The Good Place

  • 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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  • Title: The Good Place – Everything Is Great!
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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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  • Title: The Good Place – …Someone Like Me as a Member
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The Good Place - ...Someone Like Me as a Member

Deciding not to immediately turn over his Eleanor (Kristen Bell) to the visitors from the Bad Place, Michael (Ted Danson) enlists the help of Tahani (Jameela Jamil) to distract and mollify his guests until a proper trade can be worked out. Meanwhile, Chidi (William Jackson Harper) begins to get to know the other Eleanor (Tiya Sircar) which only makes our “fake” Eleanor feel more out of place. These discussions also allow us a glimpse of what Eleanor’s life in the Bad Place would consist of and why neither woman would willingly want to go there.

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  • Title: The Good Place – Most Improved Player
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The Good Place - Most Improved Player

After revealing herself as the source of the trouble in The Good Place, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) sits down with Michael (Ted Danson) to discuss her future and her past. Of course things are complicated by the recent murder and reboot of Janet (D’Arcy Carden) whose help in retrieving Eleanor’s file leads to a (surprisingly funny) running gag of the computer program constantly confusing any request for that of a cactus. While Eleanor does good on the basic questionnaire (suck it Bachelor viewers!), things get a bit more complicated when Janet finally locates the missing file. Once again, we get highlights of Eleanor’s life on Earth, this time in her deposition to Michael as she describes a series of events with her friend Madison (Angela Trimbur), who, through Eleanor’s actions became to be known as “The Dress Bitch.”

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