Hiya Gamers & Friends. Ready for Installment 2 of the Netflix Series of the Week? This week I binge watched Netflix’s adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Aside from the elongated name, if you haven’t heard about this series, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN??? Created from the book series, tested in theaters featuring Jim Carrey as Count Olaf and now adopted by Netflix, we follow the lives of 3 “orphans;” the Baudelaire children. I have been waiting a few weeks for the series to be released and was ecstatic when January 13th (Friday the 13th , real creepy) arrived. As always, no spoilers I promise and let’s get right in to the action!
The Story- So… its a series of unfortunate events, plain and simple. We follow the Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus and Sunny through a very despairing time. After a tragic accident the children are placed in the care of banker Mr. Poe who is charged with delivering them safely to their next of kin. Simple right? To the children’s surprise they are left to a relative who’s only ambition (apart from his dreadful acting career) is to get his paws on the Baudelaire fortune by any means (and I do mean any) necessary.
The Characters- Violet is the eldest Baudelaire child and a very skilled inventor. She is smart and able to create or fix anything around. Her signature move is to tie her hair up in a ponytail, a symbolic act of a brilliant idea on the horizon. The middle child is Klaus, a remarkable scholar who can solve any problem, given a book to reference that is. The youngest is an inaudible toddler Sunny, well who quite frankly uses her teeth to chew through the hardest of substances. Together the Baudelaire children have an answer for every situation. There’s Mr. Poe who is the dimwitted social worker in charge of placing the children with a capable relative and of course there’s the antagonist Neil Patrick Harris’ role, Count Olaf. Count Olaf is the distant relative of the children and their custodial guardian. He’s also a non talented actor who’s fueled by greed, ambition and his dastardly acting troupe of minions. The Nurturer of the series is Justice Strauss, the neighbor of Count Olaf and Justice of the Peace. Justice Strauss provides the hope for the series.
The story of the Baudelaire children is told through the narrative of investigator Lemony Snickets. He appears frequently throughout each episode to provide filler information regarding the scene at hand. After his brief narratives, the viewer watches the cascading events unfold. The narrative is a story that has already happened and we the viewers are given a glimpse of the series of unfortunate events. I really enjoyed the humorous elements of the series as well. As you can often see Lemony Snicket in the background of the scene, he will not be interacting with the Baudelaires. One observation that I found humorous was that he would often dress for the scene that he is narrating like wearing a swimsuit at the beach.
What to expect- From the opening credits you are urged to “Look Away” because this story will not be a typical happy childhood sort of tale. Each episode growing more disturbing and uncomfortable then the next. You can expect a considerable amount narration from Lemony Snickets and a decent amount of singing throughout the entire series. You can also expect to want to rescue the children from their compromising positions. You can expect to to feel uncomfortable.
Play- The Play areas of my blogs will list the reasons why I would recommend adding the series to your watchlist!
- Neil Patrick Harris’ performance (even though I would rate Jim Carrey’s execution of Count Olaf above him) is done rather well. You feel as if Count Olaf is a terrible actor who is playing different roles unconvincingly. If that didn’t make any sense, I mean he plays an actor attempting to play different roles (pretty much it’s believable lol).
- I felt personally affected by the misfortunes of the Baudelaire children which must mean that atop of the execution of the actors, the story-line itself pulls at the heart strings. I felt sorrow, hope and a need to shake the people who couldn’t pick up on what was happening (mainly Mr.Poe!).
- You have hour long episodes to enjoy. In the movie that came out a few years ago, I wanted to keep watching the story yet the time was limited. Although we touched on the same scenes in the Netflix Series, I didn’t feel rushed while watching.
Skip- The Skip areas will not necessarily be a reason not to watch. I will actually explain what I personally didn’t like about the show.
- Mr Poe!!!! This reason to skip honestly is based on the brilliant acting and writing of the story. I couldn’t understand why Mr.Poe continued to be bamboozled through the series. I know it’s a part of the story but it’s still infuriating!!!! Ughhh (even writing this and thinking about certain scenes I just want to say YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS lol).
- Narrative. Personally I enjoy Lemony Snickets weaving in and out of the story, however, if you’re not a fan of a narrator commenting on the events in question (sometimes in the middle of the action) then you might not like this series.
Pretty much I was very intrigued with Netflix version of the books. I’d say 8 out of 10 would recommend! Thank you for reading my rant. Comment below if there is a Netflix series that you want me to watch and feature! Next week we will be switching to the Netflix original series Frontier! I’m very excited because Khal Drogo (from Game of Thrones) will be the main character and mannn is he beautiful lol.
Until Next Time, Game On!