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Good Omens: “The Book” And How We Accidentally Found It

There Can’t Be a War Without War

In Good Omens Episode 2, there are two days left until the apocalypse and the angel Gabriel is going to buy some porn. Well he actually just wanted an update on how the apocalypse was coming along from Aziraphale. Without letting the surrounding humans know what was going on, of course—quite the necessary ruse. Meanwhile in No Man’s Land, North Africa, The Summoner (Simon Merrells) is about to deliver a very important package to our first horseman of the apocalypse, War (Mireille Enos). War briefly poses as a war correspondent who really throws a monkey wrench in the spokes of a peace treaty signing. Then off War goes, to bigger and badder things.

While this episode is about our favorite ethereal/demonic duo trying to prevent Armageddon, it is also about a witch, a witch-finder, and a book, as God lets us know. A flashback introduces us to Agnes Nutter (Josie Lawrence), who is about to be burned alive as the last witch in England. Agnes was good enough to leave her book of prophecies behind to her daughter, Virtue Device (Bryony Corrigan). The book is titled The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter—catchy. We know Agnes is the real deal when none other than England’s most famous witch-finder Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery Pulsifer (played impeccably by Jack Whitehall) shows up to set her on fire.

Jack Whitehall as Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery and Josie Lawrence as Agnes Nutter in Good Omens Episode 2

Jumping a few centuries into the future, we meet Agnes’s great-great-great-great-great grand daughter Anathema Device (Adria Arjona) and Thou-Shalt-Not-Commit-Adultery’s great-great-great-great-great grandson Newton Pulsifer (Jack Whitehall). Anathema is a young witch trying to help stop the oncoming storm. Newton is a young man that has horrible luck with electronics, who runs into present-day witch-finder Sergeant Shadwell (Michael McKean). Sergeant Shadwell enlists young Newton Pulsifer into his Witchfinder Army, and together they embark on the hunt for modern-day witches with the invaluable help of their trusty scissors.

Shadwell (Michael McKean) yelling next to a sign in Good Omens

While the Sergeant and his new cadet are scissoring their way to glory, Aziraphale and Crowley are on their way to try and find the real son of Satan, Adam. During this time Adam and his friends are discussing some pretty heavy subjects. Subjects like how many flavors of ice cream exist and the Spanish inquisition. You didn’t expect it this time either, did you? I do really enjoy the kids’ dynamic so far in the show; they work well together and besides the leader of their gang being the son of the devil, they all seem believable. They seem so believable, in fact, that when Anathema shows up in the woods and runs into the gang she doesn’t for a moment think that Adam is at all devilish.

Sam Taylor Buck as Adam Young in Good Omens

Aziraphale and Crowley find the original birthplace of Adam and share a tense moment when Aziraphale nearly calls Crowley “nice.” Earlier in the episode Crowley laments that he didn’t actually mean to be one of “The Fallen.” He just hung around the wrong crowd. Is Crowley’s demanding that he is not nice him being truthful and trying to remind his angelic friend to not necessarily trust him? Or is it Crowley just in denial of his true self? I’m going to go with the latter because as we all know “Any man who must say I am king, is no true king”. Thank you Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance).

The duo doesn’t learn much at the old Chattering Order of St Beryl, besides the fact that the son of the devil has cute feet. On their way out, Crowley and Aziraphale run into Miss Anathema on her way home to her picturesque cottage. After Crowaphale drop off Anathema, she realizes that she’s left her most prized possession in the backseat of Crowley’s gorgeous car. Not so great for her, but a real stroke of luck for Aziraphale. He’d received a tongue lashing for not owning a copy of the very same book earlier in the episode. Well he’s got the book now and he’s going to spend all night poring over its pages and becoming startled of prophecies about his chocolate drink. The most shockingly accurate prophecy is hilariously about the phone number of the Young residence.

If the humorous writing and endearing characters weren’t enough to keep me watching this show, I’d still do it for God, or at least certainly for Frances McDormand. How do you feel about the show so far? Are you binging the show like me, or trying to pace yourself, or do you just hate it all together? Let us know!

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Written by Holiday Godfrey

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