Why did Netflix cancel Good Omens

"Good Omens": With Freddie Mercury into the end of the world

Hell must be like that. A world in which queens can be heard from every car radio. The reason is due to a strange circumstance that only a very dark force can have brought about: All music cassettes that have been in a car for more than two weeks are mysteriously transformed into best-of-queen albums. Mamma mia, let me go!

In short, humanity is not doing very well. This must also be recognized by the two spirits who will appear in the six episodes of "Good Omens" to a game-changing size.

Beyond Good and Evil

Both have lived on Earth for a very, very long time, and both are entrusted with special missions. In the case of the good angel Archiraphael, this mission is to take care of the people, to help them wherever it is needed. In the case of the evil demon Crowley, that means doing exactly the opposite. What gets in their way is their field of activity, which they have in common despite conflicting interests. They have grown fond of their earthly existence over the years, not only, but also because of the worldly delights: sushi, Ch√Ęteauneuf-du-Pape, ice cream and Bentley drive. The only downside: Queen.

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett came up with this really wacky setting in 1990 for their fantasy grotesque "Good Omens". BBC and Amazon Studios have now turned it into the no less absurd story of the happy end of the world, heavily influenced by dark British humor, in six episodes, available on Amazon Prime from Friday.

There is still more to come. Archiraphael (Michael Sheen) and Crowley (David Tennant) get into real turmoil with the birth of the Antichrist, where another mishap happens. The child is exchanged in the hospital, the supposed Satan is not one at all. Eleven years later, Archiraphael and Crowley are supposed to track down the kid. According to the prophecy of the witch Agnes Nutter, the world will end on Saturday. Also contributing to general confusion are satanic nuns and cute baby antichrists. Not to forget Freddie Mercury on the car radio.

The story of how the series came about could, in its intricacy, spring from an idea by Gaiman and Pratchett: "Good Omens" was supposed to become a series for a very long time. "Monty Python" Terry Gilliam was planning a film, Johnny Depp and Robin Williams were on hand. Nothing came of it. In 2015, Pratchett passed away and made his friend Neil promise to make a film.

Said and done. Gaiman wrote a new version of the screenplay, won the BBC and Amazon as producers and a cast with an excellent reputation: Sheen ("Masters of Sex"), David Tennant ("Dr. Who") and Jon Hamm ("Mad Men") also signed up Frances McDormand ("Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri") and with Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock") those of the devil.

Both in book form and as a series, this is devilishly successful infernal fun. (prie, May 31, 2019)