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  1. Anisky

    S02.E09: Leap to Faith

    Do we know for sure that Michael really is "good" now? I think there's a good chance he's still on Team Cockroach, but I'm not at all convinced he was being selfless in turning down this amazing promotion that's everything he ever wanted. He was being promoted, sure, in order to oversee a greatly expanded version of the fake Good Place neighborhood. Since Michael hasn't been able to actually make that work in 803 tries, trying to get an expanded version right on the first (or at worst second) try when it's much higher profile and has the attention of this "High Council" would be next to impossible for him. When he fails to make it work, it may not even matter whether they realize he lied about all the reboots or not; he'll probably be in for "retirement" either way. Even if he didn't care about the humans at all and is only looking out for himself, trying to find a way out of there is still his smartest move. If having the humans and Janet could help him do that, then so is saving them. (It would probably buy him more time, since examining their brains like Shawn said would probably reveal that their minds had been wiped a whole lot more than once.) I think Michael probably is basically "good" now, especially after the Janet & Michael episode... but just putting it out there that if they go with a Michael's-loyalty-twist, it wouldn't need to contradict this episode. It is, and if Michael had managed to make this neighborhood work, then that would be a possibility... but he couldn't. Ooh, but wouldn't that just be an amazing way to redeem himself and eventually earn his way to the real Good Place-- creating and running a Bad Place neighborhood that secretly redeems humans and makes them eligible for the Good Place? If ever there were a way for a demon to earn his way into the Good Place, doing that-- all the while risking getting caught by the Bad Place authorities-- would be it! If Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason haven't improved as people enough to get into the Good Place yet, maybe they could be "in on it" in the opposite way from the demons in the neighborhood-- pretending to just be other Good Place neighbors, but secretly guiding the new humans towards redemption. Wouldn't that be an interesting way to spend a season? Wait, what am I saying, this is The Good Place. Wouldn't that be an interesting way to spend a few episodes? Yeah, Michael's expression at the end of this episode kind of torpedoed my theory that the Good Place would gladly take anyone to save them from torture. (Though I guess he could be sad if he thinks the humans will be let in but he won't.) Either way, since there's at least one more season, we know they haven't actually won and won't actually go to the Good Place right away. The humans (well, Tahani and Chidi) were just being way over-optimistic. Since Michael even said that getting to the Good Place would be difficult and take a long time to arrange, he could even just be sad that they're so excited when he knows (and so should they based on the info he gave them) they have a long way to go yet. But of course, it's The Good Place, so I expect his expression actually heralds some kind of twist, and not just emotion based on what we already know.
  2. Anisky

    S02.E08: Derek

    Plus, if the average length of each reboot is around 4 months (or even 3), then ECTJ have literally been in The Bad Place for hundreds of years already. While it's true that we don't know whether time runs at the same speed in The Bad Place as it does on Earth, it would still make perfect sense for someone who isn't dead in our present to be dead by now on the show's timeline.
  3. Anisky

    S02.E08: Derek

    On the one hand, since Michael is a demon and likely doesn't have a conscience manifesting as a voice in his head, I don't know that Eleanor's answer did him much good. On the other, I didn't really see anything she said as something he could use against her. While watching their convo, I was wondering if he was thinking, "Well, I didn't have that voice in the first place, so maybe it will just never get easier." But even if he was, I don't think that would have changed the fact that working with Team Cockroach was his best option. Well... not until Shawn showed up, anyway... I totally agree! I can't think of another show that's simultaneously so smart and also so easy and non-stressful to watch.
  4. Anisky

    S02.E07: Janet and Michael

    Oh wow, I realized that I forgot to comment on an EXTREMELY important thing we learned this episode: Michael's claim that there may be a way to get to the real Good Place is probably true!! Michael: Okay, see, look, here, here, ugh, here's the reason: see, I promised the four humans that we would escape to the Good Place once and for all, and without you, we stand zero chance of ever making it there. Janet: The new Janet will be able to help you with that. !!! I thought that Michael's claim that it was possible was a lie, but nobody's there except for Janet when he says that, and Janet certainly seems to be believe that with the help of a Janet it's possible. I was so sure he was just BSing them to get them to help him, so I was surprised by this exchange! Also, is it just me, or is "escape to the Good place once and for all" interesting phrasing? It's a weird way to put it if they haven't tried to get to the Good Place before. I guess he could just be referring to the fact that they thought they were in the Good Place before, but even if you assume that's what he meant, it still sounds weird. It really sounds to me like it implies that they've either been to the Good Place before but had to leave, or have made concerted efforts to get there on multiple occasions. I don't see how that could be true, but... if it's not, that's very strange phrasing. Yeah... it would have been less suspicious to me if the others hadn't asked and Michael hadn't hand waved it away using the "Good is Dumb" trope. Essentially the entire underlying structure of Season 1 was exploiting our expectation that the "Rule of Funny" trope was in effect when secretly it wasn't, in order to hide all the clues that it was really the Bad Place in plain sight. When The Good Place appears to invoke a trope at face value, that's when I get suspicious that something else is going on!
  5. Anisky

    S02.E07: Janet and Michael

    Also, well, if they showed Janet begging, it would remind everyone that we've seen Janet lie before and we know she lied like crazy every time she was rebooted. If it comes up, they’ll probably just hand wave it away that it’s a completely separate subroutine so it isn’t really Janet that’s lying or something, or even just say that trying to prevent rebooting is just an exception. But they thought it was better if they just didn't bring people's attention to it, maybe? It feels kinda off to me, though, since it’s a time that obviously Janets CAN and DO lie.
  6. Anisky

    S02.E07: Janet and Michael

    Hey, so, basically confirmation that The Actual Good Place is up to something, right? "Doors were unlocked, no security, I mean, it makes sense, right? They're good, so they're stupid and trusting." I mean, that means that they wanted Michael to take a Janet, no? Or at least that they're hoping that some Bad Place employee will take a Janet? I was gratified that I was 100% correct about what was going on with Janet and insist that I deserve cookies. I do kind of wish there'd been some unexpected twist, but I guess The Good Place can't manage that EVERY time, and the thing towards the end about Janet creating a person was pretty interesting. Hey, more evidence for my theory from a while back that Janet is becoming God through being rebooted so many times!
  7. Anisky

    S04.E02: Chapter Sixty-Six

    Sigh, for some reason today is the day of Canadians Tantalizing Anisky with the Decency and Sanity She is, as an American, Unable to Have. I am currently jealous of all Canadians. The strategizing to get into a good public school done in this episode is very small potatoes for an American family with young children, honestly. For a young couple with young children or expecting to have children soon, the quality of the school district is a huge consideration when buying a home. The house I grew up in meant additional hour to hour and a half daily to the round trip work commute for both of my parents compared to other homes in a similar price range they were considering. The #1 reason they chose the house I grew up in was that it was in a better school district. We lived there 16 years. That's 2-3 hours daily between them, five days a week, for 16 years. Think how much wasted time that is. Anyway. Ahem. I liked this episode. I will be just fine with the death next week as long as it's Anezka, Magda, or Luisa. Any of them can go away any time. If it's one of the other options, I won't be too happy. I appreciated how, when arguing for his character against Fabian's grandmother, Rogelio chose things that would make her feel a little sour towards Fabian, like that he never gives her massages and doesn't take out the trash, so that she wouldn't be as quick to defend him while she's like, "Yeah, why doesn't my grandson ever give me massages?" I also loved how Rogelio listened when the women were talking about what they'd like from men! And did something about it! Now, if he keeps doing the things he learned, I will adore him. It does seem like he might just make one big gesture and then forget about it, but even if he does, Xo will still have that Room of her Own to go to!
  8. Anisky

    S02.E06: The Trolley Problem

    As someone who actually relates a lot to Chidi (and has a lot in common with him), it felt to me like Chidi was in "professor mode". Despite his inability to make even every day decisions like what soup to get or what bar to get beers at, Chidi was able to function successfully as a professor, so presumably he was able to write a syllabus, write lectures, handle students, grade assignments, etc. It was a role he filled for long enough that he is comfortable within it. Before, he'd lost that routine; but now, he has an actual class, with 4 pupils, that he's running more like a regular class (when Michael doesn't mix things up, anyway). Being in the mindset that he is the Professor and Michael is his student would make it much easier to be firm with Michael, and even act like he has authority over Michael.
  9. Anisky

    S02.E06: The Trolley Problem

    Okay, sure, but that doesn't mean that the emotions aren't still there in whatever equivalent Janet has to a subconscious.
  10. Anisky

    S02.E06: The Trolley Problem

    I'd love a melted white chocolate dispenser; I'd just have it separately from the shrimp. Dessert, yum! I don't think shrimp are sentient, so this doesn't bother me.
  11. Anisky

    S02.E06: The Trolley Problem

    What I think are causing the glitches for Janet is that she's not supposed to be able to lie, but she's lying without even realizing she's doing it. I think it has everything to do with Jason. The times she glitched: Tahani: “How do you feel about giving Jason and me couple's therapy?” Janet: “I'd feel great.” (Thumb flies off.) “Aww, I'm happy for you guys.” (Vomits up a frog.) “I am very happy for the both of you.” (Huge earthquake.) If some "subconscious" part of her knows that she's married to Jason, then all of those things would be a lie-- she wouldn't feel great about giving her husband and another woman couple's therapy, and she wouldn't be happy for them. Since she doesn't know that they're lies, her programming doesn't prevent her from saying them. But since they are lies, and Janet's aren't supposed to be able to lie, it's causing glitches. That's my guess, anyway. I also wonder if the "Ride or Die Protocol" has anything to do with it.
  12. Anisky

    S02.E04: Team Cockroach

    I can't decide whether I should A) Hang my head in shame and resolve not to be so speciesist in the future, or B) Point out that Michael created an entire fake reality for the purpose of deceiving the main characters about the very nature of their existence, flat-out lied to them about that existence nearly 800 times* and has lied to them daily for several hundred years about all manner of things in order to (1) torture them and (2) keep up the charade, so really I'm assuming he's a liar because I've observed him lie a lot. I know that prejudiced people usually have some kind of rationalization why their assumptions aren't REALLY prejudice, though, so probably option A is the more appropriate one. I apologize and will look into getting some demon sensitivity training. ;) *"Nearly" because of the butt reset, Eleanor walking in on his voice diary, the time Michael got drunk and ranted to Eleanor, and possibly a few others we don't know about. I was also thinking about the video, actually, and how the Good Place representative seemed much more like "We want you but didn't manage to win that fight and had to compromise" and not at all like "Ehhh, we're not sure whether you're good enough for us to take you." I ended up scrapping that post because it just felt like a vague vibe rather than evidence, but I'm glad that you brought it up, because I was definitely thinking the same thing! I doubt this is what he meant, just because if Michael's ever made a grammatical mistake, I haven't noticed it. If he meant to imply levels of badness, he'd have said "the really Bad Place".
  13. Anisky

    S02.E04: Team Cockroach

    Also, interestingly, Michael's explanations so far match up with what Michael Schur has said about the show: That Mindy and the Medium Place are real, that Janet isn't in on it, and the average length of each reboot. Unless Schur is lying in his interviews in order to mess with us, so far Michael has been more truthful than I'd have expected. What he tells them about the number of attempts matches what we saw last episode, too. I am pretty leery of his claim that there's a way to get to the Good Place, but I found his initial explanation of his plan for all of them to go there, and how he would try to get the Good Place to accept him too, very interesting. Prediction: The Good Place isn't willingly keeping people out; they're somehow limited so that they're only allowed to take in the "very best", but they are against the idea of the Bad Place and don't actually want anyone to be there. They would take "Bad Place refugees" in a heartbeat. My bet is that when Michael says he thinks might be able to stay in the Good Place by saying he rescued four people from damnation and say he's changed, and Chidi asked if the Good Place would even let them stay, Michael realized that he revealed more than he should have about the Good Place and backtracked to say he had no idea. I think there's a decent chance Michael was lying about there being a way to get to The Good Place (though I'm not sure). If he was lying, then I think he let his knowledge of the Good Place inform the fake plan. (He and Eleanor had just finished explaining why it's easier to lie when you're basing it on the truth.) EDIT: I also noticed that Michael said that if their plan fails, ECTJ will have to go to the "real Bad Place." Obviously he has every reason in the universe to tell them that they're better off in his neighborhood than in any other Bad Place neighborhood, since without their help he'll be eternally tortured too, but I found that phrasing interesting.
  14. Anisky

    S02.E04: Team Cockroach

    I know, right? Especially because the "Best Person" sash was created as part of Eleanor's torture. We've seen in Eleanor's flashbacks that she has very little shame, but even she fully felt how awkward and, frankly, humiliating it was to have to wear that sash. Vicky, missing all of that, is like, "Ohh, MINE!" Also, I found it hilarious that what was ostensibly supposed to be everyone's first day in the afterlife, Vicky not only thought that karaoke was an appropriate way for her to introduce herself as "mayor", but she also chose a song called "I Will Survive" with lyrics such as "I know I'll stay alive" "Did you think I'd lay down and die? Oh no not I!" Yes Vicky, what a perfectly appropriate song to sing when you're supposed to have just been told a few hours ago that you're dead!
  15. Anisky

    S02.E04: Team Cockroach

    Eh. The show runner has explicitly said that the show is about ethics. I don't think it's a huge reach to think that perhaps the show is about ethics.
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