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Bored and in need of free TV, I started watching Jane the Virgin. Let's be clear: this is not the show the title says it is. The title sounds like a sex comedy to me, but in fact what they seem to be going for is a play on Mary the Virgin, ie, immaculate conception. You see why everyone in the titling department should be fired.

So instead of a sex comedy, what it is is a humorously self-aware English-language attempt at a telenovela, or Spanish soap opera - in this case, one about a virgin who accidentally gets artificially inseminated and is now pregnant (which is the first of many, many unlikely happenings). And it's actually really cute! Jane's relationships with her mom and grandmother are complicated but loving, and the main actress in particular is adorable.

I also really love that she is basically constitutionally incapable of lying, which means she spends little to no time hiding things from people. I had NO IDEA how much I wanted this until I started watching this show. People making things harder for themselves by not communicating facts to other people stresses me out; this show is therefore so relaxing for me.

Unfortunately everyone else in the show seems to be some degree of terrible, except for the star of the in-show telenovela, who is terrible but also hilarious, and the narrator, who is just hilarious. I would like to root for the baby's father's sister, a screw-up who's presently banging another man's wife, and the father's wife, who is still unmitigatedly terrible, so I am hoping they both produce some sympathetic qualities soon so I can.


I watched the 200th ep of SPN. It was really cute. How pleased was I that it featured a) female fans b) portrayed positively? Very pleased. In fact I don't think there was a guy with a speaking role besides Sam and Dean, which has to be a first. (Oh, wait, except for Chuck. LOLing forever. This show, you guys.)

I also really enjoyed the music, especially Castiel's song and the "Carry On My Wayward Son" chorus. Just about gave me chills (and was basically a much more in-tune version of what happens at the end of every SPN con karaoke night).

In all I think succeeded very well as what the writers wanted it to be, which was a love letter to the show and the fandom.

(Now for heartbroken ex-fan being cranky. You have been warned.)

Unfortunately I also think it functioned far better as a sendoff than the show is likely to actually get. It may say more about me than the show, but I really think the show has accomplished all it is going to accomplish, not necessarily because the well is dry but because the current writing staff (or at least, the writing staff as of S8, which AFAIK has only been weakened since) isn't capable of plumbing those depths anymore with any degree of skill. Not news, I know, but: this is no longer a show I can love.

So for me, this was the finale, and not just because I'm unlikely to watch any of the episodes after it. Like a finale might, it summed up both the show and so many of my happiest feelings about it; because it turned around and said to the audience, to me, "You take it from here." Like a finale, it felt like goodbye.


I suspect I may want more TV now with colder weather (26 on the way to work this morning!) and shorter days. Who knows, maybe I'll finally make it through B5. Also I have decided Sleepy Hollow would be the perfect show to watch with ex-roommates - cute characters for the girls, apocalypse for Mr. Roommate. So you may be hearing about that as well.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)


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Nov. 17th, 2014 04:47 pm (UTC)
I started watching Jane the Virgin
Oooh I read about that. Got the impression that it was a good female-centric show, dealing with issues of faith & family without patronising anyone.
Nov. 17th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Yeah! There are more main female characters than male, and female friendship are definitely central, although I wish Jane's friendship with her peers were more developed - I don't even know any of their names. But there's plenty of time.
Nov. 17th, 2014 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re SPN - so I could watch this, even though I haven't watched anything since S5, and still enjoy this one?
Nov. 17th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
Yep! Dean actually gives a very brief summary of events since S5 at one point, but otherwise this ep is really not temporally fixed at all.
Nov. 17th, 2014 04:54 pm (UTC)
Coolness! It sounds like fun.
Nov. 17th, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
Hee, and my major takeaway from Jane the Virgin is that it's all about lying! Jane talks to the people around her, while everyone else spins webs of deception that eventually snare them.
Nov. 17th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, but I don't really care about those other people! They can get in trouble and it's fine! Except for Jane's mom, but her reticence makes sense, at least, and doesn't feel contrived like most of the others.
Nov. 17th, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I've been hearing lots of good things about Jane the Virgin.
Nov. 17th, 2014 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's unexpectedly good! Although really, if you start out with a title like "Jane the Virgin," it'd be hard to be worse than expected...
Nov. 17th, 2014 07:37 pm (UTC)
A lot of my flistees seem to like Jane the Virgin, but the premise freaks me out enough that I can't watch it. :/
Nov. 17th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Aw. I can see how that could bother people. :\
Nov. 18th, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
I never got into Veronica Mars for a similar reason.

Trailer: Veronica: "Want to know how I lost my virginity? So do I."

Me: "Nope nope nope nope nope."

But then, I'm tetchy and hard to please as a fan. I never watched SPN, either. It just didn't appeal.
Nov. 17th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
Everyone seems to like SPN 200.
Nov. 17th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2014 09:38 pm (UTC)
How pleased was I that it featured a) female fans b) portrayed positively?
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Transformative indeed. And considering some of the behind-the-scenes stuff that's gone on with this show I was pleasantly shocked that that was the overarching message of the episode.

And the music was dope. I’d buy that soundtrack.

Edited at 2014-11-18 12:40 am (UTC)
Nov. 17th, 2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was really surprised in how happy it made me.
Nov. 18th, 2014 07:12 am (UTC)
Have you tried Penny Dreadful? Eva Green is absolutely amazing in it.
Nov. 18th, 2014 08:51 pm (UTC)
Alas, it is on Showtime, and I can't get it through my legit sources. But eventually!
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