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Good Omens 2 Review: Do Bother

Warning: this article contains minor spoilers for Season 2 of Good Omens.

The popular comedy series Good Omens came out with a second season on Amazon Prime Video last week on July 28th. It earned a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89% and sparked a major emotional reaction in fans, resulting in many viewers clamoring for a third season.

In this new chapter, which takes place a few years after the fumbled Armageddon, angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant) kick off the season with a conversation ‘before the beginning’, showing that they met before Earth was even created. During this first scene, fans are reminded of the affectionate, philosophical banter they loved during Season 1, and get a nod to the Garden of Eden encounter through the evocative action of Crowley sheltering Aziraphale under one of his wings.

But of course, Crowley and Aziraphale aren’t the only ones who have returned. Viewers will recognize characters such as Gabriel (Jon Hamm), Beezelbub (played by Shelley Conn this season), Michael (Doon Mackichan), and Uriel (Gloria Obianyo).

In addition to these familiar characters, fans meet some new ones—some of them played by those who acted in different roles for Season 1: Maggie (Maggie Service), a record shop owner; Nina (Nina Sosanya), a coffee shop owner; Shax (Miranda Richardson), Hell’s replacement for Crowley; and Saraqael (Liz Carr) and Muriel (Quelin Sepulveda), both angels.

Perhaps because this season didn’t focus on the events that happened before (and after) Armageddon, these six episodes felt slower-paced and less intense, but ultimately rewarding. With the mystery behind Gabriel’s lost memories and new identity as Jim, along with the leisurely building romance between Maggie and Nina, viewers were encouraged to settle into the humor and intrigue of these episodes rather than remain on the edge of their seats.

Some of the funnest and most moving parts took place as fans delved even further into the history between Crowley and Aziraphale, progressing from events such as the biblical story of Job to a magic show on West End stage during WWII. Watching these scenes further proved how much the angel and demon are soulmates, ultimately leading viewers to experience bittersweet heartbreak by the end of the last episode.

Den of Geek describes Season 2 as “[g]orgeous-looking, perfectly cast, and full of joy, it’s like a warm hug and a mug of hot chocolate… with a little macabre horror and sketch show comedy bobbing beneath the surface.” I couldn’t agree more.

Jon Hamm was somehow even more fantastic in his role of Gabriel this season. Shelley Conn brought a whole new emotional depth to Beezelbub. Quelin Sepulveda made viewers fall in love with Muriel. I never thought I would say that I liked any of the angels in the show other than Aziraphale, but Muriel’s sweet and earnest naivete added a whole new dimension of depth to the team in Heaven.

To go against one of Crowley’s poignant last lines in the season, do bother. Bother watching Season 2. Bother showing it to your family and friends. Bother watching it several times.

With affirmations such as the success of Season 2 and the overwhelming support on Kickstarter for a graphic novel version of Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agness Nutter, Witch, I hope that Amazon will soon confirm that season three will surely come our way.

Read this article if you need a refresher on the happenings of Season 1 before watching Season 2. Good Omens can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

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