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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2017-01-19 11:07 pm
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The Good Place season finale (SPOILERS)

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!
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[personal profile] thingswithwings 2017-01-20 08:28 pm (UTC)(link)
OH MY GOD the reveal!!! I hadn't thought about the fact that actually they have soulmates IN HELL because the concepts of soulmates makes relationships HELLISH and now I'm just. so happy. so so happy, Kate.

AND YES the canonically bi Eleanor moment was the best! She's been making all those little comments all season and I thought they were just going to tease without being upfront about it. It was so nice for her to acknowledge it, and also - I think - a sign of her increasing maturity and self-knowledge. Chidi taught her that self-knowledge is one of the keys to becoming a moral person, and that's what led her to her revelation about Tahani AND ALSO the bigger revelation about this being the Bad Place. Which is of course why she has to find Chidi again, and learn from him again, to get that self-knowledge again that will lead to knowledge of the world around her.

AUGH sorry to rant I'm just excited! That was so awesome!