Servant: “Loveshack” Review

Just when you thought things couldn’t get weirder on Servant, Uncle George is here to stay with rituals a plenty!  The latest episode delivers on quiet, subtle character moments in the first half and all out absurdity (in a good way) in the second half.  It takes us new places and ensures that things will never be the same again.

(Spoilers Ahead – You’ve Been Warned)

Two Houseguests
The incredibly odd and creepy Uncle George remains in the Turner house.  Dorothy’s hospitality towards him, while genuine, just comes off as uncomfortable after all they’ve been through together.

George remains the most fascinating character on the series because he’s definitely the most strange, and even seems dangerous at times, but he clearly believes everything he says, and clearly only wants to help.  In this episode, that takes the form of preparing for a bizarre ritual that involves him slamming his head against a wall as hard as he can.

While George continues to weird out both the Turners, as well as the audience, Leanne remains in her attic room/prison.  She seems reserved to being there, but has her own ulterior motives.

He’s peculiar, but very real and genuine at the same time.

In an unusual turn of events, Julian spends some time with her in the attic and what begins as enlightening character development and growth for both of them turns into a full blown expression of intimacy and passion.

On the surface, it always seemed like Sean and Leanne had more of a bond, but it was more of a father/daughter dynamic.  Julian on the other hand, always had a tense and combative attitude towards Leanne, which can sometimes lead to passion (especially in this case).

At first it seemingly comes out of nowhere, but the more you think about it, the more inevitable it always seemed. The only weird thing is that Julian is at least 30 and Leanne is only 18.

Clearly Julian was in need of a release of sorts, but given everything, is Leanne playing some sort of game or scheme.  After their tryst, George comes into the attic to confront Leanne, and he’s absolutely terrified of her.

Fringe of the Supernatural
All along, George has been talking about his religious cult (though he doesn’t use that word) and how they’re doing God’s work, but that Leanne was defiant and that makes her dangerous.

Between the Jericho doll becoming a real baby (whether by means of magic or simple kidnapping), as well as Sean losing all feeling in his hand, this series flirts with the line between plausible and paranormal.  George’s fear of Leanne is quite real, and even if she doesn’t possess any supernatural abilities, the power of belief could be just as potent.

Leanne could be far more dangerous than anyone realizes.

Each episode this season has done a great job of building tension towards what will hopefully be a thrilling climax.  As previously mentioned, this one went the furthest, which means either the next few episodes wont’ be as exciting, or we’ve only just begun!

What did you think of this episode of Servant?  What do you hope to see next week?  Let us know in the comments!

Servant is streaming exclusively on Apple TV+

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