#666ParkAvenue S01E01 – “Pilot”
What would you do to have everything you desire? Step inside “666 Park Avenue,” New York’s most seductive address. We all have some burning needs, desires and ambitions. For the residents of The Drake, the premier apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, these will all be met – for a price – courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran. But be careful what you wish for, because the price you have to pay is your soul.
When Jane Van Veen and Henry Martin, an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, arrive in New York City, the glamorous center of industry and media, they are offered the opportunity to manage the historic Drake. Jane, a small town girl with big ambitions, always knew she wanted to be an architect. Henry, a member of the Mayor’s staff, is grounded, intelligent and tenacious. They are lured by the intoxicating lifestyle of New York’s wealthy elite.
Gavin, who has many skeletons in his own closet, is at the height of his world and commands the dark power of The Drake. Olivia, his beautiful but enigmatic, supportive wife, wears her elegance, wealth and position in society as armor. But cracks will slowly be revealed.
Jane and Henry not only fall prey to the machinations of Gavin and Olivia, but unwittingly live in the dark embrace of the building’s supernatural forces which endanger the lives of its residents
Park Ave is intriguing enough, it takes elements of shows that have already been around, such as Reaper, with the whole contract signing type stuff, American Horror Story with the ghost type things going on, and Lost with the whole mythology with questions needing to be answered.
It has storylines with the residence, such as the husband who has lost his wife, and to get her back he must kill people, but like in Reaper, its not that easy, it involves him having to kill numerous people, which he doesn’t want to do, ending with him ‘being taken by the hotel’ so to speak. It has the story of the couple on floor 6, the boyfriend seemingly wanting the woman across the street, and the hotel ‘taking his girlfriend’ from him. It seems that whatever you want, you will get, whether you sign for it or not, but its never as easy as you think it is.
My personal favourite story is the way that the owners are ‘buying’ the female manager of the story, with gifts and making her work on the refurbishment of the house, seeing as she is an unemployed architect, it make sense. Its like their slowly making it hard for them to leave, which is something that the dead wife said, once you arrive, you never leave. It seems that the owners are using the female manager to get to her boyfriend, for what reason? Probably to do with the case hes working on for mayor (he works for the major right?)
I wouldn’t say I was overtly impressed with the pilot, but unlike most, I am intrigued as to what is going to happen next. It did a good job introducing the characters and starting an arc.