Jane the Virgin – TV Review

Based on the famous telenovelas of Latin America, Jane the Virgin follows Jane   (Gina Rodriguez), a virgin who is accidentally inseminated by the doctor who should be doing a pap smear. What are she and her fiancé, Michael (Brett Dier) going to do – especially when she starts to have feelings for the biological father, Rafael (Justin Baldoni)? Then her grandmother (Ivonne Coll) has to deal with seeing her daughter, Xiomara (Andrea Navedo) reconnect with Jane’s father, telenovela superstar Rogelio (Jaime Camil). But the doctor who inseminated her was Rafael’s sister, and was supposed to be inseminating Rafael’s wife who had stolen the last sample of Rafael’s frozen semen after he had cancer… and then it gets complicated.

What is great is that the characters are great. They have real good sides and bad sides, but they don’t seem too over the top – and then there are the ones who are over the top! Oh, they are so much fun! My favourite will always be Rogelio – so magnificently ridiculous and gorgeous and funny and – he’s great. Love him. In fact, I think he is really the reason I watch it. What’s not great – well, isn’t it just making fun of a person for their religion and beliefs, and saying that sure, you can believe in saving yourself for marriage but we’ll all laugh at you? Isn’t it, at the heart of it, just a bit nasty? Yet… no. I don’t know. Just enjoy it.

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