Series of Unfortunate Events [Review]

The new Netflix original series leaves viewers craving for more


Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf

  The new Netflix original series, “Series of Unfortunate Events”, based upon the Daniel Handler book series of the same name features headline actors such as Patrick Warburton who plays Lemony Snicket, the series’ narrator, and Neil Patrick Harris who plays the dastardly Count Olaf. It also includes the likes of Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders.

  The series has eight-episodes in its first season, having two episodes for the first four books. It encompasses the absurd absurdist feel of the books well and develops the characters nicely. The three main characters are the orphaned children within the Baudelaire family Violet, the eldest whom is an inventor, Klaus, the middle child and bookworm, and Sunny, the sharp-toothed baby.

  The show’s theme song encourages viewers to look away as well as the show’s narrator who breaks the fourth wall and tells the audience that the series is going to be depressing so the viewer shouldn’t watch and would probably prefer to watch something else.

  But any fan of the series is aware of the many attempts to deviate the reader from the work in true absurdist fashion. A word which hear means “relating to or supporting the belief that human beings exist in a purposeless, chaotic universe.”  

 The viewers whether they be long-term fans of the series or not will definitely be enthused by the many interesting characters and universe developed within the series. The series withholds much information about a few of the characters of which the viewer craves to learn more. Leaving viewers patiently waiting for new episodes to come.

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