Midnight Gospel on Netflix
created by Pendleton Ward and Duncan Trussell (2020)
Is Netflix’s show ‘The Midnight Gospel‘ just like ‘Adventure Time’ on drugs, or is it more mind-bending?
The show itself is a beautiful, psychedelic trip into existence self-existentialism, grief, accepting death and asking big questions about life. The main character, Clancy (voiced by Duncan Trussell), is a time-and-space hopping “space caster”, zapping himself into different planets throughout the multiverse as they’re seemingly on the brink of collapse.
There’s something incredible about blending together what’s essentially a podcast based around all the facets of existence and trying to grapple with life’s big questions. All of the chats that Clancy has with his peers in ‘Midnight Gospel’ are very earnest conversations recorded for the purposes of the series.
Dr. Drew Pinksy is featured among them, as is death acceptance advocate Caitlin Doughty, right down to Trussell’s own mother. All the while, your mind slips into a trance led by mind-bending animations that melt, drip and flow from one reality to another.