TV Review: Good Omens

I watched this series for the second time this last weekend. I had made use of the month-long free trial of Amazon Prime that Amazon are always trying to push on you when you buy stuff from them, and so there was just enough time for a rewatch before my free month was up!

Good Omens on Amazon Prime
A much better reason to try Amazon Prime than free one-day delivery!

Earlier this year, having heard that this TV adaptation would be coming out, I read Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens novel for the first time. Geth has owned a copy since before we met, but despite being a fan of both Pratchett and Gaiman’s work, I’d never got round to reading it until this year. The story, in which a demon and angel team up to stop their respective realms from unleashing a world-ending war via an eleven-year-old Antichrist, was an enjoyable and funny read and I’m glad I was able to read it so close to seeing the TV adaptation.

Although I loved the book, though, the TV series blew it out of the water – largely due to the spectacular cast, with a plethora of recognisable faces from both sides of the pond. The show belongs to David Tennant and Michael Sheen’s stunning double act as Crowley and Aziraphale, but there were so many other performances I loved – Jon Hamm’s hilariously arrogant and ignorant Angel Gabriel, Bill Paterson’s irritable neighbourhood watchman, and Miranda Richardson’s dotty courtesan-slash-spirit-medium were favourites, but it’s tough to choose. I’m not a fan of Jack Whitehall’s stand-up but I really liked him as Newton Pulsifer, to my surprise!

Also, the cameos! I loved David Morrissey as the cruise ship captain who picks up the inhabitants of the lost city of Atlantis, and it was brilliant when Benedict Cumberbatch showed up as the voice of Satan – not to mention when all three of the League of Gentlemen appeared in the already-infamously-long cold open in episode three (would it be insulting to point out that Mark Gatiss makes a wonderful Nazi?) – but my personal favourite was current Doctor Who Sontaran go-to Dan Starkey, whose character passes by purely to tell Aziraphale, ‘You’re better off without him,’ after the latter has yet another shouting match with his demonic best friend.

The story was really faithful to the original novel as well. From what I’ve read, this was partly because Gaiman was adapting it because Pratchett had asked him to do so before he passed away a few years ago, and so it was important to stick to the original story. There were only two major changes I noticed – first, in the book, the supernatural Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are followed around by a group of four human bikers who decide that they are going to be sort-of assistant Horsemen. These characters don’t appear in the adaptation, presumably because there just wasn’t room. Secondly, there was a whole extra sequence in the last episode that was new to the story, where Crowley and Aziraphale are taken away and put on trial by their respective authorities. It was a good addition and fulfilled its objective, which was to ensure that viewers who had read the book would be able to enjoy a twist that was new to them.

As I mentioned above, it’s the two central characters that really drive the story in the adaptation. This really is down to Tennant and Sheen’s wonderful performances and chemistry as actors – I enjoyed their friendship in the book version, but after watching the TV version, I’m really invested in their story and would love to see another series. I’d even be willing to pay for Amazon Prime next time!

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to the BluRay release so I can watch this yet again.

July sunshine

I’ve had a good, productive day today – lots of day job work finished, lots of admin done, another dance class ticked off (I’m already getting the hang of it again better than I was last week). Also, the in-laws have been here sorting out our garden, and I’m really excited for it to be finished tomorrow!

Geth is out boardgaming this evening, but once he gets back we’re going to finish off our Good Omens rewatch.

Looking forward to a similar day tomorrow.

Newly treated decking
Not an OOTD: another Monday spent in workout gear, another Monday where I didn’t remember to take a photo of it before showering and changing back into my pyjamas! Instead, here’s our garden, with the decking looking all clean and treated. On the fence there’s a bonus sighting of two of the enormously fat pigeons who hang around our garden (next door’s cat isn’t much of a hunter, probably because of the constant racket he makes miaowing all the time).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – The Mountain
Aerds – Deadline
Duran Duran – Do You Believe In Shame?
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Duran Duran – (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
Loreen – Euphoria
Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]
Duran Duran – The Edge Of America
Duran Duran – (I’m Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Sia – Chandelier
Lauv and Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies

Button mashing

I’ve had almost a whole day playing videogames today. I’ve not had one of those in years! It’s been a great weekend and I feel a lot better than I did on Friday. Geth and I are now rewatching Good Omens before my free trial of Amazon Prime expires later this week.

Geth’s dad and stepmum Keith and Helen are arriving to do some more gardening for us tomorrow! I will post some pictures once it’s done.

OOTD 30th June 2019
OOTD: finally starting to feel slightly summery now. Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), Duran Duran t-shirt Amplified (2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Squeeze – Up The Junction
Duran Duran – The Seventh Stranger
David Arnold – Good Omens Theme

Under a blanket

My cold has got worse. Urgh.

I just about made it to Slimming World this morning (not without incident), and have managed to lose three pounds this last week, which is not bad considering I was away at the weekend. Geth has gone off on a business trip, so I should have a fairly quiet time of it for the next wee while and hopefully lose the last bit that will get me back into target range. I’ve been trying for months now!

I did also manage to do some work for a client, but other than that I’ve just spent today napping (complete with fever dreams – fun!) on the sofa. I also finished watching the Good Omens TV adaptation, which has been absolutely brilliant and everything I wanted after reading the book. I really, really recommend it if you’ve not seen it already, and will do a more in-depth review in the next few days.

I’ve got two days left to get complete and total rest in the hope that I will be able to do the Blaydon Race on Sunday without collapsing at the side of the road. Here’s hoping.

OOTD 6th June 2019
OOTD: can’t manage more than a sofa selfie today due to feeling sick whenever I stand up! Back To The Future jacket All We Do (2019), vest top Primark (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

The Midnight and Nikki Flores – Jason
Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies
Calvin Harris and Rag ‘N’ Bone Man – Giant
Duran Duran – I Don’t Want Your Love
Duran Duran – Faster Than Light
Buddy Holly – Raining In My Heart