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TV Preview: LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

The beloved book series gets a second chance on Netflix, after the movie franchise failed to deliver a sequel.

TV Preview: LEMONY SNICKET’S A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

Welcome back to our TV Preview series! In this half of the series, Emily, Mandy, Kandis and I will take a look at shows featured in our TV Preview: Midseason Shows post, and let you know what we think you should—and shouldn’t—be watching.

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Premiered: January 13 on Netflix. (Watch online.)

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When the Baudelaire mansion burns, three orphans must live with evil Count Olaf and learn that adults will pretty much always disappoint you

Familiar Faces

Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf

Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket

Joan Cusack as Justice Strauss

Will Arnett as Father

Cobie Smulders as Mother

Catherine O'Hara as Dr. Georgina Orwell

Rhys Darby as Charles

Redeeming Qualities

Rosemary: It's certainly a daunting task that Netflix has undertaken. The production is a creatively weird mix of real life, CGI and claymation (?) or something along those lines. And I loved Louis Hynes and Joan Cusack.

Kandis: Joan Cusack!

It's Not Me, It's You

Rosemary: The overall aesthetic is trying for a Pushing Daisies meets Tim Burton meets Wes Anderson sort of feel, but it falls short by doing too much and being too quirky, like a cheap knock-off. It's not nearly as dark and foreboding as the movie. And I just can't buy Neil Patrick Harris as scary in this role. (Can NPH even BE scary? I think not.) (Oh, wait, nevermind, I just remembered Gone Girl.

Kandis: The actors are all fine, but it's so twee. The trailer had enough of a Pushing Daisies vibe that I was somewhat hopeful. It's odd, and colorful, but has none of Pushing Daisies joy. I don't want to watch children be treated terribly. It's like an entire show about the Dursleys. And that poor young actress who constantly has to carry the baby around? What a bizarre prop.

Let's Do This Again

Rosemary: No, probably not. It was twee and tried too hard, and I need some happy mixed in with my sad. I know the show's silliness is supposed to counteract its grim plot, but it didn't work for me.

Kandis: Sorry, no. I actually really hated this pilot.

 

Have you watched past the first episode? Let us know if we should soldier on in the comments!

Rosemary Hallmark's photo About the Author: Rosemary lives in Little Rock, AR with her cute husband and even cuter dog. At 16, she plucked a copy of Sloppy Firsts off the "New Releases" shelf and hasn't stopped reading YA since. (She's still got a soft spot for the swoony, contemporary stuff.) A former magazine editor, she is now a freelance writer, graphic designer, art director and photo stylist. The rest of her time is spent drinking cocktails, renovating her house and laughing at her husband's ridiculous Pretty Little Liars theories.
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