Everything Is Great! Review of the Season Premiere
This review is for the two-part season premiere of The Good Place, originally aired on Wednesday September 20, 2017 on NBC. As always this is a 100% spoiler free review of The Good Place.
After the event’s of last season, where Eleanor Shellstrop discovered that her, Chidi, Tahani, and Jianyu were actually in the bad place the whole time, Michael is trying round two of his revolutionary brand of torture by not making his victims soul mates. What does he have in store for our not-quite-good-enough good guys, and what will become of the note that Eleanor left for herself with Janet, the neighbourhood’s robot assistant.
The Good Place is back in full force in season two. Whereas season one served as a slow burn towards a big reveal, Season 2’s premiere is the polar opposite. It wastes no time trying to remind us of who the characters are or where things left off. Giving the audience this credit allows the show to keep a fast pace and dive right back into the engaging story.
Speaking of the story, the quality hasn’t dropped off between seasons. The big twist ending at the end of the previous finale sets up this two-part episode very nicely. You come back anxious to see how round 2 of Michael’s “The Good Place” experiment works and you aren’t disappointed. By essentially rolling the group back to the very beginning and wiping their memory, the show ran the risk of feeling like a rehash of the previous season, but it avoids this potential pitfall nicely. We’re treated to more of a “behind the scenes” look at the workings of the bad place in the premiere, as well as getting some character development for the bad place crew. The episode also allows us to follow the four main protagonists more equally than last season, which is a blessing given the immensely talented cast.
The attention to detail in The Good Place is the same high caliber of last season, with a ton of call back jokes (such as Hawaiian pizza, the worst kind of pizza, being plentiful in the many pizza restaurants.) The hardest part of reviewing The Good Place spoiler free is praising the writing, which is hilarious as ever. The entire cast is given great lines to work with and they make the most of it.
In the end, the premiere delivered what was promised and then some. It is a funny and fun hour of television that seemed to fly by and be over before I knew it. I’m left with no doubt that this year will be able to meet the incredibly high bar set by the first season.
Rating: 4/5 Hawaiian Pizzas