Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Jane The Virgin - Season 2 Premiere "Chapter 23" Review (The CW)

What makes Jane The Virgin so great? There are so many integral aspects of this adorable dramedy which makes for such an enjoyable and refreshing hour its astounding how the cast and crew manage to pull everything together. The best thing about Jane The Virgin's new season is the fact that, judging from the first three episodes, nothing much has changed.

I know what you're thinking, that doesn't make sense! What I mean is that the show's heart, tone and humour hasn't changed. The cast and writers have realised they have a winning formula and have made the right decision to stick to that formula, rather than changing everything for no reason other than the fact the show is entering its second season. Jane The Virgin continues to create, edit and curate intricate coming of age style stories with a fantastic attention to detail and finesse.

In Chapter Twenty-Three, picking up immediately where Season 1 left off, Jane and everyone else learns about Mateo's kidnapping, especially of Sin Rostro's involvement. Rogelio tweets about Mateo's kidnapping and the family's house is soon surrounded by paparazzi. Michael steps in and arranges for the baby's safe return by handing over an incriminating computer chip from Luisa to Sin Rostro. Jane tries to focus on motherhood and leans on her mother and grandmother for support which makes Rafael feel left out as parent. Meanwhile, Petra contemplates what to do with Rafael's second set of sperm sample.

As season 2 progresses, it becomes even more evident the ways in which Jane The Virgin remains the premiere comedy in regards to its knack for storytelling and over the top humour. The storytelling continues to be outlandish in the best way possible, thanks to its telenovela roots For instance, no other show currently on television manages to utilise the dual timeline structure as well as Jane The Virgin. Seeing young Jane in a sticky situation which ultimately helps Jane solve a current problem is touching and always funny and sweet. Gina Rodriguez (Jane) continues to be completely dedicated to her role as a new mother in an otherworldly situation. She plays Jane with a certain level of naivety and strength all at the same time. Of course, Jane The Virgin would be nothing without its extremely talented and likeable supporting cast; Justin Baldoni (Rafael), Yael Groblas (Petra), Brett Dier (Michael), Andrea Navedo (Xiomara), Jaime Camil (Rogelio), Ivonne Coll (Alba).

My only complaint regarding the show is how emotional Jane is. Yes, I know Jane is a sensitive person and she just had a baby and in the middle of a love triangle, but are the annual ten minute crying sessions really necessary? Give Gina's tear ducts a break, please!

The only thing left to say is, thank God for Jane The Virgin!


Update: Check out Bruno Mars sing a brand new song at Jane and Michael's wedding in the SEASON FINALE!

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