Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Good Place - Dance Dance Resolution / Team Cockroach

The reveal that Eleanor (Kristen Bell) and her companions were actually being tortured in Hell rather than living an idyllic afterlife in Heaven left several questions about where the show would go in its Second Season. Michael's (Ted Danson) inability to get the results he wants after simply resetting the world and getting a do-over leads directly into "Dance Dance Resolution" where we see cherry-picked versions of more than 280 resets of The Good Place, none of which are able to stop Eleanor and her friends from discovering the truth. With the demons going on strike and fighting against this confusing new form of torture, and various changes of each iteration, Michael bows to the demands of Vicky (Tiya Sircar) while secretly trying to make a pact with Eleanor and her friends and get all of them (him included) out of this predicament without having everyone end up in a more traditional version of Hell when all of this comes crashing down.

While "Dance Dance Resolution" is fun seeing Michael and his team's constant failures, and various creative differences among the demons, "Team Cockroach" is all about the hard-sell as Tahani (Jameela Jamil) and Chidi (William Jackson Harper) attempt to convince Eleanor to trust Michael. Whether or not any of them can actually trust the demonic creature who created their custom-made Bad Place, it appears that Eleanor and her friends have little choice but to play along and, like us, see what happens next.

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