“A Series of Unfortunate Events” Review

This post is brought to you by guest blogger

Sean Tasker

from The Nerdd.


Based on the book series by Lemony Snicket, Netflix’s original A Series of Unfortunate Events was enjoyable, yet perplexing, a word which here means difficult to understand or comprehend.

Watching the show felt like reading the books themselves, but many aspects were two-dimensional, and verging on cartoonish, in this live action show.

The show was made in a very specific way. The music was obvious and mood setting, and was as loud as the dialogue, which itself was deliberate and calculated. All the sets were outlandish and overdone, and the costumes were simplistic. In a sense, it gives as much detail as a book would generally give: Always making the surroundings very detailed, while keeping the characters basic, so you can place yourself in their shoes, to feel more immersed in the story.

I should clarify, however, that even though these sound like very strange things, it is entirely intentional and absolutely perfect. This show is exactly like the books are, and captures the spirit perfectly. If you have not read the books, do not expect anything from this show, because you will be wrong. If you have read the books, do not expect to watch a show, expect to relive your imaginations. There are no adaptations or changes to make it more applicable to the small screen. In fact, it’s almost like reading the books over again.

Even the theme song is different than you’d expect, because it changes as the episodes continue, and starts with “Look away, there’s nothing but horror and inconvenience on the way.” It’s theme song almost begs you not to watch. I’m sorry, I have made a serious grammatical error. I said “It’s” which means “it is” as opposed to “its” meaning “belonging to.” If you had trouble getting through this review for it’s sidetracks and unnecessary comments, then you will not be able to get through the show, for it is the same idea, but over and over again.

The book series was 13 books long, and the show tells the stories of the first four. There are eight episodes, ranging from 42-64 minutes long, giving each book two episodes. Every episode ends with a disaster and a cliffhanger. With this pattern, there will probably be three seasons of the show, which will leave you disappointed with the result, but amazed by the journey.

Honestly I’m not even sure whether or not I liked the show, purely because of the content. The production had fantastic execution, but the source material is just so very bizarre, and not usually suitable for the screen. I suggest you watch the first episode, and see if the pull is stronger than the push. I know reviews are there to tell you whether it’s worth it to watch, but I’m not sure I can tell you. If you are unsure, just do as the opening song tells you and “Ask any stable person ‘Should I Watch?’ and they will say ‘Look Away’.”


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