By Asia Michel
Published: November 8th, 2017
It is known, within the CW community, that when a show is moved to a Friday night, it usually means it is coming to an end. We’ve seen this with the “Carrie Diaries” and “The Vampire Diaries,” but this does not seem to be the case for the CW’s hit comedy “Jane the Virgin.” Now in its fourth season, viewers are expecting even bigger surprises.
This series has seen heartfelt changes since season one. From accidental pregnancies and surprising deaths coming left and right, this show does it all. The addition of new cast members and separation of story lines offer us tremendous hope for season four. There is a desperate need for solace after the traumatic losses of season three.
“Jane the Virgin” (JV) is founded on interesting family dynamics. Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) has grown tremendously post-Michael’s death (Brett Dier), Jane’s late husband. She finally finds the strength to complete her novel, she and Rafael (Justin Baldoni) develop a successful co-parenting relationship, and she and Petra (Yael Grobglas) are finally on good terms, and all seems to be well. The absence of Michael, however, leaves Jane vulnerable in her romantic world. Her vulnerability leads her to a confusing space with Rafael and has her feeling like her nineteen-year-old self all over again. Once a character who was driven by Catholic morale and romantic ideals, Jane is now someone who believes in casual sex and has deep desire to live her life to the fullest. Fortunately enough, Tyler Posey joins the cast as Jane’s first love, Adam, and swoops in to help Jane explore these desires.
This season, the JV cast explores the complexities many real-life families go through. When dating someone new, when is the right time to introduce her/him to your child? As a widow, how do you know when you’re ready to date again? These are the complex questions Jane answers as she finds herself in yet another romance. I can appreciate the dynamic Adam brings to the show. His presence was definitely needed while Jane and Rafael have the duel of their life parenting, dating, and financial instability shake their relationship, which isn’t surprising for two people who were brought together by accidental insemination. Hopefully, Posey’s character is here for the long haul.
As much as I enjoy watching the Villanueva women fumble their way through life, this show offers their audience so much more: authenticity. These women illustrate what the day to day woman would face in her everyday life and offer humorous solutions. This season has truly stepped up, making “Jane the Virgin” the go-to CW show every Friday night. I can’t wait to see what else the season brings for us.