More thoughts, recaps, and analysis of the first episode of ABC’s “666 Park Avenue.”
(For part one of this article, please click here.)
Olivia takes Jane shopping, and mentions her daughter, Sasha, who died in a car accident a long time ago. Jane balks when she sees the $4000 price tag on one.
Brian gets home from shopping only to find Louise’s new assistant is Alexis, the girl from across the street he’s been watching.
Jane does some research on the building, and on the dragon mosaic, and reads about Mary Barlow’s suicide. Meanwhile, John is walking Mary around reminiscing, trying to jog her memory. She starts to feel cold and gets a nosebleed. John takes her home and calls Gavin, and he says he’ll have to hurt someone else to keep her.
Gavin: You’re only renting this life, my friend. Make the payment! Or she’s not long for this world. And neither are you.
Jane’s research turns up an old photo of the mosaic in the basement, and a door that no longer seems to exist in the present day. When she goes to get dressed she sees a package in the hallway from Olivia, who doesn’t take no for an answer. It’s the $4000 red dress from the store.
Brian is actually getting his writing done until Alexis shows up across the street again. She knows he’s watching, and strips off her robe seductively for him. He goes out with Louise, and as they go to get out of the elevator, the door slams shut on her over and over again. It starts to rise, and lowers as Tony rushes up to help.
John gets an envelope under his door with a picture of Daniel Stone. He goes to stab him to death, but can’t. John wakes up that night with Gavin sitting there. Mary’s gone back. Gavin tells him he fulfilled his end of the deal, and John wouldn’t take care of his. John gets literally pulled through the wall, presumably to Hell.
Jane dreams of going down into the basement, going through the door. When she does, she’s on a rooftop with Mary Barlow.
Mary: You shouldn’t have come here. They’re never going to let you go.
And with that Mary jumps, and Jane wakes up just as she hits the ground. When she wakes up in her bed, the bottoms of her feet are dirty.
Gavin gives Jane and Henry their contracts, and they sign. In the final scene, a resident named Nona (Samantha Logan) is touching some items she’s stolen from people in the building. When she gets to Jane’s watch, she gets a vision of Jane in the red dress, running for her life as someone chases her, and catches her.
Some thoughts on the pilot episode of “666 Park Avenue.”
For a premier episode, a pretty good start. Not a great one, but good enough with no major miscues. They’ve established the Drake building is some kind of demonic Fantasy Island, and Gavin runs the place.
As for the various subplots, we got enough of them to make things interesting. Did Brian the writer subconsciously want to kill his wife? What did Nona see, and when will it happen? If Olivia has a daughter who died, why didn’t they bring her back? And why did the elevator stop trying to murder Louise when Tony came up?
All in all an interesting start, certainly enough to peak our curiosity for next week, I suppose.
Rating: Seven out of a possible ten dragon mosaics.
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