Daily Archives: 2 September 2018

The Good Place Returns, Not a Minute Too Soon


As of this week, the first two seasons of The Good Place are streaming on Netflix. This is one show that must be seen from the start. You have time. The third series premiere is on Thursday, 27 September, so you can easily binge the backlog by then.

The Good Place, the funniest, smartest, most original American sitcom since the first three seasons of Arrested Development, will be back with new episodes later this month. Kristen Bell plays Eleanor Shellstrop, who discovers, post mortem, that she’s wound up in The Good Place, even though she clearly doesn’t belong there. Ted Danson gives what might be the best performance of his v long career as Michael, the architect of The Good Place.

In the first episode, he tells Eleanor that most religions only got things about 5 percent right in describing the afterlife. But then there was Doug Forcett.

And here, Michael explains how people make it into The Good Place:

Even Better

The supporting cast—D’Arcy Carden, Jameela Jamil, Manny Jacinto, and William Jackson Harper—are all just about perfect.

I mean, what the fork are you waiting for?

I’m Still Here

Maybe it was burn-out, maybe it was just late-summer inertia.

Whatever the reason, I’ve been hors de combat recently, which is why you didn’t see many postings from me last month.

Back in the 60s, Roger Price originated the philosophy of Avoidism, which holds that all the problems in the world are created by people who do things, and that the best response to that is to avoid doing anything.*

I read Price at a young age, and he’s been a  major influence on me ever since. Just as some people read Atlas Shrugged in their teens and never grow out of it, or watch Star Trek as kids and spend the rest of their lives arguing Kirk vs Picard, I’ve made Avoidism a defining part of my existence.

But here’s the thing: In the next month or so, I have to plan, organize, and launch two major projects, both of which will have long-term, life-changing effects on me and my environment.

That’s a lot to Avoid.

As a result, I expect to be spending much of my time avoiding those projects by blogging, alphabetizing my CDs, and playing Gummy Drop.

Much more to come.

*As a philosopher, Price makes L. Ron Hubbard look like a half-baked dabbler. Oh, wait….