Good Omens |OT| It's a hell of a day to be good

FaceHugger

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Oct 27, 2017
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I've only watched episode 1 so far, but as one who's read the book, and absolutely loved it, I can see what you mean. It definitely seems like a love letter to those who've read it, at the risk of alienating those who have not.
I think it just has a whole lot of exposition, which TV viewers aren't always used to. But as a person who read the book at least three times, maybe I'm not seeing the flaws.
 

ncsuDuncan

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Oct 10, 2018
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Good:
- The casting is excellent. Tennant and Sheen are wonderful.
- They got Queen for the soundtrack!
- Lots of neat easter eggs. Great intro animation too.
- The series very closely follows the events of the book.

Bad:
- Some of the cast aren't really put to good use. Jon Hamm is a fantastic comedic actor but his Gabriel is pretty bland and one-note.
- They don't really explain the Queen joke very well, in fact a lot of the humor seems to be rushed and doesn't land well.
- It seems to lean heavily on "look how silly this is" as the main source of comedy.

The book was a cleverly-written story with hilarious descriptions, prophecies, and footnotes scattered throughout a silly plot. The series faithfully recreates the silly plot for the screen, but a large portion of the novel's humor didn't survive the translation to a visual medium. God-as-narrator attempts to carry some of the witty commentary over, but it's not very effective. The show just seems to do a lot of hand-waving, "Trust us, this is all very clever but we've no time to waste - there's more plot to cover!" Many of the punchlines are there, but the joke setups just got lost in the mad dash to check all of the fan service boxes before the credits roll.

If you want to spend 6 hours watching a new book adaptation then I'd suggest Catch-22 on Hulu instead.
 

Ignatz Mouse

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Oct 27, 2017
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Never read the books, but watching with some people who loved them.

It feels a bit like it’s made for the people who read the books? Despite the constant narration I’m barely picking up any sort of thread, it just seems like a chance to act out some scenes that fans of the book with enjoy?

Probably talking shite, but yeah, not for me. It very much feels like it’s just showing off Sheen and Tennant’s chemistry, which whilst obviously is good, I just personally don’t find it funny.

It's definitely the narrative style of "a bunch of threads that all converge with antics" so it builds up as it goes.

I wasn't really feeling the first episode even though I loved the book way back when. But it snowballed effectively for me.

My one complaint would be with the directing. Some excellent casting but not giving the characters the "oomph" they need. Michael McKean, normally excellent, is just wasted. But Jon Hamm is excellent.
 

DJ_Lae

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Oct 27, 2017
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I'm only two episodes in but I'm really enjoying it so far, and I've never read the book.

The tone does it for me.
 

storaføtter

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Oct 26, 2017
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Finished the show. Was pretty decent but kinda forgettable outside the amazing duo performance. David Tenant was incredible. Personally couldn’t care for the other characters,. The kids were alright.

It is refreshing to have shows at this caliber with high production values and non serious tone. Too many gritty shows that themselves too serious these days. The banter between the leads was entertaining.
 

Runner

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Nov 1, 2017
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pet peeve: people who call Good Omens "based on a Neil Gaiman book" or similar, leaving Terry out entirely
 

Axisofweevils

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Oct 25, 2017
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Amazon offered me £5 to watch something on prime, so I started watched one episode of this and ended up watching all six. Amazing stuff. I had read the book but it was years ago...
 

amoy

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Oct 28, 2017
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Went in mostly blind after seeing who would play the main characters. (10th Doc hell yeah!)
Was pleasantly surprised seeing Neil and Dave names popup (enjoyed Mirrormask a lot too), ended watching all 6 episodes while staying at a hotel.

It's pretty good. Loved the random shenanigans of the duo popping up through history.
 

Kasai

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Jan 24, 2018
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Holy shit that was amazing.

I haven't read the book, but I started watching this a few days ago and just watched the last 3 episodes in a row, it was that good.

I just was amazed how it all tied together through just random happenstance and just people being people.
 
Oct 26, 2017
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Wife loved it but it went over my head. Can’t even tell you why as I usually gravitate to this kind of dry circumstantial humor.

Tennant is the closest in this to The Doctor that he’s been since he left. And that includes the 50th special.
Don’t get that at all. Dude is blatantly doing a Bill Nigh.
 

RestEerie

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Aug 20, 2018
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as someone that read the OG novel, i don't know why but i am kinda disappointed by the ending. Did they ran out of money or something?
 

Lucreto

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Oct 25, 2017
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Just finished the series. I loved it, but my only disappointment was Death.

I haven't read the book but I read somewhere the round world and the Discworld shared Death. I was expecting the wit of Pratchett's Death.
 

RetroMG

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Oct 25, 2017
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Just finished the series. I loved it, but my only disappointment was Death.

I haven't read the book but I read somewhere the round world and the Discworld shared Death. I was expecting the wit of Pratchett's Death.
I think he's a bit funnier in the book, IIRC. The line about not thinking of it as dying, but thinking of it as leaving early to avoid the rush is him in the book, but I think it's narration in the show. There's also a funny running joke about Elvis that is pretty much completely taken out of the show. I'll spoiler-tag it just in case anyone who hasn't read the book cares.

It's kind of a subtle running joke. Early on, (I think during one of the first sections about War) the book talks about stories written in a tabloid, including things like Jesus appearing on a child's lunchbox, and Elvis being alive and working at a burger restaurant in Iowa. It goes on to note that one of the stories it has mentioned is absolutely true. Later, Famine is examining a burger restaurant in Iowa, and the fry cook in the back is singing "Hound Dog" to himself.
Where this comes around to Death is when the Four Horsemen gather at the bar. Famine, War and Pollution arrive and are waiting for Death. A bunch of bikers are gathered around a trivia game and the player is doing great at it. Then a question comes up about when Elvis died. The player doesn't answer. The other bikers start telling him the answer and ask him why he's not hitting it.
The player, who is suddenly revealed to be Death, responds, "I DON'T CARE, I NEVER TOOK HIM."
 

Raggie

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Oct 16, 2018
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I still have a few episodes left, but man I love this show! It's my favorite series of the year.
 

Dalek

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Oct 25, 2017
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I can’t believe this thread is so barren. This show is to notch and some of the scenes/people are right how I imagined them when reading the book.