So, the second season of Unfortunate Events was released on Netflix at the end of last month and somehow I didn’t binge-watch it all within a day, I don’t know how.
If you’ve not finished watching seasons one and two yet, it’s probably best if you don’t read this because it will be full of spoilers! This is your only warning.
Season one covered the first four books: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, and The Miserable Mill. Each book spanned two episodes.
Bearing in mind that I hadn’t read the books before watching this, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’d watched the Jim Carey movie and was never really too fussed over it. The only thing that made me watch Netflix’s adaptation was that Neil Patrick Harris is in it and I will watch anything he’s in.
The first season ended on the Baudelaires leaving Lucky Smells Lumber Mill and arriving at Prufrock Preparatory School, and in true NPH style, with a song.
Episodes 1 and 2 – The Austere Academy
The fact that this episode opens with a joke about how the Baudelaires waited so long at the academy that Sunny is now a toddler set off the mood for the whole series. It was such a good start, and I loved Carmelita’s songs. The portrayal of Carmelita by Kitana Turnbull was perfect!
The introduction of the Quagmires, even if it wasn’t the same as in the book was still fitting and I love how it unravelled the fire shown at the end of the previous series and who the parents were throughout the first series. I do miss Cobie Smulders being in the series, but I love that she turned out to be the Quagmires’ mother.
Vice Principal Nero (Roger Bart) wasn’t quite what I expected and I did feel like there was a big difference between his character in the show and in the book, however, he did look exactly as I imagined him from the book.
The appearance of Larry-Your-Waiter (Patrick Breen) was definitely one of the best parts. He’s become one of my favourite characters and I love that it reveals in this episode that he too was part of VFD.
Episodes 3 and 4 – The Ersatz Elevator
667 Dark Avenue is probably one of the least intricate and detailed sets that have been used in the series. I somehow expected the Squalor’s penthouse apartment to be more extravagant than what it was in the series and a lot less normal. To me, it just seemed like any rich person’s house in an American show.
I’m not overly sure how I feel about these episodes. They were average compared to the rest of the series and I felt that they could have followed the book better than they did.
NPH’s song Keep Chasing Your Schemes is really what saved these episodes from being the least interesting so far. I was over the moon to find this extra little musical number. (Watch it here if you want to see one of NPH’s best songs so far)
Summary of Episodes 1-4
The season hit it off to a strong start with The Austere Academy and as usual, Neil Patrick Harris really made these episodes. If it wasn’t for his performance in The Ersatz Elevator, I would have definitely said that season two, so far, was nowhere near as good as the first season.
Let me know what you thought of the first four episodes in the comments!