After yesterday’s big news about The Satanic Temple’s IRS status this is going to seem like a weird follow-up. So let’s talk about Amazon Prime Video’s new teaser trailer for the upcoming mini-series Good Omens featuring a cadre of singing Satanic nuns. (Video below).
The Chattering Order of St. Beryl Sing the Dark Lord’s Praises
Good Omens is a very funny book by Terry Pratchett (GNU Terry Pratchett) and Neil Gaiman (who makes a delightful cameo in the Amazon Prime teaser) about the coming of the apocalypse that pokes at our prevailing cultural mythology by staging a comedy of errors in which the forces of good and evil clash … but no one is really sure why.
It’s a charming novel that has been a must read for decades for its keen wit and cheerful cleverness. It’s also going to be a BBC miniseries in May. With all the new seriousness surrounding Satanism lately this video is a breath of fresh air that can help remind everyone that it’s ok if everything isn’t serious all the time.
After all, as Good Omens reminds us:
“Most Members of the convent were old-fashioned Satanists, like their parents and grandparents before them. They’d been brought up to it and weren’t, when you got right down to it, particularly evil. Human beings mostly aren’t. They just get carried away by new ideas, like dressing up in jackboots and shooting at people, or dressing up in white sheets and lynching people, or dressing up in tie-dye jeans and playing guitars at people. Offer people a new creed with a. costume and their hearts and minds will follow. Anyway, being brought up Satanist tended to take the edge off it. It was something you did on Saturday nights. And the rest of the time you simply got on with life as best you could, just like everyone else.”
It’s Good to Laugh Sometimes
My friend and fellow TST-AZ member WonKa has said to me on several occasions that he would love to see a day where there is such a thing as what he calls the ‘white picket fence Satanist’, when open Satanists can live down the block from the Protestant mechanic, and the Catholic pediatrician, and the Atheist plumber. When everyone can just accept that we’ve all got something that works for us, that’s fine, and we can all just get on with it. I think part of that, a very important part of that, is knowing that it’s ok to have a laugh at yourself every now and again.
That being the case the timing of this video’s release is spectacular.
Good Omens will be released as 6 one-hour episodes on Amazon Prime Video worldwide May 31st.
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