Yes, I am reusing a picture I have already used, so there!
Many years ago, someone I knew on a newsgroup (Yes, I am OLD. I get it. move on.) was shocked that I had never read any Terry Pratchett, and the newest Terry Pratchett Discworld novel had been released in the United Kingdom, but not available yet in the United States, so out of the goodness of his heart, he sent me a copy of Hog Father, which introduced me to Discworld's version of Death. BTW, Hog Father was done as a miniseries, and it really well done. Highly recommend it.
Side note on Death - he is an amazing character. I mentioned it in theOrcs and Elves and Dwarves, OH MY! post how much I loved Discworld's interpretation of Death. Unlike the usual visage of Death put forward as cold, uncaring, terrifying soul, and despite the usual trappings of Death as a skeleton in a black cloak, Death is a caring and considerate individual who does he job not only out of duty, but respect and love for people. (Yes, yes, I am getting to the whole Good Omens thing! Geez!)
In that package, along with Hog Father, was also a copy of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I devoured Good Omens, and I have read and listened to it many times over the years. It is literally laugh out loud funny! And like Death in the Discworld Novels, Crowley and Aziraphale are more nuanced than we usually see of Demons and Angels. Here is a good demon and a bad angel. Here is an angel and demon who are on the side of humanity, not on the side of God and Satan. They like the world. They like what the created. They don't necessarily like their jobs, but they do them. And over the millennia, they have developed a strong friendship. Their collusion to stop the End of Times is absolutely hilarious!
Over the years, there have been rumors of a Good Omens movie, but nothing. I have heard this director or that director had picked it up, but nothing. I was THRILLED when Amazon Prime decided to do it. I am very excited to see the final product. I feel some of the casting is inspired. David Tennant as Crowley? FANTASTIC! Oh sorry, wrong doctor*. ALLONS-Y! (There, all is now right with the world) I admit that I was a little skeptical about Michael Sheen being cast as Aziraphale, but from the trailers I have seen, he seems to be perfect. The cast from what I can see is AMAZING!!! Michael McKean, who I always think of as Lenny from Lavern and Shirley (yes, again, I KNOW that I am old) will be playing Witch Finder Sargent Shadwell, and he is also an excellent choice!
I am so thrilled and anxious for this to come out. May 31st can't get here soon enough! (Shut up, I know it will just make me older!).
So, set your calendars because on May 31, 2019, The END is coming, and Good Omens will be premiering on Amazon Prime! I am as giddy as a school girl with her first pony! No, I take that back! I am as giddy as a 50 year old woman who has befriended a freaking Dragon!
*Fantastic was the 9th Doctor Who catch phrase played by Christopher Eccelston. The 10th Doctor was played by David Tennant, and his catch phrase was Allons-y! If you haven't watched the new iteration of Doctor Who, do so, do it now! And DO NOT SKIP 9! He was only around for one season, but he was FANTASTIC!
- The One With The Hump