There will be no second season any time soon for the highly popular television series Good Omens. The reason cited for the suspension is a Return to Order petition against the series.
The cancellation shows that protest work. No matter how popular a series is, it can be defeated if enough people let their voices be heard.
Hollywood’s Immoral Playground
Good Omens is typical of Hollywood’s penchant for creating moral ambiguity. Town & Country provided a short summary of the series: “In its short six episodes, Good Omens gave Amazon Prime viewers a tantalizing taste of a biblically-derived parallel world, wherein angels and demons battled (often comically) to push humanity toward good and evil. It was hard not to fall for the offbeat storytelling, or for Crowley (David Tennant) and Aziraphale’s (Michael Sheen) delightful, odd-couple friendship.”
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There is nothing comic about the fight between good and evil. The idea that an angel and a demon can befriend each other is preposterous. They are implacable enemies and have been since Lucifer was expelled from Heaven because he revolted against God. The demons hate the angels – and humanity, too. Good Omens conveys the idea that there is no real battle between good and evil.
Return to Order’s Protest
Good Omens was based on a novel of the same title, written by Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett. When the series was released in 2019, Return to Order listed its many errors, including:
- An angel and demon are good friends and are meant to be earth’s ambassadors for Good and Evil, respectively.
- This pair tries to stop the coming of the Antichrist because they are comfortable and like the earth so much.
- God is voiced by a woman.
- The Antichrist, who will oppose the Kingdom of God, is portrayed as a normal kid that has special powers and a mission to destroy the world, which he doesn’t want to do.
- There are groups of Satanic “nuns” that are chosen to raise the Antichrist.
- The four riders of the Apocalypse, God’s means of punishing sinful earth, are portrayed as a group of bikers.
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Why Has There Been No Second Series?
The secular media met the campaign to get the show canceled with howls of derision. They ridiculed Return to Order supporters as outdated and ineffective. The original six-part series was broadcast on Amazon as planned. The protest petition seemed to have failed…
Amazon wants to present a second series. In July 2019, Amazon Prime co-head Vernon Sanders spoke about it with the Hollywood news site Deadline. “We’re so excited about how well Season 1 has done for us. The notion has come up about whether we can revisit that world. It’s in [Author] Neil [Gaiman]’s hands now, but we’d love to do it. We’re finding that it just takes a little time, perhaps, in the case of Neil. But whatever he wants to do, we’re interested in.” They are handing him a blank check.
There is no lack of interest. The Digital Wise hopes, “As it is a popular series, it can renew in the future.” The Sun (UK) headlined, “Good Omens Season Two – Will There be a Second Series?” The website Next Alerts put their desire in capital letters, “MUCH-ANTICIPATED SHOW MIGHT BE BACK!”
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Despite his blank check, the British Express newspaper reported Mr. Gaiman is having second thoughts about continuing the project. “So far, Good Omens has taken me four years, or five years since I promised Terry [Pratchett, co-writer of the Good Omens novel] I’d make it. In that five years, I haven’t been writing novels…. “It’s time for me to go back and be a novelist.”
The real reason for his hesitancy is much more complicated. Next Alerts let the proverbial cat out of the bag. It referred to a petition against the series. “Despite the positive reviews, this show was once petitioned for cancellation.”
As if to prove that Return to Order was the focus of its comments, the article referenced a minor error in the original petition. “Netflix was initially blamed for this, but later the error had been rectified, and Amazon came into the play.”
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It concluded, “Due to the petition, the production of the second season came to a halt. So, it remains unclear as to when will the much anticipated season be releasing. Upon asking about the sequel, Neil, the writer of the series, clearly mentioned that he wasn’t interested in writing for the sequel.” (Emphasis added.)
Next Alerts admission should comfort all who sign Return to Order’s many petitions. Protests do produce results. The left usually does not admit defeat. The usual reaction is silence. When the other side acknowledges success, it is cause for celebration and thanksgiving to God.
Stay in the battle, secure in the knowledge that Our Lord and Our Lady have already won the war!