TV Club: A hole in The Good Place allows welcome insight into Chidi and Tahani

“Category 55 Emergency Doomsday Crisis” begins in Chidi’s classroom, as he teaches his doubled-in-size student body of Eleanor and Jason/Jianyu about the concept of utilitarianism. Explaining it as acting so as to cause the “most good and pleasure and least pain and suffering,” he strikes a chord with the motivated Eleanor, who calls him out for teaching all that other complicated ethical crap when John Stuart Mill seemed to have a perfect, easy-to-follow system. The thing is, as Chidi puts it, “If all that matters is the sum total of goodness, then you can justify any number of bad actions.”

William Jackson Harper, Kristen Bell (Photo: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

The Good Place is doing a great job of balancing its seemingly unwieldy elements. With its sunny, soothing color palette and Kristen Bell’s equally bright presence at its center as the endearingly sort-of-awful Eleanor, and the reliance on …

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