The Christmas break has ended, and The Good Place is again on our screens for its ultimate run of episodes. Chidi is again in his new, assured type and prepared and raring to assist save the earth from The Decide’s ruling. So, whereas The Decide searches for her earth destroying key fob, the gang sits all the way down to mind storm.
Not solely did this scene deal with us to the amusing juxtaposition of grown adults sitting in class desk chairs, but it surely additionally hammered house simply how modified Chidi is. Whereas nonetheless an enormous philosophy boffin, he offers his lecture in curler skates and will get distracted by telling Eleanor that he loves her. Seeing him be assured and guaranteed in his feelings was coronary heart warming. After three seasons of his fixed umming and erring, Chidi is aware of what he desires and is not hesitant about doing issues that make him completely happy.
This private progress leads very properly into the answer that the gang discover to cease The Decide from deleting Earth. Their first plan is not nice and easily consists of creating a extra ‘official’ medium place. A suggestion that might, not solely, nonetheless put hundreds of individuals in The Unhealthy Place, but in addition ignored the truth that the issue with the system was the way in which that factors got, not the edge at which individuals have been allowed into The Good Place.
However after that false begin, the answer they give you is definitely fairly superb, and does nicely to deliver collectively numerous the morals and ‘classes’ which have been given all through the present. The brand new afterlife, as a substitute of the rewards on the finish of the take a look at that’s life, would be the true take a look at of humanity. A take a look at that they’ll take over, and over, and over once more till they change into higher.
This displays one in all my favorite issues about The Good Place; its acknowledgement of humanity’s imperfection. It’s a present that highlights individuals’s darkness and concern with a vibrant, soothing, smile. Displaying time and time once more how its characters have, and proceed to, fail. After which bringing them again into the fold anyway.
This hasn’t all the time been an excellent factor for the narrative, with the by no means ending set backs and plot twists that occurred over the primary 9 episodes of season 4. However it does set the stage for among the finest character growth by studying that I’ve ever seen. These characters study to be higher, and to be type to themselves, with the assistance of their new friendship group. Whereas this sentiment is not by any means distinctive to The Good Place, it does have a singular and well timed spin to it.
The message of The Good Place feels poignant in its, generally ham-fisted, critique of the world and the way in which it really works. Acknowledging the wrestle of dwelling on the earth that we do and the disconnect that individuals can really feel with these round them, particularly when conventional establishments like household and education have failed them. After which displaying how discovered household will help with that, how individuals type the least anticipated locations can change into your closest companions at crucial level in your existence.
Now, all of that sounds very dramatic for a evaluate of a sitcom, however The Good Place, with it vibrant colors and mushy joyfulness actually does make for an fascinating research of humanity, even whether it is by the closely filtered lens of the tv display screen. Whereas it may be watched with out eager about the story an excessive amount of and simply taking at face worth if you’re actually in want of an escape, each episode additionally offers the viewers one thing to actually factor about or discover which means in.
Now that we’re within the ultimate stretch, I actually do not know the way the present goes to finish, however I’m positively very pleased with the journey we’ve been taken on to get there.
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