Evil Nuns Celebrate the Baby Antichrist in This Music Video for Good Omens
Is that Neil Gaiman singing back-up?
The Antichrist is many things: a harbinger of the apocalypse, the son of Satan, the gateway to hell on earth. But he’s still a baby, and an adorable one at that, according to the nuns of The Chattering Order of St. Beryl in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. Now, armed with a new music video and a catchy-as-hell tune, the sisters are singing the praises of the Dark One’s “New Baby Smell.”
The video comes courtesy of Amazon’s upcoming limited series adaptation of Good Omens, which follows the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), and the demon Crowley (David Tennant), immortal frenemies fighting for opposite sides since the dawn of time, who band together to stop the apocalypse. Along the way, they’ll have to contend with forces from heaven (led by Jon Hamm) and hell, along with the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The series features a talented cast that includes Frances McDormand and Benedict Cumberbatch as the voices of God and the devil, respectively.
The sisters sing the a capella praises of the Antichrist, calling him “adorable, cheeky, squishy” and other cloying descriptions. There are fun pop culture Easter eggs packed into the video, with references that range from “Bohemian Rhapsody” to Rosemary’s Baby. As for the sisters themselves, they are described as “an order of nuns dedicated to emulating Christian martyr St. Beryl of Krakow, and whose members are commanded to chatter, natter, and rabbit about every last little thing that comes into their heads for every second of every waking hour. Except of course on Tuesday afternoons, for half an hour, when the nuns are permitted to shut up and, if they wish, to play table tennis.”
The video displays that signature British sense of absurd humor, made famous by comic legends like Monty Python. It’s reminiscent of the libidinous Castle Anthrax in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
The most direct inspiration is the “Leaping Muns of St. Beryl,” created by Dudley Moore and Peter Cook on their hit BBC comedy series Not Only…But Also..:
The duo revisited the nuns in their 1967 feature film Bedazzled, because nuns on trampolines is a pretty solid comedic premise.
This is hardly the last we’ll hear from the order of St. Beryl, which is currently undergoing a publicity tour around Los Angeles in their beelzebus. And it looks like they’ve got some promising new recruits:
Update: we have recruited a new Sister. pic.twitter.com/xkg5Yjfwv0
— The Chattering Order of St. Beryl (@chattering_nuns) April 17, 2019
Good Omens premieres May 31 on Amazon Prime.
(via Nerdist, image: Amazon)
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