The Booth At The End: Review (No Spoilers)

The Booth At The End: Review (No Spoilers)

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Although the internet is full of cat videos and the like, strides have been made to give us entertainment that is easily better than anything that we can see on cable t.v. The Booth at the End is such an example of quality web programming, and has made its debut on Hulu, as of this week.

So what is The Booth at the End about?

It’s about asking the question “How far would you go to get what you want?”

The series follows the conversations between a mysterious figure (played by Xander Berkeley) who sits in the corner booth at the back of a diner and a steady flow of random people who come to see him. These people ask “The Man” for a certain wish. He gives them a task, seemingly at random, and upon completing that, their wish is fulfilled.  He admits that he does not give them what they want – it simply happens.

Some tasks are dreadful and involve killing innocent people. Some tasks are good, like protecting a child from an impending attack. Whatever the task, though, it’s clear that this man (perhaps the devil himself?) will not help or get involved beyond assigning it.

The first episode introduces us to The Man and the characters who come to him. I really liked Berkeley as the enigmatic figure in the corner booth, and am trying to figure out where I’ve seen him before. Even a search on IMDB, which lists an extensive cast of characters that he’s portrayed, did not help me in that. But he plays this character with a level of coolness that makes him seem both angel and devil, all at the same time.

I recommend giving The Booth at the End a viewing. Hulu is free, after all (although I opt for Hulu Plus for HD streaming) and so is this web series. This is just the sort of inventive thing I plan on continuing to support. Watch it on Hulu here.

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If you like The Booth At The End, you’re sure to like my new novel, Zeus, Inc.

  1. orbitorbit08-08-2011

     This is a Faustian tale, rooted in classical themes of temptation, desire, deals and moral quandaries. The Man a tormented soul who tries to remain objective, but clearly has a strong moral opinion about his clients. A major thematic question is whether the Man wants to benefit mankind or not. My opinion is that he will choose selflessness in the end.

    • Robin BurksRobin Burks08-08-2011

      He said something in the last episode about about it being the details that made me think of the adage “The devil is in the details.” Of course, then I was like “He’s the devil!” But I’m not really sure it’s that clear cut. I also think it’s interesting how many of the tasks overlap and are slowly bringing the characters together.

  2. Blessed GeekBlessed Geek01-14-2012

    Booth at the End is about the most boring show I have ever encountered.
    If I needed my senses annoyed, I would rather torture myself watching Glenn Beck.

    • Robin BurksRobin Burks01-16-2012

      To each his own, I say. I, however, still stand by believing that the show is brilliant. Did you watch it via Hulu? I think as it was originally filmed as a web series with short episodes, the way the episodes were tacked together could have played a factor in your lack of enjoyment of it. But it is one of those shows where it’s more about dialogue than actual action. I think they handled that extremely well.

  3. IllegalfunfunIllegalfunfun02-21-2012

    Did you see him in 24? Or maybe in Air Force One as the evil security guard? Those are the two places I had seen him before 

    • Robin BurksRobin Burks02-22-2012

      I don’t think I remember himf rom either of those. But what a fantastic actor he is in The Booth at The End. 

      • JayJay03-12-2012

        You probably remember him as Edward Furlongs on screen father in Terminator 2.Or perhaps the kindly blood test administering doctor in Gatica?

  4. CensuremusicCensuremusic05-29-2012

    He plays Percy in Nikita

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