I watched the first episode of the Amazon Prime production of their adaptation of Pratchett & Gaiman’s “Good Omens” last night, with an odd mixture of responses. Given that it’s the opening of a piece with complicated premises, that has a lot of exposition to get through, it contains (guess what?) a ton of exposition. And most of the exposition is dumped on a voice-over (from God) by Frances McDormand (very cute, and it works well, but doesn’t distract me from the fact that there’s a shitload of exposition to get through).
David Tennant is fun to watch (always is) as “Crowley” (again, cute) the Demon, who convinces Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) the angel to join forces with him to prevent Armageddon; they’ve both grown fond of life among people. The rest of the cast is fine (though unremarkable), but to have Newton Pulsifer (Jack Whitehall) – Crowley’s boss demon – a dead ringer (sorry) for Andy Warhol was brilliant, kudos there.
I confess I came down with a bit of “cute fatigue” (always a risk for me in the presence of the late Sir Terry’s work), but (as is also always true of my encounters with Pratchett’s stuff) it’s promising, so I’ll probably move on to episode 2, where (one hopes) the real stuff begins.