The Good Place continued to bring the laughs this week as the “demons” threw a party to torture Tahani and Chidi and Eleanor broke Michael.
Denise has rebooted the town for what she hopes is the final time and is reveling in the glory that it’s finally working since the humans aren’t figuring out that it’s actually the bad place.
But we know that it’s because Michael teamed up with the humans and asked them to pretend that they think they are in the bad place while taking ethics courses to find a way into the real good place.
During one of these ethics classes, Chidi realizes that there’s no way Michael will take this seriously because what’s the point? An immortal being doesn’t have to ponder his existence or feel guilty about doing bad things to good people because he’s immortal. Thus he cannot care about moral philosophy. He needs to know that this moment is finite.
When they finally made Michael aware of his own morality and that he would perish in hell if all of this fails, he shut down.I mean, curl up in Chidi’s lap kind of shut down. Some would call it an existential crisis – I wouldn’t know, I’ve only ever had a quarter-life crisis.
While the realization was a good thing for Michael, it also put them at risk of being found out because he was so unpredictable. So the millenials (“A millennial is someone who has only been torturing for 1,000 years”) tried to find a way to fix it, while Tahani tried to rival Denise’s party.
Denise’s brilliant torture plan of the week was to throw a better party than Tahani. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like anything too terrible but considering how vain Tahani was during her time on Earth, it hits her hard.
Even though she got a warning, she still naively believed that balloons could win over a bunch of demons. Demons who had fireworks and real-life build a bear workshops.
And it wasn’t even that they threw a better party than her, it was that they actually could torture her event planning. “Was I really that shallow,” she asks Jason, who tries to comfort her.
Jason is the stupidest person on the show, for the most part, but he has his moment of glory. Maybe the monk outfit really is having a positive effect on him. He tells her how she’s the smartest woman he knows and that she would be an 8 on his scale, which is definitely higher than a 10.
One thing leads to another and Jason and Tahani end up having sex. Who would have thought that Michael could have correctly predicted soulmates! I’ve been a little upset that they haven’t addressed Chidi and Eleanor’s romantic relationship – they’ve exchanged I love you’s for goodness sakes – but this sort of makes up for it.
Michael’s existential crisis turns into a mid-life crisis as he pushes down all of his worries and indulges in copious amounts of alcohol and indulges in the cliche – a Corvette and a hot younger girl, in this case, a sexed-up Janet on his arm.
But Eleanor really enlights him that death is a normal part of life and one we humans learn about at a young age.
In fact, through flashbacks, it seems like Eleanor didn’t have much of a choice at being a good person thanks to her upbringing by an alcoholic and shallow mother and a deadbeat father. With those kinds of parents, we should be happy with how she ended up!
And the scene of the week definitely goes to her crying into a toilet plunger at Bed, Bath and Beyond. We’ve all been there once or twice, right?
Thoughts on The Good Place? Will someone eventually slip up?
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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