Monday, March 13, 2017

TV Review: A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1

                                     A Series of Unfortunate Events Season 1 Review
The Netflix original series, A Series of Unfortunate Events is based off of books of the same name which I was a big fan of and the series follows the same basic plot. The series is about three orphans Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire who after their parents die in a fire they are forced to live with an evil man named Count Olaf who is only after their family inheritance. The series covers the first four books of the book series in the first they are forced to live with Count Olaf, in the second they live with a kind herpetologist named Montgomery Montgomery they find short lived happiness while staying with him, in the third they stay with Josephine a woman who is afraid of almost everything and loves grammar and in the finally episodes they end up staying in a lumbar mill.

The Baudelaire children doing their best to prove Count Olaf's wickedness by using their special skills sets and learning that the only people in the world they can relay is each other is basically what this series as a whole is about and it's a premise I find I enjoy. I liked seeing how all of the children's skills would help them out in some ways with Violet and her inventing, Klaus and his reading and Sunny and her biting skills that are unrealistic in a way that perfectly suits the tone of the strange world that this series exist in.

The whole story of this series is narrated by Lemony Snicket who feels that this story is one that the audience should find upsetting and he often suggests that you would be better off watching something happier but feels that it is his duty to chronicle what happened to the Baudelaire children. One thing that I was surprised this series was able to do was to translate Lemony Snicket's narration into the show and I'm glad to see that they were able to fit it in so well, I loved that this series felt so much like the books did.

The biggest change between the books and the Netflix series is that the Netflix series was able to introduce the idea of VFD much earlier than the books did which makes the Baudelaire's choice of guardians make a bit more sense because it's all connected to something bigger since the start of the series. Overall I loved the series it set up the world, tone, dark sense of humor, characters and plot in the same way that the books did and since I loved them I also love this series. Please tell me your thoughts on this series.

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