Jane the Virgin “Chapter Twenty-Three” Review (Season 2, Episode 1) [Season Premiere]

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Jane the Virgin returned for the start of its second season last night on The CW, picking up a mere 9 minutes after little Mateo was kidnapped by Nurse Helen and whisked off to a waiting Sin Rosetro, aka Rose Solano, the step-mother of baby daddy Rafael.

What should have been a blissful moment for the new parents turned into one of fear, anger and desperation once it was discovered that Nurse Helen wasn’t really a nurse after all; and the baby had been taken.

In an unusual turn, to say the least, Rose contacted Michael demanding a trade: the baby for an expensive brooch that was taken during her mental institution tryst with Luisa. Yep, you read that correctly. Rose wanted a brooch for the baby. Well, the brooch did contain information on all of the criminals whose identities were changed by Sin Rosetro so it was of importance to her to get it back. This is Jane the Virgin after all: a telenovela within a telenovela within…you get the picture, right?

As viewers have come to learn about this show, everything hinges on the strong and fearless (see what I did there, using the theme song from the telenovela that Jane watched as a young girl with her mother and abuela?) performance of Gina Rodriguez; and she did not disappoint no matter how outrageous the scene may have been. She conveyed Jane’s fear over the disappearance of her son, the joy of being reunited with him and the deep concern that he wasn’t feeding properly.

Laced throughout this episode were lighter and darker moments – like every episode of the show’s first season – and just like the telenovela’s for which Jane, Xiomara and Alba have watched on TV. Sure the lighter moments far outweigh the darker, but it is that mixture that makes this show so compelling to watch.

With little Mateo safely returned to his mother’s arms, the next hurdle was to get the little guy to nurse; but that seemed to pose a problem from infant and mommy. Trauma can do that sometimes, but after a rather silly visit to the Milky Mom Nursing Circle, lots of forced feedings and Jane finally stepping up to defend herself against the mob of visitors outside their home (who all wanted to meet Holy Virgin Jane), Jane’s milk “came out” and Mateo gained weight, making his family and Dr. Garcia very happy.

And they lived happily ever after….okay, so probably not because we’ve got plenty more chapters in this story to tell (the season just got started after all). Oh, and there is the fact that Petra, Rafael’s ex-wife, used a turkey baster to implant herself with his “left-over sperm”, the fact that Scott, Petra and Rafael’s assistant at the hotel, knows what Petra did and that unseen woman in the snowy cabin at the very end of the episode, who is obviously going to pose a problem with the Villanueva’s in some capacity.

Just like in the telenovela’s that they watch on TV…never a dull moment.

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The next episode of the second season of ‘Jane the Virgin’ will air on The CW on Monday, October 19 at 9/8c.

Cast:
Gina Rodriguez as Jane Villanueva
Andrea Navedo as Xiomara Villanueva
Yael Grobglas as Petra Solano
Justin Baldoni as Rafael Solano
Ivonne Coll as Alba Villanueva
Brett Dier as Michael Cordero
Jaime Camil as Rogelio De La Vega
Anthony Mendez as Narrator

Guest Stars:
Yara Martinez as Dr. Luisa Alver
Bridget Regan as Rose (aka Sin Rosetro)
Azie Tesfai as Nadine Hansan
Priscilla Barnes as Madga
Emily Baldoni (Justin Baldoni’s real life wife) as Woman at Milky Mom Nursing Circle
Robert Clendenin as Man at the Bar
Vanessa Vander Pluym as Juicy Jordan
Jenna Ortega as Young Jane
Wes Armstrong as Scott
Ana Dela Cruz as Dr. Garcia
Leslie Simms as Sister Margaret
Greg Collins as Lt. Armstrong
Vanessa and Veronica Merrell as Valeria and Victoria
Rachel Axelrod as Kai (the lactation expert)
Kelly King as Crystal
Michael Hyland as Ben Williams
Jamila Webb as Nora Williams
Nicole J. Butler as Gabrielle
Nilla Watkins as Nurse Helen