Saturday, February 10, 2018

TV Show Review: The Good Place (Season 2)

The hilarious afterlife comedy picks up the second season shortly after where the second season left off. Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) learned that she was actually in the bad place as revealed by the demon Michael (Ted Danson) but her memory was erased. She has a new soulmate and is separated from Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper) but a note she stashed away drives her towards seeking him out. Their friend Tahani Al-Jamil (Jameela Jamila) and Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto) are also starting to notice strange things. Eleanor keeps figuring it out and Michael keeps having to reset the good place to prove his experiment of tricking victims is worse than torturing people who did not make enough points to make it to the actual good place.

Vicky (Tiya Sircar) threatens to tell Michael's superior Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) but Michael convinces her to hold off and delivers fake reports to Shawn about the success of his experiment. Janet (D'Arcy Carden) is the willing assistant who fell for Jason in the previous season. She had a new mate in Derek (Jason Mantzoukas) but banishes him to another realm. With Shawn threatening to send the group to the actual good place, they come up with a plan to escape by throwing a distracting party and pretending to go to the middle place. They plan to get to the good place but Michael doesn't know how to actually get there. He does know about the Judge (Maya Rudolph) and a way to get to her through the bad place.

The group has to sneak through a museum of torture and pretend to be vicious demons, which is easier for some than others. Janet especially struggles at being bad Janet. In one hilarious interaction, Chidi is mistaken for an especially vicious demon and has to pretend to be a bro with other demons but he manages to trick them by telling them his latest torture is forcing victims to read books, something he would love. Michael is found out by Shawn and bad Janet but the group flees through the portal. Michael is captured by Shawn and is about to be locked up when bad Janet turns out to actually be good Janet. The group faces trials given by the judge like Jason has to play against his favorite team the Jacksonville Jaguars with the rival Titans and Tahani has to walk down a hall without opening doors to hear what people are saying about her. 

Eleanor manages to past but they all agree that they will share the fate and none of the others make it. Michael comes through the portal and debates the point system but the judge isn't buying it since they now know of the award of the good place. Michael comes up with a plan and sends Eleanor back to the moment before she died and saves her life. She tries to improve after the near-death experience but soon becomes disillusioned by it. Michael sees her straying from the path of good and intervenes again sending her to seek out Chidi in the final moments of the second season.

The Good Place is full of great witty jokes that make me laugh every episode along with likable characters played by clever actors who portray the frustration of these roles well. I wasn't sure where the show would go after the shocking twist at the end of the first season but season two has kept up the excitement and continued to surprise exploring more of this interested world they have developed. I like the show is a silly comedy but also take a look at existential questions like what is good and morality. I look forward to seeing how they will get the group back together now that they are back in their lives. 

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