Jane The Virgin gives us reason to celebrate in another excellent episode

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After two tearjerker episodes focusing on Xo’s cancer diagnosis, it’s refreshing to have an episode of Jane The Virgin that traffics in joy and relief rather than fear and sorrow. There’s definitely potential for tears in “Chapter Seventy-Nine,” but they’re happy tears as Alba finally gains her U.S. citizenship after…

There's nothing to worry about (maybe) on an outstanding Jane The Virgin

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Tonight’s Jane The Virgin begins with a warning. Words are quickly typed across a white background, and as I read them, I begin to worry. As I take in the first two lines—“The following contains frank and honest language”—I think that this episode is going to have some sort of trigger warning about sensitive material.…

Jane The Virgin doesn’t let tragedy destroy its usual bright, breezy tone

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After last week’s heartbreaking twist with the death of Michael Cordero, it’s totally reasonable to be worried about how Jane The Virgin would move forward in the wake of such a monumentally tragic loss. The three-year time jump that immediately followed Michael’s death assured viewers that the series wasn’t going to…

A perfectly balanced Jane The Virgin explores stress relief in trying times

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How do you cope with stress when life keeps getting harder and harder? It’s a frequently asked question, and it’s one that is especially relevant right now. Life always brings fresh challenges as people get older and take on more responsibility, but with the news dropping multiple dispiriting bombshells every single…

A conflict-heavy Jane The Virgin throws a wrench in multiple relationships

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Imagine being replaced by your twin sister and put in a forced state of paralysis for three months, forced to watch the rest of the world not notice that the person in your shoes isn’t you at all. It’s enough to break a person, but Petra Solano isn’t like most people. She’s infuriated at the world when she comes out…

Jane and Petra face off on Jane The Virgin’s Mother’s Day showdown

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There are a lot of moving parts that work together in unison to make Jane The Virgin a consistently entertaining TV series, and they’ve all been finely tuned in “Chapter Forty-Two.” Micah Schraft and Paul Sciarotta’s script gracefully weaves together the show’s three layers of reality into one cohesive narrative that…

Complicated domestic woes are the highlight of an uneven Jane The Virgin

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Considering how colorful and over the top Jane The Virgin is, it’s surprising just how grown up the series can be. “Chapter Forty-One” deals with the types of problems faced by mature adults in the real world—job and budget woes for a growing family, work and family priorities for a new mom, custody agreements for…

Jane The Virgin tackles genre conventions in an especially clever episode

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“Who cares about a fight between a mom and a daughter, right?” This question posed by one of The Mystery Of Tiago’s producers is a not-so-subtle comment on the main conflict of “Chapter Forty,” an episode that focuses on the ongoing fight between Jane and Xiomara. The story is rooted in Jane and Xiomara’s…

A Jane The Virgin “fasterpiece” speeds through plot to serve character

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To borrow a word from the great executive producer/director/actor Rogelio De La Vega, “Chapter Twenty-Eight” of Jane The Virgin is the show’s great “fasterpiece.” Covering five months over the course of 42 minutes, it features more plot developments than any preceding chapter (for perspective: the entire first season…