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.
Check out my Roundup of Episodes 1-4 here.
So far, the Baudelaires have lived in Prufrock Preparatory School and with Esmé and Jerome Squalor at 667 Dark Avenue in season two, both have – unsurprisingly – ended with the appearance of Count Olaf in disguise.
Episode 4 finished with the Baudelaires leaving Esmé and Jerome Squalor after Esmé was revealed to be working with Count Olaf after she fell in love with him.
Episodes 5 and 6 – The Vile Village
The Baudelaires travel to VFD – the Village of Fowl Devotees – a small town filled with crows and very strange crow-obsessed people. And of course, Count Olaf is there as well. This time he is a jazzy detective with Esmé by her side as the new chief of police.
I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t enjoy this book when I read it so it was no surprise that I didn’t enjoy the episodes in the series all too much either. They’re a bit dull and not even NPH can save them. I think Netflix did stay quite true to the book for these episodes which for the first time ever, I will say is a disappointment. A little part of me was hoping that Netflix would improve this book by doing their usual and not following the plot closely.
Saying that, Lemony Snicket (Patrick Warburton) was as good as ever and really helped make the plot less tedious and a bit more enjoyable. And the cameo of Nathan Fillion as Jacques Snicket was great, even if it was short-lived.
Episodes 7 and 8 – The Hostile Hospital
And here was me thinking this is a kid’s show! These episodes were brilliant but they terrified me! They are definitely the best couple of episodes in the whole series and I’ll probably excitedly rant about these for a while (oops!).
Since the Baudelaires are now criminals on the run, they need to escape to somewhere where nobody has read the Daily Punctilio to know who they are. They stop off at The Last Chance Saloon, where they bump into Count Olaf (what a surprise) and then find the Volunteers Fighting Disease (yet another VFD) and travel to the hospital to volunteer with them in a hope of being able to hide while finding out the truth of what happened to their parents.
Even better, there’s yet another song in this part. Unfortunately, it’s not sung by Neil Patrick Harris and it’s not a big musical number, but whatever.
The Baudelaires go to work in the library of records with Hal (David Alan Grier) and eventually end up finding information on their parents, hinting that one of them is actually still alive.
Esmé finds the Baudelaires and captures Violet and Olaf plans to give her what he calls a ‘cranioectomy’ – cut off her head, obviously. Which is where the series turns from a kid’s program to a horror movie (I’m not a fan of horrors, okay?) and it’s terrifying. Neil Patrick Harris portraying Olaf as a mad (fake) doctor is so convincing and troubling.
Summary of Episodes 5-8
Episodes 7-8 are definitely the best of the whole season, if not the whole series. Although I was disappointed with 5-6, the celebrity cameos and Patrick Warburton’s Snicket really helped move the plot along. I feel that The Hostile Hospital could really have done with a creepy doctor musical number from NPH but we can’t always get what we want. If I had a say, the whole series would be made into an NPH musical so I’ll keep my mouth shut.
Let me know what you thought of Episodes 5-8 in the comments!