Wednesday, November 20, 2019

What I’m Watching: The Good Place

The Good Place: Season 4, Episode 8 “The Funerals to End All Funerals” (B+)

I think I sort of expected that things were going to go this way, that Michael would somehow find a way to convince the judge that the point system was indeed flawed but it wouldn’t result in whatever our main characters thought it would. It’s very fair that the three decent humans got better and that Brent ended up with just a slight decrease since his overconfidence that he belonged in the best place made him more horrible but then he shot way up at the very end when he almost had the chance to say something nice to Chidi. Eleanor, Tahani, Jason, and Janet having funerals for each other was an entertaining process, with a fitting tribute to who each of them have become. I’d liked to have seen what Chidi would have wanted for his funeral, but I guess we’ll have to settle for having him step in to figure a new point system to save Earth in just forty-five minutes. I found the judge’s eagerness to bring back “Ally McBeal” a bit odd, though it made much more sense when she got to say that she was essentially rebooting it by restarting all of Earth. What I didn’t see coming was Janet’s ability to hide the earth wiper-outer from the judge and Bad Janet showing up to reveal that she had read the manifesto and convinced all the Janets to stand against the judge to hide the device from her. There are few comedies that end on a cliffhanger every episode, and I’m just glad that another new episode comes very soon.

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