Good Omens, Good Deeds

What would happen if the Antichrist will eventually be born on Earth? In the Amazon Original, inspired by the novel of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the fight between heaven and hell it doesn’t go as we all would expect… Who is actually evil and who is actually good? (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

“Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, no escape from reality…” Bohemian Rhapsody is the legitimate soundtrack of Good Omens, and more specifically of the demon Crowley, who make his first appearance with his infamous car and the Queen masterpiece playing on it. A scene that we’ll see in the first episode and in the last one, fulfilling a perfect circle that goes from the start of the story to the crucial moments of the Armageddon. David Tennant and Micheal Sheen are the absolute protagonists and they overshadow everyone and everything else in the show, which is still enjoyable when the two of them are not around but that has all its highest moments when the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley are on the screen: their “fr-enemies” relationship is the structure that keeps the fun going. They should consider each other enemies, as they “work” for different sides, but they can’t help to end up collaborating and exchanging favors, since they first meet each other in the Garden of Eden, in what will result to be a longlasting friendship that will fully reveal itself in the awful scenario of the end of the world. Heaven and Hell have been at apparent peace for centuries, but when Satan finally decides to send his son, the Antichrist,to Earth is the perfect excuse (for both sides) to enrage a new war and end their “unresolved questions” once and for all.

The whole story has an omniscient narrator, God, which is voiced by Frances McDormand. Although angels and heaven are usually considered as positive figures, in Good Omens they don’t impersonate any good at all: starting with the Archangel Gabriel, all the heavenly angels are presented almost as selfish and ruthless. The only really positive element from heaven is Aziraphale himself, which is incapable of even thinking about something evil. When it comes to Crowley, istead, we find a conflicted demon, a demon that likes to bring chaos but at the same time doesn’t agree with his party’s plan of the end of the world, and tries to join forces with Aziraphale to stop it.

And to stop the Armageddon they have to stop the Antichrist, or Adam, from joining forces with the four horsemen (or motorbike-men, considering that they ride motorbikes…) and deliver the end of the world. Through colourful adventures Adam finally awakes his Antichrist powers and start the process that should lead to the Armageddon, but there is one thing that will convince him to do otherwise: his friends, and the friendships that bonds all of them together. Adam is nor an angel nor a demon, he is something better: he is human, and as a human he has feelings that haven’t been influenced by hell or heaven interests. The end is a bit anti-climatic, as after we watch the four horseman (War, Famine, Pollution and Death) assemble during the previous episodes they are quickly killed from Adam’s friends in the first few minutes of the last episode. True friendship is the real winner of the series and through thick and thin everything that happens during the whole series has one and only solution: stick together with your close friends. Even in the end we can see this, when Aziraphale and Crowley save each other by swapping places and this way they escape their death penalty from their respective sides. They don’t have to choose a side anymore now.

Good Omens is an extravagant and colourful show, and it shows these traits from minute one until the very last second. The VFX choices, the characters design, the way some of them are pictured, the events that occur, and the humor: everything leaves its mark on the audience and keeps the fun alive with six cheerfulness-packed episodes. David Tennant and Micheal Sheen are the real stars, with the first one emerging among everyone else, due to the nature of his character and the Queen soundtrack that follows him everywhere he goes, with songs like Bohemian Rhapsody (as mentioned at the start), You’re My Best Friend, and Somebody To Love. Tennant once again proves his charisma and acting skills that always accompanied him in his performances.Supporting actors don’t really get many chances of development, then, with the only exception of Gabriel/Jon Hamm that stands just a little bit above all the others that at times appear as extras. The series has received some critics regarding the topic it deals with and has been targeted by thousands of Christians with a petition that asked for its cancellation. The accusation? It would make look satanism as light, normal and acceptable. I only assume that whoever started and signed the petition didn’t actually watch the series. Good Omens is all but a satanism celebration indeed: the way the story and main characters develop is a celebration of good and the virtue of friendship. A friendship that overcomes any kind of boundaries that a different origin could have forced on Aziraphale and Crowley, a story which we should take example nowadays: we are all humans, and as such we should get over our differences and conflicts. Moreover, Satan’s son, the Antichrist himself, ends up disowning his father in favor of his human dad! This is another example of how sometimes judging something just by its cover it’s completely wrong. Apart from this, Good Omens is a series that definitely deserves to be watched, so if you’re looking to start a new series give it a chance. It won’t disappoint you.

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