TL;DR – Today we get to see the direction of where Season Three is going, and it is a very cool direction, while also exploring rock bottom for Chidi.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
As Season Three has been going on, there has been some concern as to where the show is going, and it did feel like there was still a penny waiting to drop. This week we get to see that penny drop, right when everybody’s plans fall apart and we get to see what happens when you hit rock bottom and how you respond to that.
So to set the scene, at the end of last week’s episode The Snowplow, Michael (Ted Danson) and Janet (D’Arcy Carden) decide that with things falling apart thanks to some outside interference, that the best thing to do is pull another restart. It is a tried and true method, however, as they open the portal to the afterlife the whole gang Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and Jason (Manny Jacinto) picked that moment to walk in. Well, this is a problem because they all heard everything about the afterlife and the points system, meaning that in that one moment they were all doomed. This is because as they know about the system any points they get will be gotten with the wrong motivation and thus are forfeit. So what do you do when you discover that you are one hundred per cent doomed to go to The Bad Place, well this week we see how every character deals with that dilemma. Now we are going to look at the episode as a whole tonight, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
There are so many little details across this episode that made me sit back and ponder. For example, where in Australia did Chidi find peeps, because these are candy I have heard about in legends spoken in hushed tones around a fire but I have never seen one out in the wild before. Also, they got the money right so we might still be iffy with the accents but at least we can order a drink at the Drinking Nemo with the right currency. Also The Good Place, we need to talk about the character names you gave to the random Australian in this episode. It is this level of odd Australianisms that can be frustrating but also endearing.
This is also the episode when we start to see some of the mythology of the world filled out a bit more. We see this in that time in the afterlife is not a linear progression but is instead travels in a Jeremy Bearimy direction, which might be the best explanation for time since The Doctor called it “A big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff”. However, it works a bit better for the simple fact that they still have the dot on the top of the i, and it is that dot which is the final straw that breaks Chidi. We also learn that about 300 years of real time has passed during Season 1 and 3 of The Good Place, explaining why The Judge was so annoyed with the shifting timeline.
Where The Good Place works best is when it is giving you a lesson in ethics, even if you don’t know that is what you are getting. So we see that when Chidi, who I must add props to William Jackson Harper because you are ripped my friend, explains the different modes of living a good life which we had walked through all episode. It also meant we got did into a slight depressive Friedrich Nietzsche spiral, which I get it, we have all been there before. It is also here after going to literal hell and back the characters find their ultimate goal. They can’t get points to go to The Good Place because they know about the system, but nothing is stopping them from helping others around them from getting into a better afterlife. This is such a simple shift in the show, but it is likely to have a profound impact on its direction as much as say the end of Season One did.
In the end, do we recommend Jeremy Bearimy? Yes. Look even when The Good Place is not quite hitting the mark it is still a very entertaining show, however, this week shows just how amazing it can be when everything lines up, and I am really interested to see where it goes next.
By Brian MacNamara: You can follow Brian on Twitter Here, when he’s not chatting about Movies and TV, he’ll be talking about International Relations, or the Solar System.
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Trailer – Click Here to View (all trailers have heavy spoilers)
Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Good Place
Directed by – Trent O’Donnell
Written by – Megan Amram
Created by – Michael Schur
Starring in Season 3 – Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, D’Arcy Carden & Ted Danson with Dominic Burgess, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Marc Evan Jackson, Ben Lawson, Mike O’Malley, Maya Rudolph & Adam Scott