Servant – M. Night Shyamalan’s New Series Starts Promising but ultimately Falls Flat
You might like this Show if you enjoyed:
The Sinner (TV-Show, 2017-)
The Twilight Zone (TV-Show, 2019-)
The Boy (Movie, 2016)
The Village (2004)
Long Story Short:
A couple, who recently lost their baby, hires a Nanny to watch their newborn child. Huh? Yeah, exactly… Soon it becomes clear that things are not quite as they seem.
Just like most of M. Night Shyamalan’s movies, Servant starts super suspenseful, intriguing and makes you want to know more. But by the end of episode 3 it is clear, that we witness what we always do with his work:
The strong storyline ends up being all over the place, not really finding the right pace or excitement that we are hoping for, and the viewer ends up not knowing who to root for, because none of the characters seem really likable.
Ultimately I am expecting an ending that is either a cop out or a lackluster explanation that seems rather rushed than thought through. Maybe something with ghosts, or one of the characters is dead, or maybe they are stuck in a time loop, or they were just dreaming, and all of a sudden, it ends right where it started.
I don’t know why, but as much as I express my disappointment, I think I will always support Shyamalan’s work, because I see great potential in his stories, and I guess until he stops making shows and movies I’ll always hope that he’ll eventually figures out how to deliver a decent ending.
Since episodes are added weekly, I’ll probably wait until the entire first season is available to watch. Apple announced last month that Servant has already been picked up for a second season.
Story Development: 4/10
Character Development: 5/10
Addictive Factor: 4/10
Overall Impression: 5/10
My Rating: 6/10