I’m both an avid Netflix binger and a cinephile, so it’s always tricky to answer the “what’s your favorite” questions without switching on my annoying film critic mode. I could go on about how I don’t technically have a favorite and that there’s only a list of stuff that I like the most based on this and that, but I’ll stick to the straightforward method of going with whichever one that first comes to mind. This time it’s Good Omens, a television same based on the eponymous book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman (whose novel American Gods has also been adapted as a television series). Any fan of Douglas Adams-ish science fiction would probably have read Good Omens at some point in their lifetime and most likely ended up enjoying it. I was one of them, anyway, and you can imagine how excited I was when the much-anticipated TV adaptation finally hit the small screens. I rarely find myself satisfied with a film or TV remake of a book, and I’m pleased to say that this one exceeded my expectations. In case you’re not familiar with the story, Good Omens is a very British Apocalyptic Comedy about an angel and a demon working together to prevent the Armageddon. In the screen adaptation, the amazing David Tennant plays the stylishly evil demon, Crowley, and the equally brilliant Michael Sheen is the angel, Aziraphale. Both actors excel in their performances and capture the essence of each character beautifully.

As someone who’s looking to enter the creative industry, I always find myself subconsciously analyzing the narratives and the filmmaking structure whenever I’m watching a show or a film. Good Omens has a peculiar structure for a TV show; it feels very 2019, in a sense that the entire series is intended to be viewed in a single sitting. This wouldn’t have been possible a decade ago, but with the binge-watching culture nowadays showrunners are able to present an entirely new viewing experience, that is, instead of a six-episode long miniseries, or a six-hour cinematic journey. The show is also a religious satire, packed with interesting theological questions and good-natured humor directed at Christianity. I enjoyed every single joke in it, although it wasn’t as ridiculously entertaining as the petition a Christian group started, demanding the cancellation of the show which was mistakenly addressed to Netflix instead of Amazon Prime Video, who created the show. Apparently one of their main complaints was that God is voiced by a woman, so I take extra pleasure in laughing at the whole thing. Hysterical blunders aside, for anyone who’s into an apocalyptic comedy and doesn’t take their spirituality too serious, Good Omens definitely makes for a hilarious, worthwhile watch.

Katherine Song is a freshman majoring in Computer Animation at SVA.