TV Review: The Good Place (Season 2 - Part 2)
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Season Two of The Good Place came to its optimistic conclusion this week, leaving audiences pining for Season 3, which is due to air in September later this year. As awful as the seven-month wait will be, this gives us plenty of time to dissect a few things, and to muse over a few questions, the main one being: what the fork just happened? The Good Place is a delightful feel-good comedy. In Season One, nobody could have anticipated that the story would have convoluted in such a way to lead us to witness our delightful quartet of slightly-garbage humans not-dying. “Not-dying” being the semi-technical term for the Judge, Gen, (played by the impeccable Maya Rudolph) turning back time and allowing Michael (Ted Danson) to prevent them from perishing in the first place. So, to indulge the hypothetical, if Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) didn’t go to Michael's “Good Place” due to surviving – could other humans have taken their places, in this new, unexplored timeline? On top of the hypothetical plot questions we may ask about The Good Place, the show also poses very real questions to its audience that centre around ethics and, as humans, what we owe to each other. The show tackles the heavy issue of philosophy, morals and the afterlife with finesse this season, without ever weighing down the golden comedic value of the show.
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