What can you expect from a show in the beginning of which the narrator says, ‘I would advise all our viewers to turn away immediately and watch something more pleasant instead’? , and the answer is one of the most beautiful and visually stunning Netflix series. A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on series of thirteen novels by Lemony Snicket (a.k.a. American Author Daniel Handler). Although the season one is based on the first four books of its thirteen novels.
The events begin with Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) introducing on the show with a warning in the beginning of turning it off and watch something else instead, the story moves forward with three children Violet (Malina Weissman), Klaus (Louis Hynes) and Sunny Baudelaire (Presley Smith) going at the beach and suddenly the banker Mr. Poe (K. Todd Freeman) arrives to inform them that their parents have perished in a fire. Left heartbroken, all the three orphans are sent to their closest living relative. At first all the three orphans are confused by encountering the truth about any of their relatives being alive as they were never informed by their parents about any of them. Violet and Klaus are bookworm and has knowledge on every subject. Sunny makes us go aw! With his dental skills and his dialogues which just can be understand by his siblings. In the very first episode “A Bad Beginning” they are encountered with Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) as their relatives. It doesn’t take much time by the Baudelaire orphans to figure out the disguised Olaf who he just behind their fortune. Count Olaf is a theatre artist with a mysterious past which has a connection with the parents of the Baudelaire. Neil Patrick is a delight to watch as it makes us laugh with his incredible comic timing and also because of his bunch of companions who are good at nothing. Somehow the Baudelaire manages to escape from the hand of Count Olaf.
They are then sent to their real relative who stays away from the city. “Reptile Room” is a perfect blend of some amazing acting by all the characters brought in together. Dr. Montgomery’s aka Uncle Monty (Aasif Mandvi) acts very graciously, love, and naive as the character of a brilliant Herpetologist with fancy clothes. He does research on reptiles that were trained to communicate in coded messages. But unlucky Baudelaire’s gets haunted down by Count Olaf once again who disguise himself as the assistant of Uncle Monty. This time even Uncle Monty can’t save Baudelaire’s from Count Olaf as he kills him inside his own reptile room. However, the orphans are made something clear as Uncle Monty was about to take them to Peru.
The show primarily is taken on the shoulder of Weissman, Hynes and Smith, who are comfortable essaying their role and Warburton as a narrator is simply well acted. Whenever viewers are not able to digest the truth, Warburton comes at their rescues with the explanation and many times describing the events. Viewers are even explained some of the meanings of words and phrases used in between the dialogues which are funny at times. Entire Season One is a treat for the viewers who likes to watch and enjoy the good old day’s tales. Entire eight episodes with average run time of 45 minutes is perfect except some loopholes and over exaggerated events in the “Wide Window” episodes. The last two episodes “The Miserable Mill” broadcast some flashback events related to children’s parents. Miserable Mill starring Don Johnson (Sir) and Catherine O’Hara (Dr. Georgina) is just perfect which has all the required thrills. Season one ends on a high note with character left at a place which are related to each other and leaving audience with spectacular directed song which end the first Season on the high tone.
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A Series of Unfortunate Events overall is a big hearten show that’s both goofy and dark. It makes you laugh and wonder. With its Season 2 already in making, it is expected to stream early next year.
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