‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Season 1 Review

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Lemony Snicket’s each unfortunate event is worth your precious time!

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a Netflix original series that aired in the year 2017. The series stars big names like Neil Pattrick Harris and Patrick Warburton in the significant roles. Based on the book of the same name by Lemony Snicket. The earlier rendition of the source material was a Jim Carry starrer movie which was not able to win hearts. The series is written by Daniel Handler and follows the life of orphaned Baudelaire children and Count Olaf who is behind their fortune. With Season 2 just around the corner, let’s dive into season 1.

What is the story of ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’?

The story revolves around three Baudelaire children who are orphaned when a sudden fire engulfs their mansion and takes the life of their parents. The series is a dark comedy where Baudelaire children namely Violet, Sunny, and Klaus has to go through unfortunate events after the sudden death of their parents.

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It opens with a narrative from Lemony Snicket himself as he warns you that it is not a typical story where in the end everything works out for the best. The description itself increases your anticipation for the story to unfold, and you want to see from your eyes to believe whatever Lemony Snicket is saying. It is like he is using the reverse psychology and we are falling into the trap. With their home in ruins and nobody there to take care of them, all hell breaks loose for the children. Then Mr. Poe, a banker from Mortuary Money Management who is taking care of the Baudelaire ‘Will’ confirms that their parents have left them the enormous fortune. However, they must have to live with a guardian who will be their closest relative till Violet comes of age.

That relative is none other than Count Olaf, a struggling actor who is the evilest and wretched person. Then the questions start brewing in the minds of children as they suspect Count Olaf being their closest relative, about whom they have never heard from their parents. However, Mr. Poe confirms that he is a good man and will take care of them. The kids are brought to his house, and he makes it clear in his first meeting that he will go to any limits to get his hands on the enormous fortune.

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Then the plot spirals out as evil Count Olaf starts torturing kids. However, kids keep a positive attitude and start living by ‘anything is better nothing’ saying. And each of them has unique abilities as Violet is good in mechanics and can build valuable objects with her imagination, Klaus being an avid reader and has a quite good knowledge and toddler Sunny just steals your heart with her gibberish dialogues and adorable smile.

Soon, the world comes to know about the evil character of Olaf and children are put into the care of Dr. Montgomery who was supposed to be their guardian in first place. As everything starts looking perfect, Count Olaf makes an appearance in disguise. One by one each of their guardian is killed by Olaf and children’s hope of having a normal life diminishes. In the midst of all this, we as an audience start getting hints that it is not an ordinary story just about kids and count Olaf, but also it encapsulates a bigger mystery. With each episode, we get a step closer to the puzzle, and by the end of the season 1, we are left with too many unanswered questions.

Why ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ worth the watch?

The series is directed in entirely new fashion that makes it a fun watch. The narrative by Peter Warburton portraying Lemony Snicket makes the story more compelling. The plot is not as simple as viewers thought of it the beginning and that mysteriousness in the script keeps you glued in front of the screen. Neil Pattrick Harris’s portrayal of Count Olaf is astounding, and he is the soul of this show. His on-point acting, evilness in his expressions and even outlandish disguises pushes the show to entirely another level. I haven’t seen Jim Carry’s portrayal of the same character. However, I believe that Neil’s performance is no less than that.

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The Baudelaire kids are played by Malina Weissman (Violet), Louis Hynes (Klaus) and Presley Smith (Sunny). All Three charm you with their acting skills and makes you care and feel sorry for them. However, my personal favorite is Presley Smith because of her cuteness and gibberish dialogues. The supporting cast has also done a commendable job, and K. Todd Freeman stands out as Mr. Poe.

Direction and sets give you a feel of Tim Burton directed movies where everything is full of colors and weird dresses. The opening sequence is quite catchy along with that background score blends in smoothly with each scene. There are eight episodes, and each of them adds something crucial to the story.

What makes ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ little blah?

There are few loopholes in the story which are not addressed during season 1, and I hope that they do that in upcoming seasons because they will inevitably bug you by the end. Also, one or two of additional characters who play Count Olaf’s Henchman do not bring much to the table. Apart from these two flaws everything sits perfectly.

Final Verdict –

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is a must watch for all the fans of Niel Pattrick Harris as he wins your heart again with his excellent acting skills. The story has something unique to offer as it has both comedy and mystery packaged in it. The small cameos by well-known faces just add more color to this already beautiful painting which portrays the troubled life of Baudelaire children. The show leaves on edge by the end, as rest of events unfold in season 2 on March 30 on Netflix.

Rating – 4/5 stars

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