Good Omens E02

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So you've lost your Antichrist, what do you do ?

Go looking I suppose.

And that's exactly what Crowley and Aziraphale do. But where to start...?

Well to ACTUALLY start this episode we have recruitment into the Witchfinder Army, and (Peter Serafinowicz please take note), a MORE than pitch perfect introduction of the Witchfinder recruiter in Clive Russell. The word BONKERS looms up, trips you over and performs a jig in your chest. 

Then something that I hate everytime I hear it on a radio program, the recap speech added into the dialogue. There must be a better way of doing this , how about a "Previously on ..." pre-credits, or a small narration at the start . I know its for those that haven't heard it before, but you don't get it in books just in case someone starts in the middle.....

Ok - rant over...

What we get then is the narrative picking up with the 2 leads heading back to the baby-switching nuns to try and find out what's actually happened to Satan's little one (and his cute toesies), with an 11 year old trail to follow. 

In the meantime we meet up with Adam, the actual Antichrist, who has been raised as a middle class English kid in a middle class English village to average parents, and as such thinks that just because a witch/pagan happens to have moved into the village doesn't mean that it gives you the right to start assembling the kindling....

Adam seems like a bright, friendly and above all MORAL kid, with a few close friends and a hellhound. A hellhound designed to be defined by its name, that ends up being called ....DOG, a perfect name for a small mongrelly terrier like beast with an inside-out ear.

So nothing to worry about then...

Apart from the fact that regardless of the intentions of the actual Antichrist, Armageddon is still  on the cards and supernatural forces are gathering.  

A better episode than the opener (despite the introductory recap). We get a lot of introductions.The Witchfinder Army, Anathema the local witch, Adam and pals (one of whom is really irritating after only a few words. If his speech impediment is real then he has my sympathy, if not then stop it , it's horrible). We also get a proper introduction to Agnes Nutter's book of prophecy (not to give it it's real title), and a hint of a couple of sinister characters..

We see some magical activities performed by the two leads, and the whole episode felt a lot better for having less Peter Serafinowicz in it. 

Prophecy for episode 3...

Winter is comi...

Sorry...

Armageddon is coming...

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Submitted by David on Mon, 19/01/2015 - 18:42

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Image of Good Omens: The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation (BBC Radio 4 Dramatisations)
Author : Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Full Cast, Mark Heap, Peter Serafinowicz
Release Date : 2015-01-29
Price : £18.99
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Publisher : BBC Physical Audio