Witty, irreverent, and original, Good Omens brings everyday human eccentricities into the cosmic exchanges of otherworldly prophesy and biblical apocalypse. Based on the 1990 novel by young adult fiction powerhouses Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the Amazon series is uniquely suited to today’s existential anxiety about the end of the world.
The principal actors, David Tennant and Michael Sheen, are complementary and authentic in their roles as the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale. Tasked with facilitating the divine plan of Armageddon, the two decide to defy their respective rulers and attempt to save the world to preserve the eccentricities of which they’ve grown fond. When the infant Antichrist is to be delivered to an American diplomat, the operation is bungled by Crowley’s apathy and an overzealous human’s incompetence, and the Prince of Darkness is delivered to the wrong family. Eleven years later, at the end of days, Crowley and Aziraphale must form an unlikely team to correct the mistake and, hopefully, prevent the apocalypse.
As we enter into the irreversible phase of climate change’s destruction, younger generations have taken to expressing the accompanying hopeless dread in the form of nihilistic memes and satirical absurdity. Amazon, though one of the largest contributors to the economic crises of today, captures the complicated and enthusiastic apathy through its cinematic phenomenon, Good Omens. While the premise may seem offensive to some and cheesy to others, it’s surprisingly articulate and inventive in its approach. Biting dialogue, amusing observations, and offbeat relationships keep up momentum and generate surprising conflict.
If you happen to be a patron of the demon Amazon, enjoy this innovative series while you still can. Armageddon is nearly upon us after all.
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