The Midnight Gospel is a story about Clancy, a spacecaster with a malfunctioning multiverse simulator, laves the comfort of his home to interview beings living in dying worlds.
Season 1 was launched on 20 April 2020 on Netflix. It is created by Pendleton Ward. The Midnight Gospel is an adult animated show that centers around the main character Clancy’s titular ‘spice-cast’. He owns an extraordinary bio-computer that is capable of simulating universes and planets.
The conversations he has with the residents of his simulated universe are extremely touching. In the series, clancy and guest discusses the complexities of life and existence, religious beliefs and reality, and even loss and death.
In one episode, it is highlighted the conversation about doctrine and future whilst characters strike zombies into a pulp. In another episode, we watch as Clancy and his space cattle interviewee are hunted, powdered into ground meat, and transported as food while talking forgiveness and regret.
Words fail to capture the sheer imagination behind The Midnight Gospel. The show unpredictably shifts into and out of this fantastical world into meta conversations about the world that we live in. You can watch it over and over again and find new meaning in what is being said, what is being seen, or everything in between.
Comedian and host Trussell say over the phone, “With a show like this, it’s like, how are people going to accept it?” and added, “I love the show, but it’s kind of like when you’re trying a new joke on stage.”
“Any experiment in converting the medium of podcasting into something that people can watch is fantastic,” Trussell says. “What broadcasting represents to me is that authenticity and vulnerability that’s sometimes missing from shows on TV, so I think it’s really good for people to see that.”
Some of the most thought-provoking television dialogue of 2020 is found in The Midnight Gospel, and they’re just tucked into nonsensical scenarios.
“Anything you see in this show, there is intentionality behind it,” says Trussell. Topics such as positivity about death, use of drugs, and other topics. Moreover, he says that there is more to the absurdity.
One of the main accomplishments of the show is that it tries to balance gripping dialogues with absorbing animation, and however, balance is maintained in a very nice way.
The Midnight Gospel is a series that could not exist anywhere in the streaming arena. It is totally dedicated to the adults; it is not for all-aged viewers.
It pairs with small heavy talking approaches and unreal animations. But there’s not much in the way of any reward viewers or justified binge session.
But the finale episode gives the right mix of rare and emotional echoing material. It asks you to find a way to be present, to be mindful, to really listen when the world is literally collapsing around you. The Midnight Gospel is one of the best-animated series on Netflix, rewarding any viewer who puts effort into wrapping their head around what it’s serving up.