Room 104 Season Finale Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

Room 104 finishes its first season with a sentimental love story starring a long-married elderly couple. Charlie and Lorraine have a long history with Room 104, dating back to their wedding night a half century ago. Their latest visit ends up serving as a neat bookend to their saga. “My Love” isn’t a surreal or shocking finale, and that sadly that seems to be par for the course for Room 104, an experiment that started out strong only to get less and less compelling as the season wore on.

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Room 104 The Fight Review

(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” reimagines Room 104 as something more than a place for trysts or cash-strapped travelers. This time, it’s an MMA arena. Two fighters are staying in the motel ahead of their big match the next night. They decide to team up, throw the fight, and get paid. But pride gets in the way. The actual fight starts in their motel room that same night. The episode lives up to its name with some brutal, bruising fight sequences. Both opponents know that it’s in their best interest to save the uppercuts for the next day. But they just can’t stop.

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 Room 104 Red Tent review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

It took almost a full season, but Room 104 has delivered its Trump episode. While his name is never mentioned, the specter of Donald Trump hangs heavy over “Red Tent.” He’s present in the unseen, inflammatory politician who tells it like it is. He’s there as a prospective voter gripes about immigration, NAFTA, and gay marriage. Trump is the implicit theme of an episode that also spends a great deal of time on Adolf Hitler. These are exhausting topics, but “Red Tent” handles them deftly through a nuanced discussion between an AC repairman and an aspiring terrorist.

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Room 104 Boris Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

Room 104 has hosted ghosts, voyeurs, and Mormons. But until this week, no celebrities. Enter Boris, an internationally famous tennis star who’s having an erratic evening. Through his unlikely friendship with a housekeeper, Boris faces some long buried trauma. But not before he dons an unusual costume.

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Room 104 Phoenix Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

For the second time this season, Room 104 traveled back in time. “Phoenix” takes place in the late 1960s, just moments after a plane crash. The sole survivor is trying to make sense of what happened to her, and decide what to do next. Luckily, Liza arrives to help her choose a path forward.

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Room 104 The Missionaries Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

Mormon missionaries aren’t the easiest story subjects. Their work is tedious, their uniforms are square, and they only recently got permission to drink Pepsi. Unless you’ve got showtunes, how do you make their stories compelling? Well, if you’re the Duplass brothers, you add in a dual crisis of faith and sexuality. “The Missionaries” follows two Mormon elders as they completely rethink their lives and purpose. Inside Room 104, they embark on their own version of a Rumpsringa. But the next day, they’re divided on the path forward. As you can imagine, it’s a weird headspace to navigate – which brings us to our weekly question.

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Room 104 Voyeurs Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

Ever since its first trailer, Room 104 has been hyping a dancing woman in a red slip. She’s even the landing page photo for the series on HBO’s website. In “Voyeurs,” we finally got to meet her – and the encounter was unforgettable. “Voyeurs” is not your traditional scripted episode of television but instead a wordless ballet full of loss, longing, fear, and frustration. It’s thrillingly original, and it co-stars a motel figure we’ve surprisingly not seen thus far: the housekeeper.

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Room 104 The Internet Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

If last week’s Room 104 was a minor ‘90s nostalgia trip, this week’s episode is a flannel-wearing, Beanie Babies-hoarding homage to the decade. In “The Internet,” the show goes back in time to 1997 for a mostly comedic story about a guy explaining the internet to his mom over the phone. This frustrating conversation leads to a life-changing discovery, as well as a potential career breakthrough. And it all happens inside a distinctly retro motel room.

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TV Bits Room 104

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Marvel TV is developing a Jessica Jones-style show for ABC
  • HBO has renewed Room 104 for a second season
  • Robert Zemeckis is executive producing a new show about a missing airplane
  • Watch trailers for new seasons of Dirk Gently and The Shannara Chronicles
  • And more!

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I Knew You Weren’t Dead Review

(Each week, we’ll kick off discussion about Room 104 by answering one simple question: what’s the strangest thing in Room 104?)

This week, the Duplass brothers stepped in front of the camera for the first time in Room 104 history. Well, at least one did. Jay Duplass stars in an unusually quiet and mournful episode about a middle-aged man seeking advice from an old friend. The only problem? His friend died 20 years ago. “I Knew You Weren’t Dead” lacks the scares or aggressive weirdness of past episodes, but it’s still a unique half-hour of television. You can thank Patrick for that.

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