Bingewatch Award Finalists: Here’s why to vote for ‘Good Omens’
Who knew a friendship between a devil and an angel could be so addictive? Legendary authors Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman created the iconic fantasy novel Good Omens back in 1991 and nearly 30 years later it’s found its way to television. Fans old and new are getting a chance to meet Aziraphale and Crowley in a new way thanks to Amazon’s adaptation of the novel.
The Good Omens miniseries, created and written by Gaiman himself, follows angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant) during their time on earth as they try to prevent the apocalypse. Thanks to Gaiman’s involvement, not only has the book been adapted, but his and Pratchett’s ideas for possible sequels have been included in the show as well.
Good Omens is a finalist in our annual Bingewatch Awards. You have until Saturday, September 7th to vote for your fandom favorite. We’re breaking it down into two important and controversial categories: Best U.S. Streaming Platform & Best Show to Bingewatch. Make sure to tell us your favorites and tweet at us when you’ve voted for your faves.
Why you should vote for Good Omens
Good Omens is all about friendship
Fans of Good Omens can give you a million and one reasons why you should check this show out. Those who came from their love of the book appreciate the accuracy and the additions of sequel concepts. Those who came from the David Tennant fan club can go on about his and Sheen’s chemistry. People who knew nothing going in will praise its intense concept and pure comedy.
Mary Rose told us how much Good Omens has affected her life for the better. “The relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley is just beautifully done, and brightens my day at a time in my life that things are not great. I’ve also found the fandom to be positive and supportive of each other and of new/amateur artists, which I find so uplifting.”
The jury’s still out if Good Omens will return for S2
It’s still up in the air if Good Omens will be getting a second season. Amazon’s TV executives said at their TCA panel that Amazon is open to more seasons of Good Omens if Gaiman is up for it. Gaiman himself hasn’t commented on if he wants the show to continue or not. A vote for Good Omens might just help show Mr. Gaiman how much its fans want more of the show.
Good Omens stayed true to the book
With Gaiman behind the scenes and in the writers room, fans of the Good Omens novel can breathe a big sigh of relief. Though some liberties had to be taken, the show brings to life the iconic characters and tells the same story told since 1991. Fans can enjoy Good Omens without having to nitpick.
Superfan Rei felt Good Omens brought the story into a new light, giving it more depth than it had on the page. “For me it wasn’t until the TV series came out that the story truly came to life, like a diamond that has been put into a new setting.”
Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship brought light into our lives
An angel and a demon? Together? Scandalous.
Yet thanks to Gaiman’s writing and Tennant and Sheen’s portrayals, we can’t help but root for Aziraphale and Crowley and their electric relationship. The best part is their relationship’s ambiguity: it’s left up for viewers to decide. The pair have worked together for eternity and care so deeply for each other they were willing to change sides.
By making Aziraphale and Crowley’s sexuality as vague as possible, it gave fan Ash a chance to see queer representation. “It’s great to see such different queer representation. You can read them many different ways, but no matter how you look at it, they’re in love.”
Mary Rose described it thus: “The relationship between between Aziraphale and Crowley shows us you can have a deep and meaningful relationship which does not have to be sexual in nature, and can still be loving, and fulfilling – and so important.”
Good Omens reminds you that if you love something, fight for it
The main reason Aziraphale and Crowley fight to stop the apocalypse is because they’ve fallen in love with life on earth. Good Omens shows us our world through these celestial beings and why they’re so dead set on saving the universe. Through this, we get the life lesson on endurance: you have to fight for what you love, no matter what.
Almost every fan touched on this during our interviews, but Mia really took home this message personally. “Fight for what you love, the people that are important to you, and just enjoy who you are – even though that means cutting ties with people, or go against what is expected of you.”
Good Omens shows us you don’t have to take religion so seriously
People raised in western religions are exposed to serious sermons and passages from the Bible. It can be hard to find laughter within Christianity (or any religion for that matter). Pratchett and Gaiman chose to write Good Omens even though it pokes humorous fun at characters from the Bible.
Good Omens brings these characters to life with actual personalities, while still being respectful of the religion from which they originate. Aziraphale and Crowley are what we imagine angels and demons to be like IRL. Good Omens allows even the religious to laugh.
Ree had an uncomfortable relationship with religion growing up, but after discovering Good Omens, she was able to find humor in it. “In some ways, I think the teenage girl who first read Good Omens just needed someone to tell her it was okay to laugh at God. That there was something funny about religion and it was okay to think that.”