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Midnight Mass review: “Nostalgia, it’s potent”

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If you’re a fan of Mike Flanagan’s horror TV mysteries, then this Midnight Mass review is just for you. Last week, Netflix dropped the mini-series by The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor creator. While this show is a tad bit different than the previous ones, it is equally impactful. Unlike his previous shows, Flanagan gives a philosophical take on a horror story. Along with incredible dialogue and stellar performances, the show makes us wish there was more. But if you’re looking for chilling horror and spooky moments, you might want to look elsewhere.

Along with few regulars, Mike Flanagan had an interesting cast for his passion project

Like his previous projects, Mike Flanagan cast his wife, Kate Siegel in Midnight Mass as well. On the other hand, Rahul Kohli of Bly Manor plays Sherriff Hassan. Similarly, Henry Thomas, Samantha Sloyan, Annabeth Gish, and Robert Longstreet are all regulars of the Flanagan world. However, quite a few new faces like Hamish Linklater, Zach Gilford, Annarah Cymone, and Igby Rigney are a part of the Flanagan-verse. As is the norm in his shows, every character has equal importance to the storyline. Therefore, all the residents of Crockett Island seem to be essential to the plot.

According to us Midnight Mass might need more than one viewing to get it

Midnight Mass Review: "Nostalgia, It's Potent"
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The story revolves around 127 residents of an isolated and almost a ruin Crockett Island. Although it seems that the show was shot on an island, the location was British Columbia, Canada. When Riley Flynn returns to his birthplace, he does not expect to have a warm welcome. At the same time, he does not expect the island to be a happening place. However, the night Riley returns, everything changes on the island. With the arrival of the new priest, Paul Hill, the residents of Crockett Island starts witnessing astonishing miracles. First, Leeza who is paralyzed starts walking again. After that, almost every older person on the island starts to regain their youth, just like Father Paul aka Monsignor Pruitt. However, the people of the island will have to make sacrifices if they want eternal life. But can you really get an eternal life, that is the question. Since Midnight Mass has come out, quite a few people have found it hard to really understand the story.

Related: Midnight Mass: ending explained

If you still need a Midnight Mass review to understand the story, here is one:

From the beginning, Midnight Mass had the same eerie and gloomy feel to it that is Flanagan’s trademark. When Riley sees the apparition of his victim, it reminded me of the Bent-neck lady and the lady of the lake. However, this show had a lot of religious references. At the same time, Bev Keane represented every religious fanatic who thinks of themselves as holier than thou. Meanwhile, everyone else is a sinner in their eyes. In the show, every time she interacted with Sherriff Hassan, Bev acted as a judge and took him as the guilty party. Similarly, her behavior with Joe reminded me of many extremists who hide behind the veil of religion.

On the other hand, Father Paul also hid behind religion to fulfill his own desires and correct his mistakes. While he portrayed himself as the ultimate savior of Crockett Island, the truth was revealed in the end. The entire purpose of him bringing back the angel/creature was to live a new life with Mildred and his daughter, Sarah. However, it all turned out to be a huge disaster. His selfish wish turned the entire island into zombies and then into ashes.

Once again, the dialogues of Mike Flanagan’s show will be remembered for long

As is the specialty of Mike Flanagan’s shows, the dialogue and emotional scenes were the heart of Midnight Mass. Although the monologues would have felt boring and lengthy, the way they were delivered was the key. In this respect, Zach Gilford, Hamish Linklater, and Kate Siegel did a tremendous job. Erin’s I Am That I Am speech might be one of the best in the history of TV. Similarly, the scene between Leeza and Joe where she forgives him has to be the most heart-wrenching emotional scene ever.

Although I had watched the show instantly after it came out, it took me quite a while to write this Midnight Mass review. Just like his previous shows, the characters of this show made me nostalgic and ache for something unknown. Every time I watch a Mike Flanagan show, the characters make me sympathize with them. I would never want to be in their position, yet, always want to see more of them. Similarly, I wanted to know exactly what happens with Leeza and Warren after the island turned to ash. I guess I will have to use my imagination. But this line from Mad Men said by Don Draper sums it up: “Nostalgia, it’s delicate but potent”.

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