From the first moment I saw the teaser for Good Omens, I just knew it was a show I was going to love. Based off a book written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. YUP, count me in. Plus I love both David Tennant and Michael Sheen – and they star in it. Within 10 minutes of starting the series, I was hooked. It sucked me right in. Read on for my Good Omens review!
My husband and I binged this show over the weekend – and even thought about putting our daughters to bed early one night to finish it (we didn’t). We flew through this series, and there is a reason why. It is so good. It has a Monty Python feel to it, and had us laughing as well as guessing what just might happen next.
Don’t worry, this review will be completely spoiler free – but you must binge this show as soon as you can. Trust me.
The Chemistry Between Tennant and Sheen
Throughout every episode, I grew more and more impressed with the chemistry between David Tennant (Crowley) and Michael Sheen (Aziraphale). For being on very opposite sides of good and evil, they are very similar. I loved seeing them interact, and learning how their relationship develops and changes.
David Tennant plays a demon, and Michael Sheen plays an angel – both of them are living on Earth. They cross paths quite often, even end up becoming (sort of) friends. Don’t worry, that is not a spoiler as you see it right away.
I loved watching these two interact. It was easily the highlight of the show. Tennant is just so good at playing so bad (think of him in Jessica Jones). That being said, Sheen was incredible in his role as well. Playing a nervous, do-gooder, angel – afraid to disobey his superiors (Jon Hamm was amazing as Gabriel as well).
The casting of these two made the entire series. And had the casting been wrong, it would have ruined the entire series. I read somewhere that this show was once to be made with Robin Williams and Johnny Depp – and honestly, I don’t think those two could have pulled it off like this.
The kid who plays the Anti-Christ also really impressed me. I thought he was great and I enjoyed watching his story arc. I loved seeing him come in to his own. Sometimes child actors way overact, but he didn’t.
My only complaint is that when he levitated it was SO OBVIOUS that something was pulling him up. I think at one point I even saw a seat thing he was sitting on. Maybe. But it really did not ruin my experience of the show. At all. However, it was noticeable to me.
I promised you a spoiler free Good Omens review – and that is exactly what this is. I will say, that the ending was amazing. And everything I could have hoped for. I guessed one thing that was happening (and was right), and my husband guessed something else. He had me second guessing myself, but was wrong. For once, I was right, and he was wrong. Yes, I will never let him forget that.
The end definitely had me on my toes, and I read that Gaiman (who adapted his book for the screen) said he took some liberties, and changed around parts of the ending. This for sure has me excited to read the book, which I have already ordered.
From the very beginning to the very end, this show had me hooked. There were moments where I was cracking up, and moments where I was telling my dog she was breathing too hard because I was trying to pay close attention. One fun Easter Egg I noticed, was a guard reading American Gods, by Neil Gaiman – watch for that.
There were many other amazing characters besides Crowley and Aziraphale that turn this series into quite the wild ride. The Witchfinders, and the witches, the Madame – all played by great actors. Michael McKean, although his accent was questionable, was fantastic in this show. He had me laughing almost every time he was on the screen.
Good Omens is a must watch for, well, just about anyone. There are some bad words (and the F-bombs tend to get more frequent toward the end), but if you don’t mind that, binge this show. Trust me. It is well worth the mere 6 hours or so of your time.
I was really hoping there would be a second one, but it doesn’t seem too likely. Which is too bad really, because there is a lot of fun things they could explore. Certainly more in to Crowley and Aziraphale’s relationship and travels.
But alas, we will just have to enjoy Good Omens for what it is – an absolutely amazing six episode series worth watching over and over.
About Good Omens
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.
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