Our son doesn’t have much of a background in religious mythology, largely because we’re going to spend precious minutes on silly things, I’d rather spend time talking about the sea monsters around Dead Man’s Point. But it occurred to me today that he’d probably never even heard of the antichrist before last night, so I tried to give him a crash course in the Book of Revelation, but I ended up talking more about Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist and The Omen, because people in the seventies were really, really worried about Satan.
Our son does this thing where he has a whole lot of trouble maintaining eye contact when he’s troubled or worried. I forget that it usually means something’s bothering him and just grew impatient while he looked at everything around me. “It’s just that it’s just kind of… weird,” he grumbled, and we assured him that not so many people believe this stuff anymore. “They’re really, really worried more about the Rapture these days,” I said, and left it there.
So on to episode two of Good Omens, and a few minutes in, Crowley muttered that he hadn’t planned to be among the Fallen, he was just along for the ride. I figured I should interrupt for another crash course. I did very well. I didn’t even get onto a tangent about free will.
There was a little less of Dog in this installment than our son had hoped for, but the cast grows to include a pile of new characters, including the first of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a witchfinder-in-training with a Fourth Doctor necktie, and Anathema Device, the great-great-great-something-granddaughter of Agnes Nutter, who was the last witch to be executed in England. Anathema is played by Adria Arjona, who had been Dorothy in that Oz show I forgot to watch a couple of years ago (just like 98% of the television audience!) and she possesses the only known copy of Agnes’s hilariously specific The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter. The whole episode is entertaining, but once Anathema’s book ends up in Aziraphale’s hands, it’s a roaringly funny climax, as the book even knows what the angel is drinking.