“Armageddon is days away and we’ve lost the Antichrist,” says the demon Crowley, which sets up the basic premise of Good Omens. Good Omens was just a book written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman that I read about 20 years ago. Now, as of 2019, it’s a TV series on Amazon Prime Video, which contains only six episodes. I’m not familiar with the rest of the cast, but I’m aware of David Tennant, who once played The Doctor in Doctor Who. I really like him and he plays my definitively favorite character in this series, Crowley. Crowley dresses in black, has red hair, which is some times long, wears sun glasses, even at night, listens to Queen a lot, and drives a 90 year old Bentley. His best friend is an angel named Aziraphale. They’re the only angel and demon that have been on Earth since the beginning (6,000 years ago), which you will see in the premier episode. Crowley has to deliver the baby Antichrist, but he and Aziraphale come up with a clever scheme to avoid the war between Heaven and Hell, which would ultimately be the end of the world. They love the world and don’t want to see it end.

The show is funny and may not be suitable for all (especially serious) audiences, but I think it’s great. I love the intro (https://youtu.be/BsrPO8qslBE)! I think it’s funny how Aziraphale is really the only “good” angel, all the others are mean-spirited (to put it nicely) and want Armageddon so that they can be the victors of the war against the forces of Hell. They even team up near the end, slightly, because all is not going according to plan and both sides need to push a bit to get Armageddon going, in the wake of the intervention of Aziraphale and Crowley.

I’ve only read the book once and that was 20 years ago, so my memory of it has faded quite a lot. I’m not even sure if I still have it. But, I really did enjoy this show, very much and recommend it. If you like British comedy, David Tennant, or other stars of the show, you might like this one. It’s short, but free for Prime members, so go check it out! I love the trailer I've embedded here!

If you want to discuss it here, feel free to. I’d prefer not to spoil everything here though.

Travis   Admin wrote on 04/13/2020 at 02:01pm

Absolutely great book, and the series is a worthy adaptation. Tennant and Sheen are perfect and captivating, and the supporting cast fill things out so well, especially Jon Hamm as Gabriel (but that's cheating because Jon Hamm is always great) and Adria Arjona as Anathema Device.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 04/13/2020 at 03:57pm

I'm glad you agree and that you recommended the book to me. I was aware of the show last year, I'm not sure why I waited until now to watch it, I guess I kind of forgot about it until I saw it on an Amazon box in my room recently.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 04/13/2020 at 08:15pm

I noticed the guard at the air base reading a book by Neil Gaiman. It turns out it's called "American Gods" and has a show, too. Have you read or seen this, Travis?

Travis   Admin wrote on 04/14/2020 at 03:22am

Read? No, I haven't. It's on my shame list of books I need to read but haven't.

Seen? YES! It's amazing, if not as good as Good Omens. The first season is better than the second. I feel like it needs to come to a conclusion, because season 2 felt like it was dragging its feet.

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 04/14/2020 at 03:45am

Cool, I'll look into it, I might start watching it (assuming that I can).

GregoPeck   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 04/14/2020 at 04:23am

I just watched a trailer for it and was glad to see Ian McShane. He was in an episode of Game and Thrones, but also in all John Wick movies, I like him. I saw one other actor I recognized. I just did some digging and I'm pretty sure his name is Peter Stormare. He's in a lot of movies I've seen/ He plays Satan in Constantine and is in Lost World: Jurassic Park and Fargo. The trailer looks a bit bloody for my taste, but I might give it a try.

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