One hotel room, many stories
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.