Check Out Hulu Exclusive The Booth At The End!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

huluAs any of you that enjoy the streaming portion of Netflix or Hulu are probably noticing, these sites are starting to release their own original programs to go along with all the network television and movies that are already available.  At first I wasn’t sure how to feel about these “exclusive” shows, but I finally decided to give a few of them a try.  After all, if you’re going to pay for a service you should explore all it has to offer, right?

booth-at-end.jpgThe show that really caught my attention was Hulu’s The Booth at the End.  Xander Berkeley, who plays the lead, is best known as the stepfather of the girl from Taken and from the US version of Being Human as this season’s Liam McLean.  In this Hulu exclusive series his character is never given a name, known simply as The Man.  He sits in a booth at the end of a diner and offers deals to those who come to see him.  These people always want something and The Man offers them a guarantee that what ever it is they want can happen.

The catch is that they have to preform a task he gives them then return and then tell him about it in detail.  Once they’ve completed this they get whatever it is they desired.  The tasks are usually things that clash with the person’s sense of morals but are never things that they’re incapable of completing.  The Man never forces the person to do something and makes it clear that it is up to them to do or not do the assignment.  It’s a look at how far people might go to fulfill their desires.

the-booth-at-the-end-007I really appreciate the be-careful-what-you-wish and deals-with-the-devil concepts of the show as well as the clarity that these choices lead to consequences.  But really I have to admire the brilliance of how they made the show in regards to setting.  The entire series takes place in the booth.  All of the story-telling work is in the actors’ ability to make the audience believe that they went out and did the things they are telling The Man about.  From a financial stand point it’s a smart move to shoot every scene in the booth rather than having to create several different sets for each character’s story line.  It’s great to feel so engaged in the characters’ stories without actually seeing it firsthand or in flashbacks.  It’s almost like a reimagining of the art of oral story telling.  If you don’t have a Hulu Plus account yourself it might be time to get a little closer with that one friend who has a subscription to check out both seasons of this psychological drama.

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