One ho­tel room, many sto­ries

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Pay Television - Room 104,

Room 104 tells the tales of var­i­ous char­ac­ters who pass through a sin­gle room of a typ­i­cal Amer­i­can chain motel This ter­rific an­thol­ogy se­ries set in a sin­gle room in a non­de­script chain motel is a mix be­tween the 2007 John Cu­sack hor­ror film and the Net­flix doc­u­men­tary Voyeur.

The for­mer sug­gested a ho­tel room with su­per­nat­u­ral pow­ers and a malev­o­lent in­tent. The lat­ter was the real-life story of Ger­ald Foos, who owned a shabby ho­tel for sev­eral decades un­til 1997 for the sole pur­pose of se­cretly observing his guests var­i­ously hav­ing sex, eat­ing fried chicken and wip­ing their hands on the bed­spreads, and on one oc­ca­sion com­mit­ting mur­der.

Cre­ated by won­der broth­ers Jay and Mark Du­plass ( An­i­mals, To­geth­er­ness), Room 104 re­turns with an­other dozen episodes, telling the tales of var­i­ous char­ac­ters who pass through a sin­gle room of a typ­i­cal Amer­i­can chain motel.

Last sea­son opened with a ter­ri­fy­ing story about a babysit­ter named Meg look­ing af­ter a boy named Ralph, with an imag­i­nary friend named Ral­phie hid­ing in the bath­room. When Ral­phie comes out to ter­rorise Meg, things take a dark turn.

In the sea­son fi­nale, vet­eran ac­tors Philip Baker Hall and Ellen Geer played a cou­ple re­liv­ing their wed­ding night from decades ago. It was a sad and sweet coda.

Sea­son two in­cludes a 30th-birth­day cel­e­bra­tion side­tracked by a jeal­ous sis­ter; an in­ter­net first date be­tween a fa­mous Rus­sian tech­nol­o­gist and a ve­teri­nary nurse; a woman who hears a voice in­side the walls; and two men who meet to ful­fil an un­usual fan­tasy, among oth­ers.

At 25 min­utes an episode, it is pretty ter­rific en­ter­tain­ment. Even the drab and un­chang­ing ho­tel decor may start to grow on you. Mon­day, 11.35pm, Fox Show­case.

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