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  1. I tried to keep expectations low because reunion series generally suck and this was thrown together under strange circumstances. This totally exceeded my expectations! I loved seeing all of our old friends from Pawnee. Bobby Newport was the perfect start and Dennis Feinstein had my fav commercial bit. I thought it was all very silly and fun. I thought Amy did an amazing job carrying the whole thing too. It felt like Leslie never left. This was the tv show equivalent of a warm hug. It definitely lifted my spirits. Posting here about this is even bringing back memories of going to TWOP after episodes.
  2. If anyone's interested: 'The Good Place' Creator Opens Up About Bringing Peace to Its Universe in Series Finale
  3. Did not like them all going through the door (except Tahani, thank goodness for small miracles). I still reject last week's premise that the door was necessary. I still see it as eternal suicide. Eleanor feeling abandoned by Chidi wrecked me. Michael getting to be human and Tahani's endings were the only character endings that made me happy. Also, Nick Offerman is always welcome.
  4. I like that idea. There is something really depressing to think about the best people to ever exist committing some sort of eternal suicide. That was my problem with this episode. My fear is that our four humans will walk through the door next time. It's funny you mentioned HIMYM because that's where my mind went when considering whether the ending will have some really dark undertones. I trust that Schur would have some sort of uplifting spin on the ending, but tonight made me wonder if the finale is going to give me some existential dread.
  5. Google tells me you’re right! I don’t remember the show talking about it or making it sound like the coveted prize.
  6. The winner is based on the last week alone, not the whole competition. Given that, I think Brother Andrew probably earned the win tonight. I wasn't happy about it as he was my least favorite in the finale and I didn't think he was impressive most weeks, but I understand it. I don't think they rigged it for him to win. He did have the strongest showing in two out of the three rounds (and came second in the technical) so I can't argue with the win. I just wish Dana wouldn't have forgotten he crackling or that she would have executed the showstopper a little bit better. The prize win doesn't really matter, although I did find the desert plate/trophy an amusing American addition.
  7. Benjamin got closure but I also felt like the audience needed some closure there too. We had to wait a long time to find out how she dumped him and why she didn't even try to make it work. I was so cheering for Benjamin when he told her that he's not Joel and doesn't have the same hang-ups as Joel. I always thought it strange that Midge didn't even entertain the idea of balancing marriage and work given that Benjamin had been supportive of her career all along.
  8. The gossip is that there is bad blood because Mary didn't like the way Paul treated his now ex wife during their split. The British show is filmed on the weekends with the bakers wearing the same outfit both days. The British show also makes it clear that the bakers return home during the week when they continue on with jobs/school and get to practice their bakes. I've wondered what the schedule is like for this version because I don't think they are filming on the weekends and flying everyone back and forth. I do wonder if the bakers have less time to practice and therefore the overall quality of the bakes suffer.
  9. I was sad to see Tanya go. I agree with Paul that she had been consistent in past weeks but this just wasn't her week. I was also glad that he offered her encouragement after her elimination. Alex isn't my favorite, but I wanted to reach through the tv and give him a hug in the second episode. The judges were harsh tonight.
  10. I liked Ricky and Rose a lot tonight. Those were probably my two favorites. Marybeth shouted a lot. she sounded nice outside of the chorus, but when that chorus hit things got rough. I was surprised John said multiple times what a great fit the song was. Hello Sunday's arrangement was rough. It sounded like when Kelly referenced Lauren Hill that she may have actually sampled Doo Wop (That Thing). That was a little distracting. Overall I've never cared for that songs melody and messing with it didn't help.
  11. I liked that there was a different narrative structure. I also appreciated that Michael articulated something that the show has been getting at for a while: trying to do the right thing matters. My biggest hang up with the experiment is the amount of lying and deception needed. It’s hard to imagine that proving humans are good (or at least can be good if they try) requires so many lies.
  12. Michelle and Gio were by far my favorites this week. I like their partnership overall and this dance was a lot of fun. I wish it had a little more Foxtrot and a little less skit though. I also liked Saffron. She's growing on me, probably because of AJ. Aljaz has made me like Emma W more as well. Aljaz looked surprisingly good as an old man. I think Alex was overscored. It was a tough position to be in. Kevin learned the dance quickly so of course he's not going to match her as well as Neil would have. As much as I dislike Kevin, he was very gracious about the whole thing on twitter and admitted he messed up because he had just learned the routine.
  13. Payton was very forgiving of Skye. He's glad she didn't go to jail for trying murder him so she could become class president. I'm glad they revisited some of the Payton/Alice stuff that wasn't addressed earlier. I did wonder why Payton didn't look back. I still wonder about the Alice/James dynamic. Didn't James say it started before the break-up and thus before Payton failed to give Alice the assurances she wanted. Payton's new set-up sounds very AOC influenced. A young politician running against a New York institution who is so well-connected that they don't think they need to campaign. I wonder how much real life events inspired that ending. I'm excited to see more Judith Light and Bette Middler next season.
  14. Probably my favorite episode so far this season. It feels like we moved forward. I also liked that once again we didn't know more than the characters. I caught Janet didn't say "not a girl" but I thought maybe that was her evolving. I guess all of Janets complaints and passive aggressiveness were not about her gaining more abilities but were a sign of her being a fake. Michael saying "Take it sleazy" was actually a pretty good clue it was him. That goes all the way back to season 1. Any plan that sends Michael to the bad place now is super risky. They know the bad place has a Michael suit. It seems easy for the bad place to swap Michaels. I also guess that Glenn was telling the truth about there being a celebration in the bad place he, he just guessed the wrong swap.
  15. I liked the episode, but I'm starting to miss Tahani.
  16. I also thought the robot was recording them. Who knows, we could still find out that it is. Lauren Ash did a nice job with the scene watching the security videos. Dina is such an exaggerated character at times, but she knows how to dial back when needed. I thought the Cheyenne story line was done in a strange way. It was set up to look like Cheyenne was in denial, but outside the jail it seemed like she knew all along why she didn't want to go to visit Mateo. It seems like the show just wanted to have her make that big reveal later on but their stall tactics didn't make much sense. I also don't think Amy really took Cheyenne's suffering seriously. Amy just treated Cheyenne's suffering as something to push aside. Every time they mention Dina's birds I can't help but remember how unbelievable that whole thing was. (Dina bringing the birds to work, every single bird flying out accidentally, every single bird making it around the store to the exit instead of some getting trapped in the store, no birds going back to Dina.) Overall I like the show but I think it has some funny moments (the robot pushing Glenn was funny) but it doesn't quite pull everything together in the way my favorite shows do.
  17. I loved Simone's reaction to the Good Place. It seems fitting that she would look for the science behind anything. Also, Janet has developed the ability to be passive aggressive.
  18. I would take that article with a huge grain of salt. It's some poorly sourced gossip. We also watched Adam's meltdown play out over the course of last season. His battles with TPTB were about more than just another coach. The Blake being the OG stuff felt like a fairly standard bit that we see in the blinds. At the end of the day, this is a tv show and the coaches are there to entertain.
  19. The heavily themed dances are really helpful because I've only heard of one celebrity (Michelle). Now at least I know that Nadiya's partner is an athlete and Dianne is paired with a DJ. I'm excited that AJ and Gio have the opportunity to stick around a while. I'm also happy Neil finally has a chance and has someone with potential. Poor Luba. That's a tough break for her first partner to be so wooden. On the other hand, I am loving seeing Kevin with a dud. He seemed to think if he over-danced enough no one would notice her. Finally, I am most excited to see Anton with someone with a dance background. His latin is still terrible, although the choreography team should mitigate that a little. If Janette got a ringer in the past let Anton have one now and again too.
  20. I was surprised the non-elimination round didn’t factor in at all. Janusz’s bubbles were clearly the weak link the week before and I thought that might give Patrick the edge. I wouldn’t be surprised if Janusz’s body of work swayed the adjudicators.
  21. I'm happy Deborah won! I was rooting for her for a while. I completely get why she would alienate some viewers. I personally tend to like outspoken reality show contestants. I also liked that she wore her heart on her sleeve. Her pieces were a lot of fun because of how unexpected they were. For all of her competitiveness, she was consistent in her solidarity with other women in the field. It's funny but I feel like Janusz got a rough edit this episode yet somehow I ended up liking him more. I felt like Deborah had more snide talking heads throughout the season yet in this episode they played up that side of Janusz. That felt like a deliberate editing choice. What made me warm to him a little bit more was seeing him be more vulnerable. I think that when he looked like the inevitable front runner he was less interesting, but when he talked about not being accomplished enough I could connect more. I think Janusz would have benefited a lot from a round like the technical on Great British Baking Show. I agree with everyone who would like to see the show expanded and a short technical round might be a good way to do that.
  22. This episode reminded me why I don’t root for Ruth. I’m not sold on the idea that she would still be with Russell after the time jump. The distance has been too difficult all along. But anyway, they’re still together. Confessing her feelings to Sam was a bad decision all around. She betrayed Russell and took a huge emotional risk at a time when she knew she couldn’t handle the consequences. Not only that, but there was no way that conversation with Sam was going to resolve itself quickly enough for her to get back to Sheila. The whole thing was selfish and reckless. I agree with those who said Sam did the right thing by telling Ruth she didn’t get the part before they slept together. Sure he was blunt, but that’s the guy Ruth was signing up for.
  23. I loved Sheila burning the wolf costume. It felt like something that had really been building. I personally responded more to Jenny telling Melrose how she felt by the rocks where she expressed her feelings about having to play that character. I didn’t like the campfire quite as much and I can’t put my finger on it. It could be that I think Melrose would have had a personal experience to share dealing with anti-semitism in the US. I also felt like Melrose relied on a lot of stereotypes about Jewish mothers when talking about her own mother. Kind of stood out to me because this episode felt so much with stereotypes.
  24. I agree with this generally, except Bash could have also brought that up privately the first time they spoke. He could have said if she didn’t want to stay they could discuss her exit. She really would have no reason to sabotage him if he wanted to keep going Vegas and she didn’t have any interest in continuing GLOW at all. I guess Debbie kind of forced his hand by taking a major risk in front of Geena Davis. Really though, I tend to think this is an error by the writers. They want to introduce conflict but in truth both Bash and Debbie could have easily figured out they could go their separate ways. Then again, Debbie and Bash tend to do the exact wrong thing, so maybe them getting into an irrational and pointless fight is just in keeping with their characters.
  25. This is the behind the scenes gossip: Adam Levine's Voice Exit Sparked by Rule Changes, Cinched by Performance That Left NBC Brass 'Furious'
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