Good Omens review

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“Good Omens” is an Amazon Prime original series based off the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Sir Terry Pratchett. The television show is amazing, and it stays true to the book thanks to Gaiman’s role on the production team. The show depicts the relationship between Aziraphale the angel (Michael Sheen) and Crowley the demon (David Tennant) as they find the Antichrist and stop a war between Heaven and Hell.

It is no secret that many people see Aziraphale and Crowley as romantic partners. Several times the leads have claimed the two are a couple in interviews. These claims are supported by Gaiman, who has confirmed this on social media and made reference to this in the show itself.

The romantic subplot is a stunning example of visual storytelling. The subtle gestures, music, and the way they interact keeps the romance alive and the audience guessing even as the story stretches on for six thousand years, and unlike most romances, the plot does not rely on the overused “will they, won’t they” cliche that so many romances are built on.

The show ignores gender, as Pollution, a Horseperson of the Apocalypse played by Lourdes Faberes, uses they/them pronouns when the book used masculine pronouns. Lord Beelzebub, played by actress Anna Maxwell Martin, uses masculine pronouns. In several scenes, Crowley presents as female, and Gaiman has confirmed that the angels and demons do not follow the gender binary.

There is much more I could say about “Good Omens,” but the show is better experienced rather than explained. It is an excellent show that subverts expectations, and everyone should watch it.

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