Jane the Virgin thoughts
I’ll admit, I’ve been a Jane x Michael shipper since day 1, but I’ve always liked Rafael. (Hard not to when Justin Baldoni is A+++) When Michael died I was devastated, but the show did so well at taking their time, seeing Jane through her grief, and showing us how she and Rafael and Petra and all the characters developed over the next few years. Rafael, especially, seemed like a changed man, with his jealousy and anger behind him. By the end of Season 4, I was 100% on board, ready for Jane and Rafael to get engaged and get their happy ending.
But this season seems to have retconned all of that great development. Despite all the heavy-handed talk about how much Jane and Michael have changed (without really showing us that change - and I also don’t think it’s totally fair to compare Michael’s traumatic brain damage with Jane’s grief and general life progression the way they have), one thing hasn’t changed: Michael is willing to put his feelings aside for Jane, to sacrifice for her, and Raf isn’t.
All it takes is Michael showing up again - and he and Jane didn’t ever even DO anything - for Raf to turn back into the jealous, bitter, petty person he was before. Plenty of parents split up, and for much more dramatic betrayals than Jane’s confusion over a wildly confusing situation. Lots of people have been cheated on, abused, etc. by their child’s parent and still manage to coparent without allowing their feelings to turn the child against the other parent. That’s what mature people do, anyway. Letting Mateo act the way he did to Jane was so, so unacceptable. And now that Jane - who, again, has done nothing wrong here at any point - actually has committed to him completely, HE doesn’t trust HER? It’s clear that the problem is Rafael’s trust issues - not Jane - and yes those are extremely valid given his…entire family, but we were made to believe they were a thing of the past.
Michael, on the other hand, not once but twice was willing to walk away to make Jane happy. And we’re expected to buy the fact that Raf is the “REAL love interest”? You can’t just slap words on a graphic that contradict everything you’ve written for seven episodes and expect the audience to accept it.
I bought Raf and Jane before. I’d rather go back to Michael being dead than have the shitty mess these characters have suddenly turned into forced down my throat for the rest of the season.