The Good Place needs a good farewell

Emma McCartney reviews the fourth season of the Netflix show The Good Place.

Emma McCartney
7th October 2019
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Netflix’s comedic take on the afterlife, The Good Place finally returned to our screens for its fourth and final season on the 27th September. The fourteen-part series picks up right where the season 3 cliff-hanger left off, following Moral Philosophy Professor, Chidi Anagonye (played by Willian Jackson Harper)’s decision to sacrifice his memories and relationship with Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell) for the sake of the greater good.

While the opening episodes have maintained the series' light-hearted and easily watchable tone, the new season has also successfully addressed real issues, such as self-doubt and the pressures of leadership, as Eleanor struggles to adapt to her new roles as the ‘architect’ of the supposed ‘good place’ and potential saviour of humanity. Despite the addition of new characters, such as the utterly obnoxious, yet painfully familiar, Brent, as well as Tahani (Jameela Jamil)’s former arch-nemesis, John, fans will be pleased to find that all original main cast members have returned, remaining at the very heart of the show.

So far, the new series has continued to demonstrate a clear focus on the prospect of redemption and self-improvement, as Eleanor, Michael (Ted Danson) and the gang work together in attempt to rehabilitate their test-subjects, Chidi, Simone, John and Brent. If Michael, a reformed demon, could change for the better, then surely there’s hope for the rest of us, right?

Why The Good Place must come to an end so soon, I do not know. Surely a show as delightfully original as this could go on for many more years, but I suppose all good things must come to an end. I only hope that we get to meet Disco Janet before the series is through, because she sounds forking amazing.

New episodes of The Good Place are available every Friday on Netflix(UK).

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