It’s becoming almost rote to award the Monday night review crown to gloriously enhanced soap opera Jane the Virgin, but its taut storylines and compelling, richly drawn characters have lured in a cult following, and the love of critics from around the internet. This week’s offering gives Sunday’s Downton finale a run for its multitasking-threads money as between stalkings, kidnappings, and twins — there’s a lot of drama going on. Generally reliable serials — musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and conman cry-for-help Better Call Saul — are just that, reliable, as both the former’s heroine and latter’s anti-hero come to terms with the fallout from their rash, if well-meaning, actions. Meanwhile, The Magicians, while it still hasn’t found its voice, proves its wheelhouse is weighty, gasp-inducing stories.
On the other end of the spectrum, Gotham‘s continuing story of wrathful villains earns mostly tepid reviews, the generally gripping 11.22.63 slows its roll, and Damien fails to impress in the debut of its grown-up demon.
Monday, March 7th’s Best: Jane the Virgin (9.3/10)
In its thirty-sixth chapter, Jane the Virgin, juggles a multitude of plots, none of which should be described as lightweight, and wins over the critics yet again. In fact, Kathryn VanArendonk of Vulture says just that: “This week was just wall-to-wall stuff, and almost all of it was remarkably satisfying.” AV Club‘s Oliver Sava concurs, adding, “it’s remarkable that this show can jump from the over-the-top Rogelio hostage situation to Xo and Alba’s grounded slut-shaming plot without missing a beat”
The Rest of the Night:
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend – 8.8
The Magicians – 8.5
Better Call Saul – 8.4
Bates Motel – 7.8
Gotham – 7.4
11.22.63 – 6.0
Damien – 5.5