I haven’t posted anything on TV and film in such a long while which is such a shame because I’ve really missed doing it, and it’s also bizarre of me not to have given how much TV (especially) I watch. These posts are a lot of fun to be write about, so here’s to writing more on TV and film in 2020.
Without further ado, here are some of shows I have been watching:
The Good Place
IMDB: Four people and their otherworldly frienemy struggle in the afterlife to define what it means to be good.
I’ve finished watching the series, and I’m so sad that it’s come to an end. Season 2 and 3 did drag at some points, but Season 4 of The Good Place was one of the best final seasons of a series I’ve ever watched, and it’s great that producers are realising that not every show, particularly sitcoms, needs to be a good 10 seasons. What I really loved about this season was the many experiments Chidi, Eleanor, Michael, Jason, Tahani and Janet undertook to help those who’ve entered the Bad Place become better people. I could have watched more episodes focusing on this special series of moral makeovers because the process in itself – let’s call it purgatory because The Good Place really is a more entertaining, understandable and light-hearted version of Lost – is like studying psychology and sociology without the exasperating and excessive technical terminology.
Spoilers abound, Jason is the first to go through the final arch which makes a lot of sense because if there’s anything Jason is great at, it’s understanding his own feelings and not being afraid to act on it. But when he waited for over a 1000 bearimys for Janet to return to the final arch so he could give her the locket to remember him by, my heart just melted. Janet and Jason have the best chemistry with Michael and Tahani coming a close second which brings me to…
Wonder whether or not Chidi and Eleanor have any actual chemistry or was it a forced relationship? I love Chidi and Eleanor individually, but ever since Twitter exploded on Chidi and Eleanor’s apparent lack of chemistry, I’ve had to question whether I’ve been trying to make logical explanations as to why they’re together. I mean, I get it, Chidi is a real catch, intelligent, fun, and absolutely adorable, so who can blame Eleanor for crushing on him, but when I saw Chidi and Simone being two wonderful geeks together, their chemistry was clearly visible. But Eleanor’s character arc and the plot required different, so… Chidi and Eleanor it was.
I was so glad to see Tahani stay behind and pursue a career in the afterlife, couldn’t be more Tahani if she tried, because otherwise it would have been a truly miserable affair. Seeing the light go out of Chidi’s eyes as well as Chidi and Eleanor watching that setting sun (sunrise over sunsets because sunsets make me feel sad for some reason) in the finale, I was feeling slightly depressed because death seems so final. I wonder, as Muslims (and if you’re Christian you can let me know too!), whether you think you will tire of heaven (or in the show’s case, ‘The Good Place’)? In Islam, we are taught that we will never tire of contentment and satisfaction in Jannah (heaven) which is reassuring, so watching The Good Place finale delivering a different take made me feel extremely melancholy.
I will miss all these characters, and it’s lovely to see Michael got his happy ending – living like a human! And he was truly living it up, that silver fox.
COMEDIANS of the World
IMDB: Netflix takes stand-up comedy global with this series that features a diverse group of comics from 13 regions around the world. Dozens of comics perform, bringing their unique perspectives of what is funny around the world. The comics, who represent eight languages, hail from such nations as South Africa, France, Mexico, the Netherlands, India, and — of course — America.
This was a lot of fun to watch! There were some that didn’t work for me, but, overall, I enjoyed it. There are a few episodes which contain English subtitles as some comedians from their respective country speak in their own language, but I think where this is stand-up comedy, it was difficult to grasp the humour – though, this is a personal view. But this isn’t so much a criticism as I think it’s great that ‘Comedians of the World’ caters for a wide variety of audiences. Otherwise, of the comedians, South African comedians knocked it out of the park – Riaad Moosa, Tumi Morake, Loyiso Gola and Loyiso Madinga. Loyiso Gola was my favourite of ALL the comedians to watch and his sets covered “foodies”, white privilege and problematic pop culture and pretty much just mocked everything with a chuckle. I’ve since watched this episode SO MANY TIMES.
Mae Martin’s (UK) anecdote on her obsession with Bette Midler made me both laugh and cringe inside, and it’s another one I can watch on repeat. Another great comedian is Joel Creasey (Australia and New Zealand), and his set on hosting the Just for Laughs festival where he had to interview Ellie Kemper and his subsequent meetings with her where he repeatedly and accidentally horrified her is another one I loved watching.
You (Season 2)
IMDB: To escape Candace and the ghosts of his past in New York City, Joe changes his name and moves to Los Angeles, vowing to start fresh and change his ways. But then he meets Love, his charming new coworker.
***(Warning: spoilers below!)***
- The moment Love said I wolf you, we should have known.
- The set up to episode 9 when everything hits the fan was a teensy bit of a drag.
- I understand Joe a lot better now. He grew up watching his mum in abusive relationships, couldn’t understand his mother’s dependence on these terrible men when he believed that they only really need each other and that he was capable of looking after her by himself… and now he’s trying to fix women, like he tried to fix his mum, and be their sole protector. It’s hard not to feel sorry for him, but he is still a murderer – though I wouldn’t count this season as an indictment of his character, he did after all kill the paedophile and otherwise tried to avoid killing where possible. I’m conflicted, but I can sympathise with Joe and what he had to go through as a child and understand why that’s shaped him to be who he is now, but I don’t have to agree with all his actions or justify it.
- I haven’t been this furious at a characters death – Delilah – since Hodor and Shireen’s death in Game of Thrones. I was raging inside. What a traumatising life Delilah had and just as she’s on the cusp of happiness, of new beginnings, it’s gone… just like that?!
- Ellie is a brilliant and fiery opportunist, but it’s sad that someone so young had to grow up so quickly. *spoiler* Good to know that she’s making sure that Joe is paying up.
- Argh! Candace! Why didn’t you go straight to the police or a news channel instead?! But, then again, would the Quinn family still manage to find a way to cover it up anyway?
- Forty is outrageous, but he’s a lovable rogue. And, yay, ADHD representation, I barely see any ADHD rep on screen or in books.
I don’t know what I think of the prospect of a Season 3 of You, but if Joe is still up to his old shenanigans, and by the look of that “hello, neighbour” he definitely is, Love might just murder him, and the series will be over and done with. But I could definitely watch one more season and I will 100% binge-watch it. I only realised a month ago when they issued the teaser for You, Season 2, “you’ve met your match” that we all thought it was Candace who was Joe’s match, but it was actually Love!
Have you watched any of these shows? What are your thoughts on The Good Place? Do you think Chidi and Eleanor have any chemistry? Who are some of your favourite comedians? What did you think of season 2 of You? Do you like Joe Goldberg? What are some shows you’re watching? Let me know in the comments!
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