I really enjoy the mini-series “Good Omens“.
Currently I am watching the series with my son (available on Amazon Prime Video) and we only have the final episode left.
I read the book when it came out, and again a couple of times since then. It was written by one of my favourite authors, Terry Pratchett, and a then fairly new novelist, Neil Gaiman. Pratchett went on to write a huge number of great novels while Gaiman has turned into one of the best writers on the planet.
Good Omens as a mini-series is a work of love from Gaiman, trying to conserve the work of his lost friend and yet update it to stay relevant today. Previously Terry Jones had tried to get the story made, while Kevin Smith made his own version. There is so much that could have gone wrong in the process.
But it didn’t.
I don’t think I have watched a more faithful, yet relevant and adapted, version of any work before.
It is a story of an angel and a demon trying to prevent the end of the world. It’s the story of Antichrist and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. It’s the story of the evils of thoughtlessness, and the story of how nihilism is the end of all. And it’s the story of how everyone has a chance to make a change, and how love and heart can save the world.
The cast is great. David Tennant as the demon Crowley (he didn’t as much fall from Heaven, he sort of sauntered downwards) is perfect while Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale is different from what I imagined but adds much in his mannerisms.
It is as whimsical, heartfelt, funny and exciting as the book. We love it.