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 5-8 here.
After escaping Count Olaf, Esmé and their associates at the hospital, the Baudelaires are stuck. The hospital is on fire and they have nowhere to live as they are still thought to be criminals and they’re on the run. They see their chance for escape and take it, even though it’s in Count Olaf’s car.
Episodes 9 and 10 – The Carnivorous Carnival
Count Olaf and his associates travel to Caligari Carnival to see Madame Lulu who is actually Oliva (Sara Rue), the librarian from Prufrock Prep. After falling in love with Jacques Snicket and losing him, she travels to the carnival to be the new Madame Lulu, a fortune teller who is always a member of VFD. She knows the truth of what happened to the Baudelaires’ parents and exactly who Olaf is and what goes on in VFD, but never gets the chance to tell the Baudelaires.
I love Sara Rue’s portrayal of Olivia. She is such a lovely character and is genuinely my favourite character so far in the series. She wants to help the Baudelaires and does everything she can to try to help them, but unfortunately, once Esmé discovers who she really is, it’s not enough.
Of course, these episodes aren’t complete without a musical number from Neil Patrick Harris. As the circus master, he sings a song about the House of Freaks (Listen to it here on repeat for days, you won’t regret it). There’s also a brilliant cameo of NPH’s husband, David Burtka as an audience member.
These episodes also reveal a lot about VFD, with a large section about Lemony Snicket and Beatrice, showing Beatrice’s death that happened before the book, with just one note saying ‘Olaf Knows’. All of the Baudelaires’ previous guardians are at some sort of VFD party, with this message being passed around making its way to Lemony Snicket. The emotions from Patrick Warburton at the end of the section where he is shouting for Beatrice was so unexpected that I may or may not have cried slightly.
Summary of Season 2
The second season had so many more musical sections than I expected and it was such a nice surprise (as I’ve definitely not obsessively gone on about in these posts…).
I feel like the acting in the series has definitely picked up. Olaf was an even more chilling and convincing character, especially in The Hostile Hospital and The Carnivorous Carnival. It also became a lot more emotional this series, especially from Patrick Warburton and with the short addition of Nathan Fillion.
This season has been left on a (quite literal) cliffhanger and I can’t wait to see what happens next, especially since I haven’t even read after The Carnivorous Carnival yet. I don’t know how I’m going to wait until early 2019 to watch the final episodes of the series. Can’t it just be released now?
Let me know what you thought of season two in the comments!