TV Review – The Good Place: Chillaxing

TL;DR – It is the moment when the loss and pain catch up with everyone.

Score – 4 out of 5 stars

The Good Place: Chillaxing. Image Credit: NBC Studios.

Review

We continue our march to the final ever episode of The Good Place with a real threat looming over us. No one is improving and time is not infinite. It is in these moments of pressure in the past where the series has really excelled but will it work this time around.

So to set the scene, after our two-part season opener A Girl from Arizona, things had started to move into place. But every step forward was also a step back. They got rid of the demon in disguise, but then Chidi (William Jackson Harper) got brought more into the fold at the further expense of Eleanor’s (Kristen Bell) happiness. As well as this, after some struggles Janet (D’Arcy Carden) decided to break up with Jason (Manny Jacinto), leaving more of the group fractured. Just a reminder that we will be looking at the episode at the whole, so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.

The Good Place: Chillaxing. Image Credit: NBC Studios.
It was good that we got to see some growth from Tahani this week. Image Credit: NBC Studios.

This was an episode of bringing people together and finding ways forward. The emotional core of the episode this week was the relationship between John (Brandon Scott Jones) and Tahani (Jameela Jamil). Among finding out that 8 characters in Game of Thrones are based on her, we also got to dive into the core of the character. There is this moment of self-reflection that would not have occurred to Tahani if not for her journey in the show so far. As Tahani’s character has been a bit in the background so far this season it was really good to see her take centre stage and also have some really strong character moments, even if she does triple name drop.

This episode we also continue our mirroring of the first season with Eleanor and Michael (Ted Danson) resorting to torturing Chidi to get him to start thinking of philosophy and the method they use is a combination of Jason and weaponising Immanuel Kant. Seeing them resort to The Bad Place methods is an interesting turn and it does give an interesting insight into how the first season must have gone from the demon’s perspective. It also gave Eleanor a real moment of reflection as it shone a light on her motives. It also gave Michael a chance to show he’s still in this game after the revelation for last week. Oh and don’t forget helpful intelligent ants.    

The Good Place: Chillaxing. Image Credit: NBC Studios.
I have never seen someone weaponise Immanuel Kant before. Image Credit: NBC Studios.

In the end, do we recommend Chillaxing? Yes we do. This season continues to be the strong swan song that everyone hoped it would be. Also, in those closing moments it seems that something ruinous is bearing down on them.  

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.

Have you seen Season Three of The Good Place yet?, let us know what you thought in the comments below, feel free to share this review on any of the social medias and you can follow us Here. Check out all our past reviews and articles Here, and have a happy day.
    


Credits –
All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of The Good Place
Directed by
– Anya Adams
Written by – Aisha Muharrar
Created by – Michael Schur
Starring in Season 4 – Kristen Bell, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, D’Arcy Carden & Ted Danson with Brandon Scott Jones, Josh Siegal & Sheilia Carrasco

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