Good Omens is a miniseries created by Neil Gaiman and it is based of the book with the same name written by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. The miniseries follows the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley, longtime friends who will try to stop the Antichrist from bringing Armageddon upon the world and ending it. The series stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Adria Arjona, Jack Whitehall, Sam Taylor Buck, Jon Hamm and Francis McDormand as the voice of God.
This show is fairly new, it came out at the end of May and it was talked about a lot on social media in June. I heard a lot about this show, I wasn’t really interested, I loved the manifested fan-art from this show. I saw a lot of people discussing it on Twitter but I never had the intention of watching it. Yesterday I decided to try my free trial on Amazon Prime Video so I can watch The Boys and next to it was Good Omens and I thought to myself, why not? So I clicked on the first episode, without watching the trailer and knowing the plot and I finished it in a day and I really enjoyed myself watching this show.
Good Omens is a very charming and witty show. It’s an easy watch, it’s only six episodes however that being said I wouldn’t say this is a must-watch. While it’s greatest asset is the great chemistry between Sheen and Tennant, everything other than that is good. It’s not bad by any means but it’s not special or something that will keep you talking or thinking about after you’ve watched it. It plays very much like a movie, the type of movie you’d catch on TV and watch it unexpectedly and have a good time with but forget about it after. I think the reason behind this is the fact that the show literally ends with nothing left to give to the audience. There is nothing left for the audience to think about because it ends answering every question and leaving nothing unchecked.
That being said, you must be thinking will I have fun while I am watching it? Yes! Other than the lead performances, Good Omens is a very funny show which will keep you entertained. It does sometimes take itself a bit seriously sometimes which doesn’t really work when the ending to the main story comes off a bit as anti-climatic. There is also a side-story with two secondary characters which makes no sense but it’s there and it wouldn’t have affected the story that much if it would’ve been taken out.
The reason Good Omens is as good as it is, is because of Michael Sheen and David Tennant as Aziraphale and Crowley. Their friendship is the best aspect of the story. Their is an episode dedicated to their history, literally since they’re immortal. They play off of each other so well. Aziraphale’s clean-cut, orderly and well-mannered’s character clashes with Crowley’s destructive, no-consequences and fun attitude in a humorous and entertaining way which never gets old. My other favourite performance is from Jon Hamm who is hilarious as the impatient Archangel Gabriel. Jon Whitehall and Adria Arjona are likable as their characters even though their characters aren’t at all intriguing.
In terms of flaws, this show doesn’t have many. I do think that even though it’s a miniseries, an episode could’ve been cut off, the story felt dragged. The visual effects were questionable at times. They should’ve gave it a higher budget considering it’s only a miniseries. There were times where I couldn’t take the show seriously because of the dated effects. Secondary characters aren’t all that interesting, it ends on a rather anti-climactic note, for me at least.
Overall, Good Omens is a charming, humorous and entertaining miniseries. While it isn’t necessarily a must-watch, I would suggest watching it if you are looking for something to entertain you for a couple of hours. What’s even better is that the show feels like a movie, with a low-budget at that. That being said, this show’s greatest special effect is the undeniable chemistry between Sheen and Tennant who give great performances and undoubtedly make the show worth giving a watch.