Neil Gaiman posted the above today and the internet went wild, WILD I tell you. I wasn’t expecting it at all and after a few punsome exclaimations of surprise (“What the HELL?” “What in GOD’S NAME?”) I started wondering, what do I actually want from a season two? Well, honestly…
…what I want them to do is make the Aziraphale/Crowley “bromance” an actual romance, like everyone thinks it is. And it’s not because I’m a Shipper, I’ve been doing shipping totally and utterly wrong for literal decades at this point, I just feel like it would be a better story if what we were seeing here was romantic love. IE… not something that Amazon can point at and go “No, they’re just friends!” And because said Ship has been so important to and so rewarding for so many people… Why not just go ahead and do it?
Well, that’s my main thought anyway. The other thing that occurs to me is that season one contains a pretty intriguing sequel hook as it is… “Next time, I reckon it’ll be all of us against all of them.”
I say this comic was written by me, but what really happened was that I sent Naomi a rambling email about how much I was enjoying the Good Omens miniseries on Amazon. I’ve been a fan of the book ever since I was in high school, and I think Naomi owns literally a dozen copies of it. Every character in Good Omens is wonderful, but I have a special fondness for the idea of the serpent who, having fallen from grace, makes a garden of his own.
Since its release, Good Omens has joined the ranks of many other films and tv shows that have dared to question some of faith’s most sacred ideas. I myself am a Christian, and my faith is something very near and dear to me. So what does this person of faith think of this outrageous, ludicrous piece of media that supposedly makes a mockery of some of Christianity’s most central figures and ideas?
I absolutely loved it.
For those who haven’t read the book by Pratchett and Gaiman, Good Omens tells the story of an angel named Aziraphale and a demon named Crowley who are on earth shortly before the AntiChrist is to bring about the Apocalypse. There’s just one small problem. It seems the AntiChrist has been misplaced. When both Aziraphale and Crowley get cold feet, they set out to find the AntiChrist and…
In three days I bingewatched all of Good Omens, no small achievement surely. And on the whole I loved it! For all my qualms about the casting, everyone did a good job. I especially loved David Tennant’s Crowley, way more than I expected I would, he was bang on perfect. (And delightfully channelling Bill Nighy.)
I also loved Adria Arjona as Anathema, even though she could hardly be described as “not astonishingly beautiful” like the Anathema of the books.
I think my only real qualm is that people die in the show when they didn’t in the book. That sounds like a small thing to complain about, but once upon a time I read an interview in which (I think) Gaiman said that one thing Pratchett was very adamant about was that no humans in the book should ever die because of Adam’s existence. And in the show people do die because of Adam’s existence (“it ate our trade delegation” etc) so despite the whole adaptational enterprise being an excellent tribute to Terry that quite important point was just kinda… forgotten…? Of course, I read this interview long ago, for all I know it could actually have been Pratchett talking about Gaiman’s ideas, but I agree with whichever writer said it. Adam ultimately doesn’t choose any sort of death so no-one, even completely unseen random humans, should die because of him. You know?
In addition to all that, I wish the show had done what the book did and explained what happened to the third baby. I don’t like to think of babies dying, so when I read the little footnote in the book – “See? You were right about the babies” – I was delighted because the baby was after all not dead. It was like a nice little reward for those who like to read footnotes, which I do.
I really wish they’d found a way of working in this scene, which I think is my favourite:
“Well, nice try,” he said, in a completely different voice, “only it won’t be like that at all. Not really. “I mean, you’re right about the fire and war, all that. But that Rapture stuff well, if you could see them all in Heaven-serried ranks of them as far as the mind can follow and beyond, league after league of us, flaming swords, all that, well, what I’m trying to say is who has time to go round picking people out and popping them up in the air to sneer at the people dying of radiation sickness on the parched and burning earth below them? If that’s your idea of a morally acceptable time, I might add. “
(It’s Aziraphale speaking through an awful televangelist. Think of all the fun they could’ve had with that these days.)
Loved 99% of it and I hope someone adapts Johnny and the Dead next, because that’s my favorite of all Pratchett’s works.
Now I should probably reread the book, although every time I pick my copy up I’m struck by how the Aziraphale of the cover looks absolutely nothing like Aziraphale.