There is something enigmatic about Room 104, which makes it compelling for people who come to stay. Some of the deepest and darkest things to ever occur, happen in motel rooms.
This motel room is a witness to phenomena like— ghost, gore, trauma, love, life and everything other freaky things you could never imagine. It shouldn’t come as a shock that a motel room holds the most number of secrets.
Before the Duplass brothers, directors and showrunners like Alfred Hitchcock and Ryan Murphy completely changed the way we look at horror anthology as a genre. Room 104 is an attempt to give us major throwback feels to the format of those shows.
If you liked Black Mirror and American Horror Story, chances are that you will get hooked to Room 104 almost immediately. Who knew that a single room could have a hundred stories to tell.
Room 104: What’s It About?
Room 104 is an American anthological drama show created by the Duplass brothers. This show is known for its dark and unpredictable nature. The episodes are not very long either, 30 minutes each and your mind is blown on so many levels at once.
It follows the life of the occupants of that particular room caught up in an oddly curious moment. Every episode opens a gateway to explore a wicked line of themes and super random stories.
Room 104 is a mix of horror, fiction, thriller, and it is not like one of your “normal” flicks. Accept it or not, weird is the new black since right now, most of us are into watching something uncanny and bizarre. The sheer brilliance lies in the storylines which are explored in the sanctity of one single Room-104.
With changing characters, stories and mood, the only thing that remains unaltered and consistent is the same physical setting of the room. One of the other good things about this show is that you need not switch back and forth to understand the chronology since all of the stories are self-contained.
Although every episode of Room 104 will give you a braingasm, here are some of the best moments from Season 1, 2 and 3—
The first episode is good enough to grab you by the eyeballs. It goes by the name ‘Ralphie’ which follows the life of a babysitter named Meg, as she goes to babysit a pre-teen boy Ralph who has some eerie tales to tell about his “imaginary friend” Ralphie. When it is revealed that Ralphie hates women, a shiver runs down Meg’s spine as it leads her to discover that Ralph’s mother was killed by Ralphie.
S1 E06 -‘Voyeurs’, is a masterpiece because it looks like it is straight out of a theatrical performance. It has minimal dialogue exchange which makes it all the more spectacular to watch. This episode is almost dream-like, and it is narrated through an interpretative dance by a middle-aged maid and a former call girl with the motive to connect to her younger self. So, it could either be two women or just this one woman thinking about her old self desperately trying to reconnect to her youthful past.
The dance is a unique form of storytelling mechanism that is explored by the makers of this show, and it totally succeeds in hitting all the right spots.
S2 E10 ‘Artificial’ was extremely mind-bending as a reporter was trying to uncover the truth about impending doom. While investigating a woman who claimed to be a hybrid robot was trying to warn him about an ultimate AI takeover.
S2 E04 ‘Hungry’, hands down is the freakiest episode of the series especially because it is based on true life events. Two strangers, Gene and Sam fulfil a mutual fantasy, but they are interrupted by police officers who are suspicious of them. We gasped OMG after seeing Gene chopping off Sam’s uh… Penis and then it had us gagging when we see it being eaten by the two men to fulfil their fetish. What’s even scarring is that the two men deny that cannibalism is not illegal and guess what- According to Cornell University’s Legal Information Institute, the act of eating human flesh is NOT illegal.
Phew, talk about hard-hitting reality!
S3 E11 is titled ‘Crossroads’ is full of dark twists. The story revolves around the life of a young woman, Jean, who sells her soul to live a life of earthly pleasures only to recon it later. After making a deal with a man who looks like an executive of the Devil, Jean lives a too good to be true life and forever feeling good with a ton of sex and cash. When she checks into Room 104 again, now all old, she has to pay up with consequences. No wonder, it is one of the strangest yet best episodes of the show.
Everything you need to know about Room 104 Season 4
Well, for all the fans out there, Season 4 of Room 104 going to be the final instalment of the series. It is a bittersweet moment, but eventually, all good things come to an end.
Room 104 Release Date:
The show is premiering this year on July 24, exclusively on HBO Max and Disney+Hotstar (India).
Room 104 Plot:
As usual, the anthology will follow the set pattern of occupants unravelling strange experiences in the motel room 104.
But this time, there is something special lined up for Season 4. It will be debuting the series’ first-ever animated episode which features the showrunner Mark Duplass as a one-man army for he writes, performs original music, stars, and directs the entire episode.
That’s one hell of a way to end an amazing series before the curtains roll down for good, isn’t it?
Room 104 Season 4 Trailer!
Do we have the episode list for Room 104 Season 4?
Oh YES, we do!
This season has 11 episodes only-
- Avalanche— written by Mark Duplass
- Foam Party— written by Bryan Poyser
- Fur— written by Mel Eslyn
- Generations — written by Julian Wass
- No Dice— written by Julian Wass
- Star Time —written by Mark Duplass
- Stuck In a Sitcom —written by Mel Eslyn
- The Hikers— written by Lauren Budd
- The Last Man— written by Mark Duplass
- The Murderer — written by Mark Duplass
- The Night Babby Died— written by Jenée LaMarque & Julian Wass
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