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Let’s Talk About… A Series of Unfortunate Events Season One

Hi guys, welcome to TV Tuesday! Today I’m going to be talking all about the first season of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

 I know this came out months ago, and I did finish it back in like February or March, but time has just gotten away from me, like I say how is it already half way through May!

I have to say it took me forever to watch all eight episodes. Actually it took me forever to watch the first three because the last 5 I watched in a day they got to be so enticing and fun to watch.

I have to say that as much as I was really excited for the show I had my doubts. I think that’s why it took me so long to get past the first few episodes. But once I did man this show is awesome.

First I love the theme song. I couldn’t stop singing it after I watch it, now writing this I can’t stop from humming. So catchy. I love how they changed it up for every book, how clever.

I love the diversity in the show. I love that they didn’t keep everyone as white because it just made for a better watching experience. It was lively and not so white washed (speaking as a white person)

As everyone has already mentioned and as I mentioned on people’s posts on the show, I wasn’t a fan of Neil Patrick Harris… at first but like all the blogs said he gets better and lord does he get better. By the time he was playing Shirley I was convinced he was the right guy for the role. I loved him as Stefano, he was freaking hilarious, didn’t care too much for Captain Sham, but that’s okay because the rest of the show he was pretty much perfect.Related image

What was also done so well was the fact that the narrator who plays such a big role in the books is not only heard, but we get to see him. I love this. He just randomly appears in scenes to give the viewer just a little bit more of the story.

What I always loved about the books was the use of words and learning new words to spark your vocabulary, and the show is no exception. I’m sure at times it’s word for word to the book! Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifsRelated image

I also love how they added in scenes to give more background and to make the stories flow together, especially with the parents who omg I was shocked by that ending! As I was watching I thought if you haven’t read the books how would you know what is going on? I guess that’s part of the fun, maybe it’s more fun for them since it’s a complete surprise, whereas us book readers it was a shock yes, but we can kind of seeing where things are going; although we can kinda see where things are going anyways…

So the first season covers the first four books. I’m just going to be skimming through the plots because I’ve already written reviews for all the books with their plots.

Let’s start with the first:

The Bad Beginning.

The three children, Sunny, Klaus, and Violet Baudelaire are at the beach when they hear of a fire that has killed their parents. Now their affairs are in the hands of a family friend and banker. He takes them to live with their closest living relative (as per their parents will) Count Olaf. Related image

He treats the children like trash all so he can get his hands on their very big fortune. He even plans to marry Violet. He almost gets away with it too because their neighbour who’s a judge is a little too much of an airhead and believes everything she hears. Plus it’s always been her dream to be on stage and perform so she’s blinded by wants.

Count Olaf doesn’t get away with his plan but continues to spoil the plans Mr. Poe sets out for them. Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs marvelous marriageThe next two episodes cover The Reptile Room, where we meet uncle Monty a sweet loving man who loves his reptiles. Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs uncle monty

Count Olaf shows up as Stefano, and like I already mentioned I really liked him in that role. He played the part so well and he was absolutely hilarious. Related image
So the Baudelaire’s are getting ready to go on a trip with their uncle to Peru. When Stefano finds out he’s dead set on getting rid of Monty so he can go with the children to Peru. Probably kill them off there and take the money. But things don’t go that way. Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs uncle montyStefano/Count Olaf get to murdering uncle Monty and they almost get away with it, but it’s the inquisitive minds of the children that put together and find Stefano guilty.

I have to say when they find uncle Monty dead  Mr. Poe or well the actor who plays Mr. Poe did exactly what I thought of when I read the book. It was perfect absolutely perfect. His reaction I could watch over and over, it was absolutely perfect.

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So they try to charge and take in Count Olaf once and for all but he’s off yet again. I also have to say that I think it was so funny that Mr. Poe couldn’t see through Count Olaf’s troupe. Like you can tell they aren’t the police or medical examiners. The guy with hooks for hands, his hands were so rubbery, ew. Although it was also a little frustrating as well.

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Lastly I want to add that I think the actor who played uncle Monty was a good choice. I liked him very much. It did take me a little to get used to him, as here I am comparing to the movie again, but he did a great job.

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We get sprinkles of the children’s parents and we see them trying so desperately trying to get back to their children. Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs quagmire parentsI love how smart and resourceful they are. It’s definitely reflected in their kids. Like the mom is such a badass and the dad just compliments her, so nice!

 

 

 

Now we find ourselves in the third book: The Wide Window

The children find themselves by lake lachrymose.

I love the little town; I love how quirky it is. The house was done well, and I liked it. Meeting aunt Josephine was just like how I pictured it. Although yes I’m still comparing to the movie, but this time I’m not going to lie I like Meryl Streep better. I did like this actress, she did a good job, but she wasn’t memorable for me like the “new” uncle Monty is. I will always think of aunt Josephine as Meryl Streep, that’s just a fact.Related image

Okay moving on, the children want to do more for their aunt, but she’s just so afraid of everything. Until she meets Captain Sham. (Side note: I also liked Jim Carrey in this role better, moving on.) she’s so in love with him, that’s she blinded by all the things the children see. Related image

When Captain Sham finally tells her who he really is, we find that aunt Josephine is just as clever as the children. She fakes her death, which I’m sorry but that cut out in the window of the library, how the hell was that believable? I know it’s not supposed to be, but no window is going to leave a human cut out behind, that was just really silly.

So the children figure out where she’s hiding and go to rescue her, only it’s not as easy as they thought it would be. They get caught by the lakes leeches and they attack, wondering how that could be as no one has eaten for hours… only aunt Josephine ate a banana and it’s almost their doom until guess who shows up, non other than captain sham. He saves them, or almost all of them. He lets aunt Josephine on the boat, and then pushes her off. Dramatic, but (and I’m kinda sad to say it) I’m not sorry to see her go. Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs aunt josephine wide window
Mr. Poe is with them on the boat and witnesses what Captain Sham has done and realizes that it’s Count Olaf. So once they are back on land they try catch him once again but he gets away, and it’s off to another guardian again.
Now we get to the part where I don’t have the movie to compare the tv show to, and this has to be my favourite part of the show because I could watch this without a vision in mind, other than what I thought in my head. I have to say they did a good job of getting what I pictured in my head onto the screen, I say that like it was my idea haha.
Anyways so the kids end up at the lucky smells lumber mill where they are expected to work for no money and given no lunch, just a stick of gum.
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As much as they try to make the best out of a bad situation, it’s still depressing.
Then when Klaus breaks his glasses that’s when we meet Shirley, the optometrist’s secretary and Count Olaf. Dr. Orwell hypnotizes Klaus, leaving him in a trance. Later that day the children learn that there are visitors waiting for them at the main door, and just as that’s happening their parents are arriving at the door. We’re led to believe that their parents are going to rescue them only to find that:
 1) It’s Dr. Orwell and her assistant Shirley waiting for them, andImage result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs lucky smells2) It’s not their parents, and it was never their parents, but the Quagmire parents. Damn.Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs quagmire parents
As I mentioned above, this is where I really believed Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. Before I just couldn’t see it or feel it, but with Shirley he did such a good job.
When Klaus, under his trance, misuses heavy machinery, Sir (their guardian) threatens to send them over to Shirley, as she’s always wanted kids…
But when the children find out that the whole mill is under hypnosis, causing them to stay in the mill, and work in the ridiculous conditions, Violet uses her smarts to un-hypnotize everyone. Obviously Dr. Orwell isn’t happy so she orders Klaus to hurt an employee, and that’s when Violet un-hypnotizes them. Image result for a series of unfortunate events netflix gifs lucky smells
Although it’s a little back and forth, but eventually the children win, Dr. Orwell is thrown into a furnace, Count Olaf/Shirley get away. The children are reunited with Mr. Poe, where we learn a little more about the fires, and the secret organization that the Quagmire parents are part of, and Poe sends them off to boarding school.
I can’t wait for the next season because this season really set up so much, that next season is going to be so interesting. I kinda like how they brought up V.F.D, without mentioning it by name, as we never found out about it until the seventh book. But I feel good things coming our way!
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3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About… A Series of Unfortunate Events Season One

  1. Great recap of this season Meghan. I still have A Series of Unfortunate Events on my to-watch list but now I am even more excited to get around to it. It’s amazing but there’s more diversity in the TV show, and I honestly can’t wait to see Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, at least now I know it may take me a little while to get to grips with his character! 🙂

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