Earlier this year, I watched The Booth at the End on a whim after seeing some promos on Hulu, and I was pleasantly surprised. As I wrote in my review for Christ and Pop Culture, “Playing like an extended The Twilight Zone episode, The Booth at the End uses a ‘less is more’ approach and a healthy dollop of ambiguity to craft an intricate morality play.” It’s one of those little indie shows that one could so easily overlook, but I strongly recommend it for its intricate, overlapping plots, sense of atmosphere, and moral quandaries. And at only five episodes, you can easily watch the entire series in a weekend.
So imagine my surprise and delight to learn that the show is returning for a second season, which is now streaming on Hulu Plus. The Huffington Post’s Bill Robinson has written a pretty extensive piece regarding the second season, which includes this tidbit about what we can expect to see, especially regarding the Book:
We get a much closer look at it in this second series; this holder of all truth and tasks which must be performed in order for The Man’s “clients” (for lack of a better term for these poor souls) to get what they ultimately want in their lives. It is a well-worn, scuffed and tattered leather book which after The Man, seems to be in total and complete control of where and what lengths these people go to get what they want. It seems to be constantly processing and coordinating its tasks between different clients so that what one finds out about themselves and life in general might be tied-in or polar opposite to what another learns.
Also, the new season moves the Man and his deal-making to a different booth in a different diner, “a somewhat seedier, Skid Row-type diner on the corner underneath what would seem to be a SRO lodging house for the down-and-out set.”