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.