“The Good Place” explores ethical intricacies and what we owe to each other.
“The Good Place” sadly airs its series finale on Jan. 30. The show premiered season four, its final season, in September; it is now reaching the final episode. NBC reported that this particular episode will be 90 minutes long.
“The Good Place” centers on a woman named Eleanor Shellstrop, who wakes up in the “Good Place,” a somewhat suburban analogue for heaven, in essence, after her death. She quickly realizes that she must have been sent there by mistake, as she did not live the most righteous of lives while on earth. In an attempt to stay in the Good Place, she decides to try and become a better person.
“The Good Place” stars Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto and D’Arcy Carden. The chemistry between the actors brings an incredible power to the show. The first season started back in 2016 and now, four years later, fans are saying goodbye to “The Good Place.” The series finale of “The Good Place” will bring a long-awaited resolution to these characters’ stories.
Creator Michael Shur revealed that he had been planning for the fourth season to be the final season since writing the second season. In a tweet announcing the final season, he said, “Making the show is a rare, creatively fulfilling joy, and at the end of the day we don’t want to tread water just because the water is so warm and pleasant.”
“The Good Place” is a remarkably special show. It executes the plot, minor details —basically everything — so well. The plot twists are genuinely shocking and come from nowhere, but still somehow manage to stay ingrained within the plot. Not to mention, the show is deeply rooted in ethics and philosophy.
Beyond the plot, “The Good Place” drives home the fact that anyone can change for the better, all they have to do is work for it. This show asks its audience, “What do we owe to each other?” The answer is, to be better. We all have the capacity for goodness.
Getting into the Good Place is based off the score one receives while on earth. Points are added when someone does something good, and are deducted when someone does something bad. Easy as it seems, it is so much more complicated than that.
Our choices impact those around us, regardless if we mean for them to. The show urges watchers to try and consider the effects of our own actions. Overall, “The Good Place” is about trying to be a good person and striving to become an even better person.
“The Good Place” came to life in 2016 and is gracefully exiting this year, 2020. This is definitely a show that the past four years had needed. It was created in a tumultuous time, and it is leaving in one as well, hoping that viewers will take heed of its powerful message.
Just remember, as the finale airs on Jan. 30: “Everything is fine.”