The Good Place, my favorite new sitcom, just ended its first season. The concept of the show is a bad person gets into a happy afterlife by mistake. There were plenty of twists, but the biggest came in the finale.
(Massive spoilage ahead.)
I didn't see it coming, but it was properly set up. Two of the people were clearly not good by any normal standard. The other two were a woman who'd done good things but for vain reasons, and a man who studied ethics but caused agony to his friends through his indecision.
The reaction to the finale seems to be positive. The A.V. Club gave it an A, and their reader consensus was an A-. The Hollywood Reporter loves it as well. But I don't like it at all. It was surprising, it was funny and it made perfect sense, but I'm troubled by what it means for the show.
The second season, if it occurs, will be sort of a do-over. Because the four figured out what was going on, their memories have been erased and they'll start from scratch, only with somewhat different parameters. It's also different in that we know what's going on this time (supposedly), but I don't want to see them reset the whole thing, even if it'll go along different lines. I feel like someone who's been held back a year in school.
I want the plot to be unpredictable, even shocking, but changing basic things that made the show the show makes me less interested. If it's renewed, I'll probably still watch, but I don't think it'll be as much fun the second time around.
*This is also the plot of a Twilight Zone episode.