The Good Place

  • Title: The Good Place – Chapter 34: The Worst Possible Use of Free Will
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The Good Place - The Worst Possible Use of Free Will TV review

“The Worst Possible Use of Free Will” takes us back to the Neighborhood as Michael (Ted Danson) restores some of Eleanor (Kristen Bell) memories in an attempt to convince his friend that she can indeed love. The result is the best episode of the show’s Third Season so far with revelations (Sam the Eagle, Elanor? Really?) as the show takes the characters back to the show’s original set-up. There’s certainly some character development for both Michael and Eleanor as well as the process helps her come to grip with her insecurities while showcasing just how far Michael has come as well. Great moments include Eleanor getting her head fried, Mirror Centaur, the return of the more philosophical Eleanor, the coolest thing Michael has ever done, and the purple space bubble of pain.

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  • Title: The Good Place – Chapter 32: The Ballad of Donkey Doug
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The Good Place - The Ballad of Donkey Doug television review

After learning the truth (again) and concluding that they will use their remaining time on Earth to help others avoid the Bad Place, Jason (Manny Jacinto) leads the group to the magical location of Jacksonville where he hopes to save Donkey Doug’s (Mitch Narito) soul. Jason has offered many tales of Donkey Doug during his time with the group, but the one fact he left out is that Donkey Doug is is father. What’s interesting here as the show delves in to the hilariously depressing relationship between Jason, Donkey Doug, and Pillboi (Eugene Cordero) is that the episode conclusion with an idea that, despite what these four people accomplished together, flies in the face of the show’s core idea that everybody can be saved.

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The Good Place – Jeremy Bearimy

by Alan Rapp on October 22, 2018

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  • Title: The Good Place – Jeremy Bearimyh
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The Good Place - Jeremy Bearimy television review

Ever since The Good Place made its shocking First Season finale revelation the show has continued to make unexpected twists and turns to continually reboot the situation of four humans and reestablish the question about where they should spend the afterlife. Despite all his meddling, Michael‘s (Ted Danson) plan to help Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) falls apart once more as he’s forced to come clean about the truth (after trying to sell an improbable lie and briefly considering killing them all). Faced with the truth about their mortality, and where they are headed after the die, each member reacts to the news differently. Some react better than others.

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  • Title: The Good Place – Everything is Bonzer! / The Brainy Bunch
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The Good Place - Everything is Bonzer! / The Brainy Bunch television review

Each season The Good Place offers a slightly different set-up for our recently departed foursome. Given a second chance to prove they belong in the Good Place, Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) have been sent back to Earth. While initially each shows signs of improvement, the all begin to fall back into bad habits which is when Michael (Ted Danson) begins sneaking down to Earth to nudge them each in the right direction and get them all together in Australia with Chidi who begins a study on the effect of near-death experience. Although strictly ordered not to interfere by the Judge (Maya Rudolph), Michael can’t help but want to help his friends. His meddling, however, also allows Trevor (Adam Scott) to insert himself into the group’s lives.

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The Good Place – Somewhere Else

by Alan Rapp on February 1, 2018

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  • Title: The Good Place – Somewhere Else
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The Good Place - Somewhere Else television review

After convincing themselves, and the demon who was assigned to torture them, that bad people can in fact change after death our intrepid gang of misfits failed (or almost all of them failed) in their individual tests to make it to the Good Place. Enter Michael (Ted Danson) with a new suggestion for the judge (Maya Rudolph) as the Second Season takes another swerve putting Eleanor (Kristen Bell) back into her life after narrowly avoiding her unfortunate grocery-cart demise (and without the knowledge of her afterlife) to see if she can, in fact, be a good person without the certainty of a reward in heaven. Despite her initial high after her life-and-death experience, Eleanor eventually falls back into her old habits. Thankfully Michael still has just enough devil left in him to cheat and give her the proper nudge back to the right path.

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