666 Park Avenue Review: Dream Job
There's something about 666 Park Avenue that continues to draw me in.
Of course the mystery and intrigue behind the Drake play favorably in that aspect, but there's definitely some Lost nostalgia washing over me.
In terms of the "resident of the week," the obituary writer who becomes successful only to be foiled by her own occupation was interesting and full of irony, but not nearly as enticing as when the core characters of the show are at work. But did anyone think that actress seemed a bit like Anne Hathaway?
And it's not a slight on that attempt to reveal more residents' desires and eventual downfalls, I just feel that there's enough going on that I'm more curious to learn about the main story, characters, etc.
It's certainly entertaining that this show manages to elicit the scare factor one moment and a seductive one the next. From discovering whispers, dead girls and old dolls (why are they so creepy?)... to the intimate moments between Henry and Jane or Brian and Louise - or even Alexis giving Brian naughty looks at the club - you can't help but want to watch and see what happens next.
Yet, "The Dead Don't Stay Dead" was the perfect opportunity in digging a little deeper into the world of the Dorans.
It's obvious that Gavin has an ability to convince others to do what he wants, pretty much without that person knowing it. He's a skilled master of persuasion.
Gavin did, after all, convince the writer to dream bigger as he did Henry in getting a job with the councilman, and also Jane in getting closer to Olivia. Gavin exudes that confidence and charm, but there's a force behind that smile that is definitely something to be reckoned with.
Remember: he pushed that councilman down the elevator shaft.
But is Gavin the one that is "evil" like his daughter's letter suggests? Or is that just an alluding factor because of it? Not to say that shoving someone to their white light death is good, but there's obviously more to him than meets the eye.
And the fact that for a man who seems intent on giving others what they so deeply desire (oh, but with that unfortunate cost), it's surprising that he hasn't managed to conjure up a way to bring his daughter back. It's obvious that Olivia is deeply upset by the suicide, but is Gavin?
It's great that we got a hint more backstory on this power couple who are played with such charismatic force from Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams. It's just hard to not like them.
I'm glad that Henry, Jane, Brian and Louise all got together, allowing more interactions outside of the specific couples. Plus, aside from the budding friendship, it was rather humorous seeing Henry give the tiny smirks and looks after seeing Alexis across the street and even at the club.
While I understand Jane has that strong willed desire to figure out the puzzle that is the Drake (and trust me, I want to know it too) sometimes it kills me when characters love to go into dark and scary rooms and retrieve things like haunted cases. Why, oh, why, must you put yourself at risk, Jane?
But what is in that case?
Once again, another fun episode that's not dense in material but overall is full of entertainment and intrigue. The more the layers get peeled back and the more O'Quinn allows Gavin Doran to give that devilish smile, the more I'm ready to see what else is hiding behind the walls of the Drake.
666 Park Avenue: "The Dead Don't Stay Dead"
Sean McKenna is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.