TV REVIEW: The Good Place – Season 4

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.

4/5

10 Comments

  1. I’ve thought about watching this, but I’m not a fan of Ted Danson. Plus, I don’t know about the UK, but here in the U.S. Kristin Bell is everywhere. She does commercials for several different products, and she’s in the movies frequently, not to mention guest appearances on TV shows. She’s everywhere, and I need a break from her. Maybe I’ll try this show in the future when her fame dies down.

    1. Kristen Bell is definitely less ubiquitous here. I don’t actually see any commercials ever though really as we only watch TV through streaming services. This role does seem perfect for her.

  2. Glad you liked it, but ike Lori, I am not a Danson fan. And I thought he looked a bit creepy in this show too. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Well, I mean he is playing a demon but it’s a very clever, funny show. What is it about him you don’t like?

      1. I just find him a bit creepy, to be honest. Always have, even when I used to watch ‘Cheers’. 🙂

  3. I get what you mean with the repeating patterns with the new experiment candidates, but for me the final emotional episodes totally were worth it. I cried so much, because they were ready, but I really wasn’t.

    1. I know exactly what you mean. You really felt like you knew them as people and saying goodbye was hard.

  4. The final few episodes were so moving. I know what you mean about Jason. He was the character who made me laugh most so I was always connected to him. But his journey was incredible. When he played the perfect game with his dad it was the perfect build up.

    1. I always thought Jason was funny but never really felt like a great love for him… not like I loved Chidi who I wanted to hug and shake in equal measures… but his goodbye was just so moving.

      1. Chidi is wonderful. Has there ever been a more indecisive character in TV? Especially a likeable one? But Jason was always my favourite. Amazing lines, a good heart and his love of his team. It’s so cool that the actor has actually gone to Jacksonville games.

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