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HOLY FUCK THAT REVEAL

All the things that didn't seem to make sense, like the reason for Jason's mixup being so thin compared to Eleanors with the same name, and Tahani's selfish motivations, and Chidi not seeming to have done much, and the whole concept of soulmates to begin with: it was ALL FAKE.

AND CANONICALLY BI ELEANOR THINKING SHE MIGHT BE INTO TAHANI FOR REAL, be still my beating heart! I was convinced Eleanor was bi based on her comments to Tahani and actually-fake Eleanor but I didn't think we'd actually get out-loud acknowledgment of it, let alone the possibility of a canon queer relationship.

It's so elegant! Sheer elegance in its . . . well, no, it's not simple at all. But the reason for such a tight focus on the four of them, and the weird uniformity of age of everyone else, and just everything, wow, I'm so surprised and delighted, I can't believe it did this and it worked, it's a masterclass in plot.

Random bits:

Jason/Janet is surprisingly sweet! So is Jason, honestly, Manny Jacinto does amazing puppy-dog eyes that do a lot to offset Jason's remarkable stupidity. I loved the wedding episode that kept undercutting Chidi's romantic importance -- I am so impressed with the casting for this show, William Jackson Harper hasn't, on a quick glance, had a lead role before, and this is Jameela Jamil's first role as an actor in IMDB, it's been all TV/radio host work, but they're both wonderful, and of course Kristen Bell and Ted Danson -- how CREEPY did he get all of a sudden there, whoa, and then the slide back into reassuring benevolence even before he wipes their memories!

Oh, hey, in Mindy St. Claire's story, she doesn't mention having been judged, so that was a hint. I thought there was a clue in a different direction, Shawn gives a case number that boiled down to "3" and I figured she was 2 and someone else must've been 1, and maybe there was precedent in the prior case.

I wonder what the actual Good Place is like, and whether it's as exclusive as Michael claimed? Probably not, is my guess, because that did not seem right. I suspect it doesn't have soulmates, either.

Argh, I don't know what else to say, come yell with me in the comments and I'm sure I'll remember stuff that was driven out of my head by shock and delight!

Date: Friday, January 20th, 2017 04:24 am (UTC)
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Yesssss, I am so glad they blew up the notion of "soulmates", it was always troubling. And very pointedly caused a significant intensification of stress for all concerned. I don't think the show is particularly committed to romance, but I didn't see it as backing down quite as much as a lot of people did, especially since Chidi apparently came to a choice which he never had the chance to relate. (Now indefinitely delayed by amnesia! And yet I trust them to move Season 2 along just as briskly as Season 1.)

Michael said that frozen yogurt was very human: making a good thing a little worse so you could have more of it. But why do you need to do that in The Good Place?

I want to rewatch the whole thing now!

Also the ending completely blew out of my mind my new favorite lifestyle coping mechanism, growing a cocoon in the face of emotion.

Date: Friday, January 20th, 2017 04:37 am (UTC)
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Chidi? He goes to tell Eleanor and Tahani and Real Eleanor nee Vicky his decision, and then Eleanor and Tahani take the wind out of his sales by telling him they've changed their minds.

Date: Friday, January 20th, 2017 04:49 am (UTC)
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It was a fake dog!

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