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Good Omens

"Hey," you say to me. "Didn't you say you were going to finish up the S13 clothing posts, and then do a bunch of other stuff? How come that hasn't happened yet?"

Oh, well... you see....

I'm currently writing a non-fandom short-story for a little local thing that my friends are doing, and it's due on Thursday, so a lot of my time has gone into that.

...and also...

GOOD OMENS

For those who don't know - Good Omens is six part miniseries that is an adaptation of a Neil Gaiman + Terry Prachett novel of the same name. It follows the unlikely partnership of an angel (Aziraphale) and a demon (Crowley) as they try to prevent Armageddon.

So, Good Omens aired on Amazon Prime, and then I promptly stole it, because I am but a poor person and I really hate how we're expected to have fifty-billion streaming sites now. And then I watched it.... and then I watched it again... and then I cut it into a 3 hour movie of just Aziraphale and Crowley's storyline (as I am wont to do.)

Needless to say, it's VERY GOOD. It has all the best bits that I remember from the book, and also a few little changes and additions that I think just make it even MORE awesome.

When the casting was announced eons ago, I have to admit that I was a little bit skeptical - I thought David Tennant might be really good for Crowley (in this case, for those still reading who aren't familiar with the book, it's pronounced CROW-ly, rather than SPN's CROWE-ly - also briefly 'Craw-ly' before he changes it. Also, for those who aren't aware, SPN's character was an homage to the Good Omens one, as Good Omens came out in 1990 and Kripke is huge fan).

I was a little skeptical about Michael Sheen, i think just because I haven't had the pleasure of seeing him in anything before, and also he didn't QUITE match up with how I pictured Aziraphale... and while it's true that he didn't play him quite like I imagined Aziraphale, I have to say that I think he might have...done it... better. :P

So, needless to say, I'm IMMENSELY PLEASED with the miniseries.

Also, they got permission from Brian May to include all the Queen songs!!!! It's so well done, and they're always chosen so well for the scene!

My only criticism is a minor-directorial one, in that there's a few blocking/character-position issues towards the end when things get a little bit epic and there's a lot of people in space to keep track of... but again, it's SO MINOR. Overall, the whole thing is near perfection.

Also, just in case you go wading into fandom - there's a lot of talk right now about when exactly Crowley and Aziraphale fall in love with each other. Most everyone agrees on Aziraphale realizing that he's in love in 1941, but the dominate thing to do is just assume that Crowley was in love from the jump. Personally, though, I think Aziraphale has been in love from the jump (Michael Sheen has been quoted as saying that he played Aziraphale as a being who couldn't do anything BUT love), but only realized/admitted it to himself it in 1941 (he then spends up until the present trying to deny it), and Crowley fell in love in Rome (41AD) and then only admitted it to himself when he ran into Aziraphale's burning bookshop. Aziraphale stopped denying it around the same time... possibly, actually, as soon as he realized God wasn't going to help him (once you don't have to worry about pleasing God, you can admit a lot of things to yourself).

And of course, there's a whole section of tumblr who thinks the show is queerbaiting because Crowley and Aziraphale never make-out or something - but I don't think they watched the same show, personally... or at least, need to have a lesson on metaphor comprehension. I do like the fact that the creators of the show have affirmed that Crowley and Aziraphale love each other, but being that they're an angel and a demon, they aren't actually sexual beings, so that love is expressed differently than it would be if they were humans.

And seriously, the way Michael Sheen delivers the line "You go to fast for me, Crowley" is just... perfection. As is the way David Tennant figured out the SAUNTER.



ANYWAY, go watch it, if you haven't. And then write me a bunch of fic, because I don't have time to do it myself!



This entry was originally posted at https://hells-half-acre.dreamwidth.org/579734.html.

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amberdreams
Jun. 9th, 2019 02:08 pm (UTC)
I'm only on episode 3 because me and the hubster are watching it together, which means I have to fit it in between his naps and his work and his running. But I'm totally loving it. Tennant and Sheen are perfect, and so's the Anti Christ and his cute little Hell Hound. I'm enjoying all the SPN tie ins!

It's so very Pratchetty, and I love how much these two characters love each other. In an epic, supernatural beings over thousands of years kind of way, which is just awesome.

Are people really banging on about queerbaiting? Really? FFS. I shouldn't be surprised - the internet is SO FULL OF STUPID. Why can't they just sit back and wallow in the fabulous humour and the fun. The show is a delight and should not be sullied with pettiness.
hells_half_acre
Jun. 9th, 2019 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you're enjoying it! I've seen that opening to episode 3 more times than the rest of the show! Hahaha, so good.

Yes, very Pratchetty - you can really tell that Gaiman made this out of love for his friend.

And yes, people are ridiculous. On the one hand, I KNOW it's just the type of people who absolutely refuse to enjoy anything unless the characters look directly at the camera say "I am gay/bi/queer" and then have kisses/sex on screen... because far be it that anything be subtle and/or represent an asexual type of love. But seriously, when you get to the end and see how they framed the endings (all but Adam's, because he's 11).... I mean, it's pretty blatant to me.
tabaqui
Jun. 9th, 2019 05:00 pm (UTC)
I totally agree, re: Aziraphale, Crowley, and how they express love. I thought it was fucking *perfect*, and yes - the SAUNTER.

I was less enchanted with their picks for the Them. They seemed rather lackluster and not like *friends*, at all. I dunno.
hells_half_acre
Jun. 9th, 2019 06:54 pm (UTC)
The SAUNTER - and I love the fact that Gaiman also found a way to keep the line "[Crowley] didn't fall, so much as sauntered vaguely downwards."

I thought the Them were great. Though, in truth, it's been a while since I read the books, and my memories of Them weren't as strong as my memories of Aziraphale and Crowley and Anathema.
tabaqui
Jun. 9th, 2019 06:58 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was hoping someone would say that line.

I think...the Them were very much a product of their time and Pratchett's own experiences, and just didn't really fit with the way they'd updated the rest of the story (cellphones and whatnot).

Eh, to each their own, it wasn't *bad*, just not really what I had looked for.

hells_half_acre
Jun. 9th, 2019 07:00 pm (UTC)
Fair enough!

I'm sure if I read the book again and refreshed my memory, there would be a little more that I'd be disappointed about. As it is, I'm still a little torn on Aziraphale. I love what Michael Sheen did, but I also miss the version in my head, even though he wouldn't have worked as well for the love story. I mean, if people missed the love-story with THIS Aziraphale, they definitely would have missed it with mine.
tabaqui
Jun. 9th, 2019 07:10 pm (UTC)
HA, no kidding. I thought they pulled off 'beings that don't have sex/probably don't have genitals but are madly, deeply, completely in a love that they are frantically denying until they can't anymore' PERFECTLY.
hells_half_acre
Jun. 9th, 2019 07:12 pm (UTC)
Agreed! :)
jennytork
Jun. 9th, 2019 11:26 pm (UTC)
The line you said about them not being sexual beings?

I FREAKING LOVE THAT!!!

Wish people would spend less time on sex, personally, and more time showing love in any and all other ways. The kindness factor alone would jump to warp speed.
hells_half_acre
Jun. 10th, 2019 01:05 am (UTC)
AGREED!!!

It's one of my main grips about fandom - and I mean, fair enough, given the amount of erotica that fandom produces... but there are more ways to express love than just sex. Actually, I'd have to say that the most meaningful expressions of love shown towards me by other people have not been sex at all - they've been gestures of caring, or they've been spontaneously exclamations of love or even just a certain type of smile or soft look. THOSE are the things that I keep in my memory banks filed under "my goodness, I am loved."

A lot of the time, love shown through sex is the love that gets lost - because you're so distracted by the sex part. Not to mention all the cultural baggage that goes with it. "Do they mean this? Or did they just want to have sex with me?" That's not a question you ask when someone makes you food when you're not feeling well - "Do they mean this, or do they just want to make me some soup?" Hahaha
jennytork
Jun. 13th, 2019 02:36 am (UTC)
I agree. Well said, thank you for this.
roxymissrose
Jun. 10th, 2019 08:57 pm (UTC)
It's so obvious that they're in love that even my daughter, who thinks I'm amusingly odd for shipping people, said they were obviously in love.

And of course, there's a whole section of tumblr who thinks the show is queerbaiting because Crowley and Aziraphale never make-out or something

Love doesn't always have to be a sexual thing. I think those people need to grow up a little.
hells_half_acre
Jun. 11th, 2019 01:44 am (UTC)
Agreed. I mean, they probably quite literally do... as I remember that time as a teenager/young-person where it felt like the thing to do to be "cool" was to find a way to criticize everything. So, they may in fact be desperately grasping at straws. Haha!

It's so much a love story that it's hard to miss, that's for sure. :)
missyjack
Jun. 11th, 2019 07:23 am (UTC)
I thought it was a delightful adaptation and I could watch Tennant and Sheen as those two all day long! idk if it was just me, or a deliberate thing but it felt very 1990s BBC aesthetic too me! - which i loved, but maybe thats down to a low VFX budget!

There's a good twitter thread here about the topic you raise re: sexualising characters vs queer baiting etc . tbh i dont think this will be solved until we are not fighting over crumbs and there's sufficient quantities of diverse representation on TV.

hells_half_acre
Jun. 11th, 2019 05:31 pm (UTC)
Agreed on all points!

Thanks for the link. :)
kailita
Jun. 13th, 2019 04:08 am (UTC)
I just finished reading Good Omens (for the first time!) in May! I knew it would be clever, but I didn't expect to be SO charmed by it. (And the influences on SPN! So many!) Really looking forward to checking out the Amazon series. I fell in love with David Tennant when I saw him play Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2008 - after which I dove headfirst into Doctor Who and became mildly obsessed. And WHO could be more perfect for Crowley?? Michelle just started the audio book, so I'm hoping she and I can watch it together once she's finished. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it! My hopes are high!
hells_half_acre
Jun. 13th, 2019 07:20 am (UTC)
Yay! I hope you enjoy the series as much as I did. I admit, that it's been a long time since I read the book - I probably last read it as a teenager, or at oldest, a university student, and my memory of its finer points is fuzzy. I know some people are a little disappointed by some of the smaller changes between the book and the screen (most changes are to update it from a 90s book to something that makes sense in 2019) and of course, you have to drop SOME details - like in the show, they never specifically say WHY everything Crowley listens to is Queen - but book readers know. There's only been one change from the book that I've seen that was a character-point that I'm like 'fair' because I think character points should hold greater weight when it comes to "things not to change" - BUT, I also think that they put that same character point in other aspects of the series... so, I'm not AS mad, and it's still a relatively minor detail.

I'm envious that you got to see David Tennant in Hamlet - I missed that one, but I hear he was amazing. Maybe I'll track down a copy, now that it has been brought back to my attention. Hamlet, quite cliche-edly, is my favourite of Shakespeare's tragedies.

I want to reread Good Omens now - I think my copy must be back with the things I still have at my mother's house, so I'll have to wait until next month when I'm back for a visit to try to track it down.
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