Following the discovery that it’s virtually impossible to live or judge a good life, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and the gang launch their new afterlife experiment. Their intention is to use the afterlife to redeem a group of reprehensible characters and move them on to the Good Place.
It won’t be easy though as their subjects are mostly absolutely dreadful and self unaware. Eleanor is also missing Chidi (William Jackson Harper) now that his memory has been erased and he can’t remember their relationship. And Shawn (Marc Evan Jackson) is looking for any possible avenue of sabotage.
For me this was a season of two halves. The first half where the gang is conducting the experiment was amusing and the new characters are entertaining in their appalling behaviour. However, it seemed like more of the same stuff we’ve seen before. It was nice seeing Eleanor’s growth and her magnanimity in giving up Chidi for the greater good and Michael’s vulnerability as he becomes more human.
Where things got really interesting was after the conclusion of the experiment where all the different factions had to work together to design a new afterlife. It felt like an almost impossible task was posed and what ultimately transpired was not only inspired but just really beautiful and special.
The last few episodes were kind of magical and just so full of emotion. I was surprised that the journey to the final afterlife that I found the most touching was Jason’s (Manny Jacinto). He was always a bit of a comedy relief character but seeing him ready to move on was really meaningful.
Ultimately it was a fitting end to a series that has been one of the most innovative comedy series I have ever watched. It explored the human condition, morality and the nature of good and evil in a complex modern world.
Highly recommended… just stick with it if the beginning seems a bit like it’s not going anywhere.