I love The Good Place, basically. Which is a little terrifying, quite frankly, given that most of the shows I loved last year were cancelled. But, to be real, that’s exactly why I am talking about it. (I already lost The Grinder, guys. I can’t take another hit.)
What I Dig about the Show:
The characters: So I am basically in love with all of the characters so far, which is A+++. Also, can we talk about Chidi and Tahani and how they are both basically me for different reasons? I mean, no, I am not a gorgeous former model and/or philanthropist, but I talk pretty much non-stop just like Tahani. I related to her (very brief) vow of silence on a cellular level is what I’m trying to tell you.
And that moment when Chidi got all excited about teaching Eleanor how to be a good person and he got all giddy about the essays and tests? LITERALLY ME. Why, just Thursday I was super excited about the test I wrote for my Comp 1 students. And my level of excitement may have been equal to Chidi’s. CHIDI IS MY PEOPLE. Yay professors! (Also, his professor outfit was very cute.)
The premise: There is so much I love about the premise! The idea that people in The Good Place aren’t necessarily saints is fantastic. I also love the idea of soulmates here: it’s clear that a soulmate is not an obvious match, so much as a person who challenges their partner to be the best version of themselves. Also, so far, the soulmates are all character foils, which just makes my lit teacher nerd heart sing. I mean, Chidi is an ethics professor? The loquacious Tahani paired with the monk who has taken a vow of silence???? I am dead.
My daughter has a theory that there is no Bad Place–there is the Good Place where people like Eleanor learn to become better (caring, compassionate, and less selfish) people. I countered with that there is also the fact that even doing good things doesn’t necessarily make you a good person. Obviously, there are clear differences between Eleanor and Chidi (and even Eleanor and Tahani), but, well, even Tahani and Chidi have their flaws. And even Michael does! I mean, he kicked a puppy for goodness sake! INTO THE SUN.
(That might be the moment I fell in love with the show. Don’t judge me. Wait, isn’t “don’t @ me” the new don’t judge? Or am I using that wrong? #oldladyquestion)
Anyway, given what happened at the end of episode three, she’s probably right.
The orientation video:
Maybe next week I’ll talk about some of the other shows that premiered, but for now I am all 😍😍😍😍 about The Good Place so have nothing substantial to say about them.
So, did anybody else watch? If not, what are you waiting for? It’s on NBC and streaming on Hulu! It is the business. Be a cool kid and watch.