The Booth at the End
How far would you go to get what you want?
This is the question looked at by The Booth at the End. First created as 62 webisodes but broadcast as half-hour episodes on FX, it focuses on one mysterious man who works from, oddly enough, the end booth of a diner.
No matter what you want, this guy will make a deal with you so you can get it. The problem is that it’s not going to come easy. You’re a Nun who wants to hear God again? You’ve got to become pregnant. You want to save your cancer-ridden son from death? Find another child and kill it. You want to be prettier? Then you have to rob a bank. The man doesn’t force you to do it and he’s clear that it’s not him making it happen, it’s you. Your actions and their consequences are completely your responsibility.
For a show that never leaves the inside of a diner, it’s incredibly harrowing viewing. Each two minute chunk of the story is more exciting than most two hour detective dramas. But they’re also so beautifully simple. You never actually see anything actually happening; each character goes to fulfil their side of the bargain, comes back and tells the mysterious man about it. Have you ever seen a sweet little old lady describe building and planting a bomb? It’s utterly compelling.
The acting found within is superb — Xander Berkeley manages to be all at once unsettling, reassuring, intense, light, repulsive and alluring. In fact, that describes the show in its entirety: whilst the webisodes are tiny, perfectly crafted gems that make you feel happy, anxious, wrought, angry and sad in turn, the series as a whole is a perfectly balanced masterpiece.
But the best thing about this show is how it makes you, the viewer, feel and think. You really, really feel for these characters, be it hope or disgust. Their moral dilemmas become your own. You hope for them, you hate them, and you can’t help but agonise over the decisions they’re faced with.
So here’s a deal. If you want truly gripping, truly wonderful television you have to go over to this website and check out the webisodes. Sounds simple, right? Not really. Prepare for two hours of the most exquisite mental agony you’ve ever experienced. You’ll love it.
Last updated: 09/05/2018 21:37:05