Actors Hamish Linklater and Samantha Sloyan come across as sensitive, down to Earth people, although the pairing could not be more terrifying in Mike Flanagan’s highly charged series Midnight Mass. Linklater, whose partner Lily Rabe we interviewed for The Undoing, (they also appeared together in Tell Me Your Secrets), is beyond human almost as Father Paul, and in between his long monologues and general sense of terror, we have never before seen a performance like this one. In contrast, Sloyan, who has appeared in other Flanagan projects, gave us a little bit of a taste of her performance as the diabolical and fanatical Bev Keane in her stint on Grey’s Anatomy, as Dr. Penelope Blake. But even that performance couldn’t prepare us for what she displayed on Crockett Island, in this powerful and very challenging Netflix series, which has audiences enflamed.
Midnight Mass is now streaming on Netflix