Midnight Mass

Midnight Mass ★★★★★

Episodes 3-7 (review of Episodes 1-2 from the premiere from earlier this week here)

There's not gonna be any spoilers in this review, but I'll still give a warning beforehand that this is a show that works best if you go in totally blind. That's what I did, after being lucky enough to get a spot at the virtual premiere earlier this week, and it's absolutely worth it.

Yes, it's that good. Easily one of the best things Mike Flannagan has ever made (an incredibly high bar). Like this is on the same level as Hill House, maybe even better, and it's easily the best piece of ******* media in YEARS. It's not until the very end of episode three, and the middle of episode four, that Midnight Mass lets the audience known what subgenre it's in (a revelation I will not be spoiling here). Before that, we mostly just get beautifully shot slow burn character development, but it's still just as compelling as the horrors to come. Once again, Mike Flannagan show himself to be a master of pathos and drama, just as much as he's a master of horror. Every single character in the ensemble, mostly comprised of actors he's worked with before, are so complex and well-developed. The stand-out performances to me are Hamish Linklater, Kate Siegel, Rahul Kohli, and Robert Longstreet, but really, there's not a single weak link here. Everyone absolutley nails it.

I genuinely can't think of any criticism of this, every single aspect of Midnight Mass works so perfectly. The story, the pacing, the writing, the acting, the cinematography, and everything else are absolutely top notch. There are sequences in the later episodes that are executed unbelievably well. Mike Flannagan is a clear master of his craft, and I can't wait to see what he, and his entire team, does next.

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