The Funeral to End All Funerals

‘The Good Place’ 4×08 Review: We Could Have Had it All

The Good Place does this thing, every season, where they move the plot along much faster than you thought they were going to, and all the sudden it’s episode 8 and you’re like wait, we’re getting the answer to the experiment already, then what are the other six episodes about? “The Funeral To End All Funerals” does exactly that, while setting up what promises to be a more exciting finale than we would have had if they’d left the end of this experiment for the last few episodes.

Especially because, as fun as this has been, it hasn’t been time spent with the full team cockroach being, well, them. Chidi was been missing from the dynamic, if not from the show, and that has made the show something different. Well, that, and the fact that for at least 97% of the time Brent was on screen, we were rooting against him, but that’s neither here nor there.

And yet, despite Chidi, or maybe because of him, because as we already established in last week’s review, Chidi is the actual best, these guys actually proved their point. They made these humans better – well, all except Brent, and even then they came close. But the point, as Michael says, remains the same. Humans can change. The point system sucks.

It’s just …what’s the alternative?

For the judge, reboot everything, start fresh. And though we absolutely don’t want that, because we’ve gotten attached to those people, it’s hard to argue with her logic. Fixing everything seems, well, too complicated, and she is a celestial being. Why she gotta come up with the plans? She can just take the easy way out.

Or she would, if the Janets let her.

Look, of all the twists this show has pulled, the Bad Janet joins their side twist in “The Funeral to End All Funerals” was the most telegraphed one. I called it ages ago. But you know the measure of a good twist? It’s that, even when you call it, you still can’t tell when, exactly, it’s coming, and you still enjoy the hell out of it.

Especially cause she brought all other Janets with her and that’s just badass.

Now, I have no idea what the hell is coming next, as I haven’t had any idea what the hell is coming next for approximately 98.9% of the time I’ve watched this show, but I do believe that the answer lies in finding a way to judge humans that isn’t …well, fixed. Yes, that might make the system flawed, but so are humans.

Either way, just one more episode to go before this show takes a break and leaves us hanging before the finale, set to air in January. I’m not sure if I should be happy to see the end of this tale, or sad to see the end of this tale, but I do know I’ll be here to discuss it with you. Then we can cry together. Or drink. Or both?

Yeah, both sounds good.

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Things I think I think:

  • I can’t BELIEVE considering how much of a douche Brent was every second of every day, he only got 1% worse.
  • They really almost had it.
  • *sings* We could have had it aaaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll.
  • “People improve when they get external love and support. How can we hold it against them when they don’t?”
  • Wow, that hurt me.
  • I just …let us take a moment and process that one.
  • Though I will say, living in the world we live in now kinda underscores the no one is beyond rehabilitation message.
  • “Humans are not fixed at one level of humanity.”
  • The sad thing is, this means we can also get worse.
  • They …won?
  • What?
  • Ah, there’s the catch. I almost feel relieved. It’s even scarier when you have no idea what’s coming.
  • “It’s too much of a mess down there.”
  • Hard to argue with that one.
  • Yes, I’m SCREAMING.
  • I mean, it was super obvious, BUT I’M STILL SCREAMING.
  • Sure, let’s wake Chidi up and ask him to save the world, no sweat. He’ll react to that splendidly.

Agree? Disagree? What did you think of “The Funeral to End All Funerals”? Share with us in the comments below!

The Good Place airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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