5 Reasons To Watch Good Omens

03/07/2019 TV and Film 8

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 Iā€™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 plot line, but it definitely sounds intriguing, right?

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!

The humour.

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.

Literally the best thing about the entire show though was the friendship between the demon Crowley and angel Aziraphale. Separately they were both great characters – I loved how awkward Aziraphale is, and how cocky and obnoxious Crowley is – but together they’re amazing!

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?

8 Responses to “5 Reasons To Watch Good Omens”

  1. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    I LOVED the book!! When I heard there was a TV show coming out AND that David Tennant would be playing Crowley, I could not contain my excitement. I’m currently up to episode 3, and am loving it so far. One of the best adaptations I’ve seen in a while šŸ˜

    • Laura

      I’m glad you loved the book! I may have to read it soon so I can compare with the show. I’m glad you’ve been loving it so far! I hope you like the rest of the series! šŸ™‚

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I agree with all your points. The best one being David Tennant and Michael Sheen, that pair together on screen is spectacular and they both totally nail their roles. It was a brilliant show and I just loved the humour. It was such a well done adaptation of a book so many love and I will be rewatching again I’m sure.

    • Laura

      I’m glad you enjoyed it too! David Tennant and Michael Sheen made such a good pair! I may rewatch it sometime as well šŸ™‚

  3. Catherine

    I’ve just finished the book and watched the first episode so far! The book confused me so much (although it made me laugh out loud a few times too) – kind of wish I’d watched the series first now, feel like I would’ve followed the book better!

    • Laura

      It sucks that the book was so confusing! Maybe it’s a good thing I’ve watched the TV series first then. Things might be a bit clearer when I get round to reading the book.

    • Laura

      I definitely want to read the book now too! I’m interested to see how different it is to the TV show.

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