The sitcom titled The Good Place, starring Kristen Stewart, is about a community of people that have apparently entered Heaven or “the good place.” This community is occupied by men and women who have achieved humanitarian, philanthropic, and world altering goals, except Kristen Stewart, who seems to have been mixed up with a person who has the same name as her. Throughout the show, Kristen Stewart’s character, Eleanor Shellstrop, is trying to finesse her way into becoming a good person in order to justify her staying in “the good place” and not being exiled into “the bad place.” Throughout this process we get to know a few other characters that become Eleanor’s friends whom actually belong in “the good place,” and end up helping her fulfill this goal. As the show unfolds, there are transparent tendencies that each character possesses and in the beginning seem endearing, but start to become bigger problems as the show continues.
The twist comes in the final episode when Eleanor figures out that they are actually in “the bad place” and not “the good place.” This epiphany comes when she realizes that although their environment seems like a paradise, it is in fact filled with people that are especially chosen to annoy one another. Each character has specific character flaws or mannerisms that annoy and disrupt the mental stability and attitude of their friends without even realizing it.
The trickery in this show is based around the flaws in humanity and the lack of understanding, however, when Eleanor figures out what is really going on we find out that real human connection is built to withstand and actually grow through these idiosyncrasies.
The plan of torture put in place by the architects of “the bad place” is to convince the people that they are in “the good place” based on their environment and subtly torture each other, however, as their plan unfolds, these small torturous mannerisms actually become the root of connection.
In my opinion, this show provides a great example of how despite our differences, once they are accepted, they are what makes us compatible.
The human connection is something that can withstand manipulation and although it may seem penetrable the truth is that we find love in our differences.
The article below tackles philosophy within the show in four different areas, Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Deontology, and Existentialism. All four are important in the show, and can be applied to how different each of us can think, however, we can still find common ground within all of them.
This next article talks about how empathy helps with human connection and expressing emotion, and most importantly how our pitfalls or small intricacies make us human and in turn make us all beautiful.