Finally, I can say that this is the last pilot I’m reviewing this fall season! Despite the really terrible title “Jane the Virgin“, it’s such a fun show to watch. If you’ve seen the Trailer for the first episode, this review can in no way spoil you, but if you haven’t and you want to go into all of this pretty much unknowing, then beware of Spoilers ahead!
As I said, I’m not a big fan of the title, but I was surprised by how much I actually enjoyed watching the show. The premise is as follows: Jane’s life pretty much turns into a telenovela when she accidentally gets inseminated by her gynecologist. As if that fact alone wasn’t already terrifying enough, circumstances are even more complicated. Despite her 2-year-relationship with her boyfriend, Jane is still a virgin and was in no way prepared to have a child, especially since she lives her life according to a strict timeline, just to avoid turning out like her mother, who got pregnant at 16. Also, the supposed father of the child, Rafael, is a former crush of Jane’s and the sample she was inseminated with was his last chance for a biological child, due to the cancer he had. In addition to that, his wife just tried to get pregnant to save her marriage with him, because according to their prenuptial agreement, she gets about 10 million Dollars if they stay together for 5 years. Also, she cheats on him with one of his best friends. Even worse is the fact that the gynecologist who screwed up is actually Rafael’s sister. Told you it was like a telenovela!
The cast was chosen very well in my opinion and includes: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Justin Baldoni, Yael Grobglas, Brett Dier, Ivonne Coll, Jaime Camil, Ryan Devlin, Alano Miller … But let’s step away from the facts and take a closer look at some of my thoughts:
- I like the use of text during the show, but they need to keep it moderate in order to have it’s effect. On-screen text is just like voice-overs – it can be nice, as long as you don’t overdo it and since the show has both, voice-overs and text, they better make sure it doesn’t get annoying.
- The story definitely is a bit ridiculous, but the way they promoted it and even gave it that telenovela look on purpose, doesn’t make me judge it. You get what’s on the package, so I’m fine with the concept. However, I still wonder if that is something that appeals to a lot of people …
- The show mainly avoids talking about serious issues (e.g. the abortion that is considered by Jane) though and take a much lighter approach to everything. The soapy nature of it all makes it easier to forgive that.
- Michael, Jane’s now fiance, seems so sweet and understanding and most of all patient. He certainly looks too good to be true. I can’t help, but think he has a massive and dark secret, as teased by Billy, his brother, and the narrator at the end of the episode.
- Gina Rodriguez, as Jane, does a great job! You are totally on her side, whatever she decides and she has chemistry with both, Michael and Rafael. They did well casting her as the lead.
- We’re not supposed to like Petra and I don’t, so, that’s good too I guess.
- One of the shockers of the first episode was the fact that the telenovela star Jane idolizes and hallucinates about, is actually her father. That’s going to lead to so much more drama!
- Rafael’s sister really made a huge mistake and seemingly has made others before. She could get her license revoked, but it doesn’t seem that way just yet. One thing that is for sure though, is that there is a chance for her rekindling the romance with her ex who was a lawyer.
In the end, I am not sure that CW’s scheduling of the show makes that much sense. Putting it behind the vampire drama “The Originals” isn’t exactly the place I would have chosen. However, this show was really fun and charming and I don’t regret at least checking it out. We’ll see how it continues from now on and whether I will stick with it. What are your thoughts?