107 Good Omens
Written by Frank Shaw on June 21, 2019
Good Omens the Series is given our attention this week on the podcast. John discusses the strength and weaknesses of the original authors: Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchet. Then Frank gives a very brief plot synopsis. Then we discuss the characters: John talks about Aziraphale’s and Crowley’s relationship, and we discuss how intimacy and friendships don’t have to be a sexual element, and how some people read that into this particular friendship. We then discuss their motivations for wanting to stay on earth. We also touch on the other characters, including the Narrator and the tone they set, the angel Gabriel, and the demon Hastur and the four horsemen. Then we discuss the subplot with Agnes Nutter’s descendant Anathema Device and Newton Pulscifer and the Witchhunter Army.
We then touch on themes: the most obvious one being good versus evil. Frank tries to make the case for Faith versus Science, and points out that the idea at least sets a tone for what the series is (and isn’t). John discusses how the very fact that the characters, and specifically the Ant-Christ, Adam, being British helped guide the course of the story. We then talk about the environmental message of the series, which is most apparent through the Horseman Pollution and through the character of Anathema Device. Frank then talks about the Four Horsemen again, and brings up the ethnicity of each of them and how in some ways their calling is representative of where their ethnicity is from. John then talks about some more of the fun differences between the book and the series. We then wrap up with our final thoughts.
“We don’t have words, or concepts to conceptualize how that relationship would function” –
[The portal John and Frank went through last episode led them to a plane where Shadette, leading an army of demons, and Ruger unwittingly leading an army of angels clash with Frank and John caught in the middle. They manage to survive, with no explanation as to how they did, or who won the battle.]
Episode 107: Good Omen
Produced by: Relevant to Our Interests
Hosts: John R. Belliston and Frank Shaw
Shadette and Ruger voiced by Frank Shaw
Scripting by: Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell and Frank Shaw
Intro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Morning Activities by F.G. Shaw
Battle Music: Portents, Brass Quintet by F.G. Shaw
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