History Literature / GoodOmens

21st Jan '17 4:01:46 AM Randallw201238
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Amazon has greenlit a [[http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/19/14323060/amazon-neil-gaiman-terry-pratchett-good-omens miniseries]] to be written by Gaiman (with Pratchett's blessing)
5th Dec '16 6:45:15 AM Andyroid
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->''Kids! Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Do not attempt it in your own home]].''

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->''Kids! ->''CAVEAT: Bringing about Armageddon can be dangerous. [[DoNotTryThisAtHome Do not attempt it in your own home]].''



** In a footnote, it is mentioned that one of four things published in a trashy tabloid is actually true, including the fact that Elvis works at a burger joint. A little while later, Famine visits a restaurant and there's a man flipping burgers... with a cowlick... singing Hound Dog. You do the math. Further reinforced by Death later saying he never touched the guy.



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** There's another not quite as important to the plot; in a footnote, it is mentioned that one of four things published in a trashy tabloid is actually true, including the fact that Elvis works at a burger joint. A little while later, Famine visits a restaurant and there's a man flipping burgers... with a cowlick... singing Hound Dog. You do the math. Further reinforced by Death later saying he never touched the guy.



* ChekhovsSkill: Well, ''lack'' of skill is more like it, but [[spoiler: Newton's utter ineptitude with technology is put to good use at a crucial moment when he realizes that he can destroy the computer in the base by trying to fix it.]]

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* ChekhovsSkill: Well, ''lack'' of skill is more like it, but [[spoiler: Newton's utter ineptitude with technology is put to good use at a crucial moment when he Anathema realizes that he can destroy the computer in the base by trying to fix it.]]



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%%* CoolOldLady:* CoolOldLady: Madame Tracey is barely phased by [[spoiler: being temporarily possessed by Aziraphale]], and is all too willing to help out in whatever way she can in the face of Armageddon.
18th Sep '16 5:47:17 AM Veanne
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** Crowley's big inspiring concept of spreading a relatively small amount of mischief as wide as he can, so ''everyone'' gets a splash, is a shout-out to C.S. Lewis's creation, the teaching demon Screwtape, who advocated ''exactly'' this as the human race got ever-larger, while there were only the same number of demons to deal with them. A lot of Crowley's modus operandum looks like he's read and learnt from ''The Screwtape Letters''.

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** Crowley's big inspiring concept of spreading a relatively small amount of mischief as wide as he can, so ''everyone'' gets a splash, is a shout-out to C.S. Lewis's creation, the teaching demon Screwtape, who advocated ''exactly'' this as the human race got ever-larger, while there were only the same number of demons to deal with them. A lot of Crowley's modus operandum operandi looks like he's read and learnt from ''The Screwtape Letters''.
11th Sep '16 6:17:23 PM PaulA
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: When was the last time you saw an in-car entertainment system with a tape deck, or an answering machine that stored its messages on tape, for that matter? As for Cellnet, BT sold it off and it changed its name to O2 years ago.
11th Sep '16 6:14:55 PM PaulA
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** After the baby swap at the beginning, the narrator notes that it would be nice to think that the spare baby, instead of being ruthlessly disposed of, was adopted out and led an ordinary life somewhere with an ordinary sort of hobby like "restoring vintage bicycles, perhaps, or breeding tropical fish". Much, much later [[spoiler:it's mentioned in passing[[note]][[BetterThanABareBulb and lampshaded in the footnotes]][[/note]] that Greasy Johnson, the leader of Tadfield's other kid gang, is secretly devoted to his prize-winning collection of tropical fish]].

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** After the baby swap at the beginning, the narrator notes that it would be nice to think that the spare baby, instead of being ruthlessly disposed of, was adopted out and led an ordinary life somewhere with an ordinary sort of hobby like "restoring vintage bicycles, perhaps, or breeding tropical fish". Much, much later [[spoiler:it's mentioned in passing[[note]][[BetterThanABareBulb and passing[[note]]and lampshaded in the footnotes]][[/note]] footnotes[[/note]] that Greasy Johnson, the leader of Tadfield's other kid gang, is secretly devoted to his prize-winning collection of tropical fish]].



* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the exception of [[spoiler:Adam]], possibly, maybe. Then again the Ineffable plan is Ineffable so maybe not...

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* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the possible exception of [[spoiler:Adam]], possibly, maybe. Then again the Ineffable plan is Ineffable so maybe not...[[spoiler:Adam]].



* TwoDecadesBehind: Seems to be a common failing of those of Angelic stock (which naturally includes demons too). Crawly scorns Ligur and Hastur for being stuck in a mindset that's several centuries out of date and not moving with the times. Aziraphale has just about managed to accept that the 20th century is happening, but he's stuck in the 40s-50s when the story is set in the 90s. The one exception is Crawly who embraces the latest technologies and lives in an apartment that looks like a showroom for an ultra-modern apartment complex. Admittedly he drives a horribly out of date car, but only because it's just so damn stylish
11th Sep '16 3:24:08 PM passivesmoking
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* TwoDecadesBehind: Seems to be a common failing of those of Angelic stock (which naturally includes demons too). Crawly scorns Ligur and Hastur for being stuck in a mindset that's several centuries out of date and not moving with the times. Aziraphale has just about managed to accept that the 20th century is happening, but he's stuck in the 40s-50s when the story is set in the 90s. The one exception is Crawly who embraces the latest technologies and lives in an apartment that looks like a showroom for an ultra-modern apartment complex. Admittedly he drives a horribly out of date car, but only because it's just so damn stylish
11th Sep '16 3:19:02 PM passivesmoking
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* TechnologyMarchesOn: When was the last time you saw an in-car entertainment system with a tape deck, or an answering machine that stored its messages on tape, for that matter? As for Cellnet, BT sold it off and it changed its name to O2 years ago.
11th Sep '16 3:12:33 PM passivesmoking
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** The RunningGag about every cassette tape of music in a car turning into a Queen compilation is a subtle dig at the quality of music tapes sold at service stations at the time. The only reason you'd have for buying most of them was if you couldn't get your hands on a blank tape. The Queen tape would be the only tape in the service station that didn't utterly suck, so every car of the period tended to have a Queen tape or two in the centre console.
11th Sep '16 2:25:04 PM passivesmoking
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* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the exception of [[spoiler:Adam]].

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* CosmicPlaything: ''Everybody''. With the exception of [[spoiler:Adam]].[[spoiler:Adam]], possibly, maybe. Then again the Ineffable plan is Ineffable so maybe not...
19th Aug '16 10:47:16 AM Wordpainter
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** After the baby swap at the beginning, the narrator notes that it would be nice to think that the spare baby, instead of being ruthlessly disposed of, was adopted out and led an ordinary life somewhere with an ordinary sort of hobby like "restoring vintage bicycles, perhaps, or breeding tropical fish". Much, much later [[spoiler:it's mentioned in passing that Greasy Johnson, the leader of Tadfield's other kid gang, is secretly devoted to his prize-winning collection of tropical fish]].

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** After the baby swap at the beginning, the narrator notes that it would be nice to think that the spare baby, instead of being ruthlessly disposed of, was adopted out and led an ordinary life somewhere with an ordinary sort of hobby like "restoring vintage bicycles, perhaps, or breeding tropical fish". Much, much later [[spoiler:it's mentioned in passing passing[[note]][[BetterThanABareBulb and lampshaded in the footnotes]][[/note]] that Greasy Johnson, the leader of Tadfield's other kid gang, is secretly devoted to his prize-winning collection of tropical fish]].
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