Supernatural Drama Series

 

666 Park Avenue is an American supernatural drama series, which premiered on ABC on September 30, 2012. The series was created and produced by David Wilcox and was loosely based on the novel of the same name by Gabriella Pierce. The show stars Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Vanessa Williams and Terry O’Quinn and follows a couple who learns that the Manhattan apartment building that they just moved into, including its upscale tenants, might be possessed by a mysterious demonic force.

The Plot – 666 Park Avenue focuses on Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and her partner Henry Martin (Dave Annable), the new co-managers of the Drake residential hotel, located at 999 Park Avenue. The Drake is owned by mysterious Billionaire Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn) and his wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams). The plot follows both Jane and Henry, and the other residents of the Drake who live in the shadow of the dark supernatural forces of the Drake and its owner.

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On December 21, 2012, ABC announced that the final four episodes of 666 Park Avenue would air the following summer. The final episodes were the first broadcast in Spain, and have also since aired in New Zealand and the United Kingdom, ahead of their original airing on ABC. The series finale aired in the United Kingdom on 14 May 2013. -Wikipedia

The final episode will air, and this is good news for die-hard fans. Unlike some series, the unaired episodes will finish in America this summer alongside ‘Zero Hour.’   A question which still lingers in our minds is what caused the sudden demise.

Let’s delve into the elements that comprise a Supernatural Drama.

According to Wikipedia, supernatural drama is a sub-genre of fantasy combining elements of supernatural fiction and the drama genre. This kind deals with ghosts and other paranormal topics, but without the tone and scares associated with the horror genre. The story lines of supernatural dramas have always been centered on magic or unexplained phenomena that cannot be rationalized by science but, rather by pagan or supernatural explanations. Supernatural dramas may use creatures of folklore that are displayed as neutral or evil rather than creatures of fantasy, which are perceived as good natured (such as fairies, leprechauns, or elves).

The beings are usually seen in supernatural dramas.   Or rather just the genre of supernatural itself, are apparitions, spirits, witches, warlocks, super humans, demons, gods, angels, and miracles (although they are not like miracles of fantasy or divine intervention of God/s) and other similar ideas or depictions of extraordinary phenomena. They may be combined with other genres, including comedy, action, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. However, until recently, supernatural works were usually presented in a comical, whimsical, or a romantic fashion, and were not designed to frighten the audience. There are also many hybrids that have combinations of fantasy, action, horror, romance and comedy.

So how did 666 Park Avenue rate?

Mark Wilson, About.com Guide, November 19, 2012, says, “The reviews were pretty mixed, which is oddly apt: the show itself comes across as an uneven amalgamation of lush ambiance and very mild horror. The main problem seems to be that 666 Park has played it too safe. If only it had had the courage to be a little shocking.”

In my opinion, the drama was too shocking to the psyche and evoked an aversion to the Beast (666) hidden in the basement of the Park Avenue hotel.  666 Park Avenue bypassed the favorite fantasy images and touched the core of our being.  The spiraling staircase takes us into the dark hidden subconscious which holds many secrets from the past that inevitably control the present. The great grasps of seductive temptations are demonstrated in the location Park Avenue and all its trappings. The horror of this subtle evil is well spoken in the lyrics of Hotel California “you can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave.”

 

Mirrors on the ceiling,
The pink champagne on ice
And she said ‘we are all just prisoners here, of our device.’
And in the master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can’t kill the beast

The last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the place, I was before
‘Relax,’ said the night man,
We are programmed to receive.
You can check out any time you like,
But you can never leave!

Are we all just lost souls possessed by demonic forces?

When we learn the truth hidden in the recesses of our subconscious will we succumb to the dark evil side within us and forever stay trapped in the lower self? Are we all just prisoners here, of our device? I believe the lesson, teaches us it’s only a program…a story….and a temptation. The element of horror in this supernatural drama presents us with our personal devil.

-3rd dog aka Betsy Banfield-Malone

 

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…is in honor and memory of Tessa, my small Maltese born October 6, 1993, and passed away September 18, 2009.

I was considered the 3rd dog in Tessa’s pack. Her first master was the first dog, Tessa was the second dog, and I was the third dog. No matter what I’d do to gain respect or position in Tessa’s eyes… I was “ the third dog.” She was so adorable and such a character. I caved to her demands…and she was very demanding…which brought me joy and contentment. Her demands were begging for food and sitting on my lap.

Tessa had a few quirky personality traits based on her past…growing up in a less than ideal environment thrown into the backyard with two Dobermans to fend for herself. She was about 3 pounds at that time the runt and a spitfire. Not far from being a replica of me….she made me smile with joy at her attitude.

Quite the problem solver

She also liked mischief and got herself into some severe problems. Like the time she discovered chocolate candy on the coffee table and laid in wait for her moment to snatch the candy bars run upstairs and hide them under the bed until nightfall. In the middle of the night, I awoke to a banging noise. It was Tessa banging her water bowl against the metal stairs to get my attention. I soon discovered several empty candy wrappers, piles of vomit everywhere, and Tessa hitting the bowl. It is unbelievable that she survived that terrible episode eating more candy bars than I could… at one time!

Filled with inspiration

She will always be my inspiration and a reminder of perfection.

As I emerged in the second half of my journey as a storyteller, launched myself into the world of screenwriting, and left behind an entirely different phase of my life, I also had to let go of my friend…my companion my little spitfire Tessa.

I will forever be the 3rd dog.