[The Good Place] S01E07: The Eternal Shriek, S01E08: Most Improved Player, S01E09: …Someone Like Me as a Member

Watch Date: 13 May 2020

Watched on: Netflix

IMDb link: The Eternal Shriek

Netflix Summary:

After learning Michael’s retirement will be an eternity of torture, Eleanor decides to deactivate Janet, the only one able to send Michael away.

IMDb link: Most Improved Player

Netflix Summary:

Trying to uncover the truth, Michael interrogates Eleanor about her life, and also interviews Chidi, Tahani and Jianyu. Chidi faces a moral dilemma.

IMDb link: …Someone Like Me as a Member

Netflix Summary:

Michael has difficulty negotiating for Eleanor’s fate. The Bad Place demons misbehave at Tahani’s house. Chidi bonds with the other Eleanor.

Notes:

  • I’m surprised that nobody referred to the trolley problem when discussing whether killing Janet to save Michael was worth it or not.
  • For that matter, the personhood of Janet brings back memories of the Flash Forward episode which talks about how transporter beams are murder.
  • More dorky things for Michael to focus on. But somehow, that flat “it’s too salty” seems out of character – I would have thought he’d have been overjoyed at how salty it is.
  • The Bad Place being equal parts mundane hell-is-other-people-who-are-douchebags awfulness, and traditional torture was inspired, I thought. As was the idea of the bad place demons being white douchebags.
  • ‘Real’ Eleanor was also a delight.
  • I think I need to slow down my watching again.

 

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