It’s a late Wednesday night and I had absolutely zero things to do. There wasn’t anything good on TV, I watched pretty much all the cooking videos Youtube could possibly hold, and I had nothing to read, write, or draw. Completely stumped. And that’s when I stumbled upon Good Omens, which lead to basically binging the series in a three nights.
For those who don’t know, Good Omens is the story of an angel and a demon who have known eachother throughout the entire existence of the world and are faced with the end of the world approaching. They both set out to uncover the Antichrist and try to figure out how to stop him so that the apocalypse doesn’t start and thus bring doom upon the world. The whole time though, they have to find out WHO is the Antichrist is, and all while dealing with prideful, arrogant, and deceiving angels and demons who just want to fight eachother. Chaos ensues.
Growing up, I had always thought that the book of Revelations, the End Times was interesting, however, there was so much debate going on between Calvinists with fancy words like predestination, Elect, and all those other things that I just began to question and lose so much interest into HOW it happened. It was still an interesting concept to me, but there was so much debate, it became unsettling just how much conflict there was about the topic.
So, as you’d imagine, once Good Omens came out, everyone was talking about it. The fundamentalists were screaming, others were ranting and raving about it. Mixed reviews were coming out about it (and I read ALL the reviews), and I finally determined that I was going to go into the miniseries with an open-mind and brush aside any debate I had seen/grown up with.
That was probably the best decision I had made regarding watching a series. Finding out about Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s motivation and cooperation together to create this, how Gaiman wanted to dedicate this series to Prattchet after he died; it was truly amazing to see all of this love conveyed into a single show. Not to mention the friendship between Aziraphale and Crowley and (from my takeaway) the lesson of how we don’t truly know God’s plans for the future…it was so good to see this displayed after listening to debates and sermons about how others think it will happen. This also got people rolling because it was a story of free will, and that even if God is watching us and knows what we think, how we’ll do things, and what we’ll happen, we’re still allowed to have free will, even to do wrong. To summarize, basically this whole story was a refreshing breath of air.
I especially came to sympathize with Aziraphale, the angel who also was a rare book dealer for a small bookshop in Soho. He was determined to stay kind and be full of love (or as he puts it, “soft”) despite the bullies of angels who commanded him to do as THEY thought (under the guise that God was using THEM as a voice). The angels were not representing God at all, but were only wanting to fight hell and just get their justice, even despite WORKING with them. Yet through all the frustration, hurt, and pain Aziraphale went through, he stayed kind, bold, and loving towards people. I came to sympathize with him rather quickly, because even through my experiences, whether it was being turned out, ignored, or whatnot, I also wanted to stay kind.
All in all, I am very impressed with the story. I’m so impressed with it that I’m going to eventually pick up the book. It was truly a wonderful satirical plot, and I thoroughly enjoyed everything about it. Those who stay open-minded will also enjoy it too.