Director: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Zach Gilford, Henry Thomas, Annabeth Gish, Kate Siegel, Hamish Linktater, Michael Trucco, Rahul Kohli, Kristin Lehman
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Midnight Mass, Episode Five, Book V: Gospel starts with Riley vanishing on the island, leaving Erin needing to turn to Sheriff Hassan for help, as Riley’s family feel he might have just fallen off the wagon again. Dr Gunning gets to take her mother to mass for the first time in years, with the changes she has been through, only to become worried with the new ideas that Father Paul is putting together.
As Riley reappears, we learn about the day he spends with Father Paul, learning about the transformation he is going through, showing the change that is coming to the island, with the angel watching over the residents, or as Father Paul likes to put it.
Thoughts on Midnight Mass, Episode Five, Book V: Gospel
Thoughts – Midnight Mass, Episode Five, Book V: Gospel does start to show us more about what is happening with the mysterious visitor, with the religious argument coming into play, with the idea it could well be an angel, while it seems clear to be something else. This is another episode that finds itself being held down by too much dialogue instead of giving us enough of the horror side of show. We find ourselves wanting a lot more by now, despite the fact we have the big concept put together, we are falling into too much of the religious discussions, leaving us without the direction we need to stand out. This show is fast becoming one of the flatter in the horror world, offering us up very little in the horror elements involved.
Star of the Episode – Father Paul – Father Paul needs to explain the position he finds himself him, teaching Riley about what is going on, demanding he accepts the changes he is going through, being the person involved in the impact moments in the show to date.
Best Part of the Episode – I’m Not Scared of You
Final Thoughts – Midnight Mass, Episode Five, Book V: Gospel continues to fall into the conversation heavy, over any scary levels, lacking any spark it had built up.