Midnight mass (2021)
Netflix and Mike Flanagan’s latest partnership releases this Friday (September 24), and it’s time to talk about Midnight Mass. The limited series focuses on the inhabitants of Crockett Island. After the return of a former resident and the arrival of a mysterious priest, a series of supernatural events begin to occur. These events rekindle the faith of the citizens of Crockett Island.
Full disclosure here: Haven’t seen Flanagan’s previous Netflix anthology series, The haunting. Of course i heard a lot Hill House and Manor of Bly, and how great these shows are. But I never made up my mind to watch them. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I was always watching other things, and I ended up forgetting those shows. So when I had the opportunity to cover Midnight Mass, I jumped on it. And I have to say that I really regret that I didn’t watch hill lodge and Manor of Bly in the past.
Write and play
Midnight Mass is fantastic. Mike Flanagan’s directing is magnificent and it really enhances an already amazing script and story. Its staging makes the show even better. I also really enjoyed the way the show was written and paced. The show consists of seven one-hour episodes. The shortest episode of the series is 59 minutes and the longest 70 minutes. So yes, the episodes are very long. But the way the show was written makes good use of each of those minutes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a streaming show that’s been as successful as this show. It is extremely bingeable
The acting performances are also commendable. Kate Siegel, Zach Gilford and Hamish Linklater shine as the main characters, and Rahul Kohli and Annabeth Gish are perfectly chosen in their roles. But it is Samantha Sloyan who signs the best performance of Midnight Mass. The Grey’s Anatomy Alum is absolutely amazing in the role of dedicated Christian Bev Keane. Over the course of the series, Sloyan is able to create such a real and believable villain. It’s impossible not to hate Bev, but it’s also impossible not to want to see more of her. While that’s extremely unlikely, due to the Emmys being known to ignore genre shows, Sloyan certainly deserves an Emmy nod for his role as Bev.
The best thing about this show, however, is how Flanagan has managed to use the horror genre to discuss so many important issues that typically go unrecorded in mainstream media. The religious theme of the series allows Flanagan to discuss issues such as life and death, faith and addiction, and he does a great job discussing those issues. It manages to bring up so many interesting questions and discussions that will leave you thinking about the series even after you’re done with it. Midnight Mass is not just a great horror TV series. It is much more than that. It is a necessary and unavoidable story about life.