History Literature / GoodOmens

15th Jun '17 6:46:30 PM PaulA
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* JesusTaboo: The book plays with every single Evangelical Christian trope and belief about the End of Days, with the notable exception that {{Jesus}} never makes an appearance (despite Literature/TheBookOfRevelation being all about his SecondComing!) [[DevilButNoGod Even Lucifer and Beelzebub appear in person]], but no sign of Christ. Perhaps Gaiman and Pratchett didn't want to push their luck poking fun of Christianity ''that'' far. Or perhaps "the Metatron" is He in another guise. Or maybe [[spoiler: since the Apocalypse was averted, He didn't need to show up after all]].[[note]] The Rosicrucian school of Christian mysticism, however, enshrines an older school of thought: that the energy known as the Metatron is the "bridge" between the human and the divine, God made flesh and directly experiencing what it is to be human. An opinion in theology holds that while the Second Person of God nipped out of the office to spend thirty-three years on Earth, the Metatron was the incarnation of the divinity that Jesus largely left behind in Heaven whilst incarnating as human - effectively keeping the throne warm. The concepts of Metatron and Jesus Christ are very closely linked and can be seen as overlapping a lot.[[/note]]. He does warrant some mention, though -- when the Hell's Angels realize who the other bikers in the bar [[TheFourHorsemen really are]], one exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" and another speculates that He's probably looking for someplace to park His bike.

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* JesusTaboo: The book plays with every single Evangelical Christian trope and belief about the End of Days, with the notable exception that {{Jesus}} UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} never makes an appearance (despite Literature/TheBookOfRevelation being all about his SecondComing!) [[DevilButNoGod Even Lucifer and Beelzebub appear in person]], but no sign of Christ. Perhaps Gaiman and Pratchett didn't want to push their luck poking fun of Christianity ''that'' far. Or perhaps "the Metatron" is He in another guise. Or maybe [[spoiler: since the Apocalypse was averted, He didn't need to show up after all]].[[note]] The Rosicrucian school of Christian mysticism, however, enshrines an older school of thought: that the energy known as the Metatron is the "bridge" between the human and the divine, God made flesh and directly experiencing what it is to be human. An opinion in theology holds that while the Second Person of God nipped out of the office to spend thirty-three years on Earth, the Metatron was the incarnation of the divinity that Jesus largely left behind in Heaven whilst incarnating as human - effectively keeping the throne warm. The concepts of Metatron and Jesus Christ are very closely linked and can be seen as overlapping a lot.[[/note]]. He does warrant some mention, though -- when the Hell's Angels realize who the other bikers in the bar [[TheFourHorsemen really are]], one exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" and another speculates that He's probably looking for someplace to park His bike.
15th Jun '17 6:45:57 PM PaulA
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* GeniusBonus: The nature of the Metatron in Christian mysticism and theology. [[JesusChrist And what it represents]]. Although ViewersAreGeniuses applies here as this is fairly obscure theology. But not accidental at all. Not here.
15th Jun '17 7:39:46 AM AgProv
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* GeniusBonus: The nature of the Metatron in Christian mysticism and theology. [[JesusChrist And what it represents]]. Although ViewersAreGeniuses applies here as this is fairly obscure theology. But not accidental at all. Not here.



* JesusTaboo: The book plays with every single Evangelical Christian trope and belief about the End of Days, with the notable exception that {{Jesus}} never makes an appearance (despite Literature/TheBookOfRevelation being all about his SecondComing!) [[DevilButNoGod Even Lucifer and Beelzebub appear in person]], but no sign of Christ. Perhaps Gaiman and Pratchett didn't want to push their luck poking fun of Christianity ''that'' far. Or perhaps "the Metatron" is He in another guise. Or maybe [[spoiler: since the Apocalypse was averted, He didn't need to show up after all]]. He does warrant some mention, though -- when the Hell's Angels realize who the other bikers in the bar [[TheFourHorsemen really are]], one exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" and another speculates that He's probably looking for someplace to park His bike.

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* JesusTaboo: The book plays with every single Evangelical Christian trope and belief about the End of Days, with the notable exception that {{Jesus}} never makes an appearance (despite Literature/TheBookOfRevelation being all about his SecondComing!) [[DevilButNoGod Even Lucifer and Beelzebub appear in person]], but no sign of Christ. Perhaps Gaiman and Pratchett didn't want to push their luck poking fun of Christianity ''that'' far. Or perhaps "the Metatron" is He in another guise. Or maybe [[spoiler: since the Apocalypse was averted, He didn't need to show up after all]]. [[note]] The Rosicrucian school of Christian mysticism, however, enshrines an older school of thought: that the energy known as the Metatron is the "bridge" between the human and the divine, God made flesh and directly experiencing what it is to be human. An opinion in theology holds that while the Second Person of God nipped out of the office to spend thirty-three years on Earth, the Metatron was the incarnation of the divinity that Jesus largely left behind in Heaven whilst incarnating as human - effectively keeping the throne warm. The concepts of Metatron and Jesus Christ are very closely linked and can be seen as overlapping a lot.[[/note]]. He does warrant some mention, though -- when the Hell's Angels realize who the other bikers in the bar [[TheFourHorsemen really are]], one exclaims, "Jesus Christ!" and another speculates that He's probably looking for someplace to park His bike.
15th Jun '17 7:11:46 AM AgProv
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** Indeed, Peter Cook's louche, cool, and trendy indoor-sunglasses-wearing Satan in ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'' comes over suspiciously like an UrExample of Anthony Crowley and shares many characteristics...

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** Indeed, Peter Cook's Creator/PeterCook's louche, cool, and trendy indoor-sunglasses-wearing Satan in ''Film/{{Bedazzled|1967}}'' comes over suspiciously like an UrExample of Anthony Crowley and shares many characteristics...
23rd Apr '17 4:48:55 PM Aquillion
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: A minor example. Hastur escapes from Crowley's answering machine when a telemarketer calls the number, and proceeds to murder all of the people in the telemarketer's office. This causes a ripple effect of goodwill and contentment in the world because [[TakeThat the telemarketers couldn't ruin anyone else's day]].

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: NiceJobFixingItVillain:
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A minor example. Hastur escapes from Crowley's answering machine when a telemarketer calls the number, and proceeds to murder all of the people in the telemarketer's office. This causes a ripple effect of goodwill and contentment in the world because [[TakeThat the telemarketers couldn't ruin anyone else's day]].day]].
** Aziraphale points out that Crowley may have done this (while he may have invoked NiceJobBreakingItHero) when Crowley tricked humanity into learning the difference between good and evil, while Aziraphale gave them fire. Crowley is not amused.
14th Apr '17 11:23:17 AM Kate
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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nutter and Device are not only authentic Lancashire family names, they are names of women who were burned as witches. Nutter is an Old English word for "cowherd" and Device (pronounced DEH-viss) is an alternate spelling of Davis.

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* RealityIsUnrealistic: Nutter and Device are not only authentic Lancashire family names, they are names of women who were burned hanged as witches. Nutter is an Old English word for "cowherd" and Device (pronounced DEH-viss) is an alternate spelling of Davis.
3rd Apr '17 4:51:44 AM cordychase
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** Attempted with the Anti-Christ. The Satanist nuns keep trying to get his mother to name him something evil-sounding and eventually end up with Warlock. [[spoiler: But subverted, as Warlock is the wrong baby--he turns out a spoiled brat but otherwise normal. The real Antichrist is named ''Adam'', after the first human, and eventually chooses humanity over Hell.]]
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''.
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