In Review: Good Omens

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's End of The World comedy is lovingly brought to the smallscreen

Synopsis: The End of the World is coming, which means a fussy Angel and a loose-living Demon who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Review: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s book is lovingly brought to the small screen with some stunning production values and great acting from all concerned.

The Story

The story begins way back in the Garden of Eden when Angel Aziraphale and Demon Crowley form a rather unlikely friendship, which ultimately leads to them working alongside each other and a few others in order to save the world from the End of Days. But when there is a mix up concerning the Anti Christ and two other children. Our two friends must scramble to find the true child of darkness.

The Acting

To say that this limited series was packed with some of the worlds greatest acting talents would be a massive understatement. David Tennant is wonderfully cast as the Demon Crowley and has fantastic onscreen chemistry with Michael Sheen’s somewhat incompetent Angel Aziraphale.

And if Tennant and Sheen are not enough. We have Frances McDormand lending her wonderful voice to the role of God who narrates for the most part.

Leading the way in regards to young up and coming talent is Sam Taylor Buck who does an absolutely brilliant job of playing Adam Young, who also happens to be the Anti Christ.

Overall

‘Good Omens’ is a wonderfully realized adaptation of the book.

Great thought went into the casting of this show and the special effects throughout were wonderfully done.

The series focuses a lot on the various relationships with the different characters. Leading the way in that regard is the playful relationship that Aziraphale and Crowley share. But we also see a lot of fun had with regards to Anathema Device the descendent of a great witch who predicted the creation of Apple computers and the apocalypse, who has a fun relationship with Newton Pulsifer who is descended from an inquisitor who tried to kill her distant relatives.

The whole story is full of wonderful mini-stories that will make this a fun show to revisit a few times so you can take everything in. Given just how many story elements there are. You realize how challenging it must have been for Neil Gaiman and the production team to actually make this show. It’s rather dense. You could most likely get a number of different television shows out of the various characters in this.

The way in which the whole story comes together by the close is wonderfully done. Everyone gets their moment. I loved that Crowley drives around listening to Queens Greatest Hits, which actually makes up a part of the show’s soundtrack and is used to great effect.

This is a fantastic achievement for television and if it does not pick up some rewards. It would be a huge crime.

 

10
Good Omens
  • Story
    10
  • Acting
    10
  • CGI
    10
  • Incidental Music
    10

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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