“That sad truth is that the truth is sad, and that what you want does not matter. A series of unfortunate events can happen to anyone, no matter what they want.”
-Lemony Snicket (The Carnivorous Carnival)
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I was so psyched for Netflix to drop A Series Of Unfortunate Events last week. I have been a fan of the book series since they came out when I was a teenager. There was never a line that Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler) wouldn’t cross. With each book, the situations got increasingly more ridiculous. That’s one of the things I’ve always enjoyed about the series; it doesn’t take itself too seriously. When it does try to take itself serious, that just dials up the ridiculousness of it all.
Due to my adoration of the book series and now the Netflix series, I thought I would name off 5 things that I really enjoy about the TV series that just came out. I hope you enjoy!
5. The Title Sequence
If you know anything about me, you know that I adore a good title sequence. See here where I talk about my favorite title sequences. This title sequence perfectly encapsulates the show: humorous, mysterious, and utterly ridiculous. See here all of the different title sequences for each separate episode of season 1:
4. The surprise guests
If you haven’t watched through the show, I’m going to tag *spoiler warning* right here: both Will Arnett and Cobie Smulders appear as the characters “Mother” and “Father’. At first, I was shocked at the inclusion to add these characters into the show, but if you continue to watch, they are absolutely not who they seem to actually be, which keeps in line with the show’s mysterious elements.
3. “A word which here means…”
This was my favorite part of the books: learning all of the different words. I was in high school when I first read through the series, but I am a word addict. I learned a lot of fun words, even being in my late teens. Being such a wordsmith from the time I was very young, Lemony Snicket’s inclusion of this running joke throughout the series really resonated with me. Being a kid, no one expects you to know anything, especially big or complicated words.
“The expression “following suit” is a curious one, because it had nothing to do with walking behind a matching set of clothing. If you follow suit, it means you do the same thing somebody else has just done. If all your friends decided to jump off a bridge into the icy waters of an ocean or river, for instance, and you jumped in right after them, you would be following suit. You can see why following suit can be a dangerous thing to do, because you could end up drowning simply because somebody else thought of it first.”
2. Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket
I had my apprehensions when I saw that Warburton had been cast as Lemony Snicket. I was worried that he would be entirely too goofy and verge more on the realm of cartoonish. I thought his tone was incapable of having an air of mystery. Color me incorrect. I’m glad that I was wrong. During my next read through of the books, I don’t think I’m going to be able to stop myself from hearing his voice instead.
1. Neil Patrick Harris and his wonderful portrayal of Count Olaf
I am a huge fan of Neil Patrick Harris (NPH). The fact that the man himself, NPH is not only Count Olaf but also one of the Producers should tell you one thing and one thing alone: there will be a plethora of musical numbers. You can see one of those songs below. I feel he has 1/2 part Barney Stinson and 1/2 part Dr. Horrible, which is absolutely ridiculous, but watch the show and you’ll agree completely. Or you won’t and that will be terribly unkind of you. I did nothing to you.
I hope you enjoyed my list of things I enjoyed about Series of Unfortunate Events. Until next time!
Featured photo courtesy of Netflix