NBC's Rosemary's Baby: Did It Deliver?

rosemarys-baby-miniseries-premiereNBC took a rather chilling approach to the Mother’s Day celebrations on Sunday with the debut of two-part horror miniseries Rosemary’s Baby (9/8c).

Are you compelled to stick around for Part Two?

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Based on Ira Levin’s 1967 novel of the same name, the miniseries follows married couple Rosemary (Zoe Saldana, Avatar) and Guy Woodhouse (Patrick J. Adams, Suits), who start a new life in Paris after Rosemary suffers a heartbreaking miscarriage.

It’s an odd twist of fate that leads the Woodhouses to Margaux and Roman Castevet (played by French actress Carole Bouquet and Awake‘s Jason Isaacs, respectively). When Rosemary is mugged on the streets of Paris, she finds Margaux’s wallet and, upon returning it to her, begins a whirlwind friendship with the lavish couple that doesn’t take long to become…. well, super creepy.

Just how creepy, you ask? Well, after a fire at Rosemary and Guy’s residence forces them to move into an empty apartment owned by the Castevets — an apartment that used to house an expectant couple before the girl had a breakdown and jumped from the balcony — a number of strange events begin to happen, both lucky and unlucky: Rosemary repeatedly dreams of leaping from the bedroom balcony herself. Guy becomes the head of the English department at the Sorbonne, then overcomes his months-long writer’s block to produce a very lucrative book. And, perhaps worst of all, Margaux becomes obsessed with Rosemary’s pregnancy after she and Guy decide they’re ready to try for another baby.

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After Rosemary learns of the young couple who used to live in her apartment, she does some digging and finds that years ago, the residence belonged to a cannibalistic, devil-worshipping cult. (Cue a set of gory flashbacks that would put some Hannibal scenes to shame.) And at the forefront of it all is Steven Marcato, who spent his spare time eating the hearts of prostitutes and embodying Satan himself. As Rosemary and Guy’s relationship with the Castevets becomes increasingly uncomfortable (see: Margaux forcing Rosemary to eat a vat of foul-looking fertility soup), Rosemary begins to think the couple may be entangled with the devil worshippers. (Hint: she’s right!)

But if you missed Part One, or had to put Sunday’s debut on the DVR back burner, don’t fret. The miniseries’ first installment barely scratches the surface of Rosemary’s pregnancy, ending with a pseudo-fantasy sequence that finds Guy, Margaux, Roman and Steven Marcato trying to impregnate her. Part Two, which will air Thursday at 9/8c, promises to pick up the pace — at least, I hope so.

That’s what we thought — now it’s your turn. Grade Rosemary’s Baby via the poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice.