If you need a little refresher on where we left The Good Place at the end of season 1 in time for season 2’s premiere, look no further.
For those that don’t know, you can now watch season 1 on Netflix, so a quick rewatch is definitely possible, especially since the full season clocks in at only four and a half hours long. Totally doable!
But if you just can’t find four hours to dedicate to a rewatch, here is what you need to know/remember about that last, show-changing episode:
Welcome to ‘The Good Place,’ take 2
1. ‘The Good Place’ isn’t what it may seem
Viewers absolutely cannot forget that big reveal in last season’s finale. What we have come to know and love as ‘The Good Place’ is not-so-good after all. Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani, and Jianyu… or Jason, as we know him now, are the key players in a new take on the Bad Place, and Michael is trying to prove that creativity is key to creating a true nightmare for those who didn’t live good lives on Earth.
Rather than all the typical types of torment, Michael designed a Bad Place where these four individuals torture each other with ethical dilemmas, feelings of inadequacy, etc.
2. Even Tahani and Chidi are supposed to be in the Bad Place
We’ve heard nothing but lovely things about Tahani and Chidi, especially as Jason and Eleanor were the ‘mistakes,’ but neither of them were supposed to be in the Good Place either. As we saw, Tahani’s motivations for fund-raising $60 billion were not so wholesome, and Chidi’s indecisiveness and general annoying nature on Earth earned him a one-way ticket to an eternity of torment.
3. Michael is on thin ice with his boss
Michael is trying to reform how architects design Bad Places from here on out, using a more creative approach rather than the old standbys of fire pits and generally terrifying hellscape kinds of things, but he is really sticking his neck out to make his dream come true. Too bad Eleanor is determined to figure things out yet again. If Michael fails this time, who’s to say what his fate could be? Would it be the dreaded retirement we heard so much about in season 1?
4. Everyone else in the neighborhood is fake
Anyone that Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani meet in their neighborhood is put there on purpose to make their lives torture. Hopefully this means we will get some really fun periphery characters in season 2. I am definitely hoping for some sort of young debutant for Tahani to compete against. I see so many themed cocktail parties in the future.
4. In the closing minutes of the finale, we learned what Eleanor wrote…
Eleanor had seconds to figure out what she could write to herself that would drive her to figure out that they were in the Bad Place again once Michael erases their memories, and it ended up being just three words, “Eleanor– Find Chidi.”
Since Michael’s biggest mistake in all of this was letting the foursome get too close to each other too fast, it makes sense that finding her “soulmate” would be priority one. Hopefully she finds him sooner rather than later and begins her trip to enlightenment yet again.
All this leads to the one question that I can’t help but ask: Why do Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani want to figure it out again? I mean, sure, they might be torturing each other, but surely this is better than being burned and mangled for eternity, right? At least there’s frozen yogurt. Maybe we will learn more about that in season 2.
That’s just about it. Everything we saw and learned for much of season 1 was an attempt to keep our main four players believing that they belonged in the Good Place when they are really suffering in the Bad Place. I can’t wait to see what they have in store for season 2!
The Good Place season 2 premieres tomorrow, Wednesday September 20 at 10/9c on NBC.