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Good Omens – A Brilliant and Loyal Adaptation

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Good Omens Was Everything Fans Could Ask For

 

Good Omens is an adaptation I, along with countless other fans, have been waiting years for. I can tell you with complete honesty that the wait was worth it. Originally I had intended to watch the first episode, write a review, and go on in that style. But that didn’t happen. You see, I watched the first episode, and absolutely loved it. So I watched the second. Next thing I knew, I had watched all six episodes in one sitting. I may have had stiff back by the time I was done, but I had zero regrets about this decision.

Behind the Scenes

All the decisions leading up to this adaptation were on point. I don’t think this series would have been so…epic? Without the help of Neil Gaiman. In all honesty, the biggest loss about this series is that Terry Pratchett wasn’t involved. Nor did he ever get the chance to see it. But I’d like to think he would have been happy with it. After all, Neil Gaiman saw it as a last request of sorts.

For those that didn’t know: Terry Pratchett had told Neil Gaiman that he desperately wanted to see Good Omens adapted to television. Terry Pratchett never lived to see it, but Neil Gaiman was determined to see it done regardless. It’s a touching story. One that made this series so much more important to all us fans.

Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (2019)
Michael Sheen and David Tennant in Good Omens (2019)

Crowley and Aziraphale

The casting was one of the things that made me so insanely excited about this adaptation. And I know I’m not the only one out there that felt that way. The actors they picked for each role were so well thought out and in some cases hilarious picks.

David Tennant as Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale had to be two of the best examples of this casting. Individually they’re stellar in their roles. But together? It becomes something new entirely. These two actors portrayed their oddball characters and their even stranger friendship in a way that made it feel almost real. It was quirky, it was funny, and it was shockingly supportive.

The Four Horsemen

The supporting characters and casting for Good Omens was almost as important as the main characters. These are the guys that had to fill out the world and really sell it. Everything from the unlikely heroes – or wannabe heroes, to the angels and devils.

The casting of the children (including the Antichrist, of course) was pretty solid on the whole. I don’t have any complaints, at least. But for me, it was the Four Horsemen that really shined through. Both the casting and the character designs were spot on. These characters were distinct, clear about who and what they were, and still had the flair we’ve come to expect. And let’s not overlook the way these characters were introduced. That was the height of absurdist humor in the series.

Designing the Unbelievable

Good Omens has plenty of moments where the immortal or unbelievable must be shown. Everything from angels and demons, to Kraken and prophecies. And of course, all of these elements had their own twists and flairs courtesy of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

It must have been difficult, finding a budget-friendly way to portray all of these elements. On the whole, though, I’m thrilled about what they came up with. The angels were perfection – businesslike and sterile. The casting brought those characters to life, of course. The demons were the polar opposite – grimy and dare I say, gross?

Everything else sort of fell between those two – with some CGI to bring the bigger guys to life. Or unlife. Whatever you prefer. This is another one of those points where the absurdist humor really shined through. The series wouldn’t have been the same without any of those moments.

For the New and the Old

Good Omens was a strong adaptation. One that old fans will happily watch – recalling and witnessing their favorite moments from the novel. But it’s also a series perfect for new fans as well. No matter your knowledge or understanding – this series will suck you in and entertain you as its life depended on it.

 

 


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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