Jane the Ordained Chapter 64 Season Finale
Episode Rating: 4
Season rating: 5 (for wasting time!)
Holy Moly—the season finale! I didn’t take notes, and this isn’t a recap; it’s more of a look at how our beloved characters are positioned for Season 4.
Jane: Jane was ordained by some kooky on-line church so she could officiate Ro and Xo’s wedding (hope the writers come back to this again, given Jane’s connection to religion—remember the nuns were pimping her out as miracle worker and the second coming of the Virgin Mary). Her book is coming out, according to an ad on the bus (woo hoo!). She’s got heart-glowing feelings for Rafael, but she’s just reconnected with her first love, Adam.
THIS IS THE PROBLEM I HAVE WITH THIS WHOLE SEASON. We don’t know Adam; I’m sure he’s a nice guy, but you can’t just drop new characters in and expect me to feel the same way I do about characters I love. First, no love interest for Jane is going to be as fine as Rafael. Adam was cute, but I’ve spent three seasons licking the screen every time Justin Baldoni takes off his shirt and Adam doesn’t stir that impulse in me (Fabian did…eventually). Second, no man is ever going to be as sweet as Michael. I was actually tearing up during those flashbacks (even though I was like, why haven’t you told us about the letter before, Jane Writers?). When Jane found the letter and Michael was talking about destiny…sigh. There’s something about Brett Dier that even made Jennie Snyder Urman change her mind about killing him off in the first season, so naturally the fans are attached to him. And wasting our time with Sam (remember him from the beginning of the season?) and springing Adam on us just seems like a gyp.
Speaking of wasting time, whatever happened to the whole Catalina arc? Wasn’t that supposed to bring Jane’s relatives from Venezuela into the picture and wasn’t she supposed to write about her family? What ever happened to that? That seemed interesting and it would have brought us new characters we were primed to love/hate because they were Jane’s extended family. Much better than these little three-episode people.
Rafael: Rafael just got by Luisa! Luisa figured out Rafael played her by pretending to his cancer reoccurred, got a taped-up copy of their father’s will and TOLD RAFAEL TO KICK ROCKS! This could be really interesting! Rafael in poverty would be a total fish out of water thing. And he might not only be broke, but he might also be alone, too—what with Petra and Jane all booed up with Chuck and Adam, respectively. How will Rafael respond to this kind of pressure? I think Raf has been wasted this whole season with that “Zen Rafael” stuff, Abbey (another character I didn’t care at all about—they could’ve found some other way to reopen Scott’s murder investigation), and mooning over Petra (although Yael Grobglas is always swoon-worthy). Back in Seasons 1&2, Raf had an internal struggle going between being an entitled and rich bad boy and being the good man Jane made him believe he could be. When things got rough, Raf would go into a dark place that even Jane’s love couldn’t bring him out of. That gave him a struggle we cared about. This whole season, Raf’s been wearing gauze-y white tunics and hanging on the sidelines. Get him back in the game, y’all.
Petra: The one good thing about this season was Petra! Petra always seemed spot on and even when something seemed like a bit of a stretch—like, say, Petra being a bawse mom to Jane’s hot mess motherhood—somehow it felt like a true evolution of the character and it worked. I like Petra’s vulnerability when it comes to Rafael, but honestly, I prefer Petra with Chuck (please let Chuck have some oil money and be hella rich while Rafael is dirt poor!). Any time Yael Grobglas is on screen is a good time; let’s hope Anezka doesn’t knock Petra off.
Michael: Dead. I get it; it’s just never gonna sit right with me. And even though it’s interesting to see where Jane’s journey ends up, I feel like the show lost something when Michael died. Why was his hair so long in the flashbacks? I do not remember Michael being in the man-bun territory.
Rogelio: Rogelio is one of my favorite characters and I think he was underutilized this season. Jaime Camil can act his cute butt off—remember when he told Xo how much he missed Michael or when he got angry at Alba in Spanish?—but the Jane writing room seemed to only use Ro for comic relief. I hope he’s front and center next season. Well, he’s about to be a daddy, so that should be something. And keep him paired up with Justina Machado, who is hot fire.
Xiomara: I know I sound like a broken record, but this character was wasted, too. Xiomara is the woman who slept with her baby daddy’s arch-rival, got pregnant, and had an abortion—that’s Erica Kane territory!—but all Xo did this season was give Bruce and Rogelio Nancy-Reagan-looking-at-Ronald-Reagan eyes. Give this woman a foil. WHERE WAS RITA MORENO?!!!!!!!!
Alba: Yes! Alba’s got a man. I like Jorge and Alba and I hope we get to see some SENIOR SEX next season. Alba pays for a room at the Marbella with her AARP card. Haaay!
Dennis: You know this is my boo. His episode with Jane’s first almost date had some nuance to it that I feel the writers backed away from. It makes sense that Jane and Dennis would lean on each other and that that dependency might get tangled up in romantic feelings. A better way to deal with it might have been to have had Jane not want to be involved with another cop and then have her really think about what kind of man she wanted. But instead we got…Catalina.
Anna and Ellie: Just like their mom—adorbs!
Mateo: He kinda annoys me. Sigh.
The Narrator: The Latin Lover Narrator dropped a tiny little hint during the wedding while the camera was on Mateo, so that made me think maybe TLLN is Mateo. Or maybe it’s Mateo’s half-brother—if Jane gets pregnant next season.
Luisa: All I know is the way Luisa put her feet up on that desk, Yara Martinez better bring some La Reina del Sur to the Marbella!
JTV moves to Fridays on The CW next season. Since I have no life, that’s perfect for me. This was my least favorite season of the three. Hopefully, Season 4 will get back to form.