MMT Minute Thoughts on SERVANT season 3

The third season of SERVANT premiered Friday, January 21 with episode one “Donkey” on Apple TV+.

“Donkey” picks up a few months after the incidents of two’s season finale and we find Dorothy and Sean Turner (Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell) preparing for a much-needed day of fun on the boardwalk with baby Jericho, Dorothy’s brother Julian (Rupert Grint) and his latest girlfriend Veera (Sunita Mani). Making a last-minute decision to not join the group is Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), who is still traumatized from last season’s events and leery of any new strangers or places she, and the family, would be exposed. But of course, it’s not the best decision for Leanne to stay by herself, and happenings at the Turner home cause an abrupt ending to the family’s Jersey shore getaway.

Where “Servant” always excels is the ability to take the most mundane anything and turn said thing into the creepiest and eerily supernatural simultaneously. And the focus on both creation and destruction – whether its food, animal or property being built up or broken down to their rudimentary stages – add elements of intrigue and fright.

But the story’s pacing has never been for the impatient, requiring an investment in its characters’ arcs and a love of what is versus what could be happening at any given time. Yet, when the payoffs come, they truly deliver.

So far this season, the five episodes I’ve screened are no exception – but that leaves me waiting another month before getting answers from the cliffhanger I’m now stuck, and it’s a good one!

I rate it 3.5 out of 5 on the MMTrometer.

SERVANT is streaming now on Apple TV+.

Until next thought, Thomasena

Synopsis: Three months after we leave the Turner household in season two, things appear to be back to normal. Dorothy and Sean dote on Jericho, Julian has a new girlfriend and Leanne has moved back into the brownstone. With the threat of the cult looming and suspicious visitors staked out in a nearby park, Leanne does everything she can to feel secure, ultimately causing more chaos for the Turner family. As Sean starts trusting in Leanne’s power, Dorothy feels increasingly threatened and worries for Jericho’s safety. While the Turners struggle to keep their family whole, they must come to terms with the costs of Jericho’s return. Be careful what you wish for.

Writer and Creator

  • Tony Basgallop

Director

  • M. Night Shyamalan

Executive Producers

  • M. Night Shyamalan
  • Tony Basgallop
  • Ashwin Rajan
  • Jason Blumenthal
  • Todd Black
  • Steve Tisch
  • Taylor Latham
  • Patrick Markey

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