Good Place (Season 3) – Still Good

Rating (4 out of 5)

Summary: Season 3 of “Good Place”, available on NBV App, maintains much of the unique humor from Season 1 and Season 2. Season 3 appears more chaotic and less focused on philosophy. However, the core theme of discovery is still cleverly embedded in the episodes. I still love all the little side jokes. Is Florida really that bad? Donkie Doug is Jason’s dad? Hurry up and bring on Season 4.

Plot: Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Chidi (William Jackson Harper), Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Jason (Manny Jacinto) return to earth in their do-over. However, things fall apart and soon they are on the run from demons, visiting accounting, the Good Place mailroom and IHOP (Interdimensional hole of pancakes).

Welcome to IHOP

Detail: How well “Good Place” is written still amazes me. There are subtle little jokes thrown in by the characters. For example, Michael (Ted Danson) and Eleanor visit her mother. There are jokes about Hooters and Nevada, that aren’t part of the main story line. These allow the audience to laugh while allowing the focal characters to develop.

Then the writers adeptly intermingle philosophy and keep the show lighthearted, which is the most impressive part. My favorite philosophical segment occurs when Chidi (William Jackson Harper) is introduced to the concept of time in the after-life. In the after life time is not linear it is Jeremy Bearmiy in cursive (how do you come up with this). Chidi loses it and returns to instruct his class, while experiencing an existential crisis. He explains to his class the main themes of philosophy while the show demonstrates how the other characters are exhibiting those attributes. “Good Place” is a philosophy for dummies.

The part of the show that I am disliking is the love theme. Chidi and Eleanor fall in love, are rebooted, fall in love again, blah, blah, blah. In the final episode, the writers have decided to add love angles as the tension point for Season 4. Dammit if it isn’t a super creative twist.