Likely the only T.V. series to begin with the cautionary words “look away,” A Series of Unfortunate Events is back. After thirteen books and one movie it has now been adapted into a Netflix original series. They have finished the first season which covers books one through four.
Lemony Snicket, the author, claims that it is his duty to tell the world about the Baudelaires, but he also says that you should not read it or watch it. At www.vastlyfrighteningdecision.com, Snicket announces the second season and says “I hope you’re happy. Because you won’t be ever again.” I however disagree with Snicket. I absolutely adore A Series of Unfortunate Events. Adore here means stay up past midnight watching the first season again and again. It’s funny, mysterious, and has a catchy theme song. It also follows the books way better than the movie did. As David Howell, a junior, said, “It is a faithful series, but it also adds some twists you don’t expect.”
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are resourceful, talented, intelligent, have pleasant facial features and are heirs to an enormous fortune. After the deaths of their parents in a mysterious fire, they have been hunted by a devious man named Count Olaf. Devious is a word which here means evil, twisted, and has terrible hygiene.
This season follows the unfortunate lives of the Baudelaire children. Where they are placed in the care of strange, distant relatives who they have never even heard of including the treacherous Count Olaf, Uncle Monty who studies herpetology and Aunt Josephine who is “fierce and formidable.” While trying to escape Count Olaf, the Baudelaires try to unravel their mysterious lives where they encounter: a kind judge, a jerk who runs a lumber mill, a terrible play, an accident that is not an accident, hypnotism, and the difference between literally and figuratively.
The next season will come out by next January and will cover books five through ten.
If you have not seen this T.V series, especially if you have read the books, you should watch them. It adds a whole new layer to Snicket’s world. Also keep an eye out for season two for the secrets they may or may not reveal.