Friends from two different worlds.
A six episode mini-series on Amazon Prime has received an abundance of attention, and for good reason. First off, yes it’s on Amazon Prime and not on Netflix ( see Petition to Cancel ‘Good Omens.’). The premise behind the series comes from the 1990 novel that was written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The basic plot of the story has a demon and an angel befriending one another, and seeking to divert the apocalypse.
It’s the end of the world as we know it!
Good Omens follows the lives of a demon and an angel from the Garden of Eden, until the apocalypse. Crowley (David Tennant) is one of the fallen angels who begins the series by tempting Eve in the Garden of Eden. Once Adam and Eve are kicked out of Eden, Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) meets them at the gate and wishes them well while giving them his flaming sword (Which plays a major role throughout the mini-series). We soon learn of the pair’s camaraderie. Next, we follow the pair through multiple events in history such as the Biblical flood, the French Revolution, and the Second World War. They both have roles to play through every conflict they encounter. The final conflict involves the birth of the Anti-Christ and the beginning of Armageddon.
Good vs. Evil…Kinda.
When we think of angels and demons, we think of good vs evil, right? Well, it’s not that easy in Good Omens. Crowley is a demon yes, but he doesn’t quite fit in. He even says at one moment that he “just hung out with the wrong crowd.” So there is good in him, and he doesn’t want the end of the world to come. For this reason, he convinces his friend, Aziraphale, to help him stop the inevitable. Thanks to Aziraphale’s love of human pleasures such as eating crepes, it is not a difficult task.
The duo’s plan requires them to confront multiple biblical and non-biblical characters. They include the Archangel Gabriel (John Hamm), a young reluctant anti-christ (Sam Taylor Buck), the demons, Hastur (Ned Dennehy) and Ligur (Ariyon Bakare), and the descendent of a prophetic witch, named Anathema (Adria Arjona).
Good Omens is an entertaining mini-series that I highly enjoyed. If you haven’t watched an episode yet, you can binge watch it in six hours. If you do not approve of any script that veers away from a strictly biblical narrative, then you will not enjoy the series. On the other hand, if this is not an issue for you, then you will likely enjoy watching Good Omens. Just remember, it’s on Amazon Prime and not Netflix.