Watch Date: 19 May 2020
Watched on: Netflix
Eleanor flees to the Medium Place with Jason and Janet, where they meet a former lawyer who lives there alone. Meanwhile, Eleanor’s trial proceeds.
Eleanor, Jason, Chidi, and Tahani argue about which two of them should go to the Bad Place. Eleanor has a shocking realization about the Good Place.
- These episodes really, really dialed up the message that intent matters in the afterlife and consequences don’t; especially with the way they called out Tahani.
- On the other hand, Chidi’s punishment – and the guilt he feels – seems all out of proportion to his sins on earth – which were mostly without bad intent. So… what’s up with that?
- The whole idea of a hell where people torture each other is:
- very “hell is other people”
- A little too similar to life on earth, where its individual desires running in different directions that lead to interpersonal suffering
- Utterly devious writing and a brilliant plot twist
- Michael dropping the Arthur Weasley act and spilling the beans was one of the most brilliantly executed face-heel-turns I’ve ever seen.
- It’s called Michael’s Gambit, but Eleanor outgambitted him like anything.
- Mindy St. Claire actually managed to make past Eleanor seem sympathetic. Wow.
- Janet is amazing. That is all.