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The Booth at the End

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Just stumbled on this show by accident when catching up with a show on Hulu, and I dug it a lot. It's a small-scale production--all conversations set in a diner, at a single booth, and there are only five twenty-three episodes--but has some really terrific acting and a delightful Rod Serling edge. Xander Berkeley stars as The Man, a mysterious individual who sits in a diner and barters with people to get what they want, requiring the completion of tasks in return. The desires of the characters vary. One wants to be beautiful, another wants her husband to recover from Alzheimer's, another wants to be an excellent painter. The tasks are different, too, such as robbing a bank, detonating a bomb in a diner, or protecting a little girl from harm. How the characters grapple with these tasks unfolds over the course of the five episodes with varying results.

Some of the stories are better than others, but it maintains a generally consistent level of quality throughout its five episodes, in no small part because of Berkeley's wonderful performance as The Man. While THE BOOTH AT THE END won't change your life, it's more than worth a peek, if you can find the time (and given that it's not an enormous time commitment, it's easier to find time for THE BOOTH AT THE END than many other shows).

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I came across this 2-3 weeks ago, and enjoyed it as well (though I've still yet to watch the final episodes). I liked the small, intimate scale of things, which helped given that it's entirely dialog-driven, and yes, Berkeley's performance is solid.

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Here's a review of the show that I wrote for Christ and Pop Culture.

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I watched the first two episodes tonight. It's kind of like The Box, but good.

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A new diner! And a Heisenberg hat!

I recognized Doris as the waitress from the first season, but not the character who appears in the last shot. Have we seen her before?

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Episode 2 of this season took some interesting turns. Given a frew of the stories, it appears that faith/religion is going to play a very big part in this season.

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I recognized Doris as the waitress from the first season, but not the character who appears in the last shot. Have we seen her before?

I got the impression that she was the girl who died at the end of the last season, and was resurrected by her father.

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I recognized Doris as the waitress from the first season, but not the character who appears in the last shot. Have we seen her before?

I got the impression that she was the girl who died at the end of the last season, and was resurrected by her father.

Yeah, she's in the second episode, and they review her plotline.

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