One year ago, a unique little comedy burst onto the scene with one heck of a fantastic premiere. The streak continued through a tremendously consistent freshman year culminating with a perfect finale that flipped the entire show on its head. Now that season two is here, can this witty little creation possibly sustain that quality? Judging from this season premiere, the answer is a resounding yes!
Much like it proved last year, The Good Place‘s narrative momentum never lets up. I was sure the writers would drag out Michael’s reset for at least half a season, so imagine my surprise when the gang got together by episode’s end and figured everything out (yet again). Of course now we’ve got another rest and this time… Eleanor doesn’t have a note to figure it all out. It’s all so insanely bonkers, and I’m definitely curious to see how the gang will get out of this one. Could every episode contain yet another reset? Or are we sticking with this one for the whole season? The level of ambition in this “sitcom” puts most dramas to shame. Incredible!
Although the plot reset the status quo all the way back to the pilot, this opener wisely gives the characters we love whole new beats to play with. Eleanor has a mystery to solve, Tahani ain’t the spoiled rich kid anymore, Jianyu won’t hide that he can speak , and Chidi is well… Chidi. Every single performance is still in top form, and I’m happy to report that Real Eleanor / Denise is getting some more screen-time. Her desire to showcase her acting skills is a real hoot, as is the increased focus on the rest of the performers/demons in Michael’s so called “Good Place”. Do I smell revolution?
Bits & Places
– The “biter” killed me. More of him please!
– How great is it that we got to see all our characters meeting with Michael for the first time after their respective resets?
– Pevita is so amusing. I hope we see more of her.
– JianYu’s soulmate is a guy. Didn’t see that one coming!
– I want more episodes featuring a drunk Tahani wreaking havoc.
– The most heartwarming aspect of the permiere: Jianyu and Janet bonding and hugging. I guess they’re soulmates themselves.
– I love that Michael got to do that sinister laugh all over again. It’s priceless.
– The visual of Michael’s hand in Janet’s mouth – yuck.
– The fact that Michael is lying to his boss about yet ANOTHER reset adds a fun little dynamic to the proceedings.
Michael: I know that this kind of large-scale deception is not what you were trained to do. There are gonna be days when you’re just sick of being around these disgusting humans, with their weird, gross little mouths, and their stupid elbows. You’re gonna be tempted to say, “Screw it. Can’t we just go back to HQ “and do this the old-fashioned way? “Pull out some fingernails, toss someone in an acid pit, fire up the old penis flattener?” And sure, sure, that sounds nice. But it also sounds easy. We’re all here because we believe that there’s a better way to make humans miserable. And I I believe in you. So, “torture” on three?
Michael: Actually, it is kind of clever how they punish philosophers. Every day, they make them go to school naked, and then they take a test in a class they’ve never been to. And then they smash them with hammers. And that part is not so clever.
Tahani: Is that what you call a female plumber, or is it a toilet sweep? Or clog wench?In any case, that’s how I’m dressed.
Guy: My darling, you are in the Good Place. Relax. Feel the breeze on your feet. That’s why Crocs have holes in them.
Soulmate: Hey, man! I was perfectly happy in my old job in the twisting department. People came in, and I twist them until they snapped in half, and I move on to the next one. But this job is weird! It’s all talk, no twisting.
Shawn: We’re trying out the new butthole spiders. They’re enormous.
The Good Place is still clever and oh so entertaining. If you’ve never given this brilliant comedy a shot, now’s the time.