Midnight Mass

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  1. NYGator

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    “Midnight Mass is an American supernatural horror streaming television miniseries created and directed by Mike Flanagan for Netflix.”

    Also major spoiler warning. Do not google this show. Some fucking asshole wrote an article with a major spoiler in the headline. So fucking pissed.

    I’m currently on episode 3 and really enjoying it. Each episode is a full hour or so, and very deliberate and slow in a good way. I know a bunch of you followed his work with The Haunting of Hill House, etc. I think this is his first original series that he wrote.

     
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  2. Tarpon Nole

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    Watched the first episode on my plane ride home last night. Thought it was good

    Took me a while to realize that was Matt saracen
     
  3. Dr. Mantis Toboggan

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    Finished it last night. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Hill House and maybe not as much as the second one either but I’d still recommend it. Also as someone who grew up Catholic, parts of it hit hard.
     
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    Thanks for the spoiler warning NYGator , we're starting this tonight
     
  5. NYGator

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    I finished last night. I would give it a 7-8 out of 10. I felt it started strong, but once the reveal was made there were some struggles in execution, but that was always going to be an uphill battle. I think the show hit a high point at the end of episode 5.

    I think one of my biggest struggles was
    The fact that they lived a world where the idea of a vampire never dawned on them. This is totally fine, but it is also hard to comprehend that world given our exposure to it. I did find it interesting the way that Bev in particular was able to bend almost anything that happened into the scripture, which is basically one of the major issues with organized religion to me in general.

    I did enjoy a lot of the philosophy about death and the after life. I am not religious and tend to be more in the Riley camp when it comes to death, but maybe not in the vivid detail of how it occurs. I did like Erin's final explanation though. Definitely something to think about or at least a much nicer perspective to have than Riley's.
     
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  6. NYGator

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    My wife grew up Catholic and she felt that the practice in this case was much more representative of Christian Evangelism than Catholicism. I would tend to agree.
    Sure they used the Catholic traditions to draw parallels to what they thought was taking place, but really this was more about one misguided Priest and his corrupted enabler than it was a specific type of Christianity.
     
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  7. Dr. Mantis Toboggan

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    Agreed. Coating in Catholicism I think made it better for me.

    100%
     
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  8. Tarpon Nole

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    Holy shit at end of ep5
     
  9. NYGator

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    that’s what was spoiled in the headline for me
     
  10. Tarpon Nole

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    Finished. 8.3/10 I'll give my full thoughts tomorrow
     
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    I’m amazed at how much former HS QB Matt Saracen has aged in 10 years in this series. He looks 20 years older now.
     
  12. Nandor the Relentless

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    Episode 5 has some Saint Maud vibes
     
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    I enjoyed it overall, but there were way too many long-winded soliloquies to fill time. Many came at pivotal moments and I found getting pissed at the characters and wishing I could tell at them to move along.
     
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    Only through 3 episodes but enjoying it and the use of Neil Diamond has been exquisite.
     
  15. MtOread

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    Finishing this now. I liked episodes 4, 5, and 6 more than episode 7. Not bad though, had someone tell me it sucked so I went in with low expectations.
     
  16. NYGator

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    Yes high point was 5.
     
  17. MtOread

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    The last couple of moments for Beverly were very satisfying though.
     
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  18. TLAU

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    Agree with the threads sentiments on this one. Slow burn build up in the first 3 eps. 4 & 5 they floored it and had a bunch of good WTF moments. 6 Seems like it should have been more of a finale because 7 did not achieve the dramatic closing effect that they were looking for.

    When Erin is getting vampired and starts cutting the wings with the knife and the angel tries to back off and she pulls him back in like no suck some more while she keeps cutting... only for him to flutter away still able to fly. What was the fuckin point if he was gonna fly off? Was expecting her to take him down with her there or else it was just an overly dramatic way of nothing really happening

    Random Thoughts:
    The Priest absolutely killed his role IMO so did the Sherriff
    Mildred turned into a smoke show by the end
    Didn't even recognize Henry Thomas until I checked the cast and didn't realize they used so many of the Hill House actors. My love Carla Gugino even got some screen time as the judge

    7/10 for me and preferred Hill House at probably a 8.5-9/10 because it was more what I want from a Halloween season show.
     
  19. ned's head

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    V much enjoyed the series and cast, but the ending was a little lackluster

    The total lack of even attempt at self preservation was just weird.
    • The humans - why not float a broken boat to sea, wait for daytime, then burn the rec center/church? Or at least pour the gas on the backside of the building instead of right out front where the vamps are?
    • The vamps - why not get under some trees/turn over a boat/wait in a burning building since you'd just recover anyways?
     
  20. Degausser

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    Really loved this show. As others have said, it peaked in episodes 5 and 6. The ending was fairly anticlimactic when compared to the buildup to it. Either way, Mike Flanagan is the man, and I'll watch anything he puts out going forward.
     
  21. Voodoo

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    Loved the ending
     
  22. Bo Pelinis

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    He was clearly struggling to fly and him flying away from the sun left the potential for more. It made it possible to leave his potential demise open ended. Doubt they'll have more of it but that makes more possible even if it's unlikely and he likely burned up.
     
  23. Bo Pelinis

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    Very much enjoyed this. One of my favorite things to do is go into a show without even watching a trailer. Literally zero idea what it's about. I did that here and it is the best way to watch a series imo
     
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    I also like to do this. The trailer for this one really didn't give much away at all though. I didn't have any feel for what was coming.
     
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  25. NYGator

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    Nope…

    when the girl said she could no longer feel her legs, that was confirmation that he was sun toast. It was his blood and life that allowed her to heal. When her ailments came back it meant he died.

    Also, I think the subtle thing I liked about this show is the idea that
    vampires were not known monsters in this universe giving the clergy an easy way to make the mistake that a vampire could be a biblical angel and tying it all together with the mythology of the scripture.
     
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  26. Bo Pelinis

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    Nope to your nope
    Flanagan said himself it wasn’t meant to verify the angel died. It was meant to convey that the tainted blood has run through her body. He said the fate of the angel is open ended.

    https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/a37990882/midnight-mass-ending-explained/
     
  27. NYGator

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    That's kind of dumb and cheap if they follow that route. It makes the fact that she said that kind of pointless and possibly a complete fake out which I hate. At that point in the story we don't need to be handed a technicality. I hope not.
     
    #27 NYGator, Oct 19, 2021 at 2:30 PM
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  28. Bo Pelinis

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    Hamish Linklater was so good. Amazing job
     
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  29. TLAU

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    by far the best part of the show for me

    not killing him on screen was a mistake. that scene would have been pretty good if he didn't flutter fly away. just the fact that he flew away, even if they actually would have said he died off screen, still took away a lot from what was supposed to be a really powerful climactic scene.