So recently, I did something I don’t usually do: I watched a TV adaptation of a book, without having first read the book. I know, I know, the horror! But I have to say, I don’t regret it.
When I saw a while back that Amazon Prime was making an adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s book Good Omens I had intended to read it before it came out, and just never got round to it. I knew I’d have to be in the mood for that kind of thing, and unfortunately, the mood just never came over me. Then I started seeing marketing for the TV show everywhere, so when my boyfriend and I were browsing for something to watch, we decided just to go for it.
And it was really worth a watch! It was a little slow going at first and took us a while to get into, but when we did, it was so, so good!
So here’s 5 reasons why you should watch Good Omens if you haven’t already:
The awesome concept.
The end of the world is coming, heaven and hell are gearing up for war, the antichrist seems to have gone missing, and two best friends – an angel and a demon – have plans to foil it… I mean, there’s a lot going on with that
The whimsical tone.
As you’d expect from anything based on a book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, the show has a whimsical, quirky tone that definitely made it stand out from other TV shows. From the narration by God to the quirky names (Anathema Devices, in particular, stood out!), excess of Queen songs, crazy outfits and quintessential Britishness of it, it wasn’t like anything else I’ve watched lately!
It may be a show about the potential end of the world, but it still had a lot of humour in it, which I loved, especially as it was often darker, or more whimsical humour. I particularly liked Agnes Nutter’s prophecies that appear to be super deep or cryptic, but end up predicting things like Apple (the company!).
Crowley and Aziraphale’s adorable friendship.
They’re just such an odd duo, but they have such a nice, genuine friendship that it’s so adorable, and they bounce off each other well.
David Tennant and Michael Sheen.
The cast in general was fantastic, with everyone from Jon Hamm to Jack Whitehall and Benedict Cumberbatch appearing in it, but David Tennant and Michael Sheen in particular were incredible.
As I’ve said, the best thing about the show was the friendship between Crowley and Aziraphale, and David Tennant and Michael Sheen really sold it. Their casting was absolutely perfect!
So have you watched Good Omens yet? What did you think? Have you read the book, and which version did you like best?