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Kohli's character has received praise from Muslim viewers, many citing him as a rare example of positive, accurate Muslim representation. The scene where he argues about religious texts in public schools has also been praised as an accurate reading of a Muslim perspective on Jesus.   Kohli said in Michael Rosenbaum's podcast Inside of You that the role was his most difficult. Kohli is "not Muslim, not American, not a dad, and not forty," and thus had a hard time in the role.  Accolades [ edit ] Year After Sarah, Erin, and Hassan burned the church and rec center, the remaining congregation, now all vampires, realized there was nowhere to go when the sun came up. With most now realizing all the horrors they'd committed during the night, even having killed their own loved ones, they joined together in song. Led by Ed and Annie, the town sang the hymn "Nearer, My God, to Thee" (a song reportedly played by the Titanic's string ensemble as the ship sank), echoing Monsignor Pruitt's sermon from the second episode when he more or less subtweeted his entire plan, saying with fervor "that's what it means to have faith, that in the darkness, in the worst of it, in the absence of light and hope, we sing."Critics praised Flanagan's direction, the performances, and the series' unique approach to the vampire genre. Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the series an "A−" grade and wrote that it "isn't perfect, but it is a keenly affecting, beautifully acted reflection on death, faith, guilt, addiction, and the power of free will."  Judy Berman of Time gave it a very positive review, calling it Flanagan's best series yet and praised the performances of Zach Gilford, Kate Siegel and especially Hamish Linklater.  Jen Chaney of Vulture called Linklater's performance "phenomenal" and believed he elevated the series to "moments of greatness," writing: "he speaks as if he's discovering his way through every sentence and wants you to come with him."  David Fear of Rolling Stone wrote, "the three-layers-deep work that Linklater is doing over these seven episodes is extraordinary." Fear also praised Flanagan's directing, stating that "It’s the way that [he] carefully sets everything into place in anticipation of a bigger-picture nightmare that makes the payoffs so satisfying."  Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times called the series "the best Stephen King story Stephen King never wrote" and stated, "even though this is an original work from Flanagan, it feels like a high-level adaptation of a particularly haunting King novel."  Henry Thomas as Ed Flynn, Riley's father who works as a fisherman and is reluctant to welcome his son home.
In the case of allegorical explorations of love and grief, like Hill House, this dissonance can pay off wonderfully, because the sharper the horror, the stronger the healing catharsis can be. But in Midnight Mass, the precarious balance between horror and hope that characterizes all of Flanagan’s work finally tilted in the wrong direction, at least for me. A fervent Bev calls for faith on the night of Easter vigil; Sarah reveals the results of a troubling experiment, along with a sobering hypothesis. View Details Chaney, Jen (September 23, 2021). "Midnight Mass Provokes More Thoughts Than Screams". Vulture . Retrieved October 13, 2021.The combination of fear, misinformation, and disenfranchisement reveals itself as a potent mix that can lead to unspeakable acts under the guise of religious ideology. It’s a bleak idea that resonates with our present-day reality. But remember this is a Mike Flanagan joint: As dark and troubling as things get, he makes sure to imbue his characters with love and empathy, leaving traces of hope along the way. Midnight Mass is no different.