mike schur

things an australian would’ve told the good place ppl if they’d consulted them about them episode

- no one has an $100 note in their wallet. that’s weird.

- australian supermarkets look nothing like that and the workers don’t wear weird little vests.

- NO ONE CARES IF YOURE NOT WEARING A SHIRT!!! i’ve seen countless shirtless and shoeless ppl in supermarkets and no one bats an eye! not a rule in australia!

- what are peeps?? are they an american lolly bc we sure as hell cant get them in aus

- what was that taxi?? it looked like something out of a doctor suess movie

- having the flags in the classroom is weird. we might have them up at the uni but we don’t have flags in all the classrooms (tho kudos to having the aboriginal flag there too).

- however, the accents were better in this episode, tahini and jason actually looked like they were inside the opera house, and that scene where chidi was outside did look convincingly like australia

The Good Place is even better than the praise that it gets, and I’m still worried that so many people are sleeping on it and not recognizing one of the most absolutely game-changing comedies on television today.

It’s hugely risky to make a show that’s so reliant on philosophy and morality and to not only go in hard on that, but to still be funny, and to take risks with its world and characters and change things up in such huge ways so often…

Everyone involved in the making of this show should be showered in Emmys and enshrined in the television hall of fame - they should make a television hall of fame specifically for this show, okay.

But while Schur knows his way around the first stages of a TV show romance, he breaks with tradition when it comes to what happens next. So many shows, hoping to recapture the watchable tension of a Will They/Won’t They, throw up false-feeling obstacles or hard-to-believe acts of infidelity in order to bust up couples that are clearly meant to be. For example, some time after Schur stopped receiving full writing credit on episodes of ‘The Office'—he was busy launching 'Parks and Recreation'—the show made the mistake of driving a wedge between Jim and Pam in its final season. That’s not to say real couples don’t go through tumult, but the character assassination of Jim Halpert in the pursuit of high-stakes drama caused a beloved show to end on a sour note.

No such trauma ever touched Leslie and Ben’s marriage and it feels unlikely that anything like it would befall Amy and Jake. These two couples not only share similar weddings days (and, if you think about it, surprise marriage proposals as part of a larger misdirected plot), but also a similar affection and mutual respect that sustains beyond mere chemistry. Ben and Leslie’s famous wedding vows say it all: these people love and like each other.

My favorite thing about the good place is that tbh any of the characters could end up together and I would be happy.

Like Chidi and Eleanor?? Obvious endgame and super cute and make each other better people

Eleanor and Tahani?? I am so here for bi disaster and her high fem girlfriend

Chidi and Simone?? Simone is super cute and sweet so far! And they suit each other really well and bring out complementary qualities in each other and are going to be thesis Bros

Janet and Jason?? My favorite trainwreck. 10/10

When Jason and Tahani dated?? Weird but it was still cute and they seemed happy, I’m for it.

I’ve seen some people like Eleanor and Michael?? They have such a good bond I don’t think it’s romantic but I wouldn’t be mad at it

That 5 minute period in season one that Tahani thought Chidi was her soulmate?? Destined to not be but I also wouldn’t be mad

People hoping for polyamorous mixes?? Like they all go together why not tbh

Schur loved not only the central thesis of “What We Owe to Each Other” but also the book’s title. “It assumes that we owe things to each other,” he told me. “It starts from that place. It’s not like: Do we owe anything to each other? It’s like: Given that we owe things to each other, let’s try to figure out what they are. It’s a very quietly subversive idea.”

It is, in a way, deeply un-American — an affront to our central mythology of individual rights, self-interest and the sanctity of the free market. As an over-the-top avatar of all our worst impulses, Eleanor is severely allergic to any notion of community. And yet her salvation will turn out to depend on the people around her, all of whom will in turn depend on her. What makes us good, Chidi tells her, is “our bonds to other people and our innate desire to treat them with dignity.

The emotional peak of the scene is Ron looking around astonished, he’s been Leslie Knoped the hardest he’s ever been Leslie Knoped. He goes to Leslie and says, ‘I’ve got a problem, I want to be useful. That’s a new thing for me. I’m uncomfortable, help me. I’ve made the mistake of not consulting you before and I don’t intend to make that mistake again.’ And she f—ing hands him a national park (laughs) and says ‘Here, paddle your canoe, walk around by yourself in this park, that’s your job.’ And oh boy! Whoa Nellie! I had to look at Leslie and say, ‘Thank you, Leslie.’ And Mike even did me the favor of writing the stage direction ‘very small’ before the line ‘Thank you, Leslie.’ I was rehearsing it the night before, and I’m in the park, talking to these rangers, the crew was there in my head, and I’m saying, ‘What are you telling me, Mike, by saying ‘very small’? And I did the scene sitting in my living room and I did it very small and I said, ‘You son of a bitch!’ For Ron, it’s the biggest thing by far that he has had to say in 125 episodes, and Mike told me to do it very small, knowing how greatly that would compound its impact. I was saying ‘Thank you, Leslie,’ and then I would think ‘Thank you, Amy,’ and I would think ‘Thank you, Mike, thank you, Morgan [Sackett. executive producer], thank you, Dean [Holland, director].’ I felt like I was the show saying thank you to everybody… Mike allowed me the equivalent of saying thank you to the universe—thank you to my parents for giving birth to me and thank you to Mother Nature for making me, so that I could stand here and say thank you to Leslie for giving me her final gift.‘
—  Nick Offerman on Leslie hiring Ron in the future (X