisions and being a subpar dad to Elsa & Anna (lol). There are cycles to their responsibility and attractiveness, and we’re totally in a Michael moment right now. If Michael dies, am I supposed to just fall back into Rafael? Or guy #3? Not to mention the fact that Jane is the least deserving person of a dead fiancee, and that’s something that no one is deserving of. Maybe I’m just sad I chose the wrong side of this debate. Maybe I should just accept the dead-fiancee trope is one that would not only work within Jane The Virgin, but would make for some really interesting development moving forward. Maybe I am just looking way too far into a TV show. Whatever the case, we have 4 episodes to see if Jane makes it down the aisle or not. The Michael problem will be hanging over my head until then.