Those lucky enough to have Amazon Prime may well have spotted the newly available “Good Omens” production – (also trailered on TV) – with loads of Queen references and songs… and Sound of Music references too. Worth checking out.
Good Omens is a mini-series, based on the 1990 Novel of the same name (recommended) by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. A co-production between Amazon Studios and BBC Studio, the six episode series was written and created by Gaiman, who also served as showrunner, and directed by Douglas Mackinnon.
Set in 2018, the series follows the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), who, being accustomed to life on Earth, seek to prevent the coming of the Antichrist and with it Armageddon, the final battle between Heaven and Hell.
So why of interest to Queen fans you might ask?
See also: The Story behind Good Omens And All The Queen Reerences: CINEMABLEND by Laura Hurley – 1 week ago.
While all the Queen tunes came as no surprise to book fans, viewers who never picked up a copy of the novel were undoubtedly at least a little perplexed at all the Freddie Mercury. Well, there is a reason for all the Queen, and the answer lies early in the text of Good Omens.
Viewers probably noticed that the Queen tunes generally played in scenes featuring Crowley and/or the Bentley. The explanation comes in the first 15 pages of Good Omens (book], saying this:
“Crowley was currently doing 110 mph somewhere east of Slough. Nothing about him looked particularly demonic, at least by classical standards. No horns, no wings. Admittedly he was listening to a Best of Queentape, but no conclusions should be drawn from this because all tapes left in a car for more than a fortnight metamorphose into Best of Queen albums.”
The excellent ensemble cast is gloriously led by David Tennant and Michael Sheen, plus Adria Arjona, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Jon Hamm and Frances McDorman … and others… spotted Josie Lawrence as a witch.
All episodes of the series were released on May 31, 2019, on Amazon Video, and will later broadcast weekly on BBC Two.