A series intended for an unfortunate time

April 24, 2018

 

Dear Reader, 

 

If you are reading this before watching A Series of Unfortunate Events’ first season or reading the books in hopes of a happy conclusion to the story of the Baudelaire children, conclusion in this case meaning ‘ending’ or ‘solution,’ then I’m terribly sorry to say that you have chosen the wrong review.


On the other hand, if you have read the series, seen season one or perhaps the 2004 film, then by now you should know that this story had a mournful beginning and it will have a mournful end with very few happy moments in the middle.


The last time we saw the Baudelaire orphans, Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Lois Hynes) and Sunny (Presley Smith) they had just been registered at Prufrock Preparatory School. 


With a new school comes a lot of mysteries to solve, things to invent, books to read and, things to bite; not only that, a new school can bring new friends. 


It should be a place of comfort and adventure, like a second home. Especially if your actual home has been combusted, combusted meaning ‘to consume by fire.’ 


Those of you who are familiar with the Baudelaire’s story know what happened on that cloudy day at the beach but, as you and I also know, school is hardly ever comforting. 


Sometimes either by the fate of the universe or curious events, you aren’t as alone as you think. This season we are introduced to a hand full of new characters as we say goodbye to old ones. 


The most crucial new characters are the Quagmire Triplets or should I say, twins?


Similar to the Baudelaire parents, Duncan (Dylan Kingwell) and Isadora’s (Avi Lake) third counterpart, Quigley, perished in a house fire. The peculiar thing, peculiar which here refers to ‘mysterious’ or ‘extraordinary,’ is that the Quagmire triplets are also expecting a great inheritance. 


The Quagmires appear to have an affinity with the Baudelaires but as you can imagine, it is unlikely that there is a happily ever after for either future. 


If you thought season one was the last that we would see of Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) then you, my dear reader, have not been paying attention to this story. 


Olaf and his hench people are back and continue to follow the orphans, the only difference is that instead of one fortune, they are now after two. 


One of Olaf’s previous lovers is in the “Ersatz Elevator” chapter as well but you will have to tune in to see it unfold. 


I am telling you now, my dearest reader, that the people you will encounter are going to be interesting whether you fall in with them or dislike them.

 

But one thing remains, The Series of Unfortunate Events will be just that — unfortunate. 


As humans we get attached to those we do not know or have just met and when that happens, it is even harder to let go. So take this as a warning, don’t get attached.


Like I said, this story is nothing but sorrowful and full of heartbreak. 


But don’t let that discourage you from watching, you will in fact be entertained with Count Olaf’s diverse personas and get frustrated that no one, but the orphans, know its him. 


Dear reader to tell you the truth, this story has funny parts but at the end of the day, the happy parts cannot compare to the terrible. 


This season ends in a cliffhanger, cliffhanger in this case can either mean hanging from an actual cliff or an event too hard to stomach, but I’ll let you find that for yourself.


With all due respect.
    

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