Netflix Review: Midnight Mass


Mr. Hartman, Adviser

In keeping with the theme of the spooky season and reviewing Netflix original series, we will discuss the Netflix series called Midnight Mass. Billed as an American supernatural horror series, the show centers on a small island town. A mysterious priest arrives to the island replacing the Monsignor who had been a staple on the island for decades. The townspeople each have their own stories which come to be revealed throughout the series. At first the townsfolk are reluctant to accept the new priest but soon he begins to win them over with fiery sermons and his genuine and caring nature.


As the series continues strange phenomena begin to occur, from townsfolk disappearing to the mysterious deaths of all the stray cats on the island. These sorts of incidents continue until the residents of the town become increasingly agitated and suspicious of each other. It soon becomes apparent that there is more to the new priest than meets the eye. The local police chief soon gets involved and the plot continues to thicken. By the end of the season, the entire story sort of blows up and culminates in a cathartic resolution for all the different storylines.


All in all, I found the series to be engaging if not amazingly awesome. The acting was excellent and the production values were strong as well. The story itself started out incredibly interesting and unique but by the third episode the story sort of devolves into predictability which was disappointing after such an interesting set up. Additionally, throughout the series, the actors tend to go on very long winded speeches, it was apparent enough that we were making fun of the long winded speeches by the last episode. But, aside from the predictable nature, and the occasional overly long speeches, the series was enjoyable.


If you are looking for a show that is terrifyingly scary, this is probably not the best choice for you. It definitely had creepy and even some violent moments throughout the series but I never felt compelled to get up and lock all the doors in the house (which is usually an indicator of how scary a show is for me). On a scale of one to ten I would give this show an honest 7/10. It wasn’t the worst series I’ve ever watched but it had some issues which I felt prevented it from being a higher rank in this reviewer’s book.