How to Binge-Watch ‘Jane the Virgin’, an American Adaptation Telenovela Filled With Soapy Campy Romance
You’ll be hooked from the first episode.
Jane the Virgin is an American adaptation telenovela satire which began October 2014 on The CW and aired its last episode in July 2019. It since has been given a home on Netflix to binge where I stumbled across it a year ago. I had heard about the show and curious as to how the show wrote a virgin having a baby, started watching. After watching four out of the five seasons, I thoroughly enjoy how loaded with humor, twisted characters with added romance and wackiness. The show is in English, though one character, Alba, speaks Spanish with English subtitles. Soaps.com has a synopsis of the first episode in order to share a little of what to expect for those looking for more soap in their lives. Beware, spoilers are coming.
Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez, B&B’s Beverly) is a 23-year old Latina woman who has a special relationship with God. She lives with her grandmother Alba Villanueva (Ivonne Coll) and mother, a singer and a dancer, fond of dating the wrong men, Xiomara De La Vega (née Villanueva) (Andrea Navedo). Alba adores telenovelas, especially The Passions of Santos. Alba’s also a devout Catholic. When Jane was 10 years old, her Abuela (grandmother), gave Jane a perfect white flower and told her to crumble it and then attempt to make it perfect again. She couldn’t and Abuela explained that’s what happens with your virginity. Once it’s gone, you can’t get it back. Jane never got beyond second base, though she was heavily embroiled in a passionate relationship with her detective boyfriend Michael Cordero (Brett Dier) for the last two years.
Meanwhile, cancer survivor, Rafael Solano (Justin Baldoni, Y&R’s Ben, B&B’s Graham Darros) and his man-eater wife Petra (Yael Grobglas) were hoteliers who own the resort hotel called The Maribella who are trying to have a baby without success. His sister, a recovering alcoholic, Dr. Luisa Alver (Yara Martinez). An aspiring writer, Jane works as a server at the hotel. She has had a mad crush on Rafael since they shared a kiss once.
The next morning at the hospital, Luisa, distraught and reeling from catching her wife in bed with another, she mixes up a routine pelvic examination with artificial insemination. Jane’s passed out while waiting in stirrups for the doctor and doesn’t hear Luisa ask if she’s ready for her insemination. When she wakes up, Luisa is trying to hide her tears. She inseminates Jane and is shocked to see her next patient is Petra, who has had Rafe’s sperm frozen. She’s ready to be inseminated, though she didn’t tell Rafael what she was up to.
Jane’s life turned into a telenovela. She discovered she was pregnant when she was rushed to the hospital after passing out. Since she’s never had sex, Jane and her mother were astounded.
Luisa confessed to her brother Rafael and Petra that she accidentally inseminated another woman with his specimen. She then confessed to Jane what she had done.
Jane’s boyfriend Michael proposed to her later and she blurted out she’s pregnant, much to Jane’s panic. Jane explained everything and he freaked out a little. They pretend as if Jane said yes to his proposal since his family turns up and explanations at this point aren’t going to cut it.
Jane and Rafael got together to discuss her pregnancy and what to do about it. Petra asked Rafael to have Jane give birth to the baby so they could raise the child as their own.
Meanwhile, Jane’s Abuela was disappointed, thinking that Jane had sexual relations before marriage. After Jane explained the situation, her grandmother urged her to have the baby.
While all this was going down, Jane’s mama, Xiomara, had a visit from the lead actor of Passions of Santos, who just so happens to be Jane’s self-involved, loving and over-the-top, father Rogelio de la Vega (Jaime Camil) who didn’t receive word about Jane until recently. Huge twist. And we learned that Petra was cheating on Rafael with his best friend, who just as it happens was being investigated by Jane’s boyfriend, Michael.
The twists and turns in Jane the Virgin are consistent as is the laughter, the romantic love and the ups and downs between three generations of women. If you love soap operas, it’s likely you’ll become hooked on this one.
There were plenty of goodies I left out from the episode and a lot more to hold your interest. If you think that Jane the Virgin might tickle your fancy, you can watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.
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