I just discovered The Good Place . And yes, I know I’m three seasons behind, but, sacred shirt, this show is genius.
For those of you who are also late to the party, here’s the illusion blurb that will bring you up to rapidity, “when Eleanor Shellstrop( Kristen Bell) find herself in the afterlife, she’s both alleviated and surprised that she’s made it into The Good Residence. But it doesn’t take long for Eleanor to realize she’s there by mistake. She hides in plain sight from the Good Place’s architect Michael( Ted Danson) and his all-knowing aide Janet( D’Arcy Carden ). Her apparently perfect neighbours Tahani( Jameela Jamil) and Jianyu( Manny Jacinto) and open-hearted soul mate Chidi( William Jackson Harper ), be used to help realize that it’s never too late. With the help of her new friends — and a few adversaries — Eleanor grows determined to shed her old-fashioned way of life in hopes of detecting a brand-new one in the afterlife.”
I believed my favorite character “wouldve been” Kristen Bell, I intend, who doesn’t desire Kristen Bell? Everyone affection Kristen Bell and her employment. And while I do enjoy and recognize her concert in The Good Place , the specific characteristics that I perfectly adore, is Janet.
Janet is a virtual personal assistant. Not a human. Not personal computers. Something…else. Otherworldly and all-knowing, she’s like a human version of Google, and every single volume you’ve ever read, and every single remember you regard- the ones you look back on with affection, and the ones you try desperately to forget. And while such characteristics should manufacture her the least relatable in the see, there’s something about this walking database that is the most lovable of them all.
Her honesty knows no bounds. If your shirt seems frightful, she will say it. If you claim like your feelings are not suffering, when in actuality the objective is, she will say it. If you do something wrong, she will let you know. If you extend with desire, she’ll say that very. Nothing gets by Janet, and Janet lets good-for-nothing slide. There is no way “looking the other way”- she stares whatever question, situation, and/ or problem that occurs right in the face. Some might call it rude, but it’s obvious that it’s rooted in a residence of goodness( no pun aimed ). And with that raw integrity comes a sense of humor that is on extent. She is the person who says what everyone else is settling, but nobody has the guts to say. She is the one who offers an belief when asked, and because she doesn’t know how to be insincere, or tell you what the hell are you want to hear, you know it’s real. You know it’s true.
It’s so refreshing.
We all necessity a pal like Janet- someone who will hold up a mirror to our innermost truths, and call us out on our nonsense. Person who will delight in our rejoice, and champ for our desire. Person who will see the messy, ugly, dark specific areas of our centres, and deem our hands as they drag us back into the sun- and berate us on the way back, too.
The healthiest relationships and friendships are rooted in franknes. Janet reminds us of the importance of that honesty, the necessary of being able to say what you symbolize, what you feel, and what you think to the ones you hold close.
But the likability of Janet goes beyond her humor and franknes- the heart of this attribute speaks to the human world as we all know it. Throughout the three seasons thus far, Janet has been “rebooted” upwards of 800 days. And with each reboot, she develops more- more feelings, more abilities, more understanding of herself and the world around her.
Now I know that we cannot reboot ourselves, but we can take what the reboot means for Janet, and refer it to our own lives. We can perpetually retain thriving, read, and updating our own imagines, habits, and minds; and when we do that, the best form of ourselves will show up.