‘The Good Place’ Season 3 continues to be a good show


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‘The Good Place’ cast and crew visit San Diego Comic Con for a panel.

Season Three of Michael Schur’s The Good Place lives up to and arguably exceeds the expectations set by the previous seasons. Centering around Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell), Chidi Anagonye (William Jackson Harper), Tahani Al Jamil (Jameela Jamil) and Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto), The Good Place is a modern, fresh comedy, which brings in an audience as diverse and broad as its cast. Every character has a unique identity and personality, and brings up discussions of unique flaws and traits.

The Good Place explores one option for the afterlife, a point-based system which uses a person’s actions on earth to determine whether a person ends up in The Good Place or The Bad Place. Actions like “commit genocide” and “tell a woman to ‘smile more’” may get you into the bad place gradually, whereas things like “end slavery” and “maintain composure in line at a waterpark in Houston” qualify you for the Good Place.

The Good Place maintains its position as one of the best comedies on air. With the introduction of new characters ― among them the frog-obsessed  “Doorman” guard of the afterlife and Chidi’s new love interest, Simone ― the show remains fresh and keeps audiences on their toes. The new season also introduces the major change of having the characters among the living, rather than in the afterlife. The characters are re-introduced to each other, and we get to see different sides to them, with their relationships’ clean slates.

Though frustrating to avid “shippers” (especially those who ship the popular pairing of Eleanor /Chidi), this leaves room for major change and new ships. The confirmation of Eleanor’s bisexuality by showrunners also means less popular ships like Eleanor/Tahani may be within the realm of possibility.

David J. Miller’s cinematography is the icing on the cake, creating a surreal and unique world that makes the comedic moments funnier and the emotional moments more tense.