Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Good Omens - Hard Times / Saturday Morning Funtime

Anathema (Adria Arjona) unknowing befriends the very child she is looking for while also exposing the Antichrist to a boatload of conspiracy theories which have unexpected consequences for reality (as a nuclear reactor loses its reactor, the appearance of aliens, the Kraken, Tibetan spies tunneling under England, and Atlantis all suddenly appear). Towards the end of "Saturday Morning Funtime," Adam begins to understand his effect on the world and a burning need to enforce his will on Earth (albeit a far goofier will than Hell had originally intended). "Hard Times" takes a look at the relationship of Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) and how it has evolved over the millennia from the Garden of Eden until today. Although almost never able to admit their true feelings for each other, we see both make sacrifices to help the other over the centuries as they have each made Earth, rather than Heaven or Hell, their home.

Along with Adam unconciously remaking reality, there are several fun moments across the two episodes such as the viewer's realization the "agents" the demon and angel have mentioned they have working for them are both the fictitious witch finder army run by Shadwell (Michael McKean) who has bilked Aziraphale and Crowley for decades. We also discover why Crowley really wanted the holy water he begged Aziraphale for on multiple occasions, see destiny taking shape bringing and Pulsifer (Jack Whitehall) together, discover a fast-food restaurant serving something that only resembles real food, witness the angel's horror as Shadwell's poor understanding of events forces Aziraphale to return to Heaven, and (in sequences that continue to steal great moments from the larger story) watch our poor delivery man (extremely devoted to his profession) bringing forth the remaining Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The end times do appear nigh.

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