Good Omens Season 2 Review – Sheen and Tennant shine in a scaled-down second series

By Adam Lock
Published: July 26, 2023 (Last updated: July 29, 2023)
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Amazon Prime Video series Good Omens Season 2 Review


Good Omens 2 manages to recapture the magic of the first season for the most part, with some truly exceptional performances and lots of inventive creativity on display throughout. Unfortunately, the underpinning narrative doesn’t quite match up to the uniqueness of these characters or this wacky world it is a part of.

Here is our review of the Amazon Prime Video series Good Omens Season 2, which does not contain significant spoilers.

Prime Video’s delightful adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 fantasy comedy novel Good Omens was so successful that it was eventually renewed for a second season, even though there was no new source material to draw upon.

That in itself may explain the nearly four-year gap between seasons, as creator Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) returns with an entirely original narrative in 2023.

This time with help from co-writer John Finnemore (That Mitchell and Webb Look).

Good Omens Season 2 Review and Plot Summary

The second season sees the eagerly anticipated return of angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and the demon Crowley (David Tennant). The dynamic duo is back to save the world once again with new enemies to elude and a new mystery to solve.

All of this ensuing mayhem is triggered by the sudden disappearance of archangel Gabriel (Jon Hamm). Both Heaven and Hell are after this powerful leader, searching high and low throughout the entire galaxy for his whereabouts. But he’s, in fact, hiding out at Aziraphale’s bookshop in London.

Gabriel turns up on Aziraphale’s doorstep out of the blue, with no recollection of his past and no idea of his own identity. He’s plagued by a serious case of amnesia. All Gabriel knows is that he was drawn to this place and something terrible is coming their way.

Working together, Aziraphale and Crowley must hide Gabriel from the employees of Heaven and Hell, whilst embarking on a perilous adventure to solve this bemusing mystery. Their mini-investigation is intertwined with flashbacks, which explore the evolving relationship between Aziraphale and Crowley.

These flashback sequences are told in chronological order via lovingly crafted minisodes, which feature an array of guest stars, delving into multiple genres, covering the full span of existence itself.

Is Good Omens Season 2 good or bad?

Good Omens 2 is inventive and comedic, expanding on the show’s original premise with new characters and many hilarious, satirical detours. Our three lead stars, Michael Sheen, David Tennant, and Jon Hamm are clearly having a lot of fun playing these iconic roles, each delivering their own perfected individual performances with apparent glee.

Tennant and Sheen’s on-screen chemistry is the highlight of the series though. The idea of focusing mainly on Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship and their joint history is a stroke of genius. These two are TV gold. Watching them argue and flirt their way through the eras makes for an entertaining pastime.

The series isn’t without its faults though. The slow-moving mystery at the heart of the narrative is quite forgettable, stretching out across the show’s largely uneventful six-episode run. Whilst a few of the secondary subplots feel like filler or calculated plot devices that offer very little else.

Is Good Omens Season 2 worth watching?

Good Omens works best when it concentrates solely on Aziraphale and Crowley, and the creative team knows this, pushing them to the forefront of the action as much as possible. They rightfully steal the spotlight, although bashful angel Muriel (Quelin Sepulveda) has her moments as well.

Overall, fans will not be disappointed with the new season, which promises the same level of wit and whimsy as the previous outing. But the casual viewer may have expected a little more from this popular series and this exceptional cast.

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