666 Park Avenue — Pilot (S1E01)
This review is spoiler-free! If you are unsure of whether or not to try out this new show, this review just might be for you.
For a horror show, 666 Park Avenue does not appear to be very scary. It is, however, incredibly intriguing. We don’t know anything about The Drake, located at 999 Park Avenue (That’s the sign of the devil, 666, when in a shadow or upside down), and we know even less about the owners, Gavin (Terry O’Quinn, Lost) and Olivia Doran (Vanessa Williams, Desperate Houswives, Ugly Betty). Gavin can give people the one thing that they desire most, for a price. Does this sound familiar? It should, because this is one of the most common depictions of the devil: you sell your soul for the one thing you most desire. I’m not sure if Gavin is the devil himself or if he is just one of Lucifer’s dear disciples, but whoever he is, he has a lot of power. He can bring people back from the dead and give people a talent that no other can maintain. And when you don’t fulfill your end of the bargain, you disappear.
Jane van Been (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable, Brothers & Sisters), a very happy couple, are hired for the newly opened resident manager position (Mr. Hartwell “moved somewhere hotter” and left a vacancy). They don’t have a lot of money and are amazed at the amazing opportunity they are given to live in such a nice place, but what they don’t know is that the Dorans are scheming. The Dorans quickly take the two under their wings, taking them out to golf, shop, and to fancy cocktail parties. Jane realizes that this might not be 100% safe and isn’t exactly what they expect. But that doesn’t stop her from signing a contract without reading it first. Now they will be probably trapped here for life.
I usually don’t get scared during horror movies, so maybe it’s just me, but I really didn’t find this show scary. There is a scene where Jane is in the basement alone with a flickering light and the sound of water dripping. She climbs a ladder to fix the light, and while her back is turned a woman appears behind her and then appears again closer. The intention was clearly to show the dark side of the building, but it didn’t appear very frightening.
The show might not have scared me, but it definitely intrigued me. Is Gavin the devil? Why does he do what he does? What does he gain from it? There are definitely a lot of questions revolving around the show, and I’m willing to stick around for a few weeks to see if they will be answered.
Posted on October 20, 2012, in Pilots, SciFi, Fantasy, & Horror and tagged 666, 666 park avenue, 999, contract, dave annable, doran, gavin, henry, henry martin, horror, jane, jane van been, olivia, rachael taylor, recap, review, scary, terry o'quinn, the drake, vanessa williams. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.