Thursday, January 11, 2018

What I’m Watching: The Good Place

The Good Place: Season 2, Episode 9 “Leap to Faith” (B+)

Normally, I’m not a fan of flashbacks that help to explain how something we just saw happen actually came to occur, but this show does a magnificent job of featuring them repeatedly to show how things played out in a different way than we thought. Sean showing up to tell Michael that he was doing a good job was a shock to everyone, and naturally the only real threat to them continuing the charade was the attention-seeking Vicky, who Michael was easily able to frame by whispering “something something Vicky something something” into the drunk-handcuffed Janet’s ear. Michael’s roast of our four friends was a fantastic way of both hitting them where it hurts and of giving clues so that they could save themselves. It’s hilarious that he actually dropped about twelve thousand hints and they only picked up on four, but they reached the same conclusion, so all good. Eleanor can’t even remember Kierkegaard’s name, but Michael was on the same page as Chidi about the expression translating more to “leap to faith” than “leap of faith.” Jason suggesting that they call the police was a funny aside that shows that he still doesn’t have any concept of what’s going on. I love that they found a perfect use for Derek, having him steer the train to the medium place where he helped to serve Mindy’s needs with his robot sex organs. What comes next now that all the demons are gone? I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out!

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