I’m not a Jacksonville Jaguar fan. I have a deep seated belief that football stadiums and hot tubs should not coexist and ne’er the twain shall meet. Nevertheless, the team, covered in teal and lead by a Bortle will play this Sunday. Their success creates a problem for the writers of The Good Place. In “the good place,” Jason Mendoza is a faithful fan. Part of his character development is that he is an idiot from the Sunshine State who blindly cheers for all things Florida: Pitbull, Fred Durst, the Jags. He is a dum-dum and we know that because:
This is how he identifies soulmates:
— no context the good place (@nocontexttgp) October 26, 2017
And this is how he justifies why the Jaguars don’t suck: *pre-2017 season
— no context the good place (@nocontexttgp) January 7, 2018
Jason’s DNA specifies that he is a dolt who worships simple-minded things (like being a part of a 60 person dance crew.) The Good Place, which is known for its plot twist at the end of season 1, was handed a plot twist of its own this year–the Jaguars are good. What should the writers do with this new version of reality?
Here’s my totally unrealistic fan theory:
Jason is such a devoted fan that he showed up on the sidelines of the wildcard game this Sunday. He is the Ashley Judd of Jacksonville. For me, this was an odd example of synergy. Is it possible that the writers want Jason to be there to witness Jacksonville’s playoff run and then use this footage on the show? Are they filming at the football stadium just to add the world’s greatest Easter egg in season three?
Here’s why I don’t think this is the craziest of ideas. Michael Schur, the creator of The Good Place has established a precedent of having amazing guest stars on his shows. Parks and Recreation had a Joe Biden, John McCain and Michelle Obama cameo, just to name a few. Is it possible that 60,000 people at EverBank field just became extras on The Good Place last Sunday?
The show also relies are flashbacks to the characters’ lives before they ended up in “the Good Place.” There is an opportunity for the epic playoff moment to have a place in season three. The show has demonstrated that they aren’t tethered to the usual sitcom structure. Could this be the next great step?
Really, we’ll never know if this is rubbish or not till the next season airs. It’s all guesses and conjectures and like Chidi would point out, it’s basically turtles all the way down.
Or Bortles all the way down, if you will.
But, just keep in mind, you heard it here first.