Monday’s Best Reviewed: Jane the Virgin

As long as Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend are airing and generating such genuine emotional content (while not sacrificing the comedy at their core), I suspect the CW will be owning the Monday version of this feature with the two shows trading off. Each had arguably its best episode to date with awkward kisses, triumphs, and unravelings galore. Meanwhile, in sci-fi land, The Magicians scored by far its best grades, Supergirl continued to soar, while The X-Files failed to live up to its original (or its prior week’s quirky madness). Also, it was a night of hashtags, but we’ll get to that…

Monday, February 8th’s Best: Jane the Virgin (9.1/10)

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Everyone’s talking about the sweater kiss — oh, and Rogelio’s impassioned moments — on JtV. TV Fanatic hashtags it, and enjoyed the “brand new level of awkward.” Kathryn VanArandonk at Vulture notes how hard it is to “give the audience what it wants and do interesting, new work,” observing the show has “done so with aplomb.” The AV Club‘s Oliver Sava gives the show the lowest grade of the night and still opens with “Is there a network television series on the air right now that is as consistently excellent as Jane The Virgin?”

The Rest of the Night:

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – 8.8

Reveling in all its protagonist’s stories coming to a head as she tries to weather what the musical number’s band argues should be hashtagged either #textmergency or #textastraphe (or #messageocalypse) requiring a #textcuse or #textplanation, AV Club issues an “A” and declares “There’s nothing quite like the thrill of seeing something that’s perfect for the first time.”

The Magicians – 8.7

The once eagerly anticipated adaptation of Lew Grossman’s fantasy series finally earns its initial excitement last night, with IGN lauding the show for “taking big gambles that are paying off.”

Supergirl – 8.3

Reviews for the Woman of Steel were a bit more mixed. Vulture‘s Joshua Rivera dubbed it a successful spin on a story “widely accepted as one of the Best Superman Stories Ever,” while Caroline Siede at AV Club believes the titular character shines as usual, but that this episode furthers a laundry list of concerns about the show including how “its various romantic threads are tiresome at best and creepy at worst.”

The X-Files – 7.5

The X-Files remains a bit of a disappointment, but not an outright failure. For example, Zack Handlen of AV Club loves a lot of it, but is “not sure exactly how to explain how little I care about Scully and Mulder’s child.”

 

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