Netflix Review: Jane The Virgin

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Netflix Review: Jane The Virgin

Alyssa Robinson, Copy Editor

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I’m going to start this review by admitting that it will, in fact, be biased. This Americanized version of a telenovela is one of my favorite shows of all time. I also want to note that the CW usually only produces hot garbage, but this show is quite the exception. Developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, this overblown satirical romantic comedy-drama has checked nearly every box in regards to diversity. This show has remained incredibly entertaining throughout all four seasons by being unlike any other series currently on air. With its whacky plot lines, constant use of soap opera tropes (evil twin, amnesia, love triangle, forbidden love, murder, etc.), and the way the writers continue to develop the main characters; Jane The Virgin has made their audience simply fall in love.

The main character, Jane Villanueva, has been raised by her teen mother and religious abuela, who has taught her to remain celibate until marriage. Jane, who is tremendously responsible for age 27, has her entire future planned out. Her life is on track until a routine clinic visit leaves her accidentally artificially inseminated. If I’ve lost you– allow me to explain. Jane’s doctor, Luisa Alver (who, in her defense, is going through a personal crisis), accidentally inseminates Jane with a sample meant for the patient next door. Jane, who was there for a routine pap smear, thinks nothing more and goes on with her day-to-day life. Weeks later, Jane finds out she is pregnant. Her life becomes exponentially more complicated when she discovers that the sperm donor was her boss, hotelier Rafael Solano, who she might have kissed once five years ago. Another honorable mention goes to Detective Michael Cordero Jr., Jane’s long term boyfriend and now fiance, who is thrown for quite the loop when he hears the news.

Along with it’s staggering basis, Jane The Virgin has found a way to make anyone and everyone binge their show. It truly has something for each person and the never-ending insanity of the plot keeps viewers clicking on the next episode. Asking around, a fan favorite of the show is the web of characters and how they are all related in some way shape or form. My personal favorite of the show is Rafael’s beautiful, yet troublemaking wife, Petra. Petra Solano goes from Jane’s nemesis to family and that’s just one miniscule contribution to her fabulous, elongated development. The love triangle between Jane, Michael and Rafael is a huge part of the series, it gives viewers an almost-friendly competition to discuss when they aren’t watching the show. I would recommend Jane The Virgin to anyone with a sense of humor. Season 5 premieres on March 27.