When I first saw previews for ABC’s new drama, 666 Park Avenue, what I envisioned was Desperate Housewives meets American Horror Story. After watching the premiere, I would have to say that was pretty accurate.
If you missed the premiere, here’s what you should know:
There are seven major characters:
Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin: A young couple who quickly become the new building managers of Drake Apartments, address 999 Park Avenue. They are dating and live together, but not married. They are the central protagonists.
Olivia and Gavin Doran: A married couple who own Drake Apartments. They seem to be the major antagonists of the show, although Gavin seems to be the main puppet master.
Brian and Louise Leonard: Tenants of the building, Brian is a playwright and Louise is a fashion photographer. While writing, Brian spies on a blonde woman, Alexis, numerous times through the window. Alexis quickly becomes hired as Louise’s new assistant.
John Barlow: A tenant of Drake Apartments, who kills people in order to bring his deceased wife back to life. Gavin tells him who to kill, and he does.
The episode starts off with Malcolm, a violinist, playing during a concert, until blood literally comes from his fingers. This doesn’t even phase the Dorans, who are in the audience. After the concert, Malcolm breaks his violin over a suitcase, serving as a metaphor for him wanting to escape his previous life. We learn that he has a deal with Gavin, who made him a very talented violinist. Malcolm tries to escape the Drake, and he literally gets sucked back in and is stuck in the walls.
Throughout the pilot episode, Jane catches on to some creepiness that lies within the Drake, such as strange noises, a package that mysteriously ended up in her apartment, and questionable history of the building. Henry doesn’t seem to think much of the things Jane finds. We also learn that Malcolm was the building’s previous manager, who moved to “somewhere warmer.”
All in all, the episode did keep my attention, was creepy and frightening, and has some serious potential. Having said that, I found the episode to seem forced, and at times corny because of things like Jane fixing a flickering light and a ghostly pale woman in a long nightgown in the background. Jane found a mysterious dragon mosaic on the laundry room floor, which has some relevance to an old fraternal organization. Gavin is standing in the corner of John’s room as he sleeps, it is revealed that Olivia had a daughter who passed away in a car accident many years ago, and she loved the color red, which is the same color as the $4000 dress Olivia insisted on buying for Jane.
I give it one more episode to make up my mind. I think it could be really good and around for a while, or it could go horribly awful and be extremely dumb. I followed twitter trends (#666ParkAve and #666ParkAvenue) about it and it seemed that people either loved it or hated it.
I’m dying to know what you thought of it. Please let CL know!
666 Park Avenue airs Sundays at 10 on ABC.