You have a time machine. Right before he rushes out the door, though, Steve insists Alex join him in front of the now-working AC unit. He quickly exits to throw up. Sorry.”, Trump references are so abundant across scripted television that it’s hard not to cringe when any show drops a new one. Both men firmly – and repeatedly – assert that cannibalism isn’t illegal. Alex declines and frantically zips the tent back up. The best episodes, like the best people, are the ones that leave you wanting more. The repairman insists he’ll only be a few more minutes, so Alex must nervously wait until he leaves. Build your custom FanSided TV email newsletter with news and analysis on All Television and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more. But Alex and Josh aren’t on the same page. While Alex is laser-focused on his project, Josh is falling apart. “It’s easy to say, ‘If I met Hitler, I would’ve blah, blah, blah.’ But nobody ever did. The appeal of Room 104 comes from the same principle: The viewer’s time with these odd, compelling characters is only temporary. Privacy Policy / Cookie Policy. Too frequently, Room 104 ends just when it’s getting good. All Rights Room 104 episode 'Hungry' proves that truth is stranger than fiction. Alex is prepared to carry out the mission on his own, but he’s interrupted by an AC repairman (Hugo Armstrong), who enters the room while Alex is in the shower. Alex is disturbed that this politician has already gotten so far, and sees it as his moral duty to end the man’s campaign – and life – before he gets any further. On February 8, 2019, HBO revealed that a third season had been filmed and that the network were in talks for a fourth season renewal. But Alex and Josh aren’t on the same page. ‘Room 104’ Review: HBO’s Anthology Series Delivers Its Trump Episode With ‘Red Tent’, ‘Room 104’ Season 4 Trailer: Dave Bautista and Jillian Bell Check in for the Final Season of This Wild Anthology Stories, TV Bits: ‘Masters of the Universe’, ‘After Life’, ‘Yellowstone’, ‘Project Blue Book’, ‘Fuller House’, and More, This Week In Trailers: The World Before Your Feet, Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Room 104, HBO’s ‘Room 104’ Season 2 Debuts November 9, Stars Michael Shannon, Mahershala Ali, Judy Greer, and More. Two women dance an evocative pas de deux in Room 104's most unusual installment yet. The ensuing conversation is fascinating. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. But they’re less anxiety-inducing than a show like Black Mirror and less cynical than American Horror Story. Too bad Sam and Gene weren’t invited. Ask me anything.’ Quick recap – this man had a portion of his leg amputated after a motorcycle accident, asked to keep his leftovers, and then prepped his own foot meat for a taco dinner with some buddies. He tramples into the tent, babbling about the Green Bay Packers and, to steady his nerves. Which could be a horrible idea—a work of television limited to the same rigid environment as a stage play—but somehow isn’t. OMG. His plot seems to stay hidden through all these scares, but Steve may know more than he lets on. With so many shows feeling algorithmically tailored to the preferences of the discerning binge viewer, Room 104 is much less calculated—it would much rather try and fail than, say, offer up a grab-bag of prestige-TV tropes that feels ultimately hollow. Gene performs some sort of surgery on Sam’s nether regions and then slaps a diaper on him. They just chopped Sam’s dick off AND THEN ATE IT. But the tent almost gives him away on multiple occasions. ‘Hungry’, written by Mark Duplass and directed by Patrick Brice, is the first installment of the series that is based in reality. Obviously, the cop is freaked the eff out by what she sees, and she immediately calls for backup. While Alex is laser-focused on his project, Josh is falling apart. He’s a divisive figure, one that’s “tough to ignore.” Alex obviously hates him, but Steve admires the man. “We somehow associate this one man with all these millions of deaths, but he wasn’t the one pulling the triggers, right?” Steve observes. However, unlike the episode, Meiwes had the entire body of his victim at his culinary disposal after the event. But “Voyeurs” is something entirely different: a work of interpretive dance directed by the choreographer and filmmaker Dayna Hanson. Posted on Monday, October 2nd, 2017 by Kristin Hunt, (Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?). “The Fight,” which comes later in the series, is also primarily physical, presenting a full 15 minutes or so of two female mixed-martial artists brawling to determine how a fight should be thrown. All names, trademarks and images are copyright their respective owners. Mark Duplass drew inspiration from a real story about consenting German cannibals. There’s a brief screen at the top of the episode stating that it’s ‘inspired by a true story’, but you’d be forgiven for blanking on that tidbit by the end credits because the tale is so startling. Room 104 is a New York loft style space that is located on the first level of Achilles House, a heritage building in the heart of downtown Auckland, that we have converted into the perfect location for all your grooming needs.. The camera pans over to the sausage-like piece of meat lingering on the plates, and then to Sam’s blood soaked diaper, which looks like the Japanese flag, blazing red dot in the middle. He quickly exits to throw up. The antics within that room could be terrifying (a demonic child who never blinks and torments his babysitter), charming (a wannabe writer in 1997 cajoles his mother into trying to use email), or unsettling (a cult initiation goes very, very wrong). So Alex lays out the entire scenario. One bomb, one vote, one man won’t change the world. The two men sit down at the table, and happily take bites of the item, clearly excited to finally be doing whatever it is that they’re doing. Much like with Sam and Gene, these two men also had a recording to demonstrate that Brandes’ was consenting to everything that was happening to him. They’re transitory spaces where the only constant is that people never stick around. Other people have to bolster them or at least allow them into positions of power. The most irritating ones feel overly self-indulgent—transparent opportunities for the writers (Mark Duplass wrote seven out of 12) and directors (a notably diverse group) to play around with form. Steve also makes homophobic jokes about LeBron James and casually dismisses his son’s interest in women’s studies. Trump is the implicit theme of an episode that also spends a great deal of time on Adolf Hitler. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. But Steve’s invitation to relax and take a breath might’ve stopped the attack. But, it turns out that people can – and have – gotten away with cannibalism and autocannibalism in the United States. By Emily VanDerWerff @emilyvdw Sep 3, 2017, 1:30pm EDT Share this story We don’t know. An unseen crowd chants, “USA! You can get into a room with Adolf Hitler in 1930. The worst thing about Room 104 is that it’s completely inconsistent. Our protagonist Alex (Keir Gilchrist) is introduced inside a red tent. Hotel rooms bring myriad connotations: affairs, escapes, work trips, assignations. How could this be? Room 104 is an American television anthology series created by Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass. The two men have gathered in Room 104 just prior to a political convention. We want to hear what you think about this article. The strange, chilling story features superb performances by Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris as a woman seeking salvation and American Gods’ Orlando Jones as the snake-oil priest taking her money. This is where the story gets wild. Mr. Brice is basically an honorary Duplass Brother at this point, it being his third turn in the director’s chair this season alone. Reserved. Alex freaks out when Steve accidentally knocks one of his tools onto the tent, prompting the suspicious handyman to try to peek inside. He’s working intently on something, while talking to a second man outside the tent. We can’t pin a mass failing of humanity on one target. He also has to explain that red tent. Who’s to say another Hitler wouldn’t be waiting in the wings? Steve isn’t sure the country is ready for someone so “real,” but he’s ready to vote for this candidate in November. The series debuted on July 28, 2017, on HBO. The most satisfying episodes function like one-act plays, with well-structured narrative arcs and twists and reveals. He tramples into the tent, babbling about the Green Bay Packers and Lambeau Leap to steady his nerves. The bomb is intended for an apparently incendiary candidate speaking that night. Hmm. Okaaaaaay…. Only a society can – and if Alex and Steve can agree on one thing, it’s that their society is sick. Welcome to Room 104, your first step in the right direction as a man. The final five minutes offer a reveal that’s deeply moving but maddeningly brief, given all the effort that’s gone into getting there. The first episode, “Ralphie,” draws on the Duplasses’ previous work with horror, starring Melonie Diaz as an earnest babysitter. USA!” He opens his eyes. “Stand where I’m standing, Alex,” he says. Web design by Pro Blog Design. Alex is only too happy to go along with this lie, prattling on about his imaginary seven-year-old son. He’s there as a prospective voter gripes about immigration, NAFTA, and gay marriage. Ask me anything.’, How to watch Camping Season 1, Episode 6 live online, 'Game of Thrones' season 8 premiere date and teaser video revealed, The Neighborhood Season 1, Episode 7 recap: The Barbershop, Twilight's Jackson Rathbone discusses his ever-changing roles. The repairman, Steve, assumes it belongs to a kid. When Alex finishes his work and leaves the tent to check on Josh, he’s gone.