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(Note: this review will be written for those who have already read the book Good Omens, as that's the best way I can review it.)
It is in many ways a toss-up whether this or the book it was adapted from is the better portrayal of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's quasi-satirical Christian apocalypse romp; the book contains just a few descriptions and scenes not present in the show for time and presentation reasons, but the show brings the rest to life in a way I've very rarely seen literature media do.
The casting for the characters is truly inspired: I had my doubts about Tennant as Crowley, and I did not recognize the man cast as Aziraphale, but both put their all into their roles as the sauntered-vaguely-downward demon and the misplacer-of-flaming-swords angel. Michael Mc Kean as Inspector Shadwell is a riot, Jon Hamm as the Archangel fucking Gabriel brings so much to what I thought would be a one-note role, Mireille Enos is everything I expected from the Horsewoman War - really, every single casting choice was the best it could be in this production, far as I'm concerned.
The story and events thereof are a very faithful adaptation of the book's plot and dialogue - far as I can tell, they cut less than 2% of the original story, mostly narrator descriptions and very minor scenes, so what we're left with is pure Gaiman and Pratchett goodness, every line delivered with utmost conviction and every scene played to the hilt regarding the very serious silliness of the premise. On top of what was kept, there were a few things changed or added in, like additional emphasis on the relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley, that work to the benefit of the story told. Just about all the effects and prosthetics for the supernatural characters and crazy happenings brought about by the Antichrist being given to the wrong family are great, especially what they do with the eyes - a personal favorite is Gabriel's subtly violet eyes in the final episode. On top of that, the production value of the sets is phenomenal - not many series, even short ones, have scenes set in over a dozen wildly varying locations and time periods, but Good Omens pulls it off with aplomb.
Now, is it absolutely 100% perfect with no flaws? Of course not. The child acting isn't always up to par, the special effects (with a TV show budget) aren't always MCU Thanos levels of convincing, the aforementioned content cutting did take out a couple of my favorite bits (like the description of Mr. Young as he arrives at the airfield), they don't play Queen's "Don't Stop Me Now" as Crowley hurtles through the infernal M25 motorway - it's not exactly as I envisioned it while reading the book. But you know what? Who gives a damn, it's got heart and talent and effort, and even if it's not for everyone, I know for certain it's exactly what Terry would've wanted - and that's what matters.
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