The Good Place

The Good Place – Janet and Michael

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2017

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The Good Place - Janet and Michael TV review

“Janet and Michael” delves into one of the show’s unanswered questions since revealing that the afterlife community Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends are stuck in is actually Hell rather than Heaven. Focused primarily on Michael (Ted Danson), the episode offers flashbacks to him stealing the robot intelligence he needs to create his community and his early interactions with Janet (D’Arcy Carden). The number of reboots of Janet has caused issue concerning Janet’s core programming. Michael’s reaction to her logical assumption that she needs to be destroyed in order to save The Good Place, offers a first glimpse of humanity for the demon architect. Maybe there’s hope for him yet.

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The Good Place – The Trolley Problem

by Alan Rapp on October 22, 2017

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The Good Place - The Trolley Problem television review

Possibly better than any other show currently on television, The Good Place knows how to write itself out of potential issues and provide twists to what is a very simple premise with (presumably) limited story options. The end of the First Season dropped the bomb shell of where Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her friends are truly living while Season Two has kept viewers on their toes with the demons trying (and failing) to hoodwink the damned foursome again. Michael‘s (Ted Danson) decision to team-up with the group was another such twist, the fallout of which provides some of the best moments of the season so far.

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  • Title: The Good Place – Dance Dance Resolution / Team Cockroach
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The Good Place - Dance Dance Resolution / Team Cockroach TV review

The reveal that Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her companions were actually being tortured in Hell rather than living an idyllic afterlife in Heaven left several questions about where the show would go in its Second Season. Michael‘s (Ted Danson) inability to get the results he wants after simply resetting the world and getting a do-over leads directly into “Dance Dance Resolution” where we see cherry-picked versions of more than 280 resets of The Good Place, none of which are able to stop Eleanor and her friends from discovering the truth. With the demons going on strike and fighting against this confusing new form of torture, and various changes of each iteration, Michael bows to the demands of Vicky (Tiya Sircar) while secretly trying to make a pact with Eleanor and her friends and get all of them (him included) out of this predicament without having everyone end up in a more traditional version of Hell when all of this comes crashing down.

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The Good Place – Everything Is Great!

by Alan Rapp on September 21, 2017

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The Good Place - Everything Is Great! TV review

After the shocking reveal to end last season, “Everything Is Great!” resets The Good Place as Michael (Ted Danson) erases the memories of the four humans and reintroduces them to a heaven that is really anything but. There’s a bit of redundancy in the two-part premiere as the show gives us the perspectives of each of the main characters over the course of the first day in The Good Place. Despite his best efforts to separate the quartet, Michael watches despondently as his reboot doesn’t have the effect he had hoped. But when you fail, try, try again.

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The Good Place – Michael’s Gambit

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2017

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  • Title: The Good Place – Michael’s Gambit
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The Good Place - Michael's Gambit TV review

This changes everything. If you haven’t been keeping up with The Good Place, stop reading and catch-up because there is a major spoiler ahead for this First Season finale that turns the entire show on its head and (literally) resets everything. What a forking twist! Returning from the Middle Place with Jason (Manny Jacinto) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden), Eleanor (Kristen Bell) faces judgement at the hands of Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) who decrees that two people must leave the Good Place and he’ll leave it up to Eleanor, Jason, Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) to decide who stays and who goes.

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