Servant (TV/Horror/Thriller) [TV/Review]

7/10

Season 1: 9/10
Season 2: 5/10

Year: 2017
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Source: Streaming (Apple TV+)

PLOT

A Philadelphia couple is in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

OPINION

The director’s chair is divided between several directors, but most prominent is M. Night Shyamalan. He seems to be one of those directors that gets to take a lot of shit, and I have no idea why. He made several awesome movies like The Sixth Sense (1999), Signs (2002), The Village (2004) and The Visit (2005) and here he strikes again, directing 3 episodes. Personally, I like his work and will continue to follow it.

The whole season has an awesome creepy atmosphere and you have that feeling that anything can happen. What is real and are there paranormal events taking place or is it just psychological.

The entire maincast is awesome. The nanny Leanne is fantastic, played by Nell Tiger Free. She’s creepy, awkward and sexy. Another favourite from the Six Feet Under show (2001-2005) is Lauren Ambrose. Also the husband, played by Toby Kebbell and the brother Rupert Grint are just great.

Season 2 … What the hell? What happened here? Every mysterious aspect of the show is gone and a major disappointment. I almost didn’t finish it. I really loved the first season and defended M. Night Shyamalan on horror forums as I always have to do. But this was not good … to put it mildly.

LOCATION/BACKGROUND:
It was filmed on location in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, between November 2018 – March 2019.

M. Night Shyamalan said he envisions the show to last for six seasons. The series was originally set in a nameless place, then changed to London and then New York City. When Mr. Shyamalan joined the project, the setting was changed to Philadelphia.

In January 2020, Francesca Gregorini, director of The Truth About Emmanuel (2013) filed a lawsuit against M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop accusing them of stealing the idea for this series from her film. Shyamalan and Basgallop both denied the charge saying they had never seen her film and it was just a coincidence.

Mild Spoiler: Another other kind of funny trivia is that the first reborn doll supplied to the production was too realistic. It had to be altered so that viewers would not think it was a real baby.

STREAM:
I watched this streaming on Apple TV+

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