This week Michael insists Jane quit her job because he’s not comfortable with Jane working is such close proximity with Rafael, seeing as she kissed him five years ago. Admittedly, Rafael’s also the father of her baby, but it’s the kiss that really seems to have pushed him to the edge.
Gina Rodriguez continues to excel as Jane, particularly when it finally hits her that she’s having a baby and not a milkshake. It’s a moment of breathtaking humanity and serves as the emotional heart of the episode. With so many eccentric characters and ludicrous plot developments it’s important the show finds an anchor to keep it grounded and believable, and Gina Rodriguez proves to be adept at the role.
Petra (Yael Grobglas) developed an extra dimension this week when she admitted she truly did love Rafael. It’s early days yet, but the pilot painted her more as a cartoon villain than an actual human being. This is something they could probably get away with within the tropes of a telenovela, but it’s encouraging to see the show flesh out her character and motivations already. However, her mother appears to be all set up to embody some well known villainous tropes, if her introductory scene is anything to go by.
Chapter Two kept up the fast, energetic pace set by the pilot, throwing up as many different story strands as possible. Who killed Zaz? How did Luisa’s ex-lover end up as her stepmother? What’s going to happen to the hotel now Jane’s decided to sue Luisa? Are Xo and Rogelio going to become a ‘thing’? When will Jane discover her father is her favourite telenovela star? Is Jane going to become a writer? Will she hurry things up and break up with Michael? (Okay, maybe that’s wishful thinking so early in the season, but the sooner it happens the better. That boy cannot be trusted.)
Jane the Virgin has solidified itself as a fun, energetic piece of television, that’s not afraid to throw in a curve ball and breach the bounds of believability. Honestly, it’s great. I can’t wait to see what happens next week.