Innocuous, Charming Satire ‘Good Omens’ Receives Undue Backlash From Christians

The Federalist | 7/3/2019 | Paulina Enck
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For some reason, Christian Americans are incredibly upset with the TV series “Good Omens,” based on the Neil Gaiman/Terry Prachett novel of the same name. The fury reached a point where thousands of Christians petitioned Netflix to halt production and broadcasting of the show, despite it being an Amazon Prime production. They recently realized the error, and are now restarting the petition, this time directed to Amazon Prime.

“Good Omens” tells the story of an angel Aziraphale, played by Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex,” “Frost/Nixon”), and a demon Crowley, played by David Tennant (“Dr. Who,” “Broadchurch”) who work together to stop the apocalypse, as they have grown fond of their lives on earth and friendship with each other. It also follows a subplot of a young witch trying to fulfill her ancestor’s prophecy to stop the apocalypse, and her partnership with the descendant of a witchfinder.

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As a devout and practicing Catholic, I found the show absolutely hilarious. The writers clearly did their research, as the mythos surrounding angels and demons is, for the most part, fairly accurate, with impressive attention to detail.

There is definitely some satire directed at Christianity, particularly the specifics of Catholicism, amidst the show’s six-episode run. This is to be expected when a witty, bantering angel and demon serve as the shows principal characters. The satire is the subject of the outrage from the Christian community.

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The satire of Good Omens, however, never reaches God himself, or as the angels would say “the higher office,” but remains strictly on the winged shoulders of His angels, portrayed here as bureaucrats with distinct personalities and flaws.

This is particularly seen in the Archangel Gabriel, played with hilarious pomposity and arrogance by Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” “Baby Driver”). While the angels and demons scheme, bicker, and try to enact their various plans, God,...
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