Pop Culture Advent Calendar, Day 13: Jane The Virgin
Inspired by NPR, every day (gulp) from December 1st to 24th, I will be highlighting
a pop culture moment from this year that I loved. Today I talk about a small but really...just powerful? moment on Jane The Virgin's last season.
Jane The Virgin is the best show on TV. Yes I said what I said! There is no show on television that is so willing to wear its heart on its sleeve, no show that is so emotionally intelligent, no show that so disproves any notion that big feelings equals less worthy of your time. A TV critic - I wish I could remember who - said that there is a lot of TV that will make you want to die, but not so much TV that makes you feel like you're standing in the sun. JANE does both but it's general vibe favours the former, which means it's a genuine emotional rollercoaster.
Season 4, its penultimate (sobs) season, ended last spring, after a strong run, and a literally jaw dropping revelation. But the moment I want to talk about is sadder, and smaller. It's when Xo, Jane's mum, finds a lump in her breast and her whole family spends an episode in stomach churning dread and anticipation for the results. Originally, Xo lies to her family and says the lump is not malignant so Rogelio can focus on his audition, but at the end of the episode she confesses the truth. And all the Villanuevas grab each others hands and kneel down to say the Hail Mary in Spanish. It's heartbreaking because, as the narrator keeps warning us, these things can and often do come out of nowhere. But also it's a scene of heightened emotion - of a family panicking and comforting each other in two languages that they know well - Spanish and prayer. It felt so true to life, so relatable and yet so specific to this family. It's a scene I instantly connected to.