TV: Room 104 – Season 1

Premiered: July 28, 2017

On: HBO

Starring: Melonie Diaz, Ross Partridge, Ethan Kent, Gavin Kent, Clark Duke, James Van Der Beek, Davie-Blue, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Orlando Jones, Tony Todd, Jenny Leonhardt, Jay Duplass, Will Tranfo, Frank Ashmore, Karan Soni, Poorna Jagannathan, Dendrie Taylor, Sarah Hay, Adam Foster, Nat Wolff, Amy Landecker, Mae Whitman, Konstantin Lavysh, Veronica Falcón, Keir Gilchrist, Hugo Armstrong, Natalie Morgan, Keta Meggett, Philip Baker Hall & Ellen Geer

In the same style as The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, HBO’s Room 104 has a completely new story with a new cast and often a strange twist in every episode. Unfortunately, this anthology series falls short.

Over time, a motel in an undisclosed location has many different visitors stay in room 104.

Some episodes show strength. In one, Karan Soni plays an Indian man trying to explain technology to his mother (Poorna Jagannathan) over the phone and while the majority of it is infuriating, the twist is downright emotional. Emotions also strike a chord in the final episode, where Philip Baker Hall gives a heartbreaking performance.

However, a majority of the 12 episodes leave you confused and/or without a proper ending. Even a great one like “The Missionaries” ends before the real action starts.

Final say: Needs repairs. ★★☆☆☆

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