The Good Place wrapped up its premier season last night, and wow, it caught me by surprise.
Okay, well, there were certain clues that made sense now that the season wrapped, which I'll outline below, but overall, I was shocked with the outcome of season one, and I look forward to how the show plans to handle season two.
There are spoilers below, so if you haven't finished the first season of The Good Place, stop right here.
It turns out that Eleanor, Jason, Tahani and Chidi are actually in The Bad Place. Michael, a Bad Place architect, set up an experiment to see if he could make The Bad Place more fun for him and his team, rather than existing Bad Places, which they designed and left behind. His plan was to make the group think they're in The Good Place, then create a series of events designed to make the participants go nuts. While Tahani and Chidi seemed to believe they should actually be there, Eleanor and Jason knew better, which put Chidi and Tahani in compromising positions once they knew.
Long story short, Eleanor and Jason ran away with Janet to The Medium Place to be safe from going to The Bad Place (before they realized they were already there) but returned once they thought their friends would be in danger. Right before being forced to decide who would go to The Bad Place, Eleanor figured out that they were in The Bad Place and Michael is actually evil. In retaliation, Michael erased all of their memories and started the experiment from the start, but kept the four participants separate, because Eleanor noted that their interactions are what made them stronger. Before their memories could be erased, Eleanor gave Janet a note advising her to find Chidi, which Janet gave to Eleanor as she awoke in The Good Place for the second time.
So, was I shocked with the ending of season one? I was. I definitely was. The only clues I caught previously were as follows:
- Tahani showed signs of jealousy throughout the season, and a lot of her intentions were less than noble, which is noted in the season finale. She spent her life trying to outdo her sister, meaning that her life achievements, while noble, did not come with the right intentions.
- Chidi's indecisiveness caused major problems for those in his life, which we saw in flashbacks and things. His morality and indecisiveness was so extreme that he screwed up people's lives, like when he was supposed to host his friend's wedding festivities but failed.
That being said, there was foreshadowing that could have been picked up on, but I didn't notice it. For example:
- Michael went out of his way to entertain those from The Bad Place when they came to claim the original Eleanor. Sure, he was trying to save fake Eleanor (allegedly) but he allowed Tahani's home to be trashed along the way.
- Michael allowed Tahani to see that her goodness score was low, and although it was supposedly an accident, it wasn't at all. I just chalked it up to Michael making careless mistakes, which is how I assumed Eleanor and Jason got in in the first place.
Now that we know the ending, was the first season of The Good Place worth watching?
Absolutely. I loved - and was shocked at - the surprise ending. I expected to see Eleanor, Jason and Janet stay at the medium place and maybe start a new life there, and I certainly didn't see the season ending and almost starting again with season two. I can't imagine how the show will go on without getting repetitive, but I look forward to seeing if Eleanor regains the morality she gained in season one as she starts over again. And I'm looking forward to seeing if Chidi and Tahani again believe that they belong in The Good Place. They never seemed to question it once - will that be different going forward?
I am so excited for season two of this show - it's so different than today's typical sitcoms and I want to see more!