The best, and weirdest, part of this week’s The Good Place is that time runs on a Jeremy Bearimy curve.
The dot above the “i” which stands for “Tuesdays, July, and sometimes it’s never,” broke Chidi.
I mean, it broke him.
We’re talking Chidi walking around shirtless in a grocery store, spending $800 on things he doesn’t need, giving away his car to the cashier, and teaching a class in a “who, what, where, when, wine!” t-shirt.
While all the groups explored the three branches of ethical thought, Chidi was experiencing Nihilism or in other words, the idea that the world is empty, there’s no point to anything and we’re all going to die.
Thanks, Chidi. That’s really encouraging.
I have no doubt that Jeremy Bieremy will play a more vital role in the series.
Everything matters in this show; every lesson, every moment of betterment.
Think about it. If things can happen before they happen according to their timeline, then the judge should be able to forgive everything they did because it happened before it happened.
The logic is there, I promise. And if I’m understanding the idea of time here, that means they can all go back to the other world without having to pay the ultimate price.
And all of this because the foursome waltzed in and saw the magical door leading to eternal life.
Since Michael had to explain The Bad Place, it guaranteed that they would never be allowed into the Good Place again, no matter how morally ethical they turned out to be by the end of this botched experiment.
Michael tried to fool them all into thinking that he was from the FBI but as was the case in The Good Place season one, Eleanor was too smart and picked up on the smallest of clues that proved Michael was lying.
At one point, Michael even offered to kill them all, snatch them before they got to the judge, and restart their time on Earth.
But alas, this wasn’t one of his neighborhoods where he can just reset until he gets the desired outcome.
They are people now, these are their real lives, and well, they already know too much that it doesn’t even particularly matter.
And this basically means that Michael’s experiment was for naught. Even if you learn ethics and try to be a person, some people just don’t belong in the Good Place no matter how hard they try.
I’m thinking this is the overall lesson. Maybe the foursome was always meant to end up in the Bad Place. Maybe that was their destiny.
However, there were some monumental changes in all of them even if the end result wasn’t eternal bliss… at least not for them.
Eleanor tried being a terrible, no-good person, but after spending almost a year learning how to be good from Chidi, she couldn’t go back to her old ways and steal someone’s money.
Through the lessons, she was becoming inherently good and selfless. And the little voice in her head made sure she did the right thing which led her to this breakthrough moment: even though they are doomed, they should still do good and help others get into The Good Place.
It seems that what Michael has been hoping for his finally come to fruition.
Together, the six of them agreed to tag team and spread positivity. Mostly, I think this was just Eleanor’s way of not losing the core group of people she grew attached to.
After all, this is the first time she’s ever belonged. The feelings are similar to not being able to shake your first love.
It’s also interesting that certain people were destined to be together like Tahani and Jason who got married, much to Janet’s dismay, as part of Tahani’s money binge.
Jason mentioned that if he had as much money as Tahani did, his life would have turned out very differently.
The bank flagged her attempts to give him half of her money as suspicious, because of course they did, so they found a loophole instead.
The only problem? Tahani totally forgot about Larry Hemsworth, and when he pops up mere seconds before the episode ends, she doesn’t seem to know how to break the news to him without crushing his soul into a million pieces.
Will she let him down easy?
Man, it must suck being the least famous and least attractive Hemsworth brother.
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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