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.
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!
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.
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. The next two episodes cover The Reptile Room, where we meet uncle Monty a sweet loving man who loves his reptiles.
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.
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. Stefano/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.
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.
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.
We get sprinkles of the children’s parents and we see them trying so desperately trying to get back to their children. I 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.
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.
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.