TV Club: Jane The Virgin: “Chapter Twenty-Two”

Jane Gloriana Villanueva finally has her baby this week, and it’s a moment that is as touching and beautiful as all the lead-up to the birth suggested it would be. And then the newborn Mateo Gloriano Rogelio Solano Villanueva is kidnapped by a Miami crime kingpin. The majority of this episode focuses on the grounded interpersonal dynamics that have given this show its heart, but the final scenes go hard on the telenovela craziness with a Solano sperm sample revelation, surprise wedding, and abducted baby. All of that insanity sets up a thrilling season 2 for this series, but it’s all the character work that gives me faith that no matter how wild the narrative gets, the writers won’t lose sight of the relationships that really matter.

It’s very possible that Jane The Virgin will suffer a sophomore slump, but when freshman year is so consistently …

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