Beware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 1 of Jane the Virgin. Read with Caution!
I’ve seen posters for Jane the Virgin all over Los Angeles and decided to check it out because American television has a problem when it comes to representing women of color. I was psyched to meet this cast, but I didn’t expect episode 1 to be so dang juicy.
“Jane” is loosely based on the telenova out of Venezuela called Juana Le Virgen, created by writer/producer/director Perla Farías.
Chapter One opens with our narrator, voiced by Anthony Mendez, introducing us to Jane Villanueva, a somewhat pensive ten year old whose interests include God, her family, and the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Jane is getting a lesson in the precious value of her virginity from her grandmother, Alba (who speaks only Spanish throughout the episode) as her young mother, Xiomara sits by, pointing out the ridiculousness of the situation. Jane takes the lesson to heart though, crushing a white flower in her fist, per her grandmother's instructions, to drive home the point that once a flower has been destroyed it can’t be brought back to life. Way to keep it light, Grandma A.