Will Eleanor be sent to the bad place? Will she be sent to the good place? It seems like there’s really no rush to figure this out but I’m not complaining one bit. In fact, seeing the dynamic between characters change now that so much is at stake is actually pretty fascinating to watch.
One thing is for sure though – the writers of this show have hope for everyone… even Jianyu, who just came out from hiding to Tahani. I don’t know what’s better, seeing him in his natural element as Jason who loves Ariana Grande or seeing her face when she realizes he’s one of those wannabe DJ douchebags. I think it’s a little bit of both.
During a Q+A session with “real Eleanor” and her soulmate – which I don’t understand because why would real Eleanor have her own soulmate from hell? Wouldn’t that soulmate technically be Chidi? Oh whatever. Everything is messed up in this world. However, she comes to a conclusion that she’s totally in love with Chidi, which wasn’t a cute realization because for one they have absolutely no chemistry and second of all, I was digging that these two main characters WEREN’T connected by a love story.
In hopes of securing her fate, Eleanor tells Chidi the whole truth but her moment is stolen by Tahani, who realizes Chidi has to be her soulmate since he indadvertedly tried to flirt with her through Jianyu. This is quite a dilemma for Chidi becasue as we now know, he’s physically unable to make decisions. I mean to the point where he DIED (because an AC unit fell on him) because he couldn’t decide which bar to go to. My lanta!
When he finally does muster up the courage to face his fear and just pick one of the women, they suddenly tell him that they weren’t thinking straight and don’t really “love him” like that. I mean seriously, does anyone know anything in this place?
Their decision to not follow through on their romantic declarations was refreshing especially when it became clear all Eleanor and Tahani really needed was each other. After spending a whole day together doing some of their favorite things, they began to enjoy each others company and began seeing the “good qualities” in one another. And then it finally hit Tahani – she knew exactly how to save Eleanor from eternal damnation. She better have a good plan.
Best part of the episode though has to be Janet and Jianyu dancing to “Digital Get Down” by *NSYNC. One of my all time FAVE boy band songs! And they were dancing because they just got hitched…. yep Jianyu married a ROBOT. It doesn’t get any better than this.
Do you think they’ll find a way to keep Eleanor? She said it herself – if she knew them on Earth, she probably would have been a decent human. And why be punished for being surrounded by idiots?
The Good Place Final Season Sneak Peek: Everything is Fine
All good things must come to an end, yes, even in the Good Place.
NBC’s comedic gem is preparing for its fourth and final season, and it’s bittersweet.
The first preview is more of a montage of the cast preparing to say goodbye, and it’s breaking our hearts despite Manny Jacinto (Jason) assuring us that “everything is fine.”
Tucked away amid a montage is a sneak peek of the final season that includes the creator of the Good Place, Eleanor, showing residents Janet’s impressive abilities.
That girl can do anything.
Eleanor tells Linda, who may or may not be one of the hand-chosen four residents, that she can ask Janet for anything her heart desire. To demonstrate, she asks for a “baby elephant made of pure light that tells you true secrets about the universe.”
And behold – a glowing elephant that reveals that “Shirley Temple killed JFK.”
It’s this kind of sense of humor that we’re going to miss the most about this show.
If you recall, Ted Danson’s Michael was forced to recreate the Good Place in an attempt to prove that humans are judged unfairly.
His goal was to show that humans can change for the better, and while the Bad Place agreed to his little experiment, their one condition was that they choose the four new participants. The intention was to make it as difficult for the Good Place to succeed in proving their point to the judge.
The first arrival was Chidi’s ex-girlfriend, Simone, which caused Eleanor (Kristen Bell) to wipe her boyfriend’s memory so that he wouldn’t ruin the experiment. Catch up on all previous reviews HERE!
Will he fall in love with Simone again or will he be drawn to Eleanor proving that true love exists?
Watch the first look below:
The Good Place Season 4 is set to premiere on Thursday, September 26, 2019.
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Eleanor returns to the spotlight in the season finale after a few weeks of giving the most active role to Michael. It’s a clever way to bring Eleanor back to the forefront, having Michael rendered incapable of doing his job by fear. The plot point also pulls double duty by finishing off another arc for Michael.
Michael started the season hustling down to Earth to tinker with the humans. Later he tried to play the “snowplow” in their lives and incessantly tried to maintain the type of control he had in his neighborhood. Now here we are at the end of season three and he has willingly stepped into the background, ceasing control to someone more fit for the current situation.
Season three (the back half especially) pushed Michael to the forefront. He was the only character capable of truly moving the plot forward, but now with the new neighborhood built and his arc seemingly complete, we return to Eleanor.
I think this is a good move for the show. This year meandered a bit in places and lacked the singular focus of the past seasons. There were three distinct phases to the season, first the brain experiment, then the quest to improve other people, and finally the last ditch attempt to change the system. I definitely felt the back half of the season was stronger than the first, but I do feel the show needs to refocus itself in the upcoming fourth season, and placing Eleanor back at the forefront is a good start.
As an episode, though, tonight was quieter and more reserved than previous season finales. It didn’t actually feel too much like a finale to me personally, as this is the first time we will be continuing a story from a previous season instead of starting with a fresh timeline. This isn’t a knock, not every season finale has to be explosive of course, but it does highlight a point I made last week about emotional stakes.
I predicted Eleanor becoming the architect and Simone being one of the new residents, as many fans probably did. What I didn’t predict was Chidi requesting his memory be wiped. This greatly upped what I discussed last week – the emotional stakes.
This makes sense on a plot level and devastates the characters on an emotional one. Michael providing Chidi and Eleanor a look at their memories – ones they don’t even still have – was touching and ironic. It felt a little bit like the show was trying to sell me on their romance, but it still provided a nice showing of Michael’s affection for them. It’s not as if I don’t buy the chemistry between the two; I do. I just don’t feel we got to see their love develop over this season. Fortunately, because of the history of the show, there is more weight to their romance than is provided just by season three, which consequentially provides the proper weight for the tragedy of Chidi losing his memories of Eleanor.
It’s a heartbreaking idea. One lover forgets and the other doesn’t? Brutal. How is Eleanor going to handle this? As interested as I am to see where the experiment goes, I am much more invested in Eleanor and the rest of the gang interacting with the memory wiped Chidi. The emotional stakes provide a strong storyline moving forward.
And yet I have to admit that emotional stakes are not everything, and a series does need to follow through on its plot. The plot went almost nowhere tonight, only telling us the kinds of people the Bad Place has picked for the experiment, which lead us into Chidi’s memory wipe. As I said, not every season finale has to be Earth-shattering, but I do feel like a little momentum was lost with such an introspective episode. The final scene of Eleanor and Janet played like a teaching moment, and while Janet’s response to Eleanor’s question about love is touching, I hope the show has more on its mind for the endgame.
Season three felt like a bridge season. Shawn mentions chess in this episode and it’s an apt callout considering how much of this season was moving pieces into place. This will be fine with me if these moves lead to a spectacular fourth. It’ll be a long wait to find out!
- Disclaimer: My television flashed a flash flood warning to me during the entire sequence Eleanor introduces herself to John, so I missed all of that. I’ll rewatch tomorrow and see if the missed info affects my views on the episode!
- I thought John was a good start to the residents! He made me laugh and will play very well off everyone, and I hope I can see him in a conversation with Jason immediately in season four.
- Tahani has improved so much as a person. Her improvement highlights the tragedy of Chidi’s reset even more.
- We all knew Simone was coming back, right? I’m glad that wasn’t the big twist of the episode.
- Janet doesn’t have all the answers. But she is a friend.
- I love the score to The Good Place, but I really wish this season had mixed up the music with some new cues or stingers. A lot of shows get repetitive with their music going into a third season and it’s a small gripe I have with season three.
I love this show. It was tough for me to review this episode, though, because it was mostly a large set up for what will follow, and a lot of my opinion on this one will depend on how effectively season four capitalizes on what was presented here. The emotional stakes are higher than ever, as are the physical ones with humanity hanging in the balance. Hopefully those two things combined can bring out the best in the series.
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