Michael and Janet from The Good Place.
Image: NBC

Sometimes, when you look into the void, the void doesn’t look back. It just smiles, and reminds you that it’s not a robot.

Welcome to Janet’s Void, where nothing happens, it’s always the right temperature, and the ambiance is vaguely pleasant. The Good Place is a wacky, unpredictable show, and so it makes sense that NBC’s advertising efforts for it would be similarly odd. And this definitely fits the bill: yesterday, for five hours, the YouTube channel for The Good Place live-streamed D’Arcy Carden as Janet, in her Void, the metaphysical space within which she stores all of her knowledge and abilities and, when she’s not in use, herself as well.

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It was weird, and kind of captivating. The low, ambient hum. Carden’s warm smile. Her occasionally poofing away to do a task only to return, as cheerful as ever. I can only describe it as a surreal, existentialist Yule Log. I’m going to be honest with you all: I watched this for a while yesterday. It was nice.

You can watch the archived stream above. The Good Place returns to continue its third season on Thursday, January 10th.

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