(Adios To) Jane the Virgin, a Retrospective Miniseries, Part Three: Season 5 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in September 2019, some of our not-so-virginal (keep it clean!) panelists – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, Samantha, Emily S, and Emily D – reconvened Around the Water Cooler for Part Three of our three-part (Adios To) Jane the Virgin Retrospective Miniseries, in which we Look Back at the CW comedy-drama/satirical telenovela.  In this episode, the panel discusses Season 5 while Looking Back at the whole of Jane the Virgin! If you have not watched any of Jane the Virgin, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Looking Back: “(Adios To) Jane the Virgin, a Retrospective Miniseries” – Part Three, Season 5 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Jane the Virgin” is an American romantic comedy-drama and satirical telenovela, which aired on the CW for five seasons from 2014-2019.

What: Developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, Jane the Virgin is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, created by Perla Farías. The series stars Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva, a devout 23-year-old Latina virgin, who becomes pregnant after an accidental artificial insemination by her gynecologist.

SYNOPSIS

Set in Miami, Jane the Virgin details the surprising and dramatic events that take place in the life of Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Rodriguez), a hard-working and religious Venezuelan-American woman. Jane’s vow to save her virginity until marriage becomes complicated when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a routine examination. To make matters worse, the biological father is a married man, a former playboy, and a cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but was also her former teenage crush. In addition to adjusting to pregnancy and to subsequent motherhood, Jane is faced with questions about her professional future and the daunting prospect of choosing to be with either the father of her baby or her detective boyfriend.

When: Season 5 aired on the CW from March 27, 2019, until July 31, 2019, with a total of 19 episodes.

Where: The action is set in Miami, Florida. The time is present day (“ish,” relative to time of airing).

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below! Chief Couch Potato Kylie previously passed on this show during the 2014 Fall Preview, though the full post is (apparently) archived. I mainly passed on the series because I was afraid that the show would approach the “Virgin” concept with some sort of hearkening to immaculate conception, thereby entering into tricky terrain for what was teased to primarily be a comedy. As I say in the first episode recording, however, I was very wrong in my initial assessment. And I’m okay to be so wrong!

How – as in How Was It? – THOUGHTS

This is Part Three of our “(Adios To) Jane the Virgin” miniseries Looking Back at the five seasons of Jane the Virgin.  You can listen to Parts One and Two here and at our audio feeds (Apple/iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and now on Spotify!):

Seasons 1-2

Seasons 3-4

In this episode, we conclude our three-part Jane the Virgin retrospective, in light of the departure of the popular CW comedy-drama and (naturally said in Rogelio de la Vega’s voice) exceptional telenovela!  Kristen, Samantha, Emily S, and Emily D return to their relative seats “Around the Water Cooler” to finalize our Look Back at this satirical comedy-drama, which ended its five-season run this past summer, and in so doing, we ruminate in-depth upon the production values, performances, and general life affirmations of this bright, fresh, funny, and heartwarming homage to Latinx culture and the telenovelas popular within said culture.

Tonight’s episode is the third and final part of a three-part retrospective miniseries in which CPU! reminisces upon this audience-beloved, critically-acclaimed show.  In this episode, our panel reflects upon and recaps Season 5 of Jane the Virgin while Looking Back at the series as a whole.

This episode was recorded in September 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the fifth season. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our Apple/iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , find us on Google Play, or on Spotify (!) to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, our Will & Grace panel returns to the Water Cooler, but it’s not all for the love of the shenanigans of Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen; in fact, unless hearts and minds change, this will be the final appearance of this panel at said Water Cooler – ever – and this is before the show has concluded.  Wondering what’s up with that little teaser? Stay tuned!

Lingering Questions

1) Why was there a different narrator for only one episode in Season 4?

2) Why did the show do a retrospective for Episode 99? They should have made the finale a two-parter, so says the majority of our retrospective panel.

RECOMMENDATION

Jane the Virgin is recommended by our CPU! panel to just about anyone; our panelists believe that this series presents a wide potential appeal to a large cross-section of audiences because of the way the show incorporates and weaves in a multitude of pop culture references as well as utilizes several genre styles to depict its sometimes outlandish and unexpected twists and turns.  This is also a family-friendly program because of its focus on family, though the show is additionally infused with tongue-in-cheek satire and subtle adult humor that most children will not pick up on, even as most adults will get, and potentially laugh at, the jokes. The panelists unanimously agree that the show is smartly written, with quick, engaging pacing; thoughtfully planned story arcs; and an ensemble cast that effuses electric chemistry, none of which is ever lost over the course of all five seasons, these two included. The panelists also proffer that, while later seasons might offer more emotionally impacting moments – especially the final season – the show, by and large, remains interesting, entertaining, and an overall joy to watch throughout all five of its seasons, even if some of the story lines spiral into tedium due to repetition and/or become so over-the-top in presentation because of the standard telenovela mechanic requiring constant twists. In fact, the panel expressed most enthusiasm regarding the moments in which such tropes were subverted by subtle, quieter plot progressions that surprised in how understated they were executed.  Nevertheless, the panel sees Jane the Virgin as solid, consistently entertaining television viewing that anyone of any creed, culture, gender, or otherwise could potentially enjoy, and the panel universally encourages at least one sincere attempt at viewing, in which you, gentle listener, can decide for yourself.

(Adios To) Jane the Virgin, a Retrospective Miniseries, Part Two: Seasons 3 and 4 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in September 2019, some of our not-so-virginal (keep it clean!) panelists – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, Samantha, Emily S, and Emily D – reconvened Around the Water Cooler for Part Two of our three-part (Adios To) Jane the Virgin Retrospective Miniseries, in which we Look Back at the CW comedy-drama/satirical telenovela.  In this episode, the panel discusses Seasons 3 and 4 of Jane the Virgin! If you have not watched any of Jane the Virgin, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Looking Back: “(Adios To) Jane the Virgin, a Retrospective Miniseries” – Part Two, Seasons 3-4 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Jane the Virgin” is an American romantic comedy-drama and satirical telenovela, which aired on the CW for five seasons from 2014-2019.

What: Developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, Jane the Virgin is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, created by Perla Farías. The series stars Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva, a devout 23-year-old Latina virgin, who becomes pregnant after an accidental artificial insemination by her gynecologist.

SYNOPSIS

Set in Miami, Jane the Virgin details the surprising and dramatic events that take place in the life of Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Rodriguez), a hard-working and religious Venezuelan-American woman. Jane’s vow to save her virginity until marriage becomes complicated when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a routine examination. To make matters worse, the biological father is a married man, a former playboy, and a cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but was also her former teenage crush. In addition to adjusting to pregnancy and to subsequent motherhood, Jane is faced with questions about her professional future and the daunting prospect of choosing to be with either the father of her baby or her detective boyfriend.

When: Season 3 aired on the CW from October 17, 2016, until May 22, 2017, with a total of 20 episodes. Season 4 aired from October 13, 2017, until April 20, 2018, with a total of 17 episodes.

Where: The action is set in Miami, Florida. The time is present day (“ish,” relative to time of airing).

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below! Chief Couch Potato Kylie previously passed on this show during the 2014 Fall Preview, though the full post is (apparently) archived. I mainly passed on the series because I was afraid that the show would approach the “Virgin” concept with some sort of hearkening to immaculate conception, thereby entering into tricky terrain for what was teased to primarily be a comedy. As I say in the episode recording, however, I was very wrong in my initial assessment. And I’m okay to be so wrong!

How – as in How Was It?THOUGHTS

This is Part Two of our “(Adios To) Jane the Virgin” miniseries Looking Back at the five seasons of Jane the Virgin.  You can listen to Part One here and at our audio feeds (Apple/iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and now on Spotify!):

Seasons 1-2

In this episode, we move forward with our three-part Jane the Virgin retrospective, in light of the departure of the popular CW comedy-drama and (naturally said in Rogelio de la Vega’s voice) exceptional telenovela!  Kristen, Samantha, Emily S, and Emily D return to their relative seats “Around the Water Cooler” to continue our Look Back at this satirical comedy-drama, which ended its five-season run this past summer, and in so doing, we ruminate in-depth upon the production values, performances, and general life affirmations of this bright, fresh, funny, and heartwarming homage to Latinx culture and the telenovelas popular within said culture.

Tonight’s episode is the second part of a three-part retrospective miniseries in which CPU! reminisces upon this audience-beloved, critically-acclaimed show.  In this episode, our panel reflects upon and recaps Seasons 3 and 4 of Jane the Virgin. Part Three will discuss the fifth season in-depth as we also comment upon the series as a whole.

This episode was recorded in September 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the third and fourth seasons. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our Apple/iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , find us on Google Play, or on Spotify (!) to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, our Jane the Virgin panel returns to the Water Cooler a final time with Part Three of our “(Adios To) Jane the Virgin Retrospective” miniseries.  Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Jane the Virgin is recommended by our CPU! panel to just about anyone; our panelists believe that this series presents a wide potential appeal to a large cross-section of audiences because of the way the show incorporates and weaves in a multitude of pop culture references as well as utilizes several genre styles to depict its sometimes outlandish and unexpected twists and turns.  This is also a family-friendly program because of its focus on family, though the show is additionally infused with tongue-in-cheek satire and subtle adult humor that most children will not pick up on, even as most adults will get, and potentially laugh at, the jokes. The panelists unanimously agree that the show is smartly written, with quick, engaging pacing; thoughtfully planned story arcs; and an ensemble cast that effuses electric chemistry, none of which is ever lost over the course of all five seasons, these two included. The panelists also proffer that, while later seasons might offer more emotionally impacting moments, the show, by and large, remains interesting, entertaining, and an overall joy to watch throughout all five of its seasons, even if some of the story lines spiral into tedium due to repetition and/or become so over-the-top in presentation because of the standard telenovela mechanic requiring constant twists. In fact, the panel expressed most enthusiasm regarding the moments in which such tropes were subverted by subtle, quieter plot progressions that surprised in how understated they were executed.  Nevertheless, the panel sees Jane the Virgin as solid, consistently entertaining television viewing that anyone of any creed, culture, gender, or otherwise could potentially enjoy, and the panel universally encourages at least one sincere attempt at viewing, in which you, gentle listener, can decide for yourself.

IN TONIGHT’S EPISODE…

In tonight’s episode, panelist Kristen made reference to a video clip in which the Jane the Virgin cast found out about a big return following the finale of Season 4, the biggest twist of the entire series. If you haven’t watched the show, don’t watch this, but here’s the clip to which she referred!

(Adios To) Jane the Virgin, a Retrospective Miniseries, Part One: Seasons 1 and 2 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in June 2019, some of our not-so-virginal (keep it clean!) panelists – including moderator Kylie, Kristen, Samantha, Emily S, and Emily D – gathered Around the Water Cooler for Part One of our three-part (Adios To) Jane the Virgin Retrospective Miniseries, in which we take a First Look while Looking Back at the CW comedy-drama/satirical telenovela.  In this episode, the panel discusses Seasons 1 and 2 of Jane the Virgin! If you have not watched any of Jane the Virgin, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville

PODCAST! – Pilots, Premieres, and First Looks and Looking Back: “(Adios To) Jane the Virgin, a Retrospective Miniseries” – Part One, Seasons 1-2 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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Moderator: Chief Couch Potato Kylie

THE SPECS:

Who: “Jane the Virgin” is an American romantic comedy-drama and satirical telenovela, which aired on the CW for five seasons from 2014-2019.

What: Developed by Jennie Snyder Urman, Jane the Virgin is a loose adaptation of the Venezuelan telenovela Juana la Virgen, created by Perla Farías. The series stars Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva, a devout 23-year-old Latina virgin, who becomes pregnant after an accidental artificial insemination by her gynecologist.

When: Season 1 aired on the CW from October 13, 2014, until May 11, 2015, with a total of 22 episodes. Season 2 aired from October 12, 2015, until May 16, 2016, with a total of 22 episodes.

Where: The action is set in Miami, Florida. The time is present day (relative to time of airing).

Why: To find out why individual podcast panelists started watching this show, listen to the podcast episode via the link below! Chief Couch Potato Kylie previously passed on this show during the 2014 Fall Preview, though the full post is (apparently) archived. I mainly passed on the series because I was afraid that the show would approach the “Virgin” concept with some sort of hearkening to immaculate conception, thereby entering into tricky terrain for what was teased to primarily be a comedy. As I say in the episode recording, however, I was very wrong in my initial assessment. And I’m okay to be so wrong!

How – as in How Was It?

The pilot/premiere rating scale:

***** – I HAVE TO WATCH EVERYTHING. HOLY SMOKES!

**** – Well, it certainly seems intriguing. I’m going to keep watching, but I see possible pitfalls in the premise.

*** – I will give it six episodes and see what happens. There are things I like, and things I don’t. We’ll see which “things” are allowed to flourish.

** – I will give it three episodes. Chances are, I’m mainly bored, but there is some intrigue or fascination that could hold it together. No matter how unlikely.

* – Pass on this one, guys. It’s a snoozer/not funny/not interesting/not my cup of tea… there are too many options to waste time on this one.

Jane the Virgin = 4.3, by average of the podcast panel.

SYNOPSIS

Set in Miami, Jane the Virgin details the surprising and dramatic events that take place in the life of Jane Gloriana Villanueva (Rodriguez), a hard-working and religious Venezuelan-American woman. Jane’s vow to save her virginity until marriage becomes complicated when a doctor mistakenly artificially inseminates her during a routine examination. To make matters worse, the biological father is a married man, a former playboy, and a cancer survivor, who is not only the new owner of the hotel where Jane works but was also her former teenage crush. In addition to adjusting to pregnancy and to subsequent motherhood, Jane is faced with questions about her professional future and the daunting prospect of choosing to be with either the father of her baby or her detective boyfriend.

THOUGHTS

By popular request, though notably by established CPU! panelists and viewers, we offer you this, our Jane the Virgin retrospective, in light of the departure of the popular CW comedy-drama and (naturally said in Rogelio de la Vega’s voice) exceptional telenovela!  Requesting CPU! panelists include Kristen, our most involved panelist; Samantha, who appears on several active panels, including the Grace and Frankie panel, the Westworld panel, the “Full/er House Series” panel, The Crown panel, and who Looked Back at Gilmore Girls and Marvel’s Agent Carter; Emily S, who appears on our American Horror Story, 13 Reasons Why, and Once Upon a Time panels, and who Looked Back at Glee; Emily D, who appears on our Will & Grace panel; and me, your Chief CPIn this episode, we gathered “Around the Water Cooler” to take a “First Look” at this satirical comedy-drama, which ended its five-season run this past summer, and in so doing, we ruminate in-depth upon the production values, performances, and general life affirmations of this bright, fresh, funny, and heartwarming homage to Latinx culture and the telenovelas popular within said culture.

Tonight’s episode is the first part of a three-part retrospective miniseries in which CPU! reminisces upon this audience-beloved, critically-acclaimed show.  In this episode, our panel reflects upon and recaps Seasons 1 and 2 of Jane the Virgin. Part Two will cover Seasons 3 and 4, while the third and final part will discuss the fifth season in-depth as we also comment upon the series as a whole.

This episode was recorded in June 2019, and there are, without question, MAJOR SPOILERS, as the panelists cover key plot points of the first and second seasons. Listen at your own risk, and let us know what you think by commenting below!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@cpupodcast), Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite), Pinterest (@cpupodcast), or email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com – or subscribe to this blog, the YouTube channel, our iTunes channel, our Stitcher Radio channel , and/or find us on Google Play to keep track of brand new episodes.  In the meantime, let us know what you think!  Comment or review us in any of the above forums – we’d love your feedback!

Remember, new episodes and blog posts are published weekly! Next Wednesday, our Jane the Virgin panel returns to the Water Cooler anew with Part Two of our (Adios To) Jane the Virgin Retrospective miniseries.  Stay tuned!

RECOMMENDATION

Jane the Virgin is recommended by our CPU! panel to just about anyone; our panelists believe that this series presents a wide potential appeal to a large cross-section of audiences because of the way the show incorporates and weaves in a multitude of pop culture references as well as utilizes several genre styles to depict its sometimes outlandish and unexpected twists and turns.  This is also a family-friendly program because of its focus on family, though the show is additionally infused with tongue-in-cheek satire and subtle adult humor that most children will not pick up on, even as most adults will get, and potentially laugh at, the jokes. The panelists unanimously agree that the show is smartly written, with quick, engaging pacing; thoughtfully planned story arcs; and an ensemble cast that effuses electric chemistry, none of which is ever lost over the course of all five seasons, these first two included. The panelists also proffer that, while later seasons might offer more emotionally impacting moments, the show, by and large, remains interesting, entertaining, and an overall joy to watch throughout all five of its seasons, even if some of the story lines spiral into tedium due to repetition and/or become so over-the-top in presentation because of the standard telenovela mechanic requiring constant twists. In fact, the panel expressed most enthusiasm regarding the moments in which such tropes were subverted by subtle, quieter plot progressions that surprised in how understated they were executed.  Nevertheless, the panel sees Jane the Virgin as solid, consistently entertaining television viewing that anyone of any creed, culture, gender, or otherwise could potentially enjoy, and the panel universally encourages at least one sincere attempt at viewing, in which you, gentle listener, can decide for yourself.

DC Television Universe, Episode 21: Supergirl, Season 4 (MAJOR SPOILERS)

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A new podcast episode of Couch Potatoes Unite!, which is based on a blog of the same name hosted at couchpotatoesunite.wordpress.com. In this episode, recorded in October 2019, our DC Television Universe or DCTU Series panel – including moderator Kylie, Hilary, Kyle, Spencer, Kristen, and Nick – reconvenes Around the Water Cooler for the twenty-first episode of our DCTU ongoing series.  In this episode, the panel discusses Season 4 of the Arrowverse’s fourth spin-off, Supergirl. If you have not watched any of Supergirl, be aware that there are MAJOR SPOILERS! Tell us what you think, and/or if there are other shows you’re interested in CPU! covering, below; email us at couchpotatoesunitepodcast@gmail.com; or check out our Guestbook at the website, our Facebook page, our Twitter (@cpupodcast), or our Instagram (@couchpotatoesunite). Until next time, until next episode…buh bye!

Executive Producer/Chief Couch Potato: Kylie C. Piette
Associate Producers: Krista Pennington and Selene Rezmer

Editor: Kylie C. Piette
Logo: Rebecca Wallace
Marketing Graphic Artist: Krista Pennington

Theme Song:
Written by: Sarah Milbratz
Singers: Sarah Milbratz, Amy McDaniel, Kelsey Sprague
Keyboard: Kelsey Sprague
Bass: Ian McDonough
Guitar: Christian Somerville
Engineer/Production: Kyle Aspinall/Christian Somerville