Saturday, November 19, 2011
Must Watch: "The Booth At The End"
The Booth At The End, available to watch now on Hulu, is a mind-bending 5-episode mini-series that you could finish in a night and will think about for days afterwards. Originally broadcast in 2010 on the Canadian network Citytv, Booth tells the story of a mysterious, possibly otherworldly power-broker who makes deals with desperate people. "The Man" receives each "client" at a booth at the back of a diner, giving them a task to perform in exchange for their desire to be fulfilled.
These tasks range from the seemingly harmless -- befriending a shut-in and getting him to go outside -- to, in the case of an old lady with a bomb to plant in a coffee shop, the horrific. Beyond these intricate case-studies of personal will vs. fate is the larger question looming over the series: "who the Hell (perhaps literally) is The Man?" The Devil? A jaded, disaffected God? Something more akin to the Watchers of Fringe lore?
"24's" Xander Berkeley plays "The Man" with equal parts quiet menace and world-weary pathos, in a star turn which will make you yearning for another season. If you're a fan of the mystery and strong ensemble performances of a show like LOST, you will definitely enjoy The Booth At The End.