The Good Place Existential Crisis Season 2 Episode 5 Editor's Rating 3 stars * * * Previous Next » Photo: Colleen Hayes/NBC By and large, TV today is overly concerned with long-form storytelling, at the expense of the good old-fashioned self-contained episode. So in theory, it's nice that The Good Place has always balanced its larger plot arcs with shorter stories about the ups and downs of the afterlife. Yet with rare exceptions, the show's best episodes have been more actively engaged with these humans and demons making plans, telling lies, and fighting to survive. This week's "Existential Crisis" wasn't one of the better Good Place episodes. It was frequently very funny — thanks in large part to Ted Danson, who's been at his comedic best all season — but just as frequently uninspired, with bits of business that feel either warmed-over or out of character. Put it this way: Remember the start of the episode, when Michael rolls his eyes at the run-of-the-mill torture Vicky has cooked up for Tahani? In retrospect, that was more like a warning to the home viewer. To be fair, the Tahani torture only constitutes about a third of this chapter; and it's the… Read full this story
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