Friday, June 7, 2019

Good Omens - The Book

The second episode of Good Omens introduces a few more characters into the fold as it jauntily strolls towards the end of the world. Adria Arjona (Pacific Rim: Uprising, Emerald City) is introduced as Anathama Device, the last decedent of witch Agnes Nutter (Josie Lawrence) who prophesied all that has happened and all that is yet to come. Despite knowing where to look, Anathama doesn't recognize the Antichrist when she runs into Adam and his friends (or an angel and demon when she runs into them later that night). The explanation for the trouble in finding the boy comes from Crowley (David Tennant) who offhandedly remarks on the the spawn of Satan's adaptive camouflage in place to hide his existence until the time is right. We also get a flashback to Agnes as well, and her book of predictions which gives the episode its title and unexpectedly falls into the hands Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) when Crowley runs over Anathama with his car.

The second episode continues the fun as Crowley and Aziraphale search in vain for the Antichrist (at least until the angel makes an unexpected discovery). The episode spends a bit more time with Adam (Sam Taylor Buck) and his friends having some rather harmless fun at playing at torturing witches after learning about one in their midst. Also of note is Jack Whitehall playing dual roles as the witch finder responsible for burning Agnes at the stake (although she made sure to take a few gawkers with her) and his unlucky decedent who has just been inducted into the family business. "The Book" also introduces the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in War (Mireille Enos) who learns of the coming of the Apocalypse not through demonic or heavenly intervention but by a FedEx delivery. And the clock continues to count down to the end of the world.

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