TV REVIEW: The Good Place – Season 2

[SPOILER ALERT] If you have not watched Season 1 of The Good Place it might be best not to read this review. While it doesn’t have spoilers for season 2, it does mention the big reveal at the end of season 1.

With Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) discovering that they are in the Bad Place, Michael (Ted Danson) is forced to come clean about the fact that he is conducting an experiment in human torture.  He has broken from the classic methods that involve things like boiling oil and opted for something a bit more psychological. 

While he thinks his methods are genius, his fellow demons who have been playing the other neighbourhood humans and overseer, Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) are not best pleased or on board. Shawn grants him one more chance to run his experiment but as the gang keep figuring out what is going on he is forced to keep resetting their memories with hilarious consequences. 

It’s not too long before suspicions arise and Michael ends up in the awkward position of becoming rather attached to his humans, forcing him to question his entire existence.

Season 2 of The Good Place builds on the great foundation set by the first season. I wasn’t sure where they were going to go with it but getting to experience the various different flavours of hell for the four humans is very entertaining, as is finding out how Michael ended up starting his experiment, learning more about Mindy Sinclair (Maribeth Monroe) and seeing their relationships with each other grow.

Bell continues to make Eleanor a character who is a terrible human but still endearing despite her flaws. Danson does a great job of showing Michael’s true nature but making his affection for “his” humans believable and Jamil and Harper and Jacinto are hilarious as the narcissitic Tahani, neurotic Chidi and hapless Jason. In the end it is Maya Rudolph who steals every scene she appears in as the Judge.

This is definitely one to keep watching, although I do feel like sometimes the episodes just kind of bleed into each other. That probably says more about my binge watching habits that the show though.

4/5 

3 Comments

  1. Not sure this is one for me. And Luther is back soon, so I will be looking forward to that.
    Have you watched ‘Death and Nightingales’ on BBC2? So far, it’s excellent.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. It’s a fairly niche kind of humour so it definitely won’t be for everyone. Will be adding Death and Nightingales to my list!

      1. Dark and brooding! 🙂

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