Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Hi guys! so this is basically my review of a show called 'The Good Place'.
Synopsis of the show: The Good Place is a town where those who have been good throughout their lives at earth go once they have passed away. When Eleanor arrives at the Good Place, she realises she has been mistaken for someone else, and seeks help from a new friends, Chidi, to earn her spot in the Good Place. In this process she makes many new friends Tahani, Jason, Michael and Janet. (Will not tell you guys more about the story line because I really want you all to watch it)
At the beginning I used to watch a few episodes at a time with my eyes half on my phone playing games or scrolling on Instagram or Facebook but by the end of the first season that mode of watching changed. There were several references and background jokes that you can't possibly catch if you're half-watching it. It wasn't just clever and endearing and weird and fun, but also a deeper outlook on what it means to be a good person, and how and when that goodness can be rewarded.
Another thing I really liked was that they did not let the worldly affairs interrupt the timeline of the show and kept things real. 'The Good Place' was midway through its first season when the 2016 presidential elections took place and Trump won, The show’s showrunner, Michael Schur, was keen to ensure his writing team did not get sidetracked: “We talked a lot in the room about, this is not a show about Donald Trump,” he told New York magazine before the season two premiere last year. “These characters are dead. These characters don’t even know that Donald Trump is president.” The show couldn’t be about Trump, #MeToo or any other contemporary talking point, because that’s exactly the sort of thing that fans watched the show to escape.
The show is not perfect; for example one of the things I did not like was the unnecessary incorporation of Janet and Jason's love story, which I thought was only for the sake of a twist in the show. Other than this, the show was a great light-hearted comedy that provided a lifeline to me when I was on the verge of a mental breakdown in between the semester.
Author: Kanza Nadeem.