A series review on the hit Netflix animation.
By Lerato Botha
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 5 of VARSITY News.
The Midnight Gospel, which was released on Netflix on the 20th of April, and the date of release befitting to its psychedelic-themed animation, is an eight-episode journey through spirituality and the sense of life. Created by Adventure Time animator, Pendleton Ward and stand-up comic, actor and podcaster, Duncan Trussell, the show offers the nostalgic animation resembling that of Ward’s work on Adventure Time, paired with a great sense of dark humour, whilst also tackling greater issues surrounding the meaning of life.
The show’s main character, Clancy Gilroy, who is voiced by Duncan himself, is a being from Earth who has found his way to a dimension called ‘The Chromatic Ribbon’. In this dimension, he spends his days as a “space caster”, hosting his very own space podcast called “The Midnight Gospel” in which he visits different planets with the help of his Universe Simulator, and picks the inhabitants’ brains on a multitude of issues. The show delves into crucial conversations surrounding drug use, alcoholism, spirituality, the uncertainty of life and the inevitability of death.
Although the topics of discussion are hard-hitting and thought-provoking, Clancy’s charisma and humour, paired with each of his guests’ willingness to share their own experiences, makes for a heart-warming and perhaps even tear-jerking experience. The extremely unique and colourful animations will also keep you captivated.
Each episode features a different guest from a different planet. Each guest is vastly different from the other, with different struggles and experiences, yet each of them possess a great deal of wisdom which they make use of in communicating simple, important life lessons. Whilst they are all only featured for one twenty-five-minute episode each, they all leave a lasting impression on the viewer. For those who grew up on animations like Adventure Time, The Midnight Gospel is a great evolution from our favourite childhood series into what appeals to us in our young adulthood.