Another The Good Place season is over. A review of the finale "Pandemonium" will be released as soon as I have founded Drake and Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a secret couple …
Even a show like The Good Place that makes such a pleasure We are not surprising and confusing immune to formula. We have now completed three seasons of the show, and each has drastically reset the status quo. The first season ended with Eleanor finding out that the neighborhood was in Bad Place, and Michael sparked off all memories to start over. The second season ended with Michael and Judge sending our four dum-dums back to their earthly lives to give them a chance to prove their moral growth. The third season ends with a combination of elements from the previous finals and these three years in total: There is a new neighborhood, a new chance to prove that the scoring system is flawed and unfair, and several characters (especially Chidi) and Newcomer Simone have deleted their memories to prevent this new experiment from failing before it starts.
This may feel like the series is retreating to safe ground after their most experimental journey. not randomly uneven (but still pretty good) ̵
2) The power and knowledge dynamics are different: Eleanor must pretend to be the architect after Michael's collapse at the end of the previous episode. while Chidi (probably the most important figure in the whole experiment) no longer knows who she, Tahani or Jason are; and
3) It is no longer a question of the fate of these four goofballs, but of all humanity for all eternity.
There's a smaller, but important fourth distinction: where the previous seasons saved the big surprises For the finale (and the end of the season one finale), most of this year's big developments were set in the penultimate episode. Shawn 's special method of playing dirty – looking for new neighbors who were already connected to our heroes on Earth and can emotionally torment them in the hereafter – is a surprise, but not a whack of Eleanor stated, " This is the bad place!" and Michael laughs badly. And that's a good thing, because if The Good Place depended purely on shock, it burned out creatively a long time ago. If everything is supposed to be surprising, there is nothing at some point. There are enough moving parts in this new status quo to survive for a while, it seems. (As far as this series is known, that means everything could change before halfway through the fourth season premiere.)
This is a promising start for whatever this phase will be. Kirby Howell-Baptiste can not do much in the final, but it's a pleasure to have Simone back after coming to the Australian of the season. Eleanor, who has played as an architect, takes good advantage of her proven gift for aspiration, and the increasingly self-confident Janet proves to be just as much a confidant and closer to Eleanor as she was to Michael. (As Eleanor realizes after a few minutes, Janet should be just the one to act like her at that point, but that would solve too many narrative problems too easily – better if everyone is aware of that, though her role is this It's hard to say if Tahani gossip blog Tormenter John will prove more nuanced when he's here, but at least he's a character type of show. That was not so before, and it is easy to imagine that he had amusing encounters with Chidi, Jason and the others
and Chidi's romance and the last obstacle that came with Simone's arrival, and the need to erase Chidi's memory It was a kind of roller coaster ride that followed that relationship in the three main seasons, and for a few weeks the writing and chemistry between Kristen Bell and William Jackson Harper is so keen that I, of course, want that find these adorable kids at the end of the world (or where exactly Mindy's backyard is). In other cases, the problems of these two in this crazy life after the bean pile do not seem to be a bean pile, and it feels like the series loses the plot by relying so heavily on it as a couple. The final felt like one of the last situations. Harper and Bell have done a great job, especially since Michael has shown them a montage of their many romances through many reboots, and because the stakes are now so high that the sacrifice of Chidi seems so noble. But the bond between these six persons (or six persons, a demon and whatever this week is called Janet) as a whole was always more compelling than any particular subgroup. If you're on The Good 'Ship Cheleanor, maybe it's just what you wanted and needed from the final. (That, or you curse the fate / Schur, because he has divided them again). As an agnostic about this particular element of the hereafter, it felt a distraction from all other promising developments.
However, this was a strong end to the season overall and a promising new direction for Season Four. And when we come back, there are two more people I think are Donkey Doug. Should be fun.
Some Other Thoughts:
* As this show has become a tradition by now, Mike Schur goes into silence for a while. When he shows up, we'll talk about what happened here and in the third season.
* Ted Danson and Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andre Braugher are not exactly the same kind of actors, but it's fun to see both shows strategically making their senior authority figures do things or things to say that they are too young for them. Last week, Michael tried to divert the judge by flossing. As he contemplates the impending disaster he has created for himself (along with the fat throat), he warns Eleanor that this will be the failure to end all failures: "It's going to be … an epic failure!" As with Captain Holt, things like "Yas Queen," it's funny, just because it comes from a relatively dignified and authoritative figure.
Carden, dressed like the four people in "Janet (s)", would have expected me to greet the architect Eleanor John in the waiting room while he wears Michael's suit and bow tie.
* Eleanor tells Janet that "For a robot, you're a really good friend," Janet replies, "I'm one of three of those things." We know she's neither a robot nor a girl, so she's one Friend!
* John remembers Tahani dying mysteriously in Canada, which fits in with the new timeline in which Michael Team Cockr has spared Oach from her original death. But would not that mean that he would recognize Eleanor and the others as they died next to Tahani? They were not celebrities, but they mysteriously died right next to her, in a way that gossip sites like John's had been obsessed for weeks (or at least until the next Kardashian baby). Is not it a problem if Chidi's last memory is that the air conditioner falls on him while John remembers a completely different death on another continent?
What did everyone else think of the finale and the season? Three as a whole?
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