The wait is nearly over for those of us who have been patiently counting the days until the premiere of Good Omens on Friday, May 31 on Amazon Prime. For those of us that fell in love with the book (by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, published in 1990), the wait has been particularly exasperating. In an effort to pass the time until we can see it all played out on our television screens, a few Nerds and Beyond writers, along with known Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman fan Kim Rhodes have compiled a list of scenes we are most looking forward to watching. Fair warning, there are book spoilers ahead!
My favorite moment in the book is when young Jamie Hernez sits in a tree as it begins to audibly grow. He laughs and laughs and laughs. To me, it is a testament to how human love and joy can always be found, even during Armageddon. I’m excited to see how each of the Horsemen are introduced, Famine being a personal favorite. The Naming of Dog as his eye drops from the peephole and his ear pops inside out is deep in my heart. Crowley watering his plants I love. Oh! And the paintball fight. Can’t wait to see Adam and Anathema have a conversation and I do hope I see at Agnes at the stake.
This has been one of my favorite books for so long, I have trouble just picking a certain scene or thing that I love about it.
As a joint effort of two inspiring, funny and imaginative authors, Good Omens is such a joy to read and will undoubtedly be a joy to watch. The things I love about Gaiman’s writing style are his humor and the way he creates characters, whereas Pratchett always managed to challenge my own imagination and inspire me with his writings. Combining these two styles into one is what makes Good Omens a book I can read over and over again without being bored. I can’t wait to see how this dynamic between authors translates to the screen and of course how the main relationship of two “people” trying to work together, even though they come from completely different environments – quite literally the opposites will be brought to life.
I remember when the cast was first announced I was ecstatic because they chose David Tennant to play Crowley and Michael Sheen as Aziraphale, both of which are excellent choices (I say this only having seen the trailer and teasers, but I have a lot of faith in them). So for the show I’m mostly looking forward to seeing their dynamic unfold and how they will bring their own personal notes to the characters.
This has been one of my favorite books since I discovered it in college, and am very excited to see how they interpreted it for this series, but here are a few moments that I would love to see:
First things first, obviously Crowley and Aziraphale and their very special…. um…. relationship. I loved their discussions on right and wrong, good and evil, and the “ineffability” of the divine plan, but also I am very excited to see Aziraphale try to be the birthday party magician for Warlock and fail spectacularly. Maybe I also just want to see Michael Sheen talk about his “very bad hat.”
The Chattering Order of St Beryl: I love Sister Mary Loquacious and her journey of self discovery/becoming Mary Hodges. Maybe it’s just because of where I’m at personally in my own life right now, but I take strength from Sister Mary recovering from the loss of her order (after they fulfilled their purpose) and channeling that into finding inner strengths and talents that she never knew she had. And then using those to become a boss ass bitch! Plus, very excited about that corporate “paintball fight.”
The naming of Dog. I want to see that ferocious beast turn into a lovely “pedigree mutt.” And hear the “pop” when his ear turns inside out.
I love Sergeant Shadwell and Madame Tracy and I’m excited to see that dynamic. Also very excited to see how Newton Pulsifer reacts to Madame Tracy and all of her illicit “side businesses”.
The Four Bikers of the Apocalypse! Specifically when they decide to name themselves. I won’t spoil the names here but they are some real gems.
I am also hoping/curious to see if and how they incorporate the footnotes. Those include some of the funniest jokes from the book and it would be brilliant to see them incorporated into the narrative as cut scenes, voice over narration, or background “easter eggs,” etc.
I absolutely cannot wait to see this book come to life on the screen, if only for all the folks I know that I cannot convince to pick up a book to save their lives, and will now get to experience the witty brilliance of this book. Good Omens is so particularly delightful, it’s like each chapter was something scrumptious and I absolutely devoured it.
There are a few scenes I’m looking forward to seeing played out. Frankly, anything involving Crowley and his Bentley I’m positively twitterpated about (particularly because I think David Tennant is going to make a spectacular demon). I’m so excited to see everything about Agnes Nutter – especially one rather explosive scene, if you catch my meaning. I’ve always had a really interesting picture of her in my mind, and I’m interested to see how that translates on screen. And because I’m nothing if not a sucker for romance, I’m excited to see Shadwell and Madame Tracey’s interactions.
Mostly, I’m more than a little jazzed to watch Crowley and Aziraphale interact – their little asides, and how they orbit one another, despite their best of intentions. They’re my version of The Odd Couple and I know it will live up to my expectations.
Have you read Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch? What are you most excited to see? Let us know in the comments below!
You can catch the Good Omens six episode mini-series on Amazon Prime on May 31.