Season One Trailer:
Ep1-2 Actors Of Note:
- Neil Patrick Harris
- Patrick Warburton
- Malina Weissman
- Louis Hynes
- Presley Smith
- K. Todd Freeman
- Joan Cusack
Season One earned a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 93% Fresh. It received a Rotten Tomato audience rating of 81% liking it. Average Rating: 4/5 with a number of User Ratings: 1,366.
Episode One Title: A Series Of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning: Part One
IMDb Synopsis Episode 1: After their parents perish in a fire that destroys their entire home, the Baudelaire orphans are sent to live with Count Olaf, who claims to be their distant relative and a renowned actor.
Release Date: 13 January 2017 Runtime: 49 minutes
I thoroughly enjoy this show. It is innovative. I believe you have to appreciate over the top slap shtick to enjoy it. Although I love Neil Patrick Harris and all of the main entourage, I believe Patrick Warburton as the narrator, Lemony Snicket, is the key to the whole piece. “Look away, stop watching.” He warns us repeatedly, as he kicks down that fourth wall and explains that this is going to be difficult to watch and that these poor Baudelair children are doomed with no hope of help. His deadpan delivery can offer comic relief to even the most horrible of news.
I am a huge fan of the cinematography. The sharp nature of colors against gloom draws me in to the minute details the production team offer us. The color of the clothes that the children wear against the backdrop of the dreariness of nearly everything else in their world, gives you a visual of how it is “they” against “the world”. You can tell when there are happy things briefly in their life, the colors announce it. And, although the scenery is dreary in color, it is crisp in line and detail.
I love that the girl loves science and the boy loves books. It encourages kids to see that as a norm and to want to pursue a little knowledge. Also, that everyone condescends them (ev.er.y.one.), kids watching can relate as they feel that the whole world appears to believe they know more, know better than them. It is a part of life, being taught vs being condescended upon.
Count Olaf – they hair, the costumes – just amazing. The over-the-top villainy of NPH is a joy to watch.
“The children? I told them to cry using their inside voices.”
All of the book and author clues that this show offers makes it like a treasure hunt for the viewer. The bankers sons – Edgar and Alan, their last name Poe…. Come on! Genius!
I want to read more about the makeup, costuming and comedic timing of the theater troupe that are the henchmen of Olaf. That will be in one of the next blogs.
For now, I will open a box of Merlot… ha!
- Arthur Poe and his sons Edgar and Albert are named after gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe. Edgar and Albert may also be named after poet Edgar Albert Guest. Eleanora Poe is named after “Eleonora” by Edgar Allan Poe.
- When Justice Strauss is talking about her library she mentions “The world’s most dangerous fungus.” This is a reference to The Grim Grotto (Book 11 of A Series of Unfortunate events)
- Since the Baudelaires are having spaghetti alla puttanesca for dinner, Klaus wonders what puttanesca means. The answer is not stated in the show as a joke, because it means “like a prostitute.”
- Edgar and Allen Poe are arguing if a bird is a raven or a crow. This is a reference to Edgar Allen Poe’s poem, “The Raven.”
- In the first episode, Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf says “Alrightie then” in a similar fashion way of the common catchphrase by Jim Carey, who previously portrayed the character on film.
- Al Funcoot, the play writer of “The Marvelous Marriage”, is an anagram for Count Olaf.
- The theme song shows a photo of Violet as a child. The note tacked onto it says, “A child asks questions that a wise man couldn’t answer.”
- The theme song shows Bertrand Baudelaire’s will.
- Lemony Snicket walks through a tunnel that has “Horseradish Factory” written on it. That refers to Opportune Odors Horseradish Factory, from The Reptile Room.
- The front page of The Daily Punctilio has the newspaper’s motto, “All the news in fits of print.” That’s a parody of The New York Times’s motto, “All the news that’s fit to print.”
- The eye symbols are references to the T. J. Eckleburg billboard from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- The Baudelaires are Jewish. There are hints in the books and Daniel Handler (Lemony Snicket) confirmed that they are Jewish. Thus, in the show, there is Jewish music at the wedding, to which Olaf dances a hora, and there are several Hebrew/Yiddish words in various episodes.
- The Baudelaires are named after gothic poet Charles Baudelaire. Beatrice Baudelaire is named after “La Béatrice” by Charles Baudelaire.
- The first two episodes of season 2 will follow “The Austere Academy,” and the Baudelaire orphans at Prufrock Preparatory School. In these two episodes, the orphans will be introduced to the Quagmire triplets, Duncan and Isadora. Quigley, the third triplet, perished in the fire at the end of season 1 which destroyed the family home and the triplets’ parents.
Episode Two Title: A Series Of Unfortunate Events, The Bad Beginning: Part Two
IMDb Synopsis Episode 2: The Baudelaire orphans try and escape the grasp of the evil Count Olaf.
Release Date: 13 January 2017 Runtime: 64 minutes
My thoughts: This is actually a rewatching of the show for me. To prep for the season two drop at the end of the month. In watching episode two again, I am reminded it is my least favorite. It made me uncomfortable and not in the funny way of all the other episodes. The child bride aspect and the creepy nature that would force a girl into marrying a man that is abusive and twice her age – I just am not a fan of this episode. I guess, the death of all the adults around the children is ok by me (I know, I know – priorities). But the creepiness of this episode in a not fun way…. ugh.
The banker fellow and his coughing. Can he be more annoying? Oh wait, his wife (IMHO) is the worse villain in the whole show. Seriously, horrible woman.
The PSA on “literally” versus “figuratively” is a riot. It is great that they not only give us literary hints throughout the show but they also teach us grammar and vocabulary (that means a body of words used in a particular language).
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
Well, I am glad that episode is over. Sigh. Just, too much.
- In the first part of the show the hook-handed man tells Count Olaf that the cake is a little “lemony” and count Olaf says back “I told you never to say that word.” This is a reference to Lemony Snicket, the pen name of Daniel Handler, the book’s author.
- The painting in the Judge’s library marks a striking resemblance of Barry Sonnenfeld, the series producer.
- According to Daniel Handler, Neil Patrick Harris added the “I bought it online,” line to the hourglass scene.
- While Klaus and Count Olaf are around the table, Olaf mentions not being able to find the sugar bowl, which is a throw back to the books as the children and Olaf spend most of the books looking for a specific “sugar bowl”.
- Right before he falls into the pond, Gustav says the VFD motto, “The world is quiet here”.
- At the end of the wedding scene after Count Olaf escapes, Jacqueline says that the Baudelaires’ parents had a “veraciously fixed destination in mind for them”… V.F.D. Neil Patrick Harris also says this in his final scene as well when his henchmen ask where they’re going.
- “Just because you don’t understand it, doesn’t mean it isn’t so.”