This has taken me too long to get around to writing, and for that – I’m sorry. It actually took me longer than expected to watch the third season of A Series of Unfortunate Events. It had been released for two weeks before I finally finished it. For me, that’s a long while!
So was it worth all the excitement?
Firstly, I feel that I need to point out that this was the first season of this that I’d watched after reading the books. With all of the previous episodes, I’d watched them and then got around to reading the book. I feel that this changed my views on a few things that had been changed.
I’m going to go through these, episode by episode, and talk about my thoughts.
There will be spoilers, so stay away if you haven’t watched it yet!
Slippery Slope Parts 1 & 2
The Slippery Slope was one of my least favourite books, but I was hopeful that Netflix would have improved it. And to be honest, it wasn’t as boring as the book. I enjoyed getting Carmelita back and in these episodes, Olaf’s henchpeople softened and then eventually went their own ways.
I enjoyed seeing the progression in the characters in these episodes. I really feel like Netflix did justice for their casting for The Man With a Beard but No Hair and The Woman with Hair but No Beard. They were a lot scarier-looking than I had imagined in the books!
The discovery of the VFD Headquarters and Quigley Quagmire seemed to be played down a bit though, which surprised me. Quigley wasn’t quite what I’d imagined, and I felt that his character was quickly introduced and then forgotten about again.
Altogether, these episodes were okay, but nowhere near the best in the series.
Grim Grotto Parts 1 & 2
Much like in the books, I didn’t like Fiona in these either. She’s more annoying than Carmelita, and that’s saying something! I felt sorry for Violet for getting pushed out of the way by Fiona.
Also, what happened to Captain Widdershins? He’s only mentioned as being missing and never appears. I was disappointed that his character wasn’t brought in because at least then Fiona wouldn’t have been in the spotlight so much. I always loved Netflix’s adaptation for not changing much away from the books, but they let us down here.
The Incomplete History of Secret Organisations does give a reason for him not appearing in the series, saying that the idea with Season 3 is that it’s the next generation of VFD taking charge instead of the adults. But this does seem like a bit of an excuse and I’m still disappointed.
Penultimate Peril Parts 1 & 2
These episodes definitely weren’t a disappointment. Frank, Ernest, and Dewey Denouement made these episodes.
I love that a lot of the characters were back in these episodes, and none of them had changed actors! Bit of a miracle! The timelines linked really closely to the books, and overall they were really good episodes!
This was emotional, but I think they failed to capture Count Olaf quite like he was in the book. I didn’t get as upset at this because I found it hard to take him seriously and believe that Olaf was actually upset about Kit dying.
Bringing in Beatrice at the end? That was good. It didn’t match the books and once again I would prefer if they had followed the books, but I can understand why they did this. I quite liked it, but I think I would have preferred the mystery of whether anyone survived, like the ending to the books.
Season three was… okay? I felt quite disappointed with it, but my disappointment may just be because I looked forward to it so much, and it could never be quite as good as I imagined.
It definitely wasn’t as good as the first two seasons – standards definitely slipped in this season. I feel that leaving out Captain Widdershins just moved away from the books too much, and it left me disappointed for the rest of the season.
What were your thoughts on Season Three of A Series of Unfortunate Events?