HBO’s anthol­o­gy series Room 104 is a fas­ci­nat­ing des­ti­na­tion for the kind of sto­ry­telling you’re not going to get any­where else. [This review of Room 104 con­tains some details about future episodes, which may be con­sid­ered spoil­ers.] – When decid­ing whether or not to book a stay (yeah, sor­ry) with HBO’s new anthol­o­gy series Room 104 , from cre­ators Mark and Jay Duplass, there are two things you absolute­ly shouldn’t do. For starters, you should not judge the series based on the show’s epony­mous hotel room. Its brown, stain-resis­tant car­pet­ing, two dou­ble beds, TV, and in-room sink and van­i­ty make it an unre­mark­able place to stage a tele­vi­sion series. Yet the banal famil­iar­i­ty of the program’s cho­sen con­fines open Room 104 up to lim­it­less sto­ry­telling poten­tial, as is evi­denced by the wide range of one-and-done out­ings pre­sent­ed to crit­ics ahead of the series pre­mière. Once you move past the motel room’s mod­est trap­pings, the sec­ond thing you absolute­ly must not do is call it quits after the first episode. The series kicks things off with ‘Ral­phie’, which is sort of like train­ing wheels for an anthol­o­gy like this. It tells the sto­ry of a babysit­ter played by Mel­onie Diaz, […]