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Started by Tagyourit on Feb 6, 2019 7:23:10 PM
Good Omens

Anyone else looking forward to the adaption from Amazon & the BBC of Terry Pratchett's and Neil Gaiman's take on Armegeddon?

Hits our screens via Amazon Prime sometime this Spring and then BBC 6 months later.

The trailer looks brilliant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZSXlNRRoGU

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BenSawbridg - 06 Feb 2019 19:49:46 (#1 of 70)

I hope its good. Those two tend to be a bit hammy, where the beauty of the book is that, despite the jokes, it feels quite sincere.

Tadagee - 06 Feb 2019 19:52:25 (#2 of 70)

I'm excited. I love that book.

deadmanwalking23 - 06 Feb 2019 19:52:51 (#3 of 70)

There was a good radio version couple of years ago

Eligelis - 06 Feb 2019 19:53:13 (#4 of 70)

well, obviously I'm looking forward to it.

But that trailer (seen several times before) is deliberately emphasizing the star elements; which is probably a good strategy

But no real sign of Agnes Nutter, Newton, Sgt Shadwell, any of "them" (although Dog makes an appearance) or the four other horsemen of the Apocalypse in there; which I hope doesn't bode badly.

I want it to be good, but I also want it to be nice and accurate.

thisonehasalittlehat - 06 Feb 2019 19:56:47 (#5 of 70)

I've not read the book. I don't intend to watch the programme. I'm completely uninterested in anything to do with this.

So obviously I'm going to post on this thread quite often to indulge my sense of cultural superiority.

BenSawbridg - 06 Feb 2019 19:57:17 (#6 of 70)

Epic hattage there.

BenSawbridg - 06 Feb 2019 19:58:14 (#7 of 70)

Have you thought about changing username, hatters? I've got a few spares which I'm thinking about making available.

thisonehasalittlehat - 06 Feb 2019 19:59:58 (#8 of 70)

No I've never considered it.

BenSawbridg - 06 Feb 2019 20:02:17 (#9 of 70)

Suit yourself, old thing.

carterbrandon - 06 Feb 2019 21:03:48 (#10 of 70)

I'm more looking forward to His Dark Materials, not least because they've cast Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter, who is going to be SO much better than Nicole Kidman.

crabbyoldbat - 14 Mar 2019 17:54:39 (#11 of 70)

Of course I'm looking forward to it - it'd be mad not to!

Also His Dark Materials

Tagyourit - 25 Apr 2019 20:16:47 (#12 of 70)

The Chattering order of St Beryl have a song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Boz7rHYLj6s

Cordelia - 24 May 2019 13:36:17 (#13 of 70)

Great interview with Neil Gaiman, also only a week to go!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/24/neil-gaiman-interview-good-omens

YorenInTheNorth - 24 May 2019 18:24:34 (#14 of 70)

Oh, looks interesting.

Tagyourit - 01 Jun 2019 17:17:56 (#15 of 70)

Watched the first 2 episodes, bit dissapointed initially but episode 2 really picked up.

Natascha - 01 Jun 2019 17:29:16 (#16 of 70)

Very faithful recreation of the book, which is great for book fans but maybe not so good for people who don't have the book Easter Eggs to propel them along. Tennant and Sheen are marvellous.

Tagyourit - 01 Jun 2019 18:07:21 (#17 of 70)

Tennant and Sheen are marvellous.

Have to agree with that. They're great.

Watching Ep.3 at the moment, the first 20 minutes or so are brilliant.

Cordelia - 01 Jun 2019 18:19:59 (#18 of 70)

I got through one and two last night - loved it! And yes, Tennant and Sheen are completely ruling it so far - though John Hamm as a smug Gabriel is an inspired bit of casting!

Tomnoddy - 01 Jun 2019 18:25:11 (#19 of 70)

I'll wait until the Six Months Later one. Jeff Bezos can go whistle.

peacalmer - 02 Jun 2019 00:40:22 (#20 of 70)

I started watching the first episode last night, before heading off to bed. And ended up watching the entire run.

Tennant's never acted better than this IMO, and he adds layers of emotional depth to Crowley that are hinted at in the book, but never expanded on.

Sheen's Aziraphale is a much less complex character, but bang on true to the book - and the hammy lines are so much more defensible because of the relationship between him and Crowley.

Likewise, Shadwell, Newt and Agnes are brilliantly translated.

The Them aren't meant to be the focus of the book but they did get just the right amount of attention.

There are a couple of really small things that I'd have liked to see, that didn't make it in....

For instance, Crowley squeezing in a particularly evil deed while feeding the ducks (but then retracting it after Aziraphale protests), the bikers' ride-along with the Four Horsemen, the multitude of unsuccessful attempts on Aziraphale's bookshop...


But in the end, those fan nods weren't that important.

the only thing that did annoy me in the end was, the Queen soundtrack was downplayed far too much. It just comes across as if Crowley is simply the kind of guy who has just one mix tape in his car all the time, and he never changes it.

I expect there'll be a bit of controversy because of its departure from the book, but actually I think it's an inspired change. The book ending is almost a pastiche of the "Detente!" ending of a Bond film. That's rather dated, and too easy.

It makes more sense the archangels and archdemons would be either too egotistical or too fearful of their respective bosses' intolerance of failure, to not seek to punish Aziraphale and Crowley both for fraternization AND for sabotaging an Apocalypse 6000 years in the planning. And, there's a Deus Ex Machina on standby, delivered by Agnes, to help them get out of it.


Even if the Powers That Be do figure it out, the fucker's as Ineffable as it gets. So it ties the story up brilliantly.

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