Amazon Prime knows how to get you in the mood for some beautiful, snarky, dry British humor. A wonderfully penned fantasy plot and an achingly good David Tennant-Michael Sheen duo make up Good Omens on Amazon Prime.
Based on a book by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens is the tale of an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (Tennant) who have been friends (sort of!) since the beginning of the world — some six thousand years ago. The series actively satirizes Christian mythology and mocks all that may be held holy. While the ensemble star cast (John Hamm, Frances McDormand, Adria Arjona, Jack Whitehall, Michael McKean, Nick Offerman, Mark Gatiss and many, many more) makes things all the more enjoyable, it’s the chemistry between Sheen and Tennant that makes Good Omens worth binging.
It’s subtextually gay (yay for pride month btw!); it’s ungodly; sometimes caustic, sometimes childish — it’s a perfect romance. All this in with Armageddon in the backdrop. Sheen, who plays Aziraphale the angel, is a softy. He believes he’s a good being and has a thing for good food (almost gets killed during the French Revolution because he arrives at Paris, looking for some crepes and gets mistaken for the Bourgeoisie). He loves being careful and polite and almost has a delighted-child-at-a-toy-store vibe to him. Tennant, who plays the demon Crowley, is the opposite in every conceivable way. He’s rash, brusque, speeds his Bentley and is evil (in a playful manner). For all intents and purposes, they are not meant for each other. Kudos to Amazon Prime for green-lighting a project that does justice to Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman and more importantly to their vast cult-like if not rabid fan following.
Yet, opposites attract, I guess.
Good Omens is wholesome while being irreverent. Good Omens is also a beautiful place to begin if you’re not familiar with the works of either Pratchett or Gaiman. More importantly, Good Omens manages to leave you with a smile on your face, despite sometimes making you laugh till you cry. If you have nothing to do on a hot summer day and don’t want to step out, even if you do, cancel all your plans, order some junk food and watch this hilarious fantasy series on Amazon Prime.
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