It's difficult to explain The Midnight Gospel, an unbelievably great animated series currently streaming on . The blown mind struggles for straightforward description. It's an action-packed cartoon about humanity's spiritual reckoning with reality, and a meditative odyssey across hallucinogenic science-fictional fantasies. There are sequences bone-dripped with hard-R freakout imagery — but the vibe is whimsical, full of freewheeling conversation. Much of the dialogue comes straight from co-creator Duncan Trussell's interview podcast The Duncan Trussell Family Hour. Those discussions have been adapted into stories with goofily apocalyptic stakes. Comparisons are fun, if shriveling. Imagine if the 2001 wormhole scene launched its own talk show. Imagine Disney and Dali composing a dreamy ode to the Shy Guys from Super Mario Bros. 2.
Midnight Gospel fixates on Clancy, a young (?) human (?) who lives in a trailer with his "used Universe Simulator," a bio-technological god computer. Clancy is played by Trussell, whose miraculous rasp sounds untraceably like a lifelong smoker cackling and a little brother's voice cracking.
Episodes begin with our hero (?) scrolling through the Universe Simulator's collection of planets, programmed full of individuals and interactive environments. You get the concept immediately if you play videogames, or if you've ever been cornered at a party by someone who just heard about simulation theory.