Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events - Season 2
Rachel Colley / 03-06-2018
Netflix has recently released the new season of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” which stars Nathan Fillion (Lemony Snicket) and Neil Patrick Harris (Count Olaf) among others. This show continues where it left off in the first season the three Baudelaire siblings, who are orphans and are trying to escape the evil clutches of Count Olaf who is trying to do anything to get a hold of the Baudelaire siblings (Violet, Klaus and Sunny) large inheritance. Throughout the show Lemony Snicket interrupts scenes to warn viewers of what they are potentially going to be watching and he tries to get them to turn over and watch something that will cause them less distress than “A Series of Unfortunate Events”. Using this technique the narrative of the show becomes more intriguing and sinister with each episode and even though a part of you realises that maybe you should listen to Lemony Snicket and turn over to watch something less miserable, you also at the same time want to break that rule and carry on watching the Baudelaire orphans struggle with trying to keep themselves alive.
Even though the show is repetitive in its formula what makes it addictive for the audience is its ability to create addictive, yet dark, plot lines and loveable characters that you wish will come to no harm, but you know that won’t be the case. If you are a reader and have read the book series I can’t say whether or not they have accurately portrayed all of the books, but from the books I’ve read this TV series does give a sense of the feel that the books had. The show takes each book and does a two part episode which means that the audience can enjoy the world of that book more extensively than if the directors or writers tried to cram the books into one episode. My only complaint is that sometimes we don’t get time with some of the loveable characters. However, the evil characters make up for this since they are some of the most interesting characters on the screen. There is not a lot more I can tell you about the new season of the show without starting to give away spoilers and I wouldn’t want to do that to anyone. If you are interested in watching this show and haven’t seen the first season both seasons are available on Netflix now. The third season is due out on Netflix in 2019.
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