‘THE GOOD PLACE’ Chapter 22 – Review

Returning with it’s winter premier, The Good Place provides a great episode filled with humor, and still manages to weave a little more mystery for the rest of the season. When this season started, I was worried that it would be hard to maintain a storyline similar to the first, but this episode reassured me in the series’ writing – so if you’re excited to catch up from that cliff-hanger fall finale, read below the spoiler line!

*SPOILERS for The Good Place follow*

THE GOOD PLACE — “Michael’s Gambit” Episode 113 — Pictured: Ted Danson as Michael, Kristen Bell as Eleanor Shellstrop — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

Elenor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jason (or as I like to say, the gang) have been running around the ‘Good’ Place (which is really just a trial version of the Bad Place) with Michael for half of the second season now, with reboots of the neighborhood happening left and right; and I can safely say… I have no idea what’s going on. This episode is subtitled ‘Leap of Faith’, and I’m guessing that is a direct statement to the audience regarding Michael. 

At the beginning of the episode, it seems Michael has returned to his evil ways, and is whole-heartedly a demon again. His conversations with Sean show the audience that the higher-ups of the Bad Place have results showing extremely high emotional torture levels, but as we know from earlier, those figures can be manipulated. So the show continues with the gang attempting to figure out Michael’s true intentions, is he on their side? Or are they really doomed to the Bad Place to have their brains picked open? A little of both, it seems.

Michael continues to publicly roast Jason, Tahani, Chidi, and Elenor, in a celebration party over the success of the new neighborhood. During the mass destruction of the town, the gang finds themselves poking holes in Michael’s insults and discovering secret messages he left for them – they proceed to the train station to make a plan. Upon discovery that the train is leaving to go to the Medium Place, Sean and the demon workers all hurry onto the following train to sort out this whole mess.

When everyone is gone, Michael exclaims to Chidi, Elenor, Jason and Tahani how happy he is that they understood 4 of his 1200 clues, and for now it seems like the gang is going to hide out in this abandoned after-life neighborhood.

This winter premier was everything I could’ve asked for: it got right to the point from the finale’s cliff-hanger, it was still just as cleverly hilarious as previous episodes, and even though I have no idea where the plot for the rest of the season is headed, I genuinely enjoyed it. There’s something about Michael that I’m still not sold on, though. Given the twisty-nature of the first season of this show, something has to be up… Ted Danson’s Michael is too devilish to be up to no good. But that could just be my lack of trust in the character.

Overall: 8/10 stars

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