Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Booth at the End (TV 2011)

by DionysusPsyche

A mysterious man sits at a booth in a diner and sees clients. He looks like any other suit, but his deals are very different than that of your average business man. The clients come of their own will and by referral only. They sit in his booth and ask for something specific, and their requests are often strange or difficult to grant.

The man tells them he will make their desire reality if they do something for him. These things vary on the level of the request. The harder the request will reflect the difficulty of the task. They may ask for a better relationship or to be more attractive. Usually the more elaborate the request, the harder the action will be to achieve it.

Is the man God? Is he the devil? He seems like a neutral representative, and his clientele focuses around eleven characters. He is a passive man; doesn't appear to be pulling for either side. Like the audience watching, he is in it for the story and how it is unfolding. They have to reveal information in order to supply his help to succeed with the task. His clients may find that once they start their assignment, the assessment of how badly they want something changes or that the task itself makes them happy or too unhappy to complete. Others find the tasks difficult and ask for help or hints or loopholes. They must follow certain rules if they intend to succeed.

This sci-fi mini-series was created by Christopher Kubasik and premiered exclusively on Hulu. This non-reality show series does have a real feel to it, and it's mysterious, not overly dramatic, and highly character driven. At times, the man (Xander Berkley), feels more like a therapist than the underling of a deity. The show pulls you in and brings to mind the jingle that says "What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar?" Although instead of a weird, half melted, half frozen dessert, it's how far would you go to get what you wanted? Would you want it once you get it? Is it fate or just a test?

Personally, I enjoyed the series and was relieved by its brevity. It has several different characters and at times if you break from the show, you have to go back a few episodes to remember the exact story and how it unfolds. There have been rumors of a second season, which I would be pleased to see. Recommended for anyone who loves character driven plots, but only has the attention span for 10 episodes.

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