When I first heard A Series of Unfortunate Events was getting a television adaption, I was ecstatic. These books were one of my favorite of my childhood, and it is nostalgic to be able to relive these stories once again.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a retelling of the depressing tale of the the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – who lost their parents in a fire and now are forced to live with an evil guardian named Count Olaf (Neil Patrick Harris) – who is after their massive fortune. The book series spans through 13 books, each with the Baudelaires trying to escape from the clutches of Count Olaf.
This first season covers the first four books of the series – The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill – each book getting a two episode treatment. This treatment essentially allowed each book to be a standalone movie, yet at the same time allowed them to flow into each other almost seamlessly.
As a fan of How I Met Your Mother, it was difficult to get past Neil Patrick Harris casted as Count Olaf. But at the same time… I can’t think of anyone better. He captured the sinister and humorous aspects of Count Olaf, and I believe he did a better job than Jim Carrey did in Nickelodeon’s 2004 movie adaption of the series.
The casting throughout the entire show was amazing – every time Patrick Warburton walked on screen to narrate as Lemony Snicket was one of my favorite things about the show.
The show pays great attention to detail – making subtle references to future events in the books, the changing theme song for each song (each sung by Harris), and the overall Wes Anderson-esque cinematography.
A Series of Unfortunate Events is a hard series to adapt into a television/film version, but I believe the tone was nailed with this newest iteration.