Hot off the excellent news of its renewal for a fourth season, The Good Place returned from a brief hiatus to show us what happened when Janet brought the humans and Michael into her “void” to protect them from demons on Earth. The result? Yet another new scenario for the ever-changing show. But before we get to that, we have to address the other big things that happened in “Janet(s).” The first is the sight of D’Arcy Carden—who is already generally fantastic as the optimistic, all-knowing AI Janet—getting to play all four of the show’s humans in a very Orphan Black-like turn. You see, in Janet’s void space, there’s an unexpected side effect: The humans, who are now dead on Earth again, physically transform into Janet. (Michael looks the same; to his relief, his hair is still amazing.) Carden nails everyone perfectly: delightfully haughty Tahani, dopey Jason, befuddled Chidi, and exasperated Eleanor. Tahani-Janet and Jason-Janet don’t get a ton to do while the quartet is lounging in Janet’s void (though they do accidentally discover that Janet was once married to Jason in one of the many Bad Place reboots), but Chidi-Janet and Eleanor-Janet finally have it out over their nebulous relationship status. Long story (and a classic Chidi philosophy lesson on “conceptions of the self”) short, Eleanor pushes Chidi to examine his true feelings for her—feelings he denies because he doesn’t actually remember the reality where the two fell in love. (As you’ll recall, Eleanor only remembers because she specifically… [Read full story]
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