The Good Place (NBC)

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  • Yep, it seems like a great call. I love when a show can go out on its own terms so the creators can wrap things in the way they want, rather than dragging it out too long or being abruptly cancelled without having time to properly end it. I will miss it a lot when it's gone, but I would rather miss it than see it go on for too long. I have full confidence in Mike Schur and the rest of the writers, so I bet they'll come up with something awesome and rewatches will be that much more satisfying.
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited June 2019
    I want to be reasonable about it, and ultimately it's wonderful that they are going to end it on their timeline and on their terms, but NO!!! No! No! No! This is terrible news. The Good Place is a top 3-5 show going right now and we need more of it! I hate you, Mike Schur! I hate you, you wonderful, amazing, glorious, greatest sitcom mind we've ever known. You beautiful genius, son of a bitch.

    I'm positive this is the right call and it's so much better to go out where you feel like you should as opposed to just cranking them out to cash checks and keep the party going (particularly in the case of a show like the Good Place where so much of it's greatness rests on the intelligence of its scenario and serialized nature), but dammit. I hate this so much. Cash checks! Party on! 
    Teresa from ConcordMarci
  • edited June 2019
    So many good to great shows are ruined and tainted in my mind for milking a show of every earning dollar. I am glad this won't be one of them even though I will be shouting MOTHER FORKING SHIRT BALLS when it is over.
    Teresa from ConcordMarciTravismajjam0770Flukes
  • edited June 2019
    Hi A.Ron and Cecily! In response to your comments on the last BMTV --

    They are ending the show at the end of season 4 (the upcoming season). Because Mike Schur listened to Damon Lindelof who said not to dawdle.

    Janet gets a lot of action and/or development toward the end of season 3. I think it's worth watching if you've enjoyed Janet's arc so far.

    Each season is about 3 mini-seasons. Every group of 3-4 episodes is an arc that is significantly different from the one before. If you didn't like the first 3 eps, you might like the next 3, etc. 

    BUT, if you didn't like season 2 enough to keep going... hmm.... I'm not really sure Season 3 is different enough to make it worthwhile to stay on. I found a dip in the middle of season 2 but thought it was really strong in the end. Some people were bored by first part of season 3 because they're on Earth. I thought there were some great emotional beats in the middle and end of season 3 myself, but I thought the same of 2, (Michael's solution to the trolley problem, for one thing) so I'm not sure how to calibrate.

    What say the rest of you? You should listen to the last 5-10 minutes of the Das Boot podcast to hear Aron's take on The Good Place through season 2. In short, he loved Season 1, was disappointed in 2, but still liked Janet's arc.


  • lengmolengmo RTP, NC
    jhpark said:
    What say the rest of you?
    I think it's OK to wait to hear how well season 4 wraps up the show before deciding to watch past where they have.

    Season one is the only one I would consider "required" viewing.  The other two seasons have had nice character moments and some good humor.
  • I am glad they are wrapping up after one more season.  Love the show but already some of the plots are retreading  familiar ground (eleanor and chidi in and out of love, rebooting everyone over and over) and I think some of the internal logic is not as solid as it was at first.  Like I don't see how the "experiment" set up for the last season really proves anything.  And for all the deep goals of the characters no one really asks big questions - like why is there all this setup to punish or reward humans for eternity in the afterlife? And why is everyone involved so clueless as to what is actually going on on earth?  

    One more season to wrap things up will be a good ending for the show. It can stay kind of light and humorous and quirky,  and wrap up the story lines without overstaying its welcome. 

     
  • jhpark said:

    They are ending the show at the end of season 4 (the upcoming season). Because Mike Schur listened to Damon Lindelof who said not to dawdle.




    Fuck you, Damon Lindelof. You amazing, Satan incarnate, genius, jerk. I can't stay mad at the dude who gave us The Leftovers, but dammit I'll try.
    Marci
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    edited June 2019
    I watched the first two episodes of season three, and was immediately pleased. It felt almost like a soft reboot of season two. You can close your eyes and pretend that Michael is still a naively earnest "angel" working for the "Good Place", and it was funny and moving right along.

    Season two just felt like it spun it's heels a lot trying to get back on the road they were on before the twist. I really liked the twist, but it felt like, to me, they didn't really quite know what to do with it and how it changed or didn't change the group's core dynamics. 

    It's just five more hours of TV, I've come to far to bail, especially if there is a rich source of undiscovered Janet resources to mine.
    TravisCapeGabeMrXMarci
  • I watched the first two episodes of season three, and was immediately pleased. It felt almost like a soft reboot of season two. You can close your eyes and pretend that Michael is still a naively earnest "angel" working for the "Good Place", and it was funny and moving right along.

    Season two just felt like it spun it's heels a lot trying to get back on the road they were on before the twist. I really liked the twist, but it felt like, to me, they didn't really quite know what to do with it and how it changed or didn't change the group's core dynamics. 

    It's just five more hours of TV, I've come to far to bail, especially if there is a rich source of undiscovered Janet resources to mine.

    I think you will find it worth your time to finish season 3 -  there are indeed many rich seams of Janet resources to mine (that sounds dirty) that you have yet to see. And they are ending it with season 4 so we are guaranteed to see whatever Schur has envisioned as an endgame without a bunch of bloated filler seasons - as mentioned he specifically sought out Damon Lindelof for advice on where Lost went astray in this respect.
  • TravisTravis CA
    edited June 2019
    Speaking of Janet, and Darcy Carden specifically, Her performance in Janet(s) is ridiculously awesome. I 100% believe that she deserves an Emmy nod for that episode.

    Shit, did that already happen and she didn't get a nomination? If so, it's a total crime. I mean, we can nominate 3 spots from SNL and Darcy friggin Carden doesn't get a look for THAT season's performance? Ridiculous.
  • A_Ron_HubbardA_Ron_Hubbard Cincinnati, OH
    MrX said:
    I think you will find it worth your time to finish season 3 -  there are indeed many rich seams of Janet resources to mine (that sounds dirty) that you have yet to see.
    "I'm not a mineshaft." - Janet, pleasantly.
    MrXTravisMarciFlukesNoel
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    The end of Season 3 has one of the most amazing, heartbreaking scenes in recent memory. And the fact that it came from a 22 minute network comedy. I'd be really disappointed if you didn't get to experience it, Aron.  
    MrXMarci
  • Final season premieres tonight!

    Here's a new piece from Sepinwall from a set visit:
    https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-features/goodbye-good-place-final-season-set-visit-881336/
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Pumped and sad at the same time!
    CapeGabeTravis
  • If you missed it, there was quite a nice special on last week called "The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place." You can watch it on NBC.com
    I'm simultaneously super excited for this final season and dreading that it's almost over. At least we can rewatch, right?

    Travis

  • I'm enjoying the first two of the last half of the season.

    It is safe to say that Eleanor & Chidi are my second favorite TV couple behind Coach & Tami Taylor

  • fidozfidoz Houston
    Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt til I die. 
    Teresa from ConcordEine FrauMattyWeavesMurderbearNoel
  • I'm loving it. I know some feel this season has been less funny than previous ones, but I'm invested in the characters and plot enough that there's enough comedy to keep me laughing. I do wonder what the last 2 episodes will be about, but the show has always been ahead of its schedule - each season finale feels more like the next season's premier, each season has enough plot for 2-3 seasons, etc - so it'll  probably feel like another season (or movie conclusion like Serenity or Deadwood) tacked on to the end of this one.

    I'm going to miss Marc Evan Jackson. His guest role and podcast hosting have been some of my favorite parts of the show.
    MarciMrX
  • I've been laughing every time I think about CHAINSAW BEAR!!
    CapeGabemajjam0770MarciFlukesMurderbearNoel
  • Such a great last arc to have heaven itself be fatally flawed. Perfect for what the show has been building towards. And I loved seeing Lisa Kudrow in that guest role as Hypatia.

    How do we think it's all going to end ... our heros are walking through that new door, aren't they?


    Marci
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    MrX said:
    Such a great last arc to have heaven itself be fatally flawed. Perfect for what the show has been building towards. And I loved seeing Lisa Kudrow in that guest role as Hypatia.

    How do we think it's all going to end ... our heros are walking through that new door, aren't they?


    I’m thinking some do and some aren’t ready. It will be hard to see the team split up. Will Chede and Elenor walk through together.  Will Elenor want more time in the good place? 

    If the show does explore whats what’s on the other side of the door will it be reincarnation?

    i can’t wait to see what happens v
    MrXCapeGabe
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    Hour-long finale tomorrow night! I think I may have something in my eyes. 
    Teresa from ConcordCapeGabeBrieanneMurderbearBourbonQueenNoel
  • It's actually going to be over an hour  (at least including commercials). According to the most recent Poscast (Mike Schur cohosts a sports podcast with Joe Posnanski) It spills into the third half hour, and then the remainder of the 90 minutes will be a cast interview with ... Seth Meyers, maybe?

    Definitely will be watching this live.
    MrX
  • Garthgou81Garthgou81 Placerville, CA
    I actually needed to check after last week's episode to make sure there was a finale. Last episode felt like it could have easily served as that. it wouldn't have been the very BEST of finales, but it really would have worked just fine. So its more like we are getting a The Good Place movie tonight. Awesome.
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    In a shocking twist, perfect show has perfect finale. I absolutely loved it. Hilarious, touching, smart. Damn I love this show.
  • Up there with my top finales of 6 Feet Under and The Leftovers. I was in tears the entire time. So perfect. 
    Murderbear
  • edited January 31

    I knew it was going to be great when it started out with a Leftovers Carrie Coon got screwed joke.

    BourbonQueenMurderbearhisdudeness915MarciTravisNoel
  • CapeGabe said:

    I knew it was going to be great when it started out with a Leftovers Carrie Coon got screwed joke.

    Exactly!  I was floored and appreciated the shout out. 
  • Teresa from ConcordTeresa from Concord Concord, California
    No spoilers so just gonna say it was great! Funny, emotional, deep.  I’m gonna miss those guys. 

    Maybe be one day we’ll get “Good Place: The Movie.”
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