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A Series of Unfortunate Events S2 Review: Netflix Original

In case you missed it: S1 Review

“Look away, There’s nothing but horror and inconvenience on the way”

A show which right from the start begins by telling you to look away. I love that the series has kept up with the “do not watch this” concept which was well established in the film.

It may be a show filled with misfortune, but one which is well done and has me hooked. With the announcement of S2, I am incredibly disgusted (excited) to see what is next for the Baudelaire children.

I think the part of the show that captured my attention was news that the series was going to be covering the rest of the books, the books that the film did not.

There aren’t many shows I watch twice, but S1 was one of them and I am well tuned in to watch further dismay.

With 10 episodes of the season, S2 is yet another binge-worthy and binge-able show which I have every intention of completing in one sitting. I am at the point, I have put back binging other series to watch this first.

“This show will wreck your evening, your whole life, and your day. Every single episode is nothing but dismay, so look away.”

With a show that they don’t seem to want you to watch, it certainly has a catchy theme tune which is made better by the realisation that the song is sung by Neil Patrick Harris who plays our beloved and handsome (I may have been paid to say this) Count Olaf.

I love the fact that Lemony Snicket makes much more of a presence in this Netflix Original and I feel that it’s another thing we were lacking from the original film.

Episode one, and I’ve only just come the realisation that the Baudelaire’s are only attending school for the first time since this unfortunate journey began. How on earth did their previous guardians get away with them not attending school?

How on earth did Mr. Poe the banker not enquire about schooling? Why did they not share their secret when I was in high school? Perhaps I could have gotten out of the school thing myself.

“School should be a safe place, brand new season to explore the mysteries around you.” ~ Lemony Snicket

I find myself relating to this sentiment more than others may. School was indeed not always the safest place for me when I was growing up for reasons that I won’t go into here as I don’t want to make this unnecessary long.

I feel like in every school there was probably at least one child who thought they were more special than the rest and here it is apparent to see that child is Carmelita Spats. She has every quality that badly reminds me of Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

“Dark is out, light is in.” ~ Esme Squalor

Have you ever met someone who is desperate for other people’s approval to the point they will do things/act in a certain way for people to like them instead of just being themselves? Esme Squalor is the definition of those types of people.

“Does this seem like a nightmare? A bad dream? Cause that’s the effect I was going for.” ~ Count Olaf

A Series of Unfortunate Events is not a show you want to watch if you don’t want to see evil plots from a most terrible villain.

I do feel that Mr. Poe in the original film came across as a lot smarter than Mr. Poe in the TV series, however, he didn’t have as large a role as Mr. Poe now does.

Up until the vile village, I thought that Count Olaf’s disguises were improving and then I watched the vile village and I realised they most definitely aren’t.

It just goes to show that children are often ignored when in fact they can sometimes be smarter than the adults. When I was at school, there were multiple awful teachers and when reported, the child that normally reported them was ignored.

At school, there was one such teacher who bullied both students and staff but yet complaints against him were ignored. The member of staff was eventually sacked after I left school, but much later than he should have been.

Throughout the whole show, the Baudelaire children were in fact ignored with the adults coming up to inventive, but completely wrong conclusions.

Esme has all the makings of a villain and reminds me of the Wicked Witch aka Zelena from Once Upon A time. I am really enjoying the whole world of new characters and new worlds which we didn’t get to see portrayed on screen in the film.

I find it very clever what Netflix has done. They have taken a beloved film that left answers and an earning for more and given the audience exactly what they wanted but never got from the film.

Throughout the season, I struggle to understand why a sugar bowl is so important to Esme. Is there something hidden inside it? Throughout the season, there is also just as many plot twists as the first season held which leaves you guessing at and then becoming surprised with the outcome.

All in all, S2 displays a whole world of characters and evil plots which we just didn’t get to see in the film. That is the concept that makes it original and keeps us coming back from more and I am already eagerly dreading (awaiting) S3 which will thankfully (unfortunately) be the final season.

S2 certainly ends with a plot twist of a cliffhanger that leaves so many questions that S3 will probably answer. What will be the fate of the Baudelaire children? And, will that massive cliffhanger turn out to be indeed true? I guess we’ll have to wait and see for what is sure to be one hell of a ride of a final instalment.

I did warn you at the start of reading this unfortunate tale. For those of you who came here from twitter, I warned you over there yesterday that this might possibly be the most unfortunate thing I have written. Even more unfortunate than season 1 I’m afraid.

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