Thy Phantasy Has Imposed Upon Me

While the book version of Good Omens isn’t my favourite work of Gaiman’s (possibly unpopular take: it tries to do for theological fantasy what Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy did for science fiction, but it’s just not in the same league), and so overall I found the miniseries (which is pretty faithful to the book) to be, like the book, good but not great, nevertheless every scene with Tennant and Sheen is absolutely wonderfully fantastically great. Perfect casting.

Being vague to avoid spoilers but – at one point there’s a twist upon which, if you weren’t aware of it ahead of time, you’ll want to go back and rewatch Tennant’s and Sheen’s performances leading up to the twist and you’ll then notice, in their performances, exactly at what point the, um, well, again, spoilers, but it’s terrific.

Of course there are folks on the Christian Right who are petitioning Netflix to axe the show.

The fact that they think it’s on Netflix is evidence that they have not, in fact, watched it.


One Response to Thy Phantasy Has Imposed Upon Me

  1. Roderick June 21, 2019 at 12:13 pm #

    Further evidence they haven’t watched it: the petition complains that the show depicts “God as a tyrant and the Devil as being good.” Um, no; it depicts God as being ambiguous and mysterious, and the Devil as being utterly bad. Maybe they have it mixed up with “Lucifer,” another Gaiman-based tv series (in that one the Devil is good, more or less, while God remains ambiguous and mysterious).

    Certainly “Good Omens” has a demon who’s sympathetic, but Satan is definitely not.

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