Mark Duplass’ rise as an indie prince in the film industry is refreshing to see. The enigmatic actor has created some of the most avant-garde material in recent history and his magic has now found the silver screen. Created by the Duplass brothers – Mark and Jay – ‘Room 104’ is a television series by HBO that first premiered on July 28, 2017. The show, which is in an anthology format, immediately caught the eye of viewers. Its unique concept, true to the title, explores the lives of Room 104’s inhabitants, who keep coming and going.
Noted for its varying themes in various episodes, ‘Room 104’ got the nod for season two on August 24, 2017. A bit over a year later, Season 2 of ‘Room 104’ began airing on November 9, 2018. Subsequently, on February 8, 2019, HBO, to the delight of fans, announced the renewal of the third season, which ultimately premiered in September 2019. Now, the question is: will there be a Room 104 season 4? Read on.
Room 104 Season 4 Release Date: When will it premiere?
‘Room 104’ Season 3 premiered on September 13, 2019, and came to an end after 12 episodes on November 29, 2019.
As far as the next season goes, the good news for the fans is that HBO is already working on season 4, which means that the show has been renewed. “We are talking to them about It,” HBO President of Programming Casey Bloys told Deadline. “I’m open timing-wise; we’re going to do more.”
If things go as expected, ‘Room 104’ Season 4 will most likely release sometime in September 2020 on HBO.
Room 104 Cast: Who is in it?
Owing to the anthology format of the show, which gives viewers glimpses into the lives of those who briefly inhabit the titular hotel room, the show has seen an assorted cast over its three seasons.
Season 1 includes names like Melonie Diaz, Keir Gilchrist, Philip Baker Hall, Poorna Jagannathan, Orlando Jones, Amy Landecker, James Van Der Beek, Mae Whitman, and Nat Wolff. Likewise, season 2 sees a mix of stars, which varies in each episode, such as Charlyne Yi, Tom Lenk, Pia Shah, Jennifer Lafleur, Rainn Wilson, Frank Birney, Michael Shannon, Judy Greer, Mark Proksch, Kent Osborne, and Michole Briana White, among others.
Season 3 also features a diverse cast, consisting of names like Luke Wilson, Christine Woods, Eric Edelstein, Robert Longstreet, Dale Dickey, Tom Woodruff Jr., Arturo Castro, François Chau, Gina Gallego, James Babson, Iyana Halley, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Sam Richardson, Steve Little, Fred Melamed, to mention a few.
Across the seasons, the cast has always been a healthy mix of experienced and unknown actors and actresses, and HBO and the Duplass brothers are expected to follow a similar pattern for Season 4.
Room 104 Plot: What’s it about?
The room in question, Room 104, is shown as a typical room in an American chain motel, and the series brings to viewers’ screens slices from the lives of those who briefly inhabit the room. Therefore, each episode focuses on separate inhabitants and shows their particular stories for the duration of their stay in the room.
This anthology setup not only allows space for experimentation with various plots and themes, but it also allows HBO to use the show as an incubator for up-and-coming directors and actors/actresses.
It is perhaps this artistic liberty to experiment with different plots and themes that lends ‘Room 104’ its unique flavor. While the physical setting, Room 104, remains the same, each story is different and the show provides viewers with an exhilarating mix of comedy, horror, thriller, and drama stories.
For instance, the first episode of Season 1 starts off on a light-hearted note, wherein a young woman, Meg, is hired to babysit a boy by a man living in Room 104. While the episode begins on this light note, it takes an unbelievable turn for the sinister, with noir, horror, and thriller elements coming into it. In contrast, the second episode of Season 1 is completely different and revolves around an acting audition being held in Room 104. Each episode, thus, has its own story to tell, and the show does not follow any particular thematic or storytelling pattern.
In season 3, we again come across a unique blend of stories. In one episode, we meet a woman who had sold her soul to the devil himself in exchange for a rebellious rock-and-roll lifestyle. She then meets with the devil’s assistant to strike a deal that would be beneficial for her. Again, in the last episode, Room 104 is transformed into a jungle and an obsessive scientist struggles to preserve this delicate ecosystem.
As far as season 4 is concerned, HBO has already announced the names of its episodes, some of which are “The Hikers”, “The Last Man”, “The Murderer”, “The Night Babby Died”, among others.
Should You Watch Room 104?
Definitely Yes. Describing and praising the show, Vulture wrote, “Some episodes of ‘Room 104’ — all of which take place in the same generic hotel room — are scary. Some are seriocomic relationship studies. Nearly all of them are trippy as hell. And some, especially in the second season that premieres Friday, do indeed explore the effect of modern technology on human affairs.”
In a similar vein, The New York Times also heaped praise on the show, writing, “By nature, ‘Room 104’ is inconsistent. The season’s final episode, built around a showpiece monologue for Philip Baker Hall, is a highlight; a hard-boiled installment about a pair of mixed-martial-arts fighters is less so. But like its modern-day anthology peers, it takes eager advantage of the possibility that any episode can go anywhere…The approach is liberating, not just for the creators, but also for the overcommitted, binge-watching audience.”
It is thus not surprising that both Season 1 and Season 2 of ‘Room 104’ have received largely positive feedback from critics, with Season 1 having an 87% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and Season 2 clocking an even better score of 89%. Viewers, however, have had more of a mixed response to the show, and ‘Room 104’ has a mediocre rating of 6.1/10 on IMDb, despite enjoying critical acclaim.
Room 104 Trailer:
Here’s the trailer of ‘Room 104’ season 3.
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