Author: Emily Lauer

The Good Place Season Finale is a Whirlwind Tour

The Good Place 2.12: “Somewhere Else” Michael Schur (director and writer), David J. Miller (cinematographer), Eric Kissack (editor) Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil, D’Arcy Carden, Manny Jacinto (cast) Season two of The Good Place concluded last week, and everything I’m about to say is a spoiler! All the usual warnings apply. At the end of season one of The Good Place, viewers were staggered to realize that Michael possessed a reboot button all along. Season two took us through many reboots, memorably including far too much chowder. Then it settled into a groove, in which...

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No Rest for the Wicked in The Good Place Midseason Return

The Good Place 2.8 “Leap to Faith” Linda Mendoza (Director), Michael Schur, et al (Writers) Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper (Cast) The Good Place returned this week with the episode “Leap to Faith,” which is a fast-paced delight. Since we are generally more familiar with the term “leap of faith,” there are a few references to how the Kierkegaard book title might be more accurately translated as a leap into faith. And that’s what this episode asks its protagonists to do: to take a leap into trusting someone who has never deserved their trust. And now, my intrepid...

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Help Me, Parents: You’re My Only Hope

There was a lot to like about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I’m going to be talking, here, about a specific problem I have with the very final scene in The Last Jedi, so I want to start out by saying, a) spoilers ahead, and b) this hot take (™) is coming from a place of love. Here’s the problem: after talking about hope, and retaining hope and losing hope and reinvigorating hope throughout this movie, the final scene is supposed to feel hopeful, but instead made me sad and panicky, because it illuminates a problem with the depiction...

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