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666 Park Avenue Review: You Can't Leave the Drake

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For a show that's all about high class and high scares, sometimes I wonder if the glossy feel of 666 Park Avenue makes it hard to get beyond the pretty sights and really send some shivers down your spine.

Don't get me wrong, the characters are all likable in their own respects.

Take a simple scene like Brian and Henry jogging together and you've already got a great bromance brewing because of their charisma and personalities. I couldn't help but laugh when Brian said congratulations with that "whoops" face after he told Henry not to get married.

It's the same way Dave Annable brings a realism to Henry, providing that passion and love towards Jane. When he says, "I love you," I believe him. There's a sincerity in his performance, whether he's talking about being a bad ass or waiting for Jane to come back to the room so he can propose.

Henry's Rising Star

Even the characters that aren't really the good guys find their way into the likable category. Gavin maintains that cunning and craft, while Alexis gives those sexy and dangerous smiles. These two really know how to toy with people's emotions.

Alexis definitely knows how to turn up the naughty meter with things getting hot and heavy with Brian. Poor guy. He was tricked by a hot seductress. I can only imagine him trying to explain that to Louise.

It was interesting that Olivia decided to play Gavin's game and use the lipstick that sent Victor into a seizure. Is she as innocent as we'd like to believe?

But even with the characters, "Downward Spiral" didn't provide the most compelling of stories.

Sure, discovering Jane is a child of the Drake was interesting, as was Nona's ability to mind jump during dreams. Even the whole Doctor and Kandinsky teaming up should have shocker consequences (although I feel like Kandinsky's KGB routine is running more and more cliche).

But when Jane realized that she was "meant" to go down the secret staircase after magically understanding her necklace was the eye to the mosaic, it felt silly. And the fact that she told Nona to let her go by herself down into the unknown didn't make sense either.

I guess Jane's ability to run away from the scary problems was a fleeting moment and it was really her "destiny" to embrace them.

Which makes me wonder more and more the powers of the Drake and the powers of Gavin. Is he supposed to be all knowing and all powerful? Or just sometimes? Or when he can convince people?

Gavin seems to have a bad aura that's representative of the apartment complex, but do either know Jane is heading further in? What does her discovery even mean?

Truthfully, I find the collapsing relationships a bit more entertaining because we've seen each grow and form throughout the episodes, while the whole mystery and suspense angle just keeps popping in here and there without a ton of rhyme or reason.

I know it'll all be explained at some point (I hope), but I'm worried the show will get too wrapped up in the secrets of the Drake.

This was a fair episode, but the story wasn't as nearly as engaging as it wanted to be. It all looked good like usual, but I'm really hoping we get some more substance when it comes to the mounting mysteries on top of the pretty looking visuals.

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Sarah silva

This was a pretty good episode. I never thought Olivia was totally innocent. She has evil in her. I love Henry , seeing him sitting and waiting for Jane to return I felt bad for him. I guess the Drake really did not want Jane to leave so it locked her in the basement. I am interested in seeing how long she stays trapped.

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supernatural elements of the Drake and its owners. Before I go, another thing that annoys me is how Jane keeps going off by herself in the middle of the night. Then this week she goes into the depths of hell and was shocked when she got swallowed up. lol. I don't think she makes the smartest decisions and I hate when writers make their characters dumb in order to advance the story line. Oh... and the residence of that building don't seem very wealthy. The journalist, Nona's grandmother, even the surgeon. Is that part of the plnt? Do they attract people who can't afford the lavish lifestyle of the Drake to exploit them know that they wouldn't want to give it up? I don't know. Anyway, I will keep watching for now to see where things go.

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My problem with this show is that I don't understand how the supernatural elements exist within the world that the show is set in. For instance, the journalist who wrote stories that came true. She is sitting at her desk and all of a sudden she transforms and has on new clothes and a different hairstyle? Why didn't that freak her out? Does magical things like that happen all the time? The show is like that, in general, where people have all of these supernatural experiences, but they aren't too shocked by them. In reality, if the things I wrote started coming true I would have written, "Then I won the largest lottery in the history of the world." lol. No, seriously, there are just too many things that I don't get about this show. I also wouldn't be able to summarize what it was about, if someone were to ask me. I can deal with that, though... For now. For now, the show is intriguing enough for me to keep watching, but I just need them to make the world more realistic outside of the supernatural elements of the Drake and its owners. Before I go, another thing that annoys me is how Jane keeps going off by herself in the middle of the night. Then this week she goes into the depths of hell and was shocked when she got swallowed up. lol. I don't think she makes the smartest decisions and I hate when writers make their characters dumb in order to advance the story line. Oh... and the residence of that building don't seem very wealthy. The journalist, Nona's grandmother, even the surgeon. Is that part of the plnt? Do they attract people who can't afford the lavish lifestyle of the Drake to exploit them know that they wouldn't want to give it up? I don't know. Anyway, I will keep watching for now to see where things go.

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When did Jane get so brave? That staircase scene seemed so forced but I hope Jane finds some answers down there. Olivia gets more and more interesting with every episode I wanna know what happened to her daughter.

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To me, this past Sunday night's new episode of 666 Park Avenue was pretty good. Just 2 things: (1) Olivia's lipstick being poisonous seemed too far-fetched to me and (2) in terms of deviousness, Olivia is definitely Gavin's wife. VERY EERIE!!!!! Peace.

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Ok, Jane must be totally daffy to go down those stairs! And how can she be lost, Nona knows she went down those stairs? No way I'd go down there!
At some point, I hope things start to come together, because the way they cancel shows, we'll be left in the dark!

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@vin, grow up and get over yourself! its a tv show!!!

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To all people who set these TV show! The devil is with you all! you are promoting the mark of the Beast to include in the title. The beast will rise up soon...there will be more natural disaster come to America and all the nation. Woe to the people who will be left behind! Everybody needs to prepare for the coming of our God.

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I hope the show continues...they're finally getting around to more character development, and I like the Nona back story and connection to Jane's pic. More intertwining of residents with ghost residents would be more entertaining than the boring affair stuff.

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The Nona-Jane interactions and story is by far the most interesting part of the show for me so far. I definitely think Jane and Nona are the two most likeable and relatable characters on the show.

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