Good Omens is Here!

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Screen Capture: Michael Sheen as Aziraphale in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: Michael Sheen as Aziraphale in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens



The British comedy Good Omens saw its premiere Friday, 31 May 2019. Have you seen it? Did you read the source material? Good Omens is an adaptation of the 1990 published novel Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch.

Good Omens Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb
Good Omens Promotional Poster. Image Credit: IMDb

SPOILER ALERT: If you have yet to watch the Amazon Prime series, you should seriously reconsider reading beyond this point until you have viewed the production.

Screen Capture: Michael Sheen as Aziraphale in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: Michael Sheen as Aziraphale in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

What is “Good Omens” About?

Screen Capture: Michael Sheen, David Tennant and Sam Taylor Buck as Aziraphale, Crowley and Adam Young, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: Michael Sheen, David Tennant and Sam Taylor Buck as Aziraphale, Crowley and Adam Young, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

Co-authored by Neil GaimanTerry Pratchett, the publication is essentially a comedically written book about Satan’s son, the Antichrist. The Amazon Prime series is faithful to the source material. The Antichrist, as a baby is given to Crowley to switch out with the son of Thaddeus and Harriet Dowling.

Thaddeus, played by Nick Offerman, is the Ambassador of these United States to the Court of St. James. If you are wondering where or what the Court of St. James is, that would be the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Norther Ireland.

Screen Capture: A scene from the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: A scene from the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

Than plan was to place the child with an American family with great influence and power. Unknown to both Crowley and Aziraphale, there is a minor hiccup in the plan. Satan’s son is accidentally placed with the wrong couple. While Mr and Mrs Dowling were politically influential, Mr and Mrs Young were something entirely different. Powerless, would be a good would for the English couple. They are happy with a small town life in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Screen Capture: David Tennant and Sam Taylor Buck as Crowley and Adam Young, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: David Tennant and Sam Taylor Buck as Crowley and Adam Young, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

Crowley and Aziraphale keep track of the Dowling’s son because the demon and the angel think this is Satan’s child. Boy, were they wrong!

When the time finally came for the End Times to begin, the unlikely friends discover a serious blunder and immediately try to correct the mistake on their own.

Which Channels is the Series on?

Good Omen, consisting of six-hour long episodes, is an Amazon Prime Original series. It became available to Amazon Prime subscribers Friday, 31 May 2019. Later this year, the series will be on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. By the time the series is on BBC Two, most people with an interest in Good Omens will have already seen the production.

Is There a Trailer?

Crowley is right. Nice is a four-letter word. This is bad. Demonic individuals are not nice. It completely ruins their street-cred. These things are apparently important because we would not want to offend the comically demonic.

The arrival of the Antichrist and final battle between Heaven and Hell is nigh. Because the lead characters happen to like their comfortable lifestyles, both Crowley and Aziraphale are more interested in preventing the coming apocalypse than seeing it play out.

Cast Members

Screen Capture: Michael Sheen and David Tennant as Aziraphale and Crowley, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: Michael Sheen and David Tennant as Aziraphale and Crowley, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

David Tennant and  Michael Sheen plays the dastardly demonic Crowley and the angelically naive Aziraphale, respectively. The significance of Crowley in supernatural literature is apparent to anyone that has read the pages. From a completely different perspective, Sheen’s character is every bit as significant. If this were not so, numerous actors and thespians would not have personified these characters for theatre, film and television productions.

Screen Capture: David Tennant as Crowley in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: David Tennant as Crowley in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

The characters both Tennant and Sheen are known for playing The Doctor on Doctor Who and David Frost in Frost/Nixon, respectively, are diverse. Tennant is also known for Det. Inspector Alec Hardy on Broadchurch and Det. Emmett Carver on Gracepoint. Relatively speaking, considering Gracepoint is the American remake of Broadchurch, Carver and Hardy is much the same character. Sheen’s catalogue of acting credits includes playing Lucian in Underworld franchise and the British Prime Minister Tony Blair in The Queen.

Screen Capture: Michael Sheen and Derek Jacobi as Aziraphale and Metatron, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: Michael Sheen and Derek Jacobi as Aziraphale and Metatron, respectively, in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

Supporting Cast

Further to Tennant and Sheen, the presence of Daniel Mays, Sian Brooke, Anna Maxwell Martin, Jon Hamm, Josie Lawrence, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Miranda Richardson, Nick Offerman and Frances McDormand in Good Omens must be of interest to someone.

Death, War, Pollution and Famine are played by Brian Cox, Mireille Enos, Lourdes Faberes and Yusuf Gatewood, respectively. I always thought the fourth horseman of the apocalypse was either Conquest, Pestilence or Plague not Pollution. Apparently, Pollution took over as the third horseman when Pestilence retired. Pestilence must have become weary of waiting for the End Days because waiting around for thousands of years for something to happen has a toll.

Screen Capture: Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens
Screen Capture: Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan in the Neil Gaiman / Terry Pratchett co-created Good Omens

Another significant character, the voice of Satan, is provided by Benedict Cumberbatch. In at least one episode, the heavyweight British talents of Mark Gatiss and Derek Jacobi make appearances.

Another Adaptation

Good Omens, the Amazon Prime Original series, is not the only adaptation of the Gaiman / Pratchett co-written book. Broadcast on 5 Sept. 2014, BBC Radio 4 presented to its listeners a radio adaptation of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch. For the radio play, Crowley and Aziraphale, respectively voiced by Peter Serafinowicz and Mark Heap. Like other BBC Radio 4 productions, Good Omens highlights the best of British talent.

Final Thoughts

Good Omens will probably resinate more with Britons than it will with Americans. It is a matter of tone. Not all British comedy goes down well with Americans. Even though there is American talent in the production, Good Omens is a very British comedy based on a very British novel. British comedic productions, unlike that seen in these United States requires of its viewers to think about the content of what it is they are watching. Consequently, Americans tend to consider British comedy dry. I have never really understood the contextual definition of the word dry.