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GOOD OMENS
May 31, 2019  | By David Bianculli

Amazon Prime Video, 3:00 a.m. ET

 

MINISERIES PREMIERE: Neil Gaiman himself wrote the teleplay adaptations for this new six-part miniseries version of the book he and Terry Pratchett wrote, about the coming of the Apocalypse. The result is a playful, visual and musical modern fairy tale that plays like the spiritual and literary descendant of Douglas Adams’ Hitch Hikers’ Guide to the Galaxy. And not just because, in both, the Earth is facing imminent destruction. Good Omens is filled with lively characters and character actors, including Michael McKean as a witchfinder, Miranda Richardson as a dubious spiritualist, Mireille Enos as War, Bill Paterson as a British neighborhood watch “patrolman,” and Jon Hamm as Archangel Gabriel. But the show’s stars, and genial antagonists and eventual teammates, are David Tennant and Michael Sheen, playing, respectively, a demon and an angel, whose relationship, like the scope of this story, dates back to the Garden of Eden. All that, and the music of Queen and Tori Amos, too… For full reviews, see David Hinckley’s All Along the Watchtower and Ed Bark’s Uncle Barky’s Bytes.

 
 
 
 
 
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