- Series Title: Jane the Virgin
- Season: Season 2
- Episodes: 22
- Discs: 5 (Blu-Ray)
- Network: CW
- Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Andrea Navedo, Ivonne Coll, Justin Baldoni, Brett Dier, Jaime Camil, Yael Grobglas, Anthony Mendez
- Format: Color, Widescreen, NTSC, R1
~ Spoilers, obvi! ~
The first episode of Season 2 quickly resolves the cliff-hanger from last season, and baby Mateo is rescued from his kidnappers. Michael turns over some police evidence to get Mateo back. But what Season 2 is really about is going after one’s dreams. Jane has dreams of being a writer – and she’s taking practical steps towards that end – she takes Summer courses to make up some credits and then enrolls in grad school in a very competitive writing program. Xiomara is now actively pursuing her singing career. Jane’s father, Rogelio, has dreams of becoming an actor – and now he’s a successful telenovela star. He suffers some setbacks this season, but that also lets the audience discover how he had to work at being an actor and becoming a success – against his father’s disapproval. Even Alba has dreams of being with an old lover of hers.
But the season also simply follows the ups and downs of Jane’s life. She’s no longer with Rafael romantically, but she and Rafael are successfully co-parenting. And we see them occasionally struggling with their co-parenting, even at times arguing, and finally going to a mediator. But they also both have the ability to be adults and to do the best they can for baby Mateo. Jane, meanwhile, tries dating other people, even the hottie professor, Chavez, before Jane and Michael get back together. The season ends with their wedding and the first night of their honeymoon. However, as has become standard with this show – there is a cliff-hanger!
Season two develops the other characters as well. We find out more about Rogelio’s background and meet his parents. Petra uses Rafael’s sperm sample that she “obtained” last season to inseminate herself, and ends up pregnant with twins. She has a hard time during her pregnancy – with severe morning sickness and nausea and even has a miscarriage scare. But she successfully delivers twin girls – Elsa and Anna. She then develops post-partum depression. Shortly thereafter her long-lost twin sister arrives. Meanwhile, Rafael is still in love with Jane, but he is also determined to not stand in the way of her happiness. Alba, Jane’s grandmother decides to pursue her green card and to also pursue love, or rather, an old love (the romance doesn’t end well).
Overall, I love this show! It’s rare to see a show where the leads are all women, and the three generations of Villanueva women are very strong. They are also capable, and each has their own views on life. The enhanced reality scenes in this season vary from Jane’s hallucinating whole scenes to small hearts – but they always add to the story. The characters are more developed and well-rounded. And the main characters, even Petra, are all likable. I really enjoyed watching Season 2, and yes, I’d sit down to watch one episode and with the cliffhangers, I’d just have to hit the next button, sometimes watching three episodes in a single night.
Read my Jane the Virgin Season 1 Review.