Good Omens Season 2 Review – The Amazon Original makes the wait worth it

Season 1

Season 2


Episode Guide

Episode 1 -| Review Score – 5/5
Episode 2 -| Review Score – 5/5
Episode 3 -| Review Score – 5/5
Episode 4 -| Review Score – 4.5/5
Episode 5 -| Review Score – 5/5
Episode 6 -| Review Score – 4.5/5

Good Omens crept in and stole our hearts back in 2019 when we least expected it. We got a duo we did not know we needed till Michael Sheen and David Tennant’s impeccable comedic timing and quirky mannerisms gave us the loveable Aziraphale and Crowley. Well with season 1 basically covering the whole source material which is the 1990 book of the same name by the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, no one expected a sequel.

Probably why the unexpected season 2 is the best surprise that 2023 can ever give us. Well, the last thing we see is the unexplosive aftermath of season 1 where the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley get together and form an uneasy alliance to stop the Armageddon because they have just started enjoying life on Earth a little too much.

Anywho, season 2 delves into their lives as exiles, living a normal and mundane life on Earth. Or as normal as it can get for an angel and a demon. A very naked and amnesiac archangel shows up at Aziraphale’s bookshop. And it happens to be none other than Gabriel, the same guy who tried to kill them and end the world in season 1. And guess who’s out to get him? None other than Heaven and Hell, ready to cause a celestial commotion.

There is so much potential with our supernatural duo that we can honestly end up watching a whole season of these two just interacting in different time periods. Season 2 gives a little bit of that but more than makes up for it. Basically, Aziraphale and Crowley have to babysit Gabriel with the demon wanting nothing to do with the archangel except that he’s doing it all for Aziraphale.

And from the very first second of episode 1, it reminds us why we loved Good Omens so much. Jon Hamm completely steals the spotlight as James, long for Jim, short for Gabriel. Every interaction between every character brings out a chuckle while also stabbing us with quick and sudden jabs of existential crisis. The whole stop-motion animation adds to the charm as it matches the vibe of the absurd comedy that Good Omens is. 

We don’t really have to go into the technicalities of this well-made show as of course we have amazing camerawork, editing, sound, set design, costumes and all that jazz. But we have to talk about our main duo’s acting which is absolutely amusing, hilarious and relatable. We also get so many insightful moments that show us why the characters are the way they are.

Michael Sheen is just so endearing as Aziraphale that even Crowley cannot say no to him. We see how Aziraphale goes from being a devout angel to relating to humans and learning how the world works. David Tennant has a Herculean task which he does successfully by diving into Crowley’s psyche, explaining why he chooses the company of a certain angel, despite his disdain for most beings.  

While season 1 already shows an established relationship, in season 2, we see how and when Crowley and Aziraphale started bonding and getting close. They do that and more as they get adorably domestic with Aziraphale pretty much declaring that Crowley’s beloved Bentley is his car too. 

Each episode feels episodic in nature while also tying up with the main mystery of the amnesiac Gabriel. That is what makes it interesting and tempts us to watch the next episode to see the past misadventures of Crowley and Aziraphale.

Now, we can’t wrap up this review without mentioning the ending but we will do our best to avoid spoilers. That is because the finale absolutely is the best moment of season 2. There have been several iconic cliffhangery finales and Good Omens is now one of them.

The rollercoaster of emotions, that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach is so awful but also a testament to the writers, the actors and the director of just how well they execute THAT scene (if you have watched the show you will know what we are talking about and if you haven’t you will definitely want to). It proves that this Amazon Original show can balance comedy and heart-wrenching moments with ease.

If 4 years ago you would have told us such nail-biting scenes exist in Good Omens we would have laughed at you. After all the show is considered a light-hearted, absurd story about a quirky duo who don’t have anything in common yet work so splendidly together. But this change in atmosphere is definitely welcome, or not really but is a great addition to season 2.

A lot of people may argue that the new season is a hotchpotch of fan service over substance and plot. But we fans, who’ve waited patiently for years, are more than happy with what we’ve got. Sure, season 2 doesn’t have a Good Omens book to go by and we all know how that usually doesn’t bode well. But Neil Gaiman’s guidance ensures a captivating continuation, unlike certain other shows that lost their way without source material (ahem, Game of Thrones).

And so what if the Good Omens season 2 plot is fluffy and lighthearted? Watch the whole thing, we doubt the ending is anything but full of pain and angst. There are arguments that nothing can top season 1 ever but that is because there was a novelty towards it, we had seen nothing like it so of course when there is a season 2 with the same quirky characters and absurd elements, satire, comedy and chemistry, it can feel…not new.

However, season 2 does well in following its footsteps. And we doubt that anyone minds as long as we have Aziraphale and Crowley just frolicking through the universe, enjoying each other’s company and solving mysteries together and saving the world. Just get ready for a Thanos snap-style cliffhanger heartbreak if we don’t get a season 3.

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  • Verdict - 9/10

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