Sunday, October 20, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Good Place

The Good Place: Season 4, Episode 4 “Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy” (B+)

It’s easy to forget that there are still nefarious forces at work, and that dealing with the obnoxiousness that is Brent and John isn’t all that our friends need to worry about with the bad place in the mix. Glenn’s arrival created plenty of confusion, and even though it appears that Michael was indeed the Michael we know the whole time and not just Vicky in a Michael suit, his behavior and omission of certain key events was indeed suspicious. Opening with Chidi being predictably bad at Pictionary led to a demonic horse nearly killing them all, prompting a naturally unhelpful and overconfident Brent boasting that he could kill it. We didn’t see Brent and John again in the episode, but Glenn did cause discord as Eleanor smartly decided that she couldn’t trust either him or Michael until she had all the information. Despite his very insightful observation that Glenn couldn’t be a devil because he wasn’t wearing Prada and his constant “that’s what you what us to think” comments, Jason was the hero of the episode when he deduced that Janet was actually Bad Janet because she didn’t correct him when he called her “girl.” That was a cool moment, especially since I thought that Michael was Vicki and that he was just bluffing so that they wouldn’t force him to make the ultimate sacrifice. I liked the sight of a well-groomed Jason and Michael heading off on the train tracks to the bad place to rescue the real Janet, and I’m excited to see what comes next.

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