Netflix’s Midnight Gospel: Season 1 Review
Still, the series ultimately fails to establish a convincing hook. The Midnight Gospel is probably best described as a blend of Richard Linklater’s spirited Waking Life philosophy and Space Ghost: Coast to Coast’s absurd talk show format. However, it’s neither as fascinating as the first nor as fun as the last.
The series could fill those gaps with a solid storyline, but there’s not a lot of plot to be found here. What little narrative progression one finds is mostly relegated to the opening and closing segments that end each episode. In the few moments that Clancy is not logged into his universe simulator, we get a vague idea of his daily routine and the life he seems to want to run away from. Unfortunately, the series never really takes those elements to tell a more focused story. There’s just a very loose sense of continuity connecting one episode to the next.
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Even with the animation spicing up these conversations, the series ends up getting quite tedious and repetitive. It’s really only in the final episode where The Midnight Gospel becomes more emotionally resonant. Without giving too much away, the subject of the finale is more personally meaningful to both Trussell and his character. There is a clearer connection between the conversation taking place and the images on the screen. It finally fleshes out the emotional journey of a character who had previously kept away from his audience, and it all ends in an extremely sincere way.
Given how little narrative connective tissue is in Season 1, there’s nothing really stopping viewers from jumping straight to the end to get on with the good stuff. The series can be best enjoyed by watching only the first and last episode – one to get a feel for the premise and tone, and the other to see what’s possible when this unusual format reaches its dramatic climax. No more than that and The Midnight Gospel risks exhausting its reception.